6'1'' / 217 lbs
Optimistic about avoiding concussions
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-19
Tagovailoa considered retirement this offseason but instead decided to prioritize training that may help him avoid future concussions, The Miami Herald reports.
Tagovailoa said Wednesday that doctors told him he isn't at significant risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and doesn't have any extra risk of suffering additional concussions. Head injuries limited him to 13 games last year in what was otherwise a breakout season, with Tagovailoa throwing 25 touchdowns to only eight interceptions while leading the league in yards per pass attempt (8.9). He'll have a similarly favorable setup this season under coach Mike McDaniel, with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle forming the fastest WR duo in the NFL and having a strong argument to be considered the best. The team's skill-position players look much the same as last year minus TE Mike Gesicki, whose role had been scaled back under McDaniel in any case.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Passing Stats||Rushing Stats||Advanced Passing Stats||Targets|
|1 NE||Outdoor 91°||14.8||21st||-3.0||46.5||33||23||270||1||0||69.7||104.4||2||0||0||7||73%||40%||42%||64%||21%||9%|
|2 @BAL||Outdoor 77°||38.9||2nd||3.5||43.5||50||36||469||6||2||72.0||124.1||1||1||0||7||78%||100%||39%||74%||16%||10%|
|3 BUF||Outdoor 90°||11.4||24th||4.5||54.5||18||13||186||1||0||72.2||123.8||1||0||0||11||78%||100%||40%||56%||22%||22%|
|4 @CIN||Outdoor 63°||2.4||34th||4.0||47.5||14||8||110||0||1||57.1||52.7||0||0||0||8||64%||0%||47%||71%||14%||14%|
|7 PIT||Outdoor 78°||15.9||11th||-7.0||44.5||35||21||261||1||0||60.0||92.7||4||15||0||8||66%||33%||28%||60%||20%||20%|
|8 @DET||Dome 53°||29.2||1st||-4.0||50.5||36||29||382||3||0||80.6||138.7||5||19||0||11||86%||80%||51%||78%||6%||11%|
|9 @CHI||Outdoor 58°||24.1||4th||-4.0||44.5||30||21||302||3||0||70.0||135.7||5||0||0||10||77%||60%||20%||67%||17%||13%|
|10 CLE||Outdoor 85°||23.4||3rd||-3.5||48.5||32||25||285||3||0||78.1||135.0||0||0||0||7||78%||67%||44%||53%||38%||9%|
|12 HOU||Outdoor 84°||16.0||17th||-14.0||45.5||36||22||299||1||0||61.1||96.9||0||0||0||10||75%||50%||30%||75%||11%||6%|
|13 @SF||Outdoor 38°||13.8||18th||5.0||46.5||33||18||295||2||2||54.5||79.7||0||0||0||10||67%||29%||61%||73%||18%||9%|
|14 @LAC||Outdoor 57°||12.6||17th||-3.5||52.5||28||10||145||1||0||35.7||65.3||3||28||0||7||43%||13%||15%||71%||7%||7%|
|15 @BUF||Outdoor 29°||18.1||12th||7.0||42.5||30||17||234||2||0||56.7||104.0||1||7||0||9||67%||60%||39%||80%||13%||7%|
|16 GB||Outdoor 45°||10.4||21st||-3.5||49.5||25||16||310||1||3||64.0||80.8||1||0||0||12||64%||67%||39%||56%||28%||12%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Passing Averages||Rushing Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Passing Stats||Rushing Stats||Advanced Passing Stats||Targets|
Fifth-year option exercised
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-20
The Dolphins officially picked up Tagovailoa's fifth-year option Monday.
Miami's decision to exercise Tagovailoa's fifth-year option, giving him a guaranteed $23.2 million salary for the 2024 season, is a sign of confidence in the young signal-caller. The 25-year-old excelled in coach Mike McDaniel's system with top receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle before concussions derailed his 2022 campaign, as he led the NFL in passer rating for much of the early part of the season. Tagovailoa has since cleared the concussion protocol, and as Mike Gavin of NBC New York reports, his offseason training thus far has prioritized techniques for avoiding future head injuries. Even with Mike Gesicki having moved to the Patriots in free agency, Tagovailoa looks primed to again lead an explosive offense in 2023.
Fifth-year option to be picked up
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-10
The Dolphins have informed Tagovailoa that they plan to pick up his fifth-year contract option, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Adam Schefter of ESPN report.
As a result, Tagovailoa is in line to be guaranteed $23.2 million for the 2024 season. By picking up his option, the Dolphins are essentially demonstrating their confidence that the No. 5 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft can effectively helm the team's offense in 2023, and beyond. The 25-year-old is coming off a 2022 campaign in which he was hampered by concussion issues that limited him to 13 contests. Since the conclusion the regular season, however, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN relays that Tagovailoa has cleared the league's concussion protocol, putting the QB in a position to return to football activities once the Dolphins re-take the field.
