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'There's something about him': Tua Tagovailoa already making an impression on his Dolphins teammates

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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It's only been a matter of days since they actually met in person for the first time this week after being restricted to virtual meetings since the end of April.

But it seems like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa have already hit it off.

So much so, they have already had the conversation that may seem the most uncomfortable to have for other football players in their scenario heading into the Miami Dolphins' 2020 football season.

"I don't know how much time it will be before Tua is in the lineup. I know that I'm the placeholder. And we've already had that conversation," Fitzpatrick said on Saturday about eventually surrendering his role as the team's starting quarterback for Tagovailoa.

"Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance -- whether it's early or late or whenever it is -- I'm going to be his biggest cheerleader. That's what I said earlier.

"But I think I have a unique perspective just from the career that I've had. I was excited they drafted him. Since meeting him in person the other day, I'm really excited. We've hit it off. I am an old geezer but we've meshed personality wise, and I'm excited to work with him."

 

The Dolphins may have the most harmonious quarterback competition in all of football.

Fitzpatrick, 37 years old and entering his 16th NFL season, understands while he will get the first chance to hold the Dolphins' starting job again, he is the bridge quarterback as Tagovailoa begins his first training camp preparing to take the reins.

Tagovailoa, the team's top pick in April's NFL draft, still needs to improve his overall conditioning and get into South Florida football shape, while Dolphins coach Brian Flores and team doctors are eager to see how his hip responds to such work at this stage of his recovery.

All of this while third-year quarterback Josh Rosen, the former No. 10 pick who the Dolphins traded for a year ago, also sits in the same quarterback room, too, vying for his chance to make a statement to the team's coaches as well.

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