Tua Tagovailoa Rocks Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey to Dolphins Presser, Offers Major Praise for Fellow Quarterbacks

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Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa paid tribute to teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick by wearing the veteran’s jersey to a press conference on Thursday.

Tagovailoa is being groomed to become the Dolphins’ quarterback of the future, with the rookie noting how much help he’s received from Fitzpatrick.

Tagovailoa also offered an amusing anecdote about meeting the veteran’s large family via FaceTime earlier this week.

The expectation is that Fitzpatrick will be the Dolphins’ starter when the season gets underway next month.

One of the chief reasons why that scenario is likely to occur is because of the steep learning curve that’s required for all rookie quarterbacks.

Another factor is to make sure Tagovailoa is fully healthy again.

Last season at the University of Alabama, Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending injury that required major hip surgery. While he’s passed his physical with the team, there is no question that the organization wants to take it slow with its prized rookie.

Regardless of which player ends up taking snaps in the opener, it’s clear that Tagovailoa and Fitzpatrick have already established valuable chemistry with each other.

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Brad is a freelance writer for Dolphinnation.com and has been around long enough to remember the 1972 perfect season, and even when Don Shula was coaching the Colts. He still follows the Dolphins and other happenings in the NFL, so he can offer a little perspective when it comes to the ups and downs of each season. Some of his opinions may end up differing from the people who read them, but that's par for the course when it comes to life in South Florida.