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Brian Flores Shares How Tua Tagovailoa Is Different This Offseason

Tua Tagovailoa looks to pass for the Dolphins.

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The 2021 season is a pivotal one for the Miami Dolphins and their second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Last year, Miami finished 10-6 and narrowly missed the playoffs. Tagovailoa showed flashes as a rookie, but also experienced his fair share of struggles, including getting pulled from a game late in the year in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led a comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

On Wednesday, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores shared some of what he's seen from Tagovailoa through the early part of OTAs, remarking how the former No. 5 overall pick looks more sure of himself.

"He's definitely more comfortable," Flores said,

Brian Flores on Tua: "He's definitely more comfortable. Has a better rapport with his teammates. I've seen him...with a better understanding of how we practice. We've seen that from him so far.

"Hopefully he continues to grow and improve." #Dolphins

— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) May 26, 2021

">via The Athletic's Josh Tolentino. "Has a better rapport with his teammates. I've seen him...with a better understanding of how we practice. We've seen that from him so far. "Hopefully he continues to grow and improve."

Earlier this month, Flores said that even though he chose to remove Tagovailoa from that late-season game, he has not lost confidence in the quarterback.

“Last year’s situation is . . . we’ve talked about this numerous times,” Flores told Peter King in Football Morning in America. “If he had started the season, we wouldn’t have pulled him. We put him in. We’re in a playoff chase. At that point, it’s hey, we’ve got to do whatever we’ve got to do to try to win. But no, my confidence wasn’t shaken in him.”

In 10 games as a rookie, Tagovailoa completed 64.2% of his passes, throwing for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He added 109 rushing yards and three scores on the ground.

The Dolphins invested in him in a major way at wide receiver this offseason, signing Will Fuller and drafting Tagovailoa's former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle with the sixth overall pick.