Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: 'I Don't Feel More Pressure' After Offseason Additions

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 20, 2022

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa smiles during a news conference at the Dolphins NFL football training facility, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said he does not feel any added pressure amid the team's moves this offseason to fortify the offense.

"I think pressure is going to be there every time," Tagovailoa told reporters Wednesday. "I don't feel more pressure that we've acquired all of these guys. It's more of an opportunity that I get, that we all get as a team, to show what we can do this year."

The Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill and signed left tackle Terron Armstead, running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, guard Connor Williams and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. as part of an offensive overhaul.

Of equal importance, new head coach Mike McDaniel is viewed as perhaps the game's brightest young offensive mind.

All of these offseason moves will only serve to shine a brighter spotlight on Tagovailoa, who has been unspectacular across his two NFL seasons. The Alabama product threw for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions last season. 

While accuracy has rarely been a problem on underneath routes, Tagovailoa has struggled as a downfield passer and has not been particularly willing to take shots on longer passes. He was one of the league's worst offenders at throwing the ball in front of the sticks.

Adding Hill to an offense that already included speedster Jaylen Waddle should give Tagovailoa one of the most dynamic supporting casts in football. If he's not able to emerge as a true superstar under center, odds are Miami will do some long and hard searching for a potential replacement next offseason.

No pressure or anything.