Tua Tagovailoa has made just 13 starts since the Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but trade rumors are already circulating about Miami in search of a quarterback upgrade.
Specifically, Miami has been linked to Deshaun Watson. Tagovailoa doesn’t let those rumors affect him.
“I listen to it. I listen to it. I just don’t listen to it,” Tagovailoa told reporters. by The Palm Beach Post.
“I really respect and appreciate [coach Brian Flores’] transparency with what’s in it, “Tagovailoa added later when discussing the rumors, according to the Miami Herald. “… I sit down and tell me what is happening. Have conversations with [general manager Chris] Grier and he keeps me on top of all those things. I’m listening [the Watson reports] but I’m not really focused on that. “
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It would be hard to blame Tagovailoa for hearing the rumors. The buzz surrounding a Watson trade is getting louder by the day, and it seems possible that the embattled Texans starting quarterback could be dealt with before the 2021 NFL trade deadline.
Miami has been repeatedly mentioned as a business destination and so far, the Dolphins are the only team Watson has indicated that he would waive his no-trade clause to join.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores addressed these rumors indirectly after the game. He told reporters that he had a discussion with Tagovailoa about “everything that was going on,” but continued to engage with Tagovailoa as the starter for the Dolphins.
“[We had] the same conversation we’ve had for a while, which is our quarterback, “Flores said.” Your focus should be on our team, on what we are doing. In this case it was Atlanta … and understanding that there is some external noise, some external distractions, but just do your best to focus. “
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Tagovailoa certainly seemed focused during the Dolphins’ 30-28 loss to the Falcons. He completed 32 of 40 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns, one of which gave the Dolphins a late 28-27 lead. However, he threw two interceptions that led to 10 points for Atlanta.
Still, Flores came out of the loss, Miami’s sixth in a row, feeling good about Tagovailoa.
“I thought bringing us back in the fourth quarter, putting two units together to give us the advantage, that’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback,” Flores said. “From that point of view, he put us in a position to win the game, which at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask of the quarterback. Obviously, I wish I had some plays, but overall, I thought he did a lot of good things. “
That doesn’t sound like a coach who’s willing to give up his quarterback. We’ll see if Flores changes his mind before the NFL trade deadline of November 2.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.