“I’m his biggest cheerleader right now, but I also want to be out there playing”
Last Updated: 20/05/20 2:27pm
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has welcomed the chance to help newly-drafted Tua Tagovailoa fulfil his potential within the NFL, but stays keen to proceed his personal on-subject journey.
The Dolphins made Tagovailoa the No 5 general choose in April’s NFL Draft as they sought their lengthy-time period face of the franchise having completed 5-11 and backside of the AFC East in 2019.
Tagovailoa threw for 7,422 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 32 profession video games at Alabama, ending his faculty profession with NCAA data in passing yards per try, passer ranking and whole yards per play.
“I’m his biggest cheerleader right now, but I also want to be out there playing,” Fitzpatrick mentioned on ‘What’s Next with Eric Wood’, a podcast hosted by his former Buffalo Bills staff-mate.
“I additionally need to be on the sphere. And that is why I’m still doing it, as a result of I still benefit from the sport.
“Hopefully a few of the classes I’m in a position to train him are from watching me. But if it is the opposite approach round, I’m going to do my finest to help him reach the easiest way he can.”
There is a powerful probability Fitzpatrick retains his beginning job below heart a minimum of for the beginning of the 2020 marketing campaign because the Dolphins ease the Alabama star into the league following his restoration from hip surgical procedure in November.
The 37-year-outdated edged out Josh Rosen in Miami final season, throwing for 3,529 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and going 5-eight as a starter in his 15 video games. He is now heading into his 16th season within the NFL.
Regardless of who’s on the sphere, Fitzpatrick is eager to help his new staff-mate in making the transition.
“The different factor in bringing a brand new man in that I at all times attempt to impress instantly on these guys is: I’m right here,” Fitzpatrick added.
“Again, zero ego. I’ve a lot information. I’ve made so many errors on this league. I’ve discovered how to put together, I’ve discovered a lot about offenses and defenses and the best way guys function. Ask questions. I’m an open e-book.
“I’m excited, because watching him play at Alabama, he looks like a pretty dynamic talent. Just in meeting him a few times, he seems like an unbelievable kid, great head on his shoulders, says the right things, wants to do the right things.”