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Tua Tagovailoa is ‘going to take the next step,’ according to Dolphins’ GM Chris Grier

Tua Tagovailoa taking practice snaps before game versus Cardinals
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Everyone in the Miami Dolphins organization is excited to see Tua Tagovailoa in his second year.

The former University of Alabama quarterback has been training this offseason to be better, and the team is focused on drafting the talent needed to help him grow. Despite missing the playoffs last season, Tagovailoa was 6-3 as a starter and totaled 11 touchdowns to five interceptions.

Regardless of critics wanting the Dolphins to move off the native Hawaiian, the franchise paid it no attention. According to Cameron Wolfe, who covers the Dolphins for ESPN, Chris Grier (general manager) believes Tagovailoa will take the next step. Grier, Brian Flores (head coach), and the team chose to trade the No. 3 pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

Grier is all in on finding players that will mesh with Tagovailoa’s skill set and personality.

Miami has recently signed D.J. Fluker (offensive tackle), Will Fuller (wide receiver), Robert Foster (wide receiver), and Malcolm Brown (running back) as free agents. The Dolphins have the sixth overall pick and can use it on either DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Ja’Marr Chase, or Kyle Pitts. It also has the No. 18 overall pick, and Dolphin fans want to see its team reunite Najee Harris with Tagovailoa. The NFL Draft will start next Thursday and end next Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Since the 2020 season ended, Miami has been adamant about being committed to Tagovailoa at quarterback.

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It looks to prove its statement next week.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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