As OTAs continue throughout this offseason, it’s always enjoyable to break down what each team has for depth at their respective position groups. The Dolphins have a motherlode of depth at their respective groups, which could turn the tide in a lot of games. As mini-camps and the offseason go along, it’s time to break down the Dolphins’ roster position group by position group, starting with the main guys at the helm, the quarterbacks!
Coming out of Alabama, Tua was selected by the Dolphins with the 5th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to be the Dolphins’ long-term starter. Tua had a solid year in his rookie season, switching with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting spot throughout the season. In 2020 (ten games, nine started), he had a 6-3 record where he threw for 186 completions, 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 64.1 completion rating.
Tua has had a lot of controversies already in his young career, with fans and analysts questioning if he’s truly the starter the Dolphins have been searching for. The controversy has already increased, as in yesterday’s practice, he threw a whopping five interceptions, which has sent fans of the NFL spiraling, saying along the lines of that he’s a bust, and as one Twitter user wrote (@mohanm50), “As a bills fan who has watched Tua play against us week 17 to get try to get his team into the playoffs, you guys should’ve drafted fields”.
Now let’s be real, one practice doesn’t determine what his performance will be next season; moreover, to be fair, the Dolphins are getting used to a new offensive system, which takes time, they were playing aggressive, and it was storming like crazy that day too as the rainy season is starting to take full force in South Florida. There’s still a lot of practice to go. If this is a consistent issue, however, then there should be some discussions about Tua’s future with the Miami Dolphins.
But remember this; people were talking a lot when Mahomes threw a ton of interceptions in training camp, and look what happened with him. I’m not saying he will be like Mahomes, but him throwing five picks in a training camp is practically meaningless.
Tua will be the Dolphins’ starting quarterback this season (unless things go south, which the odds are low). How he plays throughout the season will determine if he continues to start; but, as of this moment, he’s your starting Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback.
Brissett originally starting his career with the New England Patriots in 2016, winning a ring with them in that same year. Brissett was then traded to the Colts before the start of the 2017 season; he started 30 games with the Colts’, solidifying a terrible record of 11-19. His best season was in 2018 with 227 competitions, 2,942 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 60.9 completion percentage.
Brissett will serve as the Dolphins’ backup quarterback this season, helping Tua learn and grow as a quarterback within the NFL. He will be a great mentor for Tua as the season goes along; it’s also good to have a veteran presence, especially one who has won a Super Bowl.
If Tua does go down this season or if the coaching staff feels that Tua needs to be taken out of the game, Brissett will come in a do a solid job holding down the offense. While his record hasn’t been stellar, he could probably bolster his record with a few more wins with help from this improved Dolphins’ receiving core and the Dolphins’ strong defensive presence.
Sinnett was an undrafted free agent in 2020, coming out of San Diego. In his only season starting (2019), he threw for 3,528 yards, 32 touchdowns, and ten interceptions on a 66.9 completion percentage. He also rushed for 174 yards and six touchdowns. He was named to First Team All-PFL and was a finalist Walter Payton Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player in DIV I Subdivision.
His NFL career has been lackluster. He was originally signed by the Buccaneers on April 25th, 2020, but was released months later on Sept. 8th, 2020. Six days later, he was picked up by the Dolphins and signed with the practice squad. He was only called up twice on Weeks 12 and 17; he signed a future/reserve contract back on Jan. 5th, 2021.
Seeing the trend, Sinnett is likely to be the Dolphins’ practice squad, with him being called up a couple of weeks just in case. Of course, if Tua or Brissett are injured this year (hopefully not), he’ll be called up long-term for the rest of the season.
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