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Dolphins' 53-man roster projection: Tua Tagovailoa the No. 2 in Week 1

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Should Tua start in Week 1? (2:08)

Mike Tannenbaum and Rob Ninkovich are in agreement that new Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa should sit his first year and learn behind a veteran. (2:08)

The Miami Dolphins open the 2020 NFL regular season at the New England Patriots on Sept. 13 at Gillette Stadium. The Dolphins are coming off a 5-11 season in which veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started 13 games, but coach Brian Flores guided his team to winning five of their last nine games.

After allocating nearly $200 million to players in free agency, drafting five players in the first two rounds (led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa), and changing both offensive and defensive coordinators, the 2020 Dolphins have a young, new-look team that has been dubbed among the NFL's most improved.

But an increase in talent means difficult roster decisions ahead, including a cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Here is a projection:


QUARTERBACK (3): Fitzpatrick, Tagovailoa, Josh Rosen

The biggest question is when Tagovailoa proves enough to take over for Fitzpatrick and whether the rookie is ready to be the No. 2 quarterback active on game days from Week 1. Barring a late move to trade Rosen, the Dolphins seem set to carry three QBs into the season.