The Miami Dolphins made some big moves this offseason and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is determined to prove that he was worthy of the fifth overall pick the Dolphins used on him in the 2020 NFL draft. This offseason, the Dolphins acquired All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill, former Dallas Cowboys wideout Cedric Wilson, left tackle Terron Armstead, guard Conor Williams and running backs Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds.
"I think pressure is going to be there every time," Tagovailoa said, per ESPN. "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."
Tagovailoa excited to be around the new group
After the 2021 season ended, the Dolphins replaced Brian Flores and hired offensive-minded head coach Mike McDaniel.
"The locker room feels different. We're all excited," Tagovailoa said. "This is the first time I've seen a lot of guys show up to Phase I of OTAs and a lot of veterans are showing up to it. I think that speaks a lot to Mike and the relationship he has with a lot of the guys on the team and the amount of respect that he has from the players in the locker room." In his first two years in the NFL, Tagavailoa didn't do enough to convince the Dolphins he's the long-term answer at the quarterback position.
Going into Year 3, Tagovailoa expects to take a step forward and put up bigger numbers. "I sat down with the head coach and we went over about 150 clips of throws," he said. "Throws that need to be better, throws that were good, all sorts of throws.
The reason as to why he showed me that is it transitions to the way he kind of schemes up the offense. "Really, the biggest thing for us is YAC (yards after catch). We want to YAC the heck out of teams."