The Miami Dolphins have invested plenty in quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
He was their fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he is expected to be their franchise quarterback.
But, one problem he is having is staying on the field.
Tagovailoa has missed games with rib fractures, finger fractures, and concussions.
But the concussions are the big injury that cost him five games (one playoff) during this past season.
Despite suffering serious concussions it appears the 24-year-old will be ready to roll in 2023.
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, sources say. He met with several medical professionals in the process. They are confident he’ll be 100% when the time comes for football.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2023
The future of the Dolphins rests on the health of Tagovailoa.
If he can stay healthy for a full season, there is a good chance the Dolphins will compete in the AFC.
In 2022 when healthy, Tua put up very good numbers.
He threw for 3,548 yards, with 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
This was by far the best season of his career, and the addition of coach Mike McDaniel and wide receiver Tyreek Hill played a huge role.
McDaniel is a smart offensive mind that has crafted an offense around what Tagovailoa does best.
He is a very accurate passer but lacks arm strength.
So allowing him to get the ball to Hill and Jaylen Waddle in space was the best formula for Miami.
Both of those wide receivers are elite with the ball in their hands, and they showed that with career years in 2022.
The hope going forward is that Tagovailoa can stay on the field consistently.
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