The 2022 season is a huge one for QB Tua Tagovailoa. With the trade of Tyreek Hill as well as other additions to the team, he has to show the franchise he will be the guy going forward.
Tagovailoa was once one of the most sought-after NFL quarterback prospects as he came off the bench to win a national championship and then led the Crimson Tide back to the title game the following year. Despite a hip injury as a junior, the Miami Dolphins still took Tagovailoa fifth overall in the draft.
His football future looks a lot different heading into Year 3 of his NFL career. He found himself trending yet again this week as a video showed him throwing a football to….the ground.
That was just an awful pass that of course got him roasted online.
Tagovailoa has reached a tipping point. He is going into a year knowing that the Dolphins tried to lure a couple of big-name quarterbacks to Miami, whether courting Deshaun Watson throughout the 2021 season or tampering with Tom Brady as far back as 2019.
Then, you have the 2023 draft class that is expected to be loaded at the top with quarterbacks.
Even Hill agreed that this is likely the final year for Tagovailoa to prove whether or not he can make it in the NFL.
“You know, in the NFL they only give you like two or three years to be a successful quarterback, especially if you’re a first-round draft pick,” Hill said on his podcast this offseason. “And if you don’t succeed after those years, then it’s ‘kick rocks, man.’ So, basically, they’re going to put Tua into that. So this is basically his last year, man, just to show people what he’s got.”
Last season, Tagovailoa completed 67.8 percent of his passes and threw for 2,653 yards, a little over 200 per game, with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.