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Tua Tagovailoa throws five interceptions during Dolphins’ minicamp

Tua Tagovailoa in the pocket about to throw a pass for Dolphins versus Chiefs
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Minicamp practices are the epitome of overreaction season in the National Football League.

The Miami Dolphins took the field today for its first session.

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Tua Tagovailoa and the offense battled heavy rain, and it allowed Miami’s defense to create turnovers.

Tagovailoa, a second-year quarterback from Alabama, tossed five interceptions and Twitter lost its mind. Reactions from people were split between high criticism of Tagovailoa and others not making a big deal of the practice. A couple of the mistakes were not Tagovailoa’s fault, as the ball bounced out of the hands of receivers and into the arms of defenders. We are also in June, which means if mistakes are to happen they should happen now. Nevertheless, Dolphin fans crave perfection and some were not happy.

In Tagovailoa’s defense, heavy rain makes it difficult on any signal-caller. He’s facing a veteran defense and has a new offensive coordinator.

According to him, the plan was to be ‘aggressive’ and move the ball downfield. Brian Flores wanted him to get the ball into tight spaces and create leverage against defenders. Practice got better for him, especially when the Dolphins used tempo.

With him being a fierce competitor, the 2017 national champion was not happy with his performance. He thought the day was ‘alright,’ but Tagovailoa knows there is still work to do.

Patience is something we need to learn. The NFL was patient with Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Peyton Manning. Dan Marino stated Tagovailoa ‘has all the talent in the world’ and the executive is correct. The native Hawaiian will improve and is still looking to turn in a great second season in the pros with the Dolphins.

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It is only June, but Tagovailoa knows five picks will not make the people happy.

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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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