Jaylen Waddle: Tua Tagovailoa is a natural-born leader

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Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has one slight advantage when it comes to getting acclimated to life in the NFL.

Miami reunited Waddle with his former college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, by selecting the wideout at No. 6 overall — giving the team some built-in chemistry.

While Waddle told reporters in his rookie minicamp press conference on Friday that he will call Tagovailoa if he has questions, he also extolled the quarterback’s leadership ability.

“He is just a natural leader. Natural-born learn,” Waddle said, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He’s confident. He knows what to do and is smart. Everything you want a leader to do Tua presents.”

Tagovailoa started nine games for the Dolphins last year, finishing the season with 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and three TDs.

Whether Waddle can help elevate Tagovailoa’s play remains to be seen, but their already established connection shouldn’t hurt.

7 responses to “Jaylen Waddle: Tua Tagovailoa is a natural-born leader

  1. Waddle is a great fit for Tua. In college he threw the ball in tight windows to hit Waddle in stride to give him room to run. Tua is very accurate throwing the ball and Waddle’s quickness in short areas utilizes.the best part of Tua’s game. Tannehill struggled making those throws consistently throwing the ball into the receivers body slowing them down and getting them hit.

  2. It will be interesting to see what happens with Tua this season. I know he was humbled when things got difficult and he lost his confidence towards the end of last season. We will see what kind of player he really is now that the offensive unit has been upgraded and he is now a full year from the devastating injury he suffered in college. He’s a great person and competitor who I’m sure wants to prove he can be successful at this level. He probably has a two year window. If he doesn’t show improvement, the team may look to replace him in 2023.

  3. “Tua is a natural born leader”… What was the guy supposed to say?!? Tua looked awful last year in that game up in Buffalo, Tua looked defeated mentally and physically. Tua has never been a guy to hype up his teammates or get in there face expecting accountability. Tua didn’t look like much of a leader in that raiders or broncos game but of course Miami fans have been ok with mediocrity for decades. Tua is just another Marcus Mariota at best.

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