The Miami Dolphins managed to make sure their long-term future beneath heart by taking Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth general decide within the 2020 NFL Draft. In consequence, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finds himself in a relatively precarious place heading into the 2020 NFL season.
In accordance with Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fitzpatrick admits that whereas he plans to be Tagovailoa’s most staunch supporter, he absolutely intends on competing because the starter for so long as doable:
“I’m excited. I’m excited that they drafted him,” Fitzpatrick mentioned of Tagovailoa. “I’m excited as a result of I watched him play at Alabama and he appears to be like like he’s a fairly dynamic expertise. Simply in assembly him a couple of instances, he looks like an unbelievable child with an incredible head on his shoulders. He says the suitable issues, needs to do the suitable issues.
“So, for me, I’m his greatest cheerleader proper now, however I additionally wish to be on the market enjoying,” Fitzpatrick added.
Fitzpatrick added that regardless of the competitors, he nonetheless plans on taking Tagovailoa beneath his wing with the Dolphins by helping together with his improvement in any he can.
“I additionally wish to be on the sector, and that’s why I’m nonetheless doing it’s as a result of I nonetheless take pleasure in enjoying the sport. Hopefully a number of the classes I’m in a position to train him are him watching me play if, but when it’s the opposite approach round I’m going to do my greatest to assist him succeed one of the simplest ways he can.”
“I’m right here. Once more, zero ego. I’ve a lot information. I’ve made so many errors on this league by way of dumb choices and throws. I’ve discovered the way to put together. I’ve discovered a lot about offenses and defenses, and the way in which guys function.”
“Ask questions. I’m an open e book. Ask me no matter you need,” Fitzpatrick added
It’s encouraging to see that Fitzpatrick has already embraced the mentorship function for Tagovailoa. Though he nonetheless has each intention of main the Dolphins beneath heart, he doesn’t plan on giving the rookie the chilly shoulder to discourage his development.
Happily, Fitzpatrick is navigating by relatively acquainted territory serving because the bridge quarterback for a possible franchise cornerstone. The veteran has taken on such a job on quite a few events all through his profession, most not too long ago with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers whereas competing with then-quarterback Jameis Winston for the beginning job.
Tagovailoa shall be given the chance to take over the offense sooner or later within the close to future, nonetheless, it’s secure to say that Fitzpatrick isn’t going to make it straightforward for him. In any case, he shall be carrying loads of momentum from the resurgence he helped lead down the stretch of the 2019 marketing campaign with the Dolphins, and head coach Brian Flores proved that he’s going to prioritize staying aggressive amid the continuing rebuild.