Tua Tagovailoa shows star potential that could lead Dolphins to playoffs

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The Miami Dolphins have found their quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, and it was made clear in his second career start when he led an undermanned team on the road Sunday to defeat a playoff-contending Arizona Cardinals squad 34-31 for the Dolphins’ fourth consecutive win.

After a lackluster first start, the rookie QB showed off his electric star potential by consistently stepping up in pressure, making clutch throws and clinching a game with his legs.

In a week in which Dolphins coach Brian Flores had to douse water on the idea that Tagovailoa was on a 10-game audition and had to deal with a COVID-19 scare that notably affected the coaching staff, Miami showed it could overcome adversity and trade punches with another NFL playoff contender. It’s hard not to think playoffs with this Dolphins team that improved to 5-3.

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