Ryan Fitzpatrick says he knows he's Tua Tagovailoa's 'placeholder' and 'cheerleader'
Former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is the future at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins after the team took him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But, the quarterback of the present is veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is the presumed Week 1 starter for the Dolphins.
However, he knows his time is limited in Miami. He said this week that he is just a placeholder for Tua, but he’s OK with that (via the Palm Beach Post):
“I don’t know how much time it will be before Tua will be in the lineup,” he said. “I know that I am the placeholder. We’ve already had that conversation. I’ve told him, ‘I’m going to do the best I can to lead this team and win football games when I’m out there.’FREE DOWNLOAD FROM SDS
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“Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance, whether it’s early or late or whenever, I’m going to be his biggest cheerleader.”
Tua has been fully cleared after an injury cost him parts of the 2019 season at Alabama. But, without any preseason games, it’ll be tough for him to be ready in Week 1.
Fitzpatrick will likely hold on to the starting job until the rookie first-round pick is ready to take over.