Waddle knows the young quarterback well, so when he says there’s a difference with how Tua is operating now in Miami compared to his time in Tuscaloosa, it’s worth paying attention to.
On Thursday, Waddle told reporters that the biggest change he’s seen in Tua from two years ago was his increased vocal presence.
Jaylen Waddle says the biggest difference between college Tua and NFL Tua is that the young QB is more vocal.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 16, 2021
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone from the Dolphins say this about Tua. Back in May, head coach Brian Flores mentioned that the second-year signal caller seemed more sure of himself around his teammates.
“He’s definitely more comfortable,” Flores said, 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.”
Being an overly vocal leader isn’t mandatory for a quarterback, but it would be good to see Tua continue to take command after he seemed passive at times as a rookie. In his first game of 2021 last weekend, Tua hit on 16-of-27 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a win over the New England Patriots.
This weekend, the Dolphins will have the opportunity to move to 2-0 when they face the Buffalo Bills.