By Marc Lawrence — When the Miami Dolphins landed QB Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th pick in the first-round of last month’s NFL draft, the table was set for what would prove to be the start of a rebuild from the ground up for this wobbling franchise. It capped off the team’s well-publicized “Tank for Tua” campaign last season, meaning they got their man. Even with the injury, Tagovailoa was the second-best prospect on the PFF Main Board and QB2 over Justin Herbert by a mile. With his accuracy, pocket presence, ability to withstand pressure, decision-making and acumen for extending plays, Tagovailoa is every bit a franchise quarterback. He was 22-2 as a starting QB at Alabama and going to Miami as the fifth overall player selected in the draft, he’s a terrific value. Miami also got incredible value on Day 3 with Edge rusher Curtis Weaver from Boise State with the 164th pick of the draft. Weaver was the 26th-best prospect on the PFF Big Board and third ranked Edge rusher. The Dolphins got a first-round talent in the fifth round. For more on the moves Miami made, and to read their grades from four industry leading football authorities, click here.
ESPN reports that last season, South Carolina finished 4-8 after playing the toughest schedule in FBS, according to its FPI. This year, the Gamecocks are set to face the second-toughest schedule in the nation behind Maryland. A lot of the Cocks’ degree of difficulty last season goes to the fact that they faced nine opponents that went to a bowl game. Each of those teams won its bowl game.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the all-new 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: The Cincinnati Bengals released QB Andy Dalton, the all-time franchise leader in completions (2,757) and passing touchdowns (204). Dalton started a playoff game in each of his first 4 seasons. The only QBs to do that since 1950 were Otto Graham (6) and Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson (5). Dalton is 35-19 SU and 31-20-3 against losing opponents. He also has 21 fourth quarter comebacks and 24 game-winning drives.