Watch: Tua Tagovailoa's latest offseason training highlight


Amid all of the looming changes to be made to the Miami Dolphins in the coming month, one that that appears set to stay the same is the status of Miami’s starting quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa appears to be taking that responsibility to heart — often being seen on social media training with a newfound intensity after his 2020 offseason was largely spent rehabilitating from a dislocated hip that ended his college career prematurely.

Whether it be throwing sessions or sweltering workouts in South Florida, Tagovailoa has seemingly got a little taste of everything thus far this offseason. But this? This is new.

Tagovailoa was recently spotlighted engaged in a complex exercise that tests both the body and the mind — working on balance, hand-eye coordination and core strength all in one shot. Consider it a more high-stakes version of patting your head and rubbing your belly.

Tua putting in the work 🔥 @Tua @MiamiDolphins

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— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) March 29, 2021

Seeing the constant peaks behind the curtain at Tagovailoa’s training routine should offer plenty of inspiration for Dolphins fans who are hoping to see him live up to his status as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Yes, Tagovailoa’s physical fitness will help. So, too, will the exit of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who never really seemed to mesh with Tagovailoa during his rookie season in 2020.

If Tagovailoa can make the same kinds of gains in his pre-snap process and read progressions as he’s seemingly making from a physical standpoint, 2021 will be a much more exciting and productive year for the young quarterback. Between his own improvements and the improvements of the roster around him offensively, there’s going to be ample opportunity for that big “Year 2” leap that so many coaches and general managers hope to see from young quarterbacks.