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Dolphins Identify Biggest Room For Growth For Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the field.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 26: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins participates in warmups prior to a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tua Tagovailoa is about to enter a pivotal third season that may determine whether the Miami Dolphins view him as their long-term quarterback. While he's hit some bumpy roads early in his career, the team has still noticed some progression that may give them hope.

The team released a video of Dolphins assistant general manager Marvin Allen discussing the draft process and development of past picks with Travis Wingfield. During the interview (h/t Mike Masala of Dolphins Wire), Wingfield asked where Tagovailoa has shown the most growth over the two NFL seasons.

Allen pointed to the Alabama alum becoming more comfortable steering an NFL-style offense.

“Learning the command of the offense,” Allen said. “I mean, obviously, coming from college where the offenses are not as complex as they are in the NFL, I think him learning, progressing in like reads and you know what guys are going to be in a specific area and knowing who he can go to. I think he’s learning those things."

The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa, once expected to be a future No. 1 pick, with the fifth overall choice in 2020. He's had his ups and downs, accruing 4,467 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 23 career games.

2022 could be a make-or-break year for the 24-year-old lefty. The Dolphins are sticking with Tagovailoa under center, and they nabbed him an elite target in wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Pairing Hill with second-year star Jaylen Waddle gives Tua the league's speediest receiving tandem.

While they'll hope he looks even more comfortable running the offense this year, Tagovailoa also must improve his downfield throwing game to prove he's the organization's future under center.