While Ryan Fitzpatrick is no longer on the roster of the Miami Dolphins, he’s still continuing to sing the praises of the team’s quarterback of the future, Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick appeared on Ross Tucker’s podcast on Monday and raved about Tagovailoa’s potential. He indicated that other members of his family are equally enthusiastic about the second-year quarterback.
“The two things that really stick out to me about Tua is he has elite accuracy; that’s very important,” Fitzpatrick said.
“He’s going to learn through this offseason — he’s going to get continuity with [new offensive coordinators and returning Dolphins assistants George Godsey and Eric Studesville] — where to go with the ball, how to eliminate things pre-snap to unleash that elite accuracy.
“And he throws with anticipation and that is something you don’t see with quarterbacks coming from college to the NFL. I’m a huge Tua fan. My kids love Tua. Sometimes they play with him on Madden. Sometimes they play with me.
“I’m looking forward to big things from him. I think he’s going to do great. As far as being a leader or guys people can follow, he has all those qualities.”
Fitzpatrick also preached patience when it comes to the progress of Tagovailoa, who as a rookie replaced the veteran as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback last season.
“The guy was a rookie last year and came in and went 6-3. We have to have a little bit of patience,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think he’s going to do great things.”
Given Tagovailoa’s status with the Dolphins, the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick moved on and found a new home with the Washington Football Team.
Fitzpatrick and Tagovailoa quickly bonded last year. Unfortunately, the business side of the NFL severed that connection this offseason as Fitzpatrick is no longer in Miami.
However, it’s clear that Fitzpatrick will keep on rooting for Tagovailoa’s future success.