The Miami Dolphins still have yet to announce whether or not rookie sensation Tua Tagovailoa will start at quarterback in Week 1, but the Alabama product sure believes he’s ready, by his own words.
Miami selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick on the draft, taking the guy they’d been rumored to have had their eyes on for over a year, despite all the smokescreens leading up to April’s big event.
He is, however, coming off major hip surgery, casting some doubt as to whether or not he’s ready to move around in the pocket and possibly absorb a massive hit that comes along with playing professional football in the NFL. The Dolphins would be wise to be extremely careful with him.
But Tagovailoa appears to want to start right away in September, and is ready to take the pitch again.
“I’d say I’m ready to go,” Tagovailoa said, via USA Today. “It’s kind of [one of] those things where you start getting the itch to get back out on the field, to be able to compete. It’s going to be a new setting, so that’s what’s even more exciting.”
“I’m confident in what the Dolphins are going to have us doing, as well as the NFL,” Tagovailoa said. “I think they have the [players’ best interests]. I’d say as of right now, we just don’t know the full details of what our schedule is going to look like from a day-to-day process yet, as well as a week-to-week process.”
The Dolphins will have the final say in this matter, and given that they haven’t even seen him work out in person as of yet, it’s understandable why they’re taking their time with this decision.