Lynn Bowden Jr. on Tua Tagovailoa: When he lets it loose, we’ll win every game

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Lynn Bowden Jr. expected to spend his rookie season playing for the Raiders after they drafted him in the third round, but he wound up making his NFL debut with the Dolphins last September.

The Raiders traded Bowden and a 2021 sixth-round pick to Miami for a fourth-round selection in a deal that reports said was made due to off-field concerns. Bowden had been at a house raided by police during the offseason, but he was not arrested. Bowden told Tyler Dunne of Go Long that he called Raiders coaches immediately after and felt “nobody was sticking up for me.”

Bowden played quarterback at Kentucky and worked as a running back in his brief time with the Raiders, but he moved to wide receiver with the Dolphins and came on strong at the end of the year. He had 27 catches for 212 yards in the final five games of the season and he told Dunne he thinks bigger things are coming for him and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in their second NFL seasons.

Tagovailoa said recently that he didn’t fully grasp the playbook as a rookie and Bowden said the quarterback played “a little scared” at times last season, but he thinks that everything can come together for him in 2021.

“When he lets it loose and he’s being himself, we’ll win every game,” Bowden said. “When he’s feeling himself and he’s moving and doing his thing, Tua is one of the best quarterbacks, literally, around. And people don’t know that yet.”

The Dolphins added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle to the receiving corps this season and it’s not yet clear how all of the pieces are going to fit around Tagovailoa. If he can make good on Bowden’s prediction, however, there should be plenty of work to go around.

15 responses to “Lynn Bowden Jr. on Tua Tagovailoa: When he lets it loose, we’ll win every game

  1. Tua is a once in a generation QB, the Dolphins finally have the right QB!

  2. Tua is still developing and Miami is notorious for not being able to develop young qb’s to their potential. Much like Sam Darnold’s time with the Jets

  3. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 30, 2021 at 12:16 pm
    Tua is a once in a generation QB, the Dolphins finally have the right QB!

    Literally nothing about Tua us generational, nothing. Speaking of generational though the Dolphins made a generational mistake in passing on Herbert for Tua. Who it appears Miami missed on at this point.

  4. 1. Dolphins passed on Herbert and took Tua.

    2. The Dolphins had a chance to draft a QB in 2021 and decided not too.

    If Tua doesn’t improve a lot then this will be difficult to recover from because the Dolphins won’t be picking in the top 5 anymore, and will have to either pay up to trade up, or hope a good QB falls to them (which can happen, but may take years).

  5. Lol. Win every game. I don’t even think Miami’s coaches are convinced. There’s been too much chatter about trading for a guy or prior to the draft, potentially drafting one.
    He is going to prove that he some skill but was also playing on the best team in the country with the most pro talent. Literally nothing about his game wows anyone. I think he can be a decent starter but I don’t imagine much more.
    Who knows, maybe I’m looking at him the way everyone looked at josh Allen. Maybe he will surprise but he doesn’t have the skill set and overall package Allen has so I think his ceiling is limited. I think Miami
    Should be happy if he turns out to be Andy dalton

  6. Lynn Bowden…..please report for surprise drug test in room 5 immediately.

  7. Tua and his Wonderlic of 13 and weak arm are a bad recipe. There’s a reason why teammates said Mac Jones is better.

  8. Haters love to hate. It helps them cope with their insecurities. Tua’s real evaluation starts this season. He is fully healthy and has legitimate skill players around him.

  9. I dont understand the ridiculous praise the fans gives Tua. He has accomplished nothing in the NFL. And he hasnt even shown flashes of brilliance. Maybe he will get there, time will tell. But the body of work to this point is laughable. I would be very concerned if I were a Dolphins fan. He is basically Jason Campbell or Rex Grossman at this point. Tua was better at Bama, but Hurts will have the better career

  10. touchback6 says:
    May 30, 2021 at 8:09 pm
    Tua and his Wonderlic of 13 and weak arm are a bad recipe. There’s a reason why teammates said Mac Jones is better.

    Tua’s score was actually 19 which is still ower than Herberts but Dam Marino scored a 16 and he turned out to be a pretty good QB. Wonderlic score is not as important as they make it out to be. And if Mac Jones is better, than how come he couldn’t beat Tua out of the starting spot?

  11. Here are some of the reported scores:
    48 — Ryan Fitzpatrick, Greg McElroy
    42 — Blaine Gabbert
    40 — Alex Smith
    39 — Eli Manning
    38 — Colin Kaepernick, Matt Flynn, Matthew Stafford
    37 — Tony Romo, Andrew Luck
    35 — Aaron Rodgers, Matt Leinart, Sam Bradford, Christina Ponder
    34 — Ryan Tannehill
    33 — Tom Brady
    33 — Marcus Mariota
    32 — Johnny Manziel
    31 — Matt Schaub
    30 — Philip Rivers
    29 — Andy Dalton, Nick Foles
    28 — Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, EJ Manuel, Marck Sanchez, Blake Bortles
    27 — Jameis Winston, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman
    26 — Jay Cutler, Carson Palmer, Ryan Mallet
    25 — Ben Roethlisberger
    24 — Cam Newton, Geno Smith
    21 — Robert Griffin III
    20 — Michael Vick, Jake Locher, Teddy Bridgewater

    I see some pretty crappy names with high scores so tell me again how important their wonderlic scores are?

  12. I don’t understand why people feel the need to go to extremes, really. He is neither the best quarterback out there, nor the worst. It’s too early to say he’s a bust, and you can definitely see some skill, particularly in the win over the Cardinals where he outpassed Kyler Murray, but he’s also got a long way to go to be considered a solid starter. Let’s not forget that last year he had also missed most of his last season in college and was rehabbing. I don’t think we’ve seen the actual Tua yet, but that doesn’t mean he’ll come back and light up scoreboards either. I like Lynn Bowden sticking up for a teammate, that’s what they’re supposed to do, and getting all riled up over a throaway comment is just silly.

    My takeaway from this article is actually more about the Raiders, seems like they gave up awfully easily on Bowden. I wonder if there’s more to that story? The Dolphins need to make some decisions at WR because with Fuller and Waddle in, I just don’t see them carrying Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Bowden and Malcolm Perry this season. At least 2 of those likely won’t make the team. Grant, at least, has a leg up on the competition (pun intended) due to his return skills.

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