Alabama Football: Tua shines at Dolphins training camp


Alabama football’s Hawaiian prince is ready for 2022

Tua Tagovailoa had an elite Alabama football career, but injuries plagued him in college. He was still recovering from a hip injury in his rookie year, so this will be the first time Tua is fully healthy since early in his sophomore season. With the Dolphins starting training camp, he is finally showing his full potential as an NFL quarterback.

Miami has all sorts of weapons on offense this year. They drafted Alabama football’s Jaylen Waddle and signed Will Fuller and Robert Foster for speed. They drafted another tight end to pair with Mike Gesicki, and they retain their core unit from last season at receiver. Tua has been distributing the ball evenly to all targets at camp.

The Dolphins have tweeted many videos of Tua throwing touchdowns over the past few days. He’s showing a variety of skills in these videos. Some are simple routes where he can flash his touch and accuracy. His quick release of the ball makes these impossible to stop and takes some pressure off his offensive line.

Tua has also been slinging deep balls in Miami. He’s thrown deep touchdowns on wheel routes to running backs and to multiple receivers. This was the main piece of his game that was lacking in his rookie year, so Dolphins fans should be excited about him completing passes down the field.

Miami has a new offensive coordinator, so expect a different philosophy when it comes to taking risks. Tua will have the green light, and he’s accurate enough to give his receiver a chance. With so many solid weapons, Miami should score on plenty of big plays this year.

One concern is the offensive line. Former Alabama football lineman DJ Fluker was placed on the injured reserve, and Miami didn’t draft a lineman with either of their first-round picks. However, the speed on the outside should balance this. With players getting open quickly and Tua’s quick release, the Dolphins just need average line play to be successful on offense.

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Tua is ready to take a step forward, and he’s doing just that this training camp.