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Tua Tagovailoa says the “it” is coming out after second practice for Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa drops back to pass for Miami Dolphins in NFL debut
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The Miami Dolphins did right by him, and Tua Tagovailoa is feeling confident.

During the team’s second practice of training camp, he told reporters that the “it” is starting to come out and he’s noticing growth in his game.

After having a solid outing on Wednesday, Tagovailoa was quick with his progressions as he completed his first six passes at practice.

He connected with Albert Wilson, Mack Hollins, and Jaylen Waddle for touchdowns, including two scores for Wilson. The former Alabama quarterback is becoming more comfortable within the offense. Miami’s decision to select Waddle in the NFL Draft was a good one.

As the No. 6 overall pick, the chemistry between him and Tagovailoa was seen throughout practice.

Waddle’s hands, speed, and route concepts had beat reporters in amazement.

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Tagovailoa has dealt with criticism all offseason.

National reporters have gone after him for his size, athleticism (or lack thereof), and arm strength, but the 2017 national champion is healthy again. He used this summer to get his body in shape, and his mobility has returned too.

This is a huge season for Tagovailoa and he is set to prove he’s one of the best young signal-callers in the National Football League.

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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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