Clears concussion protocol
Latest Headline: Published 2023-02-01
Tagovailoa cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol Wednesday, and the Dolphins are confident he'll be 100 percent for their upcoming offseason program and the 2023 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Tagovailoa was diagnosed with two confirmed concussions during the 2022 regular season, and the second one -- which occurred against Green Bay on Christmas Day -- ultimately sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. In early January, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Miami had been told by doctors that Tagovailoa's recent head injuries won't leave him prone to more concussions in the future, so the team feels confident the Alabama product can still be its franchise quarterback moving forward.
Won't participate in Pro Bowl Games
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-27
Tagovailoa remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and won't participate in next week's Pro Bowl Games, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.
The report notes that Tagovailoa, who had been named a first-alternate Pro Bowler, hasn't experienced any setbacks, but the Dolphins are proceeding deliberately with the QB, with his long-term health in mind. Earlier this month, GM Chris Grier indicated that the franchise will approach the 2023 season with Tagovailoa as its starting signal-caller, based on the belief (via doctors the team has spoken to) that Tagovailoa's past concussions won't leave him more prone to head injuries going forward.
Expected back as starter in 2023
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-15
Tagovailoa (concussion) is expected to return as the Dolphins' starting quarterback during the 2023 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Tagovailoa is already ruled out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bills as he continues to progress through the concussion protocol. Should Miami advance further in the playoffs, it appears that Tagovailoa could have a chance of gaining full medical clearance and retaking the field, but regardless of Sunday's outcome, the quarterback has now made a decision on his long-term playing future. The 24-year-old hasn't yet been cleared to resume football activities since suffering his second documented concussion of the season in late December, but Schefter reports that medical professionals have advised that Tagovailoa will be able to continue his NFL career when back to full health. For Sunday's wild-card matchup, Skylar Thompson is set to draw another start while Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) remains questionable but could be active in a backup capacity.
Won't play Sunday
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-11
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday that Tagovailoa (concussion) has yet to be cleared for football activities and won't play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Bills, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
According to Furones, the Dolphins are preparing as though Skylar Thompson will make another start at quarterback in the postseason opener, while Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) is still working toward being available for Sunday at this stage but apparently isn't progressing from his dislocated finger as quickly as hoped. As for Tagovailoa, McDaniel told Furones that the signal-caller hasn't had any setbacks, but added that there are "compounding variables" that are being considered in determining the 24-year-old's status moving forward, should Miami advance beyond the wild-card round.
Not yet cleared for football activity
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-09
Coach Mike McDaniel noted Monday that Tagovailoa (concussion) has not yet been cleared for football activity, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Louis-Jacques notes that the Dolphins are hoping to have more clarity on the QB's status Wednesday, while adding that Tagovailoa hasn't experienced any setbacks. As the team's playoff opener this coming weekend against the Bills approaches, Tagovailoa's availability remains uncertain, but McDaniel did relay Monday that he believes Teddy Bridgewater, who has been dealing with a finger injury as well as a knee issue, may have been in a position to have entered Sunday's game against the Jets if Week 18 starter Skylar Thompson had been forced to exit the contest.
Ruled out for Week 18
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-06
Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Head coach Mike McDaniel said that Skylar Thompson will draw his second start of the season this weekend as the Dolphins chase down a playoff berth, with Miami needing to beat the Jets and hope the Bills defeat the Patriots in order to punch its ticket to the postseason. Tagovailoa has yet to resume practicing, while Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) was limited in practice throughout the week and will be available only in a backup role Sunday if he's cleared to play. If Miami is able to secure a playoff spot, Tagovailoa could be an option to start in the wild-card round if he clears the five-step concussion protocol, but it's not clear where he currently stands in his recovery from the brain injury.
Unlikely to play in Week 18
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-02
Head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that he's not even thinking about Tagovailoa (concussion) starting Week 18, suggesting the quarterback is unlikely to suit up Sunday against the Jets, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.
McDaniel added that he's preparing as if Skylar Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater (finger) will be his top options for the regular-season finale, and that he hasn't even talked with Tagovailoa about when the quarterback will be able to play again, per Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com. The coach's comments contradict a report Sunday from Fox's Jay Glazer, who said Tagovailoa plans to play again this season if the Dolphins make the playoffs. Either way, it appears Miami will be without its starting quarterback due to a concussion for yet another contest.
Possible for playoffs
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-01
Tagovailoa (concussion) plans to play again this season if the Dolphins make the playoffs, Fox's Jay Glazer reports.
Obviously that decision isn't fully in Tagovailoa's hands, both from the standpoint of the Dolphins making the playoffs, and in terms of getting clearance from the concussion protocol. Glazer didn't directly state it, but the report also suggests that Tagovailoa won't play in Week 18 against the Jets.
Won't play Sunday
Latest Headline: Published 2022-12-30
Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Friday that Tagovailoa (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com and David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel report.
As a result, Teddy Bridgewater is slated to start at QB for the Dolphins on Sunday, with Tagovailoa still in the NFL's concussion protocol, according to Furones. Per Louis-Jacques, Tagovailoa's status beyond Week 17 has yet to be determined, with McDaniel having declined to put a timetable on the signal-caller's potential return.