Miami Dolphins star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spent the offseason working out to get bigger and stronger in an effort to protect himself from injury. But it appears that those workouts have actually helped his game, too.
During his press conference this week, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel claimed that the extra workouts Tua Tagovailoa did over the offseason appear to have added “more pitches to his arsenal” in terms of how he is able to throw a football.
“He really took his training on his body serious this offseason for a multitude of reasons, and I’ve seen various things where he has a little more short-area explosiveness, where you’re able to manipulate yourself in the pocket at a more explosive rate,” McDaniel said according to Mike Coppinger of ESPN. “I don’t know this to be fact, but it appears by my layman’s eye that he has more pitches in his arsenal; he can layer stuff and drive it just with even more command. . . . He’s already pretty adept at [that] considering his accuracy. I think it just overall helps him feel prepared and execute a lot of things. And the residuals are apparent and various.”
We’ll have to see if those workouts did lead to any noticeable improvement on the field from Tagovailoa this year.