Tua Tagovailoa made his NFL debut Sunday, and after the sport ended, he did not need to depart the sphere.
The Dolphins (Three-Three) defeated the Jets (Zero-6), 24-Zero, in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season, and Tagovailoa performed the ultimate drive of mop-up responsibility for the Dolphins. The previous Alabama star and 2020 first-round decide accomplished each of his tried passes for 9 yards. When the remainder of the sphere had cleared off, reporters may see Tagovailoa from the press field.
He was sitting on the 15-yard line FaceTiming his mother and pa, who could not be in attendance at Arduous Rock Stadium. The 15-yard line was each the realm of the sphere the place Tagovailoa’s first NFL drive befell and never removed from the realm of the sphere he dislocated his hip in his ultimate school sport.
“They had been completely happy to see me on the market taking part in once more,” Tagovailoa mentioned about the dialog.
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Tagovailoa appeared destined to be a first-round decide all through his time starring at Alabama. However a dislocated hip on Nov. 16, 2019, ended Tagovailoa’s school profession prematurely and put the understanding of his NFL debut a bit on maintain. The Dolphins have principally been quiet about Tagovailoa’s well being, though his hip harm hasn’t been listed on the harm report since Week 2.
The dearth of a preseason meant Tagovailoa will surely start the season behind placeholder QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has now led Miami to wins in back-to-back weeks. However with the Dolphins cruising previous the Jets in Week 6, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores noticed a possibility to get his rookie an NFL debut.
“He was completely happy to be on the market,” Fitzpatrick advised media postgame. “I feel that was a cool second for him. Simply the reception of him from the followers.”
As Tagovailoa took the sphere late within the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick waved his arms into the air on the sideline to pump up the socially distanced Miami crowd. Tagovailoa handed off as soon as earlier than finishing a 2-yard move within the flat to Patrick Laird for his first NFL completion. The southpaw threw seven yards to Jakeem Grant on the subsequent play to finish his statline.
Tagovailoa turned the primary left-handed quarterback to finish a move within the NFL since Week 17 in 2015, when Kellen Moore was throwing his ultimate passes within the league for the Dallas Cowboys. Whereas Fitzpatrick will definitely stay the Dolphins’ starter for now, Tagovailoa’s NFL profession is formally underway.
Sunday will not be the final time Tagovailoa spends time on an NFL area, however it was his first time. He made positive it lasted a number of seconds longer than the clock hitting Zero:00.