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How Dolphin fans and the NFL world reacted to Tua Tagovailoa’s impressive win over the Jets

Tua Tagovailoa (#1) attempts a pass for Dolphins in 2021 NFL preseason game
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Tua Tagovailoa has the Miami Dolphins on a three-game winning streak.

He came off the bench against the Baltimore Ravens to guide Miami to a 22-10 win, but Tagovailoa returned to his starting role at quarterback versus the New York Jets.

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He recorded his highest completion percentage (81.8) and quarterback rating (77.1) of the season, while his 108.7 passer rating was second-highest. Tagovailoa completed 27 of 33 passes on the road for 273 yards with two touchdowns to one interception.

People have questioned his ability to complete deep passes since his hip injury, but the native Hawaiian silenced doubters.

Tagovailoa found wide receiver Mack Hollins for a 65-yard touchdown. He connected with nine different receivers, and Jaylen Waddle had a team-high eight receptions. As a former College Football Playoff National Champion at Alabama, Tagovailoa led three touchdowns drives of 83, 75, and 90 yards. Miami is starting to make up ground in the AFC East after a 24-17 victory over the Jets. The Dolphins are 4-7 on the year and have six matchups remaining in the regular season.

Several Dolphin fans and media pundits reacted to Tagovailoa’s showing on Twitter.

He has been through injuries and trade rumors, but the No. 5 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft is in the top-10 for total quarterback rating (58). Tagovailoa has 1,471 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and six picks.

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He still has the Dolphins in position to go 10-7 and possibly make the playoffs.

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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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