Michael Vick Praises Tua, Compares Him To Steve Young
Michael Vick, the former NFL superstar who had a career with stints in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and Pittsburgh, made comments on Friday about Tua Tagovailoa and his future in the NFL.
While being interviewed by Colin Cowherd, Vick stated that he would be playing Tagovailoa early into the season. “It won’t be long, I expect Tua to be the starter Week 1,” Vick said. “I’m excited to watch the guy. Just watching him throw the football there, he reminds me of Steve Young.”
As of now, Tagovailoa is the second-string quarterback. He will be sitting behind veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Vick is sure that learning from Fitzpatrick will be beneficial to the former Crimson Tide star. “Taking nothing away from Ryan, a great backup and mentor, but he can help Tua more with Tua getting out on the field and getting playing experience,” Vick said.
During his time at Alabama, Tagovailoa broke Alabama football records by passing for 87 touchdowns and 7,442 yards. He also ran in nine touchdowns and accounted for 340 rushing yards during his three-year career. As the starter, Alabama was 28-1.
The Miami Dolphins that Tagovailoa will be inheriting are a different story. While the poor record can be partially blamed on trying to tank for a better draft pick, the Dolphins went 5-11. Along with a totally transformed offensive line made up of many of Miami’s draft picks from April, Tagovailoa will have offensive weapons like DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson to throw the ball too.
Tagovailoa is likely to receive many snaps during the preseason, so you can expect to first see the Alabama star in action on August 14th when Miami travels to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.