If the Miami Dolphins wanted to go in a different direction at quarterback after Tua Tagovailoa’s relatively tough rookie season, they had the Draft Capital to do so.
But the former Alabama star is back and looking to get back on track.
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Tagovailoa recorded just one fantastic top 12 (week 14, No.4 overall) and finished the year as a PFF 33rd class quarterback (65.4). A lackluster rookie campaign was to be expected for the left-handed passer given he had recently had major hip surgery, and he never won a firm understanding or comfort of the offense Chan Gailey after an abbreviated offseason.
The odds were against Tagovailoa to produce as a rookie, but the second year looks to be completely different. New offense designed by newly appointed co-offensive coordinators Eric Studesville and George Godsey taking into account the quarterback’s strengths will go a long way in ensuring that Tagovailoa is in an environment conducive to fantasy.
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Much of Tagovailoa’s college success has come from his strength as an accurate short-to-intermediate passer. This created opportunities for his receivers to play after the capture. From 2018 to 2019, Tagovailoa ranked in the top 10 for passing yards percentage generated by yards after catch (53.3%) and No. 1 in passer rating (139.6) throwing from 1 to 19 yards down.
Which is why it shouldn’t be surprising that the team selected former teammate Jaylen Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, forging a dynamic duo of quarterback receivers designed to generate big plays after the capture. of the slot.
As of the start of 2018, Waddle ranks first in the PFF receiving score (93.1) and first in the passer score generated from the slot machine (150.6). He’s also deadly post-catch, as no Power Five receiver since 2014 has averaged more post-catch yards per reception than Waddle’s 9.8 (min. 100 receptions).
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