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Tua Tagovailoa’s Debut Was A Bright Spot In A Dull Game

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The Dolphins shut out the Jets today, 24-0, and did so converting only a single third down. That lone conversion came in garbage time, and it was thanks to—hey!—Tua Tagovailoa, who made his long-awaited NFL debut a little less than a year after suffering an ugly hip injury in an Alabama-Mississippi State game last November. Brief though it was, Tagovailoa's mere appearance today was way more cool and exciting than anything the Jets did in this game (yes, including the butt pick) and anything the Jets have done in recent memory, for that matter. Ryan Fitzpatrick was all hyped, too.

For his first completion, Tagovailoa rolled left out of the pocket and connected with Patrick Laird. His second completion was a nice seven-yard pass to Jakeem Grant. Tagovailoa finished the game 2-for-2 for nine passing yards. Good stuff. Afterward, he sat down at the 15-yard line to take in the moment alone.

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