The beginning of Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa era will have to wait.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores announced Monday that veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Week 1 against the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.
As expected, the Dolphins have named Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting QB. Tua Tagovailoa will be the No.2, for now.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 7, 2020
With limited training camps and virtual offseason workouts, it was expected that Tagovailoa would need to start the campaign as Miami’s No. 2 despite receiving a clean bill of health from his hip injury.
Fitzpatrick initially started for the Dolphins last season after beating out the recently released Josh Rosen in training camp. The 37-year-old ultimately made 13 starts, with Miami briefly turning to Rosen for three games before returning to the veteran.
The Arizona native led the Dolphins to all five of their wins, including a dramatic last-second victory against New England in the regular-season finale.
Fitzpatrick finished last season with 3,529 passing yards (the third-best mark of his career) and 20 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.
Miami anointed Tagovailoa as its next franchise quarterback by selecting the former Alabama star with the fifth overall pick in April.
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