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DAVIE, Fla. — Head coach Brian Flores strongly pushed back on the idea that the Miami Dolphins need to give rookie Tua Tagovailoa an audition for the rest of the 2020 season to figure out whether they want to select another quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft.
“There’s a couple things out there, let’s call it a source close to Dolphins thinking, saying that we are auditioning Tua. I’m just going to tell you about my thinking. We brought Tua here because we believe in him, same as all the other draft picks. We believe in developing players … and improving players on a daily basis,” Flores said. “That would be the opposite of giving someone a 10-game audition. That’s just my thinking on that, just so everybody’s clear.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that one factor that contributed to the Dolphins’ decision to name Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback in Week 7 over popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was that Miami owns the Houston Texans‘ first- and second-round picks in next year’s NFL draft.
The Texans’ first-round pick is projected to end up in the top 10, and the 2021 NFL draft could