By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
As we kick off the start of the 2020 Dolphins training camp, many questions remain for fans. The Miami Dolphins have yet to officially announce if fans will even be allowed to attend regular-season games or if there will only be a limited capacity.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores answered questions, via Zoom, from the local media to address questions surrounding the season and the team. And of course, the health of their first-round draft pick, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, was at the top of everyone’s list.
Flores addressed it immediately. “I know there’s a lot of people wanting to talk about Tua. I understand it. But at the same time, he’s a young player. This is his first NFL training camp. He’s got to take it one day at a time, and not think about what’s realistic for the season.”
While he has been cleared to participate, he will need some time to acclimate and adjust. Being that they are still several weeks away from full contact, I look for him to lean on veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who already has a good grasp of this offense. Fitzpatrick’s style of aggressive play and team leadership is what this Dolphins coaching staff is looking to instill in Tagovailoa.
Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was placed on the PUP yesterday. When asked about Howard, Flores said there was no time table on his return. He has been rehabbing all summer and really didn’t seem too concerned. I would expect to see Howard game 1 of the season.
Before training camp opened up this week, the Dolphins training center in Davie made some improvements to help protect against Covid-19. Reports from the Davie location are that plexiglass has been placed in between lockers and that a second locker room has been added for more space. Also, hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the building.
Coach Flores also added that if you enter the building, you have to realize there are 150-200 other people that work there and that everyone has to make good decisions. He also added that even though you do, it’s not to say it [being infected with Covid-19] won’t happen either. “As long as everyone knows that they have done everything possible for a safe working environment.”
As fans, we don’t know 100% what the future holds for the season. As a head coach, I couldn’t even imagine going into a season with so much unknown, much less trying to keep players, staff, and your own family safe. This season will definitely have uncertainty and bumps along the way.
Despite that, one thing that came across loud and clear was that Coach Flores still has a job to do and he’s ready to do it.
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