Exciting times are on the horizon for the Miami Dolphins.

Brian Flores’ team went 9-8 in 2021, its second consecutive season with a winning record, and made league-wide headlines in March with a blockbuster trade for superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins landed the six-time Pro Bowler in exchange for dive draft picks between 2022 and 2023, confident he will help take their offense a whole new level.

Hill’s addition is certainly a win-now move for the Dolphins. He is set to form a dynamic wide receiver duo alongside Jaylen Waddle. The former Alabama star recorded ,1015 yards receiving and six touchdowns in his rookie season. Mike Gesicki is also sure to play a role for Miami and has become a reliable receiver in the passing game. Waddle and Hill are two dangerous weapons, but whether they can be maximized remains to be seen.

While Hill garnered most of the offseason attention, Tua Tagovailoa is the X-factor the Dolphins will be counting on in 2022.

 

Dolphins’ X-factor: Tua Tagovailoa

When Miami selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft, the expectation was that he would be a franchise quarterback. Now two seasons into his NFL career, it is unclear if he possesses that type of potential.

The Alabama product started 12 games for the Dolphins last season, competing 67.8% of his throws for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He had some bright flashes at times, but needs to do more to solidify his long-term role.

The addition of Hill puts a great deal of pressure on Tagovailoa to step up to the plate.