If proving the skeptics, haters and skeptics wrong will provide Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa some extra motivation, the folks behind Madden 23’s player ratings have served up another big dose.
The video game’s ratings for quarterbacks were released Friday, and Tagovailoa tied for 22nd in the overall rating for the position. He received an overall score of 75, exactly the same number as veteran Teddy Bridgewater, who was signed this offseason to serve as his backup.
As with every position, players were assessed on several skills, such as awareness, accuracy, throwing power, agility, acceleration, speed and strength.
The only category where Tagovailoa made it into the NFL’s top 10 was in carry rating, where he tied for second in the NFL with a score of 69, one point behind Lamar Jackson.
Perhaps the biggest accusation in the ratings, worse than Xavien Howard being ranked only tied for 10th among cornerbacks, was that one of the QBs tied with Tua in scoring – again, at just one point from the electrifying Jackson – was the Dolphins’ former second. round pick Chad Henne, who has never, ever, been known to be even dynamically remote as a running back.
Dolphins fans, and Tua fans in particular, should therefore keep this in mind when looking at short, middle and deep passing accuracy ratings and fail to find Tagovailoa in the top 10 in any of them. them.
So while there are plenty of other important reasons for the Dolphins and their fans to take Tagovailoa to a major milestone in 2022, you can add Madden better grades for next year.
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DOLPHINS AND JIMMY GODS
In light of a Heavy.com report citing an unnamed NFC executive naming the Dolphins as a potential trade partner with the 49ers for the services of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, we implied in our analysis of the big picture that trade was unlikely to be consummated.
At least one bettor thinks the Dolphins aren’t even in the picture when it comes to making a move for Jimmy G.
According to BetOnline, the Dolphins weren’t among the NFL’s eight teams given the chances of acquiring Garoppolo now that his agent has received official clearance to seek a trade.
Favorites listed were Cleveland Browns at 9/4, followed by New York Giants at 7/2, Seattle Seahawks at 7/2, Houston Texans at 4/1, Detroit Lions at 5/1 , the Chicago Bears at 12/1, New York Jets at 20/1 and New Orleans Saints at 20/1.
NEWS FROM FORMER DOLPHINS
– The Browns, of course, would only be interested in Jimmy G. because of the impending suspension of offseason acquisition Deshaun Watson, with the idea that he would be a better alternative than the former replacement of the Dolphins Jacoby Brissett. What wouldn’t impact the possibility of acquiring Garoppolo is the recent signing of another former Dolphins QB Josh Rosen. The 10th overall pick in 2018 will be on his fourth team since the Dolphins released him less than two years ago. The best-case scenario for Rosen in Cleveland would seem to serve as a replacement for Brissett until Watson is done with his NFL suspension.
–The Dolphins will now have two recent members of the organization serving as NFL analysts this fall. After Ryan Fitzpatrick was hired by Amazon for his Thursday Night shows, former defensive back Jason McCourty was hired to appear on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network. McCourty recently announced his retirement after playing for the Dolphins in 2021.
– Malcolm Perry, the Dolphins’ 11th and final pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is done with the NFL. The New England Patriots placed him on the reserve/retirement roster on Friday, with a report indicating he would return to serve in the Navy, where he served as a multi-dimensional quarterback. Perry appeared in nine games with two starts as a wide receiver for the Dolphins in 2020, but didn’t play last year for the Patriots after they claimed him on waivers from Miami.