Dolphins mocked for posting video of Tua Tagovailoa badly underthrowing Tyreek Hill

If this trend continues, Miami could be in for a long season

The Miami Dolphins made some flashy moves this offseason — namely the additions of wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Pro Bowl tackle Terron Armstead — but how those pieces fit remains to be seen.

Miami may be guilty of putting the cart before the horse, with some worried Hill’s skill set as one of the league’s premier deep threats could be wasted on Tua Tagovailoa, whose arm strength — or lack thereof — has been a frequent criticism throughout his two seasons in South Florida.

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Perhaps it won’t matter. Hill’s speed off the line of scrimmage makes him just as dangerous in the short and intermediate game, which, as many know, is Tagovailoa’s bread and butter.

Still, this highlight from Tuesday’s practice, which the Dolphins inexplicably shared to their social media accounts, was not seen as particularly encouraging.

Headed into, what could be, a make-or-break season for the much-maligned 24-year-old, this clip of Tagovailoa badly underthrowing Hill will do little to assuage concerns about his perceived difficulty throwing downfield.

If Tagovailoa again falls short of expectations in 2022, the Dolphins could easily pivot to another quarterback next season, addressing that need in either the draft (they hold five picks in the first three rounds including two first-rounders) or free agency (owner Stephen Ross has long coveted Tom Brady, who is entering his walk year with Tampa Bay). Hill will be around either way after inking a record four-year, $120 million extension.

Tagovailoa doesn’t have to be a star per se — head coach Mike McDaniel was successful scheming for a similarly limited quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers last year, riding game manager Jimmy Garoppolo all the way to the NFC Championship Game. But if this wobbler to Hill is Tagovailoa’s ceiling, Miami could be in for a long season.

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