Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill connect deep on first play of game

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The Dolphins opened Saturday night’s preseason game with a play Miami fans often hope to see this year: Tua Tagovailoa throws the ball deep to Tyreek Hill.

After a quick fake action, Tua fired the ball to Hill for a 51 yard win. After the game, Tagovailoa talked about the game.

“It was good,” Tagovailoa told reporters. “Knowing Tyreek was playing he wanted a ‘go’ ball. We gave him a shot. The throw wasn’t to my liking. That whole story. If it was a better ball, if it was probably more before Tyreek was you know we probably could have scored on the first play You know I think it’s a credit to the training we’ve had with the Eagles and how hard our guys have worked Not just this week but all the training camps and OTAs. It’s really good that people can finally see the hard work we’ve all put in together.”

Tagovailoa said that, when the piece was called, there was no specific direction to pick the deep option for one of the fastest players in football, if not the fastest.

“Mike [McDaniel] didn’t necessarily tell me who to go to with the ball, but for me it was one of those deals that if we got specific coverage from their defense we wanted to take that shot regardless of who was on Tyreek or not,” said Tagovailoa. “And that’s how we got the first impression of what the piece consisted of and that’s why we took the photo.”

McDaniel, who spoke at length at the beginning of the press conference about the sudden passing of team manager Jason Jenkins (we’ll post about that later in the morning), said he was “just happy for those two people because they invested a lot.” McDaniel added that he was “happy for the team and the organization really because they invested a lot”, and “let’s just say it was cool to see them not blinking and doing what they love to do. “

McDaniel was asked if the piece was meant to send a message to the rest of the competition.

“We’re really just trying to work on our craft,” said the freshman coach. “You don’t know what defense they’re going to deploy there. You have to run the game, and I was glad it was a hard look, but Tua makes the decision to throw at him while standing with his back to defense at the same time. It takes a lot of training, but we were pretty sure that if we got the look right, they would execute it. That’s why they are who they are, and that’s why we all believe in them so much.”

Tua said so herself. The throw was not ideal. But with a talent like Hill, it doesn’t have to be.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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