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

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After sitting several starters in the team’s preseason opener the other day, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel showcased most of the team’s key players in Saturday’s contest contrary to the NEVADA Raiders.

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

Despite the fact that both drives led to a punt and a field goal, optimism was high for what the offense could be with Tagovailoa in McDaniel’s system.

Safid Deen @Safid_Deen

#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa’s night has ended after two series where he was 6 of 8 for 58 yards and led a field goal drive. Tua did an excellent job going right through progressions and had time and energy to throw. OL had no push without Terron Armstead in run game.

Gavin Keene @Gavin_Keene

The brand new offensive scheme looks so promising. Excited for the standard season. Tua Tagovailoa must have a competent year. #FinsUp

Neal Driscoll @NealDriscoll

Mike McDaniel is indeed best for Tua Tagovailoa. You see mechanical improvements, quicker progressions, confidence. Which is without Waddle and Cheetah.

One Dolphins fan was so thinking about the team they predicted an undefeated regular season while also tagging Tagovailoa to ensure he sees it:

DG @630DG

My lord were going 17-0 @Tua

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

Joe Schad @schadjoe

I observe that Tua Tagovailoa is quite demonstrative in exceeding things along with his coaches and players on the sideline. A lot more than last season. Tua has been empowered and he could be developing his his shell, a little, with the team. #MiamiDolphins

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

Safid Deen @Safid_Deen

Tua Tagovailoa threw it right at Mike Gesicki’s chest, and he wasn’t searching for the slant pass. #Dolphins would’ve had an initial down, but two defenders were bearing down on Gesicki.

It is important to remember that Tagovailoa didn’t have his full complement of playmakers on the field. Tyreek Hill was originally scheduled to play, even developing for warm-ups in pads, but he didn’t have his pads on when he arrived before the opening kickoff.

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

McDaniel and Hill have already been doing a fantastic job of creating up Tagovailoa before the standard season. Hill has called the former Alabama star “probably 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 “probably the most accurate, catchable ball I’ve ever seen.”

While that degree of accuracy might not have already been on full display contrary to the Raiders, Tagovailoa looking effective in his first game action of the preseason without his top two receivers and starting left tackle can be an encouraging sign in the years ahead.

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