If no one else believes in Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s abilities, new Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill does. Or is the dynamic former Chiefs receiver creating a facade right before our eyes?
We’ll soon find out as the Dolphins duo embarks on their first training camp, preseason and regular season as teammates. Ever since he was traded to the Dolphins in March, the talented but loquacious Hill has been on the Tagovailoa train. He’s even gone as far to slight his former quarterback Patrick Mahomes while trying to uplift his new signal-caller.
His actions have some believing he really doesn’t believe Tagovailoa can get the job done, but he’s trying to make it seem as if he believes Tagovailoa is Mahomes’ equal, which is extremely farfetched when you consider what he accomplished with “Mr. Ketchup on Errthang.”
In his latest remarks while joining ESPN’s First Take, “The Cheetah,” had this to say about Tagovailoa, and he even complimented Mahomes for a change — well, sort of.
“I just feel like a lot of people haven’t seen young Tua’s full potential. … I had a chance to practice with him and I see a lot of similarities when I look at him and look at Patrick Mahomes.”
“I’d rather play with the most accurate quarterback in the league.”
Cheetah’s public praise of Tagovailoa is putting immense pressure on him to perform at a high level. Because we all know if he doesn’t Hill will be the first to call him out in the media, directly or indirectly.
Hill Chose Dolphins Over Jets: Agent Says Deal With Jets Was Close
Back in March, when the deal was made, the Jets were the original trade partner with the Chiefs. In fact, a deal was close until the division rival “Fins” swooped in and grabbed the former Oklahoma State star.
Hill’s agent Drew Rosenhaus mentioned that the Jets actually had a trade offer on the table, and Miami jumped in. And of course, Hill chose South Beach over the Meadowlands. Who wouldn’t?
Drew Rosenhaus explains that the Jets actually worked out a trade with Chiefs for Tyreek Hill first. Then Dolphins came in. And Tyreek decided he wanted Miami.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) March 24, 2022
In typical Hill fashion, he tried to deny there was any chance he’d go to the Jets.
“How close was I? Who? The Jets? Nah man, look man … I don’t even want to get into all that. I knew I was gonna pick Miami no matter what.”
Dolphins Expect A Return On Investment From Hill And Tagovailoa
The Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft after his stellar career at Alabama. The left-handed Tagovailoa has shown flashes of the talent that made him the top dual-threat QB in the class of 2017. And after two seasons the results have been mixed, but with an upgraded offense that includes Hill and the dynamic Jaylen Waddle, who posted over 100 catches and over 1,000 yards in his rookie season, the expectations are high in South Beach. With new head coach Mike McDaniel, the expectancy is adding new weaponry in the passing game and running game will have the Dolphins take a huge step forward.
The Dolphins offense is ready to make the leap pic.twitter.com/4Wn7qXlPvM
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But that’ll only happen if Tagovailoa is better.