The Miami Dolphins are reportedly naming rookie Tua Tagovailoa as starting quarterback, just days after making his National Football League debut in the final minutes of Miami's big win over the New York Jets.
The No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft made his National Football League debut during Sunday's 24-0 shutout win against the New York Jets. He completed two passes for nine yards to seal the Dolphins 24-0 victory over the Jets.
That sample size apparently was enough for head coach Brian Flores to bench Fitzpatrick, who had won three of his last four games as the Dolphins starter and has Miami in second place (ahead of the New England Patriots) in the AFC East at 3-3.
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It also signals the end of the Ryan Fitzpatrick era. However, it was no secret that the 37-year-old veteran was with the Dolphins to serve as a placeholder and mentor until Tagovailoa, the No 5 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, was deemed ready to take over. However, he had a series of injury problems in college, including a major hip injury that ended his 2019 season.
Fitzpatrick started the first six games of the season for the Dolphins, throwing 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. The Dolphins have a bye for Week 7, giving them two full weeks to prepare Tagovailoa.