• Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is entering a pivotal Year 3, and expectations have never been higher for the former No. 5 overall pick.
• Tagovailoa's offensive line was a clear roadblock for his progress in Years 1 and 2, but the Dolphins overhauled the unit this offseason with the additions of Terron Armstead and Connor Williams.
• With Tagovailoa playing alongside the first viable supporting cast in his NFL career, a breakout season is certainly in the realm of possibilities.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has had a rough start to his NFL career and now enters a crucial third season, facing pressure to show he can be a viable long-term starter for the team that selected him above Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa is under a lot of pressure going into a make-or-break season, but he also has help around him for the first time in his career, and a supporting cast can be almost everything to a quarterback.
Most pressures by an OL over past five seasons:
|Team||Total Pressures||Pressure Rate||QB's average TTT|
|2017 Texans||253||41.8%||3.11 (40th)|
|2019 Dolphins||236||33.0%||2.63 (10th)|
|2021 Dolphins||235||34.1%||2.53 (3rd)|
|2018 Vikings||226||33.8%||2.62 (18th)|
|2019 Panthers||222||31.0%||2.69 (14th)|
It’s important to understand how little a shot Tagovailoa had over his first two seasons given what was around him. Last season’s Miami offensive line wasn’t just bad; it was historically poor, despite the team doing a lot to try and hide the problems.