Miami Dolphins Quarterback Lights up Preseason Finale

The Miami Dolphins made dreams come true for fans during Saturday's preseason finale. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill showed off a connection the NFL had been waiting all offseason to see:

From literally the first pass of the game, the embattled Tagovailoa gave us a taste of things to come. Drafted fifth overall in the 2020 NFL draft, the quarterback is entering a pivotal year following a pair of middling seasons. When the Dolphins broke the bank trading with the Kansas City Chiefs for superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill, many questioned if the undersized Tagovailoa was a match for the speedy wideout. Early returns are promising.

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Maybe Hill's value was underestimated. Overshadowed in Kansas City by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, people forgot that the wide receiver's rise to stardom predated the 2018 MVP's arrival. Hill was already a Pro Bowler following the 2017 season, tallying 1183 yards and a career-high 11.3 yards per target for the league's sixth-ranked scoring offense. Who was throwing passes for Hill that year? Alex Smith. 

Tagovailoa doesn't need to be a match for Mahomes's superlative talents to get the most out of Hill. The Dolphins offense can take a huge step forward with Tagovailoa and Hill forging their own path.

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