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Dolphins’ HC McDaniel: Tua Tagovailoa Misplaced Weight to ‘Discover One other Degree of His Recreation’

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV June 6, 2024 Megan Briggs/Getty Images NFL fans may see a skinnier Tua Tagovailoa this season, and Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel addressed the quarterback’s weight loss on Wednesday. “Honestly, it’s just Tua trying to find another level of his game and another level of being a professional,”

Dolphins’ HC McDaniel: Tua Tagovailoa Misplaced Weight to ‘Discover One other Degree of His Recreation’

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 6, 2024

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JUNE 04: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during Miami Dolphins Mandatory Minicamp on June 04, 2024 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

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NFL followers might even see a skinnier Tua Tagovailoa this season, and Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel addressed the quarterback’s weight reduction on Wednesday.

“Actually, it is simply Tua looking for one other stage of his sport and one other stage of being an expert,” McDaniel stated, per Mike Florio of Professional Soccer Speak. “It occurs to lots of gamers the place impulsively you grow to be pseudo-dieticians a number of years into your profession however undoubtedly not at the beginning. Seeing ways in which he may preserve the energy however create some extra flexibility and energy, or nevertheless you need to have a look at it.

“It wasn’t to right one thing that wanted mounted. It was a possibility to get higher, in his thoughts I feel. And finally, we’ll see how he does at learn possibility and if he is making an attempt to be an possibility quarterback, how svelte is svelte? However something that helps you assault your job and clear up issues — issues that he is extra conscious of now than he was final yr or the yr earlier than, simply when it comes to being a problem-solver at your place—you be taught various things and you discover worth in several issues.”

For his half, Tagovailoa stated, “I felt like I might be higher. I really feel higher, faster on my toes, extra nimble, all of that.”

Whereas the quarterback did not reveal precisely how a lot weight he has misplaced, large receiver Tyreek Hill actually seen the brand new look.

“I ain’t gonna lie, once I noticed Tua on the Professional Bowl, I used to be sort of scared—dude was fats as f–k,” Hill stated. “He was fats, he was chubby. I used to be like, ‘Maintain on, bro. Maintain on, bro.’ Ryan Clark stated you had been sort of thick, he wasn’t mendacity. However seeing him now and the place he is come from and the way skinny he has gotten—what’s that stuff all people is taking? Ozempic? He needed to be taking that, I do not know.”

Tagovailoa is listed at 227 kilos on the Dolphins’ website, nevertheless it looks like he plans on beginning the 2024 marketing campaign at a smaller weight.

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It stays to be seen if the smaller body will result in extra working and athleticism, however any constant speeding will likely be an enchancment for the Alabama product. He ran for 74 yards final season and has by no means surpassed 128 yards on the bottom in any of his 4 years within the NFL.

Miami has no scarcity of velocity and weapons across the quarterback with Hill, Jaylen Waddle, De’Von Achane, Raheem Mostert and Odell Beckham Jr., so it does not essentially want its quarterback to run.

In spite of everything, it made the playoffs in every of the final two seasons with no working menace below middle.

Nonetheless, even some working from Tagovailoa could be yet one more factor opposing defenses should take care of when the Dolphins are on the sector. They should commit loads of sources to stopping the large receivers on the surface alone, so there are solely so many defenders left to account for the quarterback taking off.

Maybe the load loss will assist him perform a little bit extra of that in 2024.

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