Miami Gardens, Fla. – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can throw the ball deep, after all.
Tagovailoa, whose arm strength has been consistently outmatched in his first two NFL seasons, engaged new Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill with a 65-yard touchdown pass during Saturday’s training camp practice.
Tagovailoa’s pass from launch point to reception, at least 60 yards in the air, with Hill joining in stride—a very different result than a viral video earlier this offseason where Hill was slow to catch a pass. Had to do
Dolphins fans in attendance roar in excitement, while several fan videos of touchdowns also went viral on social media on Saturday.
“Yeah, for all the opponents to see, what you see today will never work again,” said Dolphins’ new coach Mike McDaniel, laughing before open practice.
Before practice began, Hill was so enthralled by the cheers of Dolphins fans that he did a backflip before giving a quick speech.
“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be electric. There’s drama on both sides of the ball, man. So, guys, make sure you bring your energy because we need all of you,” Hill said.
“It’s time to go, man,” Hill continued. “Prepare your popcorn.”
Tagovailoa’s touchdown throw was the Dolphins’ best offensive allure through the first four drills of training camp under McDaniel, and easily came on with the spectators getting into the action.
At 65 yards, it would have been the longest pass play of Tagovailoa’s career, a touchdown pass to former Dolphins receiver Mac Hollins on the road against the New York Jets in their 24-17 win last November.
In practice the design of the play saw Hill free from defense, while single-handed high-security Jevon Holland took the bait on receiver Jaylen Waddle when he came open on a crossing path in front of him.
Maybe all the players have found the word that the play was about to go on.
Nonetheless, it offered many glimpses of Hill’s dynamic playmaking ability, McDaniel’s aggressive playcalling and Tagovailoa’s ability to steer the football downfield with precision.
Much of the conversation centered around Tagovailoa since Hill was acquired by the Dolphins this off-season on the strength of his arm and whether Hill would have any regrets leaving Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs for Miami.
Hill lauded Tagovailoa for being the most accurate quarterback in the NFL — even more precisely than Mahomes — during interviews and on his podcast as it should have been said this off-season.
Since Hill’s arrival in the Dolphins, he has become Tagovailoa’s most vocal supporter this season and at training camp.
“I think this season is going to be fast and electric, so it’s definitely going to be fun,” Hill said earlier this week.
“I’m excited for it and I can’t wait to get into the season. … I can’t wait until we actually play against other teams.”
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