Dolphins reportedly warming up to Justin Herbert

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Going into last season, the Dolphins being bad enough to earn the first pick, and that pick being Tua Tagovailoa seemed like the most likely scenario.

But between the Dolphins being better than expected, and Tagovailoa suffering a season-ending hip injury, things became more complicated.

Now, the team is forced to cast a wider net at quarterback, and they might like what they’re finding.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, citing sources familiar with the team’s thinking, the Dolphins have “an increasingly positive view” of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

This is a reasonable place to be in February, considering the Dolphins are picking fifth, and they may not be able to get to Tagovailoa (if his hip checks out) or Joe Burrow without making a major move up.

The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Herbert has prototypical size and a good arm, and also has shown mobility. He’s also been something less than consistent on the field, though he had a good week at the Senior Bowl.

Again, it’s early, and the Dolphins would be unwise to lock in on any particular player at the moment, since they don’t have the first pick in the draft. And even if they’re not crazy about Herbert, it doesn’t hurt them to make other teams think they do.

23 responses to “Dolphins reportedly warming up to Justin Herbert

  1. A mobile big dude with a big arm that doesn’t have “Fragile” written all over it? A year under Fitz might be just what the Fins and this this kid needs.

  2. Ya, and they are interested in Andy Dalton too. Neither happening. Let the smoke screens begin.

  3. I think its time for the Fins to send out their own smokescreens. They could be genuinely intrigued by Herbert but there is no need to force it with the crop of QBs coming out next year. It sounds cliche but they really need to let the draft come to them at #5. If Tua is there, which I expect, and they still want him, take him. Otherwise, take the best available. They are starved for talent and cannot afford to limit themselves.

  4. Don’t need a quaterback this year. Focus on the line and pick up Swift late in the first round. Draft Lawrence next year and this team will be a contender.

  5. Just a smoke screen. And if they want Tua they will have to trade up. Should be an interesting draft.

  6. The Phins want Tua, but not at any price. This is a way to manipulate the narrative and maybe forestall someone from leapfrogging over them.

  7. DON’T REACH FOR ANY QB!!!!! We are not a QB away from the playoffs or being relevant. We can’t run the ball nor can we stop the run. WE gave up the most sacks in the league, and we had the least sacks on defense in the league. Drafting a QB isn’t going to change any of that. Build the trenches on both sides of the ball, then find a cover corner, a RB, and a safety. We have Fitz and Rosen, they can hold down the fort, while we build the infrastructure for the long haul. I don’t care how dynamic your skill players are, if you don’t have a solid O-Line and D-Line, you don’t have a winning football team.

  8. I’m not a Herbert fan, nor a fan of drafting from PAC 10. The phins need to keep their #5 and take BPA. That might be Tua if he is available. I’m hoping Isaiah Simmons is still on the board. At 18 i like Yetur Gross-Matos and at 26 either Mekhi Becton or Lloyd Cushenberry III and then a flyer on Jake Fromm in the second round.

    GO PHINS~!

  9. Two years ago Herbert was considered the #1 prospect. That was before Burrow set the world on fire and all the Tua-mania. I think Herbert is going to be a better QB than Tua and if he’s there at #5 they could either take him or get a king’s ransom for passing on him. However, if you feel he’s a franchise QB it might be worth the risk to take him…unless they are targeting someone else later in the draft. I think Miami needs to address the future QB situation this year…next year at the latest.

  10. if theres any justice,it will be herbert,and not another 1st rounder with issues.and whatever team signs tua,we can send them fitzpatrick to hold his crutches.

  11. Yep, take a pass rusher or an offensive lineman when you desperately in need of a QB. That worked out so well for Cleveland when they passed on Wentz, Watson, and Mahomes.

  12. As a Dolphin fan I have to disagree with the people saying “don’t reach for a QB”. I’m all in for Miami trading up to get Tua, even if it cost two 1st round picks. You build a team around a franchise QB and if Miami believes either Tua or Herbert is that guy, you don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

    Miami still holds a magnitude of picks along with $100 million in cap space. If done right, with a little bit of luck, this team can make a giant turnaround in one offseason. I’m tired of watching other teams take chances on QB’s and hitting while the Dolphins “let the board come to them”.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 17, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Yep, take a pass rusher or an offensive lineman when you desperately in need of a QB. That worked out so well for Cleveland when they passed on Wentz, Watson, and Mahomes.

    Oh sure, take a QB that will get hit almost every time he drops back for a pass and will likely get injured and maybe have a shortened career.

  14. I watched a couple of games with Herbert. His mobility is awkward. I see another Tannehill / Josh Rosen type… who’s going to take years to straighten that out. So I’m not a Herbert fan.

    To be honest, I’d rather stick with Rosen and use that pick on a LT to protect him. Improve 2 positions at once, rather than create 2 underperformers.

  15. I say pass on Tua for sure, and Herbert if they can trade back for more picks. Tua will be out of the league before his rookie contract has expired! Jacob Eason will be available in the 2nd round, and he has as much potential as Tua and Herbert. Eason has a stronger arm than Tua and Herbert, and can make throws the other 2 can’t make. The Dolphins need to focus on the Oline and the Dline, maybe a big bruiser type RB, and CB/S or 2. The Dolphins need to be able to run the ball on offense, and stop the run on defense and not just throw a QB back there to get killed. We’ve seen that show for the last 15+ years.

  16. Not sure what there is to love about Herbert. He is not a gamer, his intangibles are not great or even remarkable. Sure he can throw the ball a good distance and fills out the uniform but I don’t see how that translates to success in the NFL.

  17. I remember when Dennis Pitta was untouched and dislocated hip and two seasons later in practice did the same thing, untouched again. I believe when someone has this injury untouched its a HUGE red flag and I wouldn’t touch them until at least late in the 2nd round or round 3, no way I’d take that chance on them in round 1, let some other team take that chance.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 17, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Yep, take a pass rusher or an offensive lineman when you desperately in need of a QB. That worked out so well for Cleveland when they passed on Wentz, Watson, and Mahomes.

    If you think Wentz, Watson or Mahomes would have had anywhere close to the same success in that dumpster fire called Cleveland you’re out of your mind! Hell most of the reason their QBs were so bad over the last 15yrs was because they didn’t have any OL in front of them, if I said it once I’ve said it a thousand times it all starts with the OL and if your OL sucks I don’t care if you’d put Brady, Brees, Rodgers or whoever at QB they’d just look bad too! You have to have time to throw and lanes to run the ball and that only comes with a good OL, PERIOD.

  19. It will be interesting what the Dolphins will do with all those picks. They have a need at just about every position but wide receiver. I’m a firm believer in building from the inside out and they need an edge rusher and at least three starting offensive lineman this offseason. I’d be happy if they used that fifth pick on a lineman. Tua’s made of glass. I wouldn’t take him high in the first round. I think if they have an opportunity to take Herbert or Love, they may pull the trigger.

  20. I agree with alot of the comments here. Dont reach for QB WE DONT really need a qb in this draft per say definently not a hurt one. I think this team should draft Fromm yes he may not have the hype the other QBs have but his football IQ is out the roof! Sit him train em . If you take fromm then you need to get swift too.Fromm and Swift same team mates is going to go along way. That’s all I’m saying.

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