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Miami Dolphins look for Year 2 leap from QB Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa impressed coach Brian Flores with his preparations on and off the field heading into his second NFL season.

“He’s clearly been working hard this offseason,” Flores said to reporters before Wednesday’s offseason practice in Davie, Fla.

“And not only that, he’s done a good job as far as when we weren’t here at the facility, grabbing guys. He had a group of receivers meeting on a field twice a week, throwing routes and building that timing, building that rapport and building that chemistry. I think he’s done a good job from a leadership standpoint in that respect when we were away from the facility.”

Tagovailoa, 23, is also “in a good place” physically, Flores noted. The 2020 first-round pick (No. 5 overall) is now 18 months removed from surgery on his right hip during his final season at Alabama.

Tagovailoa made nine starts for the 10-6 Dolphins as a rookie last season, compiling a 6-3 record and completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and three scores.

“We talked to him about his fundamentals, his technique, his accuracy, his command in the huddle,” Flores said. “I’ve talked to him about a lot of things with (leadership) being a big part of what we’re talking about. I think all of that goes together.”

Flores said Tagovailoa’s comfort level with the offense is definitely greater heading into Year Two.

“We’ve seen that from him so far, and hopefully he continues to grow and improve,” Flores said. “I see him being more comfortable.”

Who will be the best QB from the 2021 NFL Draft?
#1. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://sportsnaut.com/player/ben-roethlisberger/" target="_blank">Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers</a>

Ben Roethlisberger, also known as “Big Ben” played college football at Miami University and was drafted 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, Big Ben won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2004, won two Super Bowls, and earned several Pro Bowl selections.

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#2. <a href="#2. Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns">Baker Mayfield | QB | <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://sportsnaut.com/player/baker-mayfield/" target="_blank">Cleveland Browns</a></a>

Baker Mayfield played for the Texas Tech Red Raiders before transferring to the Oklahoma Sooners due to alleged scholarship issues. In 2015, Mayfield earned the Sooners starting QB position, winning several awards in 2017 including the Heisman Trophy.

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#3. Drew Lock | Denver Broncos

Andrew Lock played college football for the University of Missouri and finished his college career with a total of 99 touchdowns. In 2019 the Denver Broncos picked him in the second round of the Draft, number 42 overall. During the 2019 season, Lock became a starter.

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#4. Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys

Derek Carr played college football for Fresno State and is the brother of NFL analyst David Carr. In 2014, Carr was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders, formerly the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the NFL Draft.

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#5. Carson Wentz | QB | Philadelphia Eagles

While playing college football for North Dakota State, Carson Wentz won five NCAA FCS National Championships. He was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2016 Draft, and in his first year, he earned multiple NFL and Eagles rookie records. Including most pass attempts by a rookie, and most completions by a rookie.

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Ben Roethlisberger, also known as “Big Ben” played college football at Miami University and was drafted 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, Big Ben won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2004, won two Super Bowls, and earned several Pro Bowl selections.

See Roethlisberger’s player profile now.

–Field Level Media