Tua Tagovailoa, 'Promising' Dolphins Offense Praised by Twitter vs. Raiders

Adam WellsAugust 21, 2022

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After sitting several starters in the team's preseason opener last week, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel showcased many of the team's key players in Saturday's contest against the Las Vegas Raiders.

All eyes have been on Tua Tagovailoa dating back to organized team activities in June. The third-year quarterback was on the field for the first two offensive series. He finished 6-of-8 for 58 yards.

Even though the two drives resulted in a punt and a field goal, optimism was high for what the offense can be with Tagovailoa in McDaniel's system.

Safid Deen πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’― @Safid_Deen

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dolphins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dolphins</a> QB Tua Tagovailoa's night is over after two series where he was 6 of 8 for 58 yards and led a field goal drive. Tua did a good job going through progressions and had time to throw. OL had no push without Terron Armstead in run game.

Gavin Keene @Gavin_Keene

The new offensive scheme looks so promising. Excited for the regular season. Tua Tagovailoa should have an efficient year. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FinsUp?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FinsUp</a>

Neal Driscoll @NealDriscoll

Mike McDaniel is so good for Tua Tagovailoa. You see mechanical improvements, quicker progressions, confidence. And this is without Waddle and Cheetah.

One Dolphins fan was so enthusiastic about the team that they predicted an undefeated regular season while also tagging Tagovailoa to make sure he sees it:

DG @630DG

My lord we’re going 17-0 <a href="https://twitter.com/Tua?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tua</a>

On a more serious note, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post did note that Tagovailoa looked to be taking more control of things on the sidelines with the coaching staff and teammates:

Joe Schad @schadjoe

I notice that Tua Tagovailoa is very demonstrative in going over things with his coaches and players on the sideline. Way more than last season. Tua has been empowered and he is coming out his his shell, a bit, with the team. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MiamiDolphins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MiamiDolphins</a>

Miami's rushing attack didn't do much to help Tagovailoa and the offense. It gained three yards on five carries during the first two offensive possessions. Tagovailoa was also let down by Mike Gesicki on a third-down pass on the opening drive.

Safid Deen πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’― @Safid_Deen

Tua Tagovailoa threw it right at Mike Gesicki's chest, and he wasn't looking for the slant pass. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dolphins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dolphins</a> would've had a first down, but two defenders were bearing down on Gesicki.

It's important to note that Tagovailoa didn't have his full complement of playmakers on the field. Tyreek Hill was originally scheduled to play, even coming out for warm-ups in pads, but he didn't have his pads on when he came out prior to the opening kickoff.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and left tackle Terron Armstead also sat out against the Raiders.

McDaniel and Hill have been doing an excellent job of building up Tagovailoa leading up to the regular season. Hill has called the former Alabama star "the most accurate QB in the NFL."

Earlier this week, during an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, McDaniel said Tagovailoa throws "the most accurate, catchable ball I've ever seen."

While that level of accuracy may not have been on full display against the Raiders, Tagovailoa looking effective in his first game action of the preseason without his top two receivers and starting left tackle is an encouraging sign going forward.


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