Tua Tagovailoa wants to play in Saturday’s preseason game

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Head coaches have different philosophies when it comes to playing time in the preseason.

This week, Miami’s Mike McDaniel has not yet announced whether quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be on the field for the club’s second preseason matchup against the Raiders.

But if Tagovailoa has his way, he’ll get at least a few snaps to prepare for the regular season.

“Man, I always want to play,” Tagovailoa said in his Wednesday press conference. “I’m going to be honest. I wanted to play last week, too, at least a couple of snaps. But Mike decided that then wasn’t the time. So, hopefully, he gives the first offense and opportunity to go out there, hopefully get some plays in, understand some situations knowing how to manage the game, and kind of get back into the groove of things in that sense — where we have no coaches on the field, we have no one to really line us up. We just really figure things out on our own when we’re out there playing.”

Still, Tagovailoa recognizes the difference in playing an exhibition matchup as opposed to Week One.

“I would say there is some understanding of playing smart in preseason,” Tagovailoa said. “Obviously, you want to get real-live reps, you want to get game reps. But at the same time, you want to be smart because preseason games don’t count. But they do add additional reps for us when we’re going out there to work with each other.”

The Dolphins will host the Raiders for this week’s game at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.

15 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa wants to play in Saturday’s preseason game

  1. Can’t blame him, rookie Skylar Thompson was very impressive last week, Tua
    getting nervous!

  2. Shouldn’t they already be practicing that way and not need to actually play in the preseason? Looks like a 5-12 season in the horizon!

  3. I’m not a believer in Tua. I don’t think he’s going to be terrible but I don’t think he’s going to be good really either. I believe he will be a below average starter and Miami will again be looking for a QB in 2023,

  4. I am still rooting for him, because he seems like a hard worker and decent person. However, this team is not the second coming of any Bama team from the last decade, thus no chance for a title, but definitely some great entertainment. And let’s face it, Ross does not deserve a SB.

  5. And to think the Dolphins could easily have had Herbert throwing to Chase!
    How some GMs keep their jobs is truly mind boggling!

  6. “Looks like a 5-12 season in the horizon!”

    They’re not the Raiders dude, they will have at least a 10-7 season.

  7. It’s unbelievable how Chris grier is still employed after that debacle of a draft with 3 wasted first round picks. We could have herbert Jefferson and Taylor in that first round then jamar chase the next year. Imagine that offense.

  8. MortimerInMiami says:

    Can’t blame him, rookie Skylar Thompson was very impressive last week, Tua
    getting nervous!
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    Oh, please. Skylar went against 3rd string guys who won’t even be on the team come September.

  9. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 18, 2022 at 11:20 am
    And to think the Dolphins could easily have had Herbert throwing to Chase!
    How some GMs keep their jobs is truly mind boggling!

    ——————————————————–

    Drafting Waddle, Phillips, and Holland will help any GM keep their job.

  10. No team has a perfect draft. Grier has done a good job since 2020 with his drafts, free agent signings, trades and cap management. We don’t know if Tua was “his guy”. Flores reportedly liked Jordan Love. Stephen Ross could have told him to draft Tua. Like someone posted earlier, depth is their main problem this season

  11. He looked pretty decent in limited action with depth receivers out there. I think he’ll do just fine in Miami this year. It’ll be funny watching a bunch of these haters scramble to pick him up in their fantasy leagues when the regular season starts.

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