It’s Tua Time: McShay on Tagovailoa’s debut, plus rookie scouting reports on Burrow, Herbert

  • ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
  • Joined ESPN in 2006
  • Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.

It’s officially Tua Time for the Miami Dolphins. Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, will get his first career start when Miami faces the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

What can we expect from the talented lefty in his first full game? What are his strengths, and how will they impact the offense? Whats areas will be under a close eye?

Let’s take a closer look at what Tagovailoa brings to the table, including what I’m looking for from the former Crimson Tide star. And while we’re at it, how have Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert looked through the first few weeks of their careers? Let’s also check in on the two first-year QBs who already have starting action.

Here’s a brief outlook on Tagovailoa’s debut as the Dolphins’ starter and a roundup of how the other two rookie signal-callers have performed thus far.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

This was the Dolphins’ plan all along. It’s clear that regardless of how well or how poorly Ryan Fitzpatrick played, Tagovailoa was going to be the guy once the team deemed him ready. And despite some strong play from Fitzpatrick — his 80.6 Total QBR is tied for sixth in the NFL — in the team’s 3-3 start to the season, Tagovailoa is indeed ready.

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