Tua Tagovailoa is throwing football without limits.
The Miami Dolphins’ second-year quarterback has been dealing exclusively with the first-team offense, and he’s been throwing the ball with some velocity, for the first time since the Buffalo Bills’ loss to the Buffalo Bills fractured the middle finger on his throwing hand three weeks ago. Used to be .
It is expected that an injury to his throwing arm, which kept him from starting the last two games, will not limit the offense in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, which is notorious for gusting winds in the stadium.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores said, “He has practiced a few days,” referring to the three on-field sessions the Dolphins have held since Miami’s 22–10 win over the Baltimore Ravens, a game in which Tagovailoa played. Brissette replaced an injured Jacobi and completed 8-in-13 passes for 158 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
After the game Tagovailoa said he had some pain in his arm, and admitted that the injury affected his throw. However, the pain seems to have subsided somewhat.
“Obviously there’s definitely some discomfort, but he’ll fight through it,” Flores said. “But he looks good.”
The hope is that Tagovailoa will be able to pounce on Miami’s steady attack, which has averaged just 17.7 points this season.
“We’re getting into a good flow of things — no pun intended,” Tagovailoa said, eliciting a laugh from Flores’ use of the surname. “I think people are starting to find their rhythm in defensive, offensive and special teams. We have to find ways to play complementary football. It’s really just that.”
Sunday’s game will be Tagovailoa’s 15th NFL debut, and while the former Alabama standout is 7-7 in his career as an NFL starter, he is 1-4 in the starting games this season.
The Jets will provide him with an opportunity to set a winning record that has been achieved only by some of his teammates from the 2019, 2020 and 2021 NFL Drafts.
Only Arizona’s Kyler Murray, who owns a 20–19–1 record as an NFL starter, and New England’s Mack Jones, who is 7–4 as a rookie starter for the Patriots, have the last three at quarterbacks. Has a winning record in select draft cycles. ,
Philadelphia’s Jalen Harts is 5-9. Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow is 7-11-1, and Los Angeles Chargers starter Justin Herbert is 11-13.
Green Bay’s Jordan Love lost his first NFL debut earlier this month.
Dwayne Haskins of Pittsburgh, who was initially in Washington’s first round in 2019, was 3-10 as a starter in 2019 and 2020.
New York Giants’ Daniel Jones has taken 11-24 in his three seasons as a starter, and Denver’s Drew Locke was 8-10 before being replaced by Teddy Bridgewater.
Gardner Minshaw, now backup at Philadelphia, posted a 7-13 record as a Jacksonville starter in 2019 and 2020.
For the 2021 draft, Trevor Lawrence of Jacksonville is 2-7. New York Jets’ Zach Wilson is 1-5 before being sidelined by an injured knee. Joe Flaco will start for the Jets against Miami this week.
San Francisco’s Trey Lance is 0-1 and Chicago’s Justin Fields is 2-5.