Dolphins proudly tweet video of Tua Tagovailoa throwing wounded duck to Tyreek Hill

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The Miami Dolphins have bet big on Tua Tagovailoa being their guy this offseason, or at least a guy with an arm big enough to properly utilize Tyreek Hill.

The team gave their former fifth overall pick one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL by trading a litany of draft picks for the All-Pro wide receiver. Hill, as you might have heard, is extraordinarily fast. The Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl-winning offense depended on him taking the top off of defenses and reeling off yards after catch. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was one of the best quarterbacks in the league at utilizing that kind of weapon.

Two seasons into his career, Tagovailoa has not performed like Mahomes, to say the least. It remains to be seen if he really is the quarterback for Miami to build around, which the team would certainly like him to be considering they took him over 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2021 Pro Bowler Justin Herbert..

So you can almost feel the sweaty yearning with which the Dolphins posted a close-up, slow-motion video of Tagovailoa hitting Hill with a deep pass, in practice, without pads. And "hitting" might be too generous a term, considering Hill seemingly had to slow down and turn around to haul in the wobbling ball.

Look, if this is the "underthrow a deep ball so the wide receiver gets an easy pass interference flag" play, then Tagovailoa and Hill are season-ready. If that was supposed to be a legit deep ball, and the best play the Dolphins social media team could find to promote Tagovailoa ... that is less good.

Tagovailoa's arm strength at least got a vote of confidence from offensive coordinator Frank Smith the next day, though it still cements that the quarterback is facing questions about his arm strength.

Tagovailoa has posted 4,467 passing yards, a 66.2 completion percentage, 6.6 yards per attempt, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 23 games (21 starts) with the Dolphins. He'll be playing under a new head coach this year, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel.

Few, if any, players have more riding on 2022 than Tua Tagovailoa. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Few, if any, players have more riding on 2022 than Tua Tagovailoa. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)