Tua Tagovailoa Aug 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes against the Houston Texans in the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Fair or not, the spotlight is going to be placed on Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The expectations for the Dolphins are high, as many expect Miami to contend for a Super Bowl if the 25-year-old quarterback can stay on the field. 

Last year, Tagovailoa struggled to stay available and on the field, missing several games due to several head injuries he sustained throughout the season. But, it sounds like he spent the entire offseason making sure that doesn’t happen again.

On Saturday, Tagovailoa made his first start since he sustained his second concussion of the 2022 season. in a Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Tagovailoa was under center in a game against another opponent for the first time since Christmas Day 2022, which was 237 days ago.

Naturally, Tagovailoa was under the microscope, even though Saturday’s affair was the Dolphins’ second game of the preseason. And on the very first play of the game, Tagovailoa threw a horrible pass that was intercepted by Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman.

It’s only the preseason, but that throw was pretty troublesome. And those in the NFL world were quick to react to Tagovailoa’s mistake.

Tagovailoa later led the Dolphins to a touchdown drive shortly thereafter, but his interception was still not ideal, to say the least. It remains to be seen if that’s something that Tagovailoa can improve upon as the preseason and regular season, for that matter, move forward.

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