Dolphins Not “Auditioning” Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

Despite reports indicating that the Miami Dolphins are auditioning rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with their eyes on the quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, head coach Brian Flores reiterated the organization’s faith in the young signal caller, and his bright future as a potential franchise quarterback.

“There’s a couple things out there, let’s call it a source close to Dolphins thinking saying that we are auditioning Tua. I’m just going to tell you about my thinking. We brought Tua here because we believe in him, same as all the other draft picks. We believe in developing players and improving players on a daily basis,” Flores said, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

“That would be the opposite of giving someone a 10-game audition. That’s just my thinking on that, just so everybody’s clear.”

Tagovailoa didn’t have a stellar game in his first NFL start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, but with the Dolphins building a healthy lead, the offense took a conservative approach, which meant less of a stat line for Tua.

Tagovailoa is set to make his second career NFL start this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, and Flores is committed to the young signal caller for this season and beyond.

“I’m comfortable with what comes out of these 10 games,” Flores said. “Since I’ve been here, I think everybody has heard me talk about the development of players, improvement on a daily basis. I just don’t see how somebody close to Dolphins thinking can say that this would be a 10-game audition. Not sure where or who that came from.”