Miami Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa took Chicago Bears road trip
LAKE FOREST, IL – After a staggering delay, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa experienced high winds and a fierce defensive front from the Bears during joint practice Wednesday.
“Yeah, I think that defense is really good up front,” Tagovailoa said of Chicago. “When you hit your back foot on your throws, they’re right there and sort of in your face.”
Tagovailoa, playing without injured receivers Will Fuller, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson, didn’t have much on the pitch on Wednesday.
Tagovailoa continued to look precise on some strong obliques and crosses to players like Mack Hollins, Jaylen Waddle and Jakeem Grant.
“Obviously it can get better,” Waddle said. “We will try to improve. It was still pretty good.”
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Ahead of training, Miami coach Brian Flores said he wanted Tua to keep it simple.
“Alignment, assignment, communication, fundamentals,” Flores said.
This was Tagovailoa’s very first joint practice. It’s much harder to train against unfamiliar opponents who are determined to cause trouble every game.
“It forces us as quarterbacks to move around the way we have to,” Tagovailoa said. “It simulates a game-like pocket presence for us. I thought it was really good today. We’re going to take a look at the movie. We’ll try to correct a lot of things that we didn’t do well today. ‘hui. “
On both sides of the ball, the Chicago and Miami defensive lines seemed to gain the upper hand over their opposing offensive lines. At one point in training, rookie left-back Liam Eichenberg was replaced by Solomon Kindley.
Tagovailoa should benefit from having spent all spring and summer training with his teammates, which was not possible in 2020. Tagovailoa should benefit from such joint training, as well as playing the opener of preseason Saturday at Soldier Field.
“The last year has been a little weird for everyone, but competing with your guys and not being introduced to what a game scenario would look like,” Tua said.
Earlier this week, Dolphins offensive coordinator George Godsey said developing a plan that best matches Tua’s forces is an ongoing process.
“I think right now we’re checking parts of our attack to see if it’s something lasting or if we need to do something to improve ourselves to help Tua, to help the attack,” Godsey said. .
Here are some other practical observations:
• Among the players who saw representatives of the first team: RB Malcolm Brown, DL Christian Wilkins and S Jason McCourty.
• Jevon Holland and Jamal Perry recorded interceptions.
• Shaquem Griffin recorded a sack.
• Tight end Hunter Long was present and walking well. Long, who suffered an apparent leg injury on Sunday, was not wearing a splint or sleeve. Flores saw it as “day to day”, although Flores admitted that when he says “day to day” that doesn’t rule out the possibility that the player is also “week to week”. The Post reported on Tuesday that Long’s injury would not end the season.
• Xavien Howard has played a decent number of snaps. Howard had an interception but was won by a penalty.