Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa is our starting QB in 2021

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Tuesday that Tua Tagovailoa will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.

“We want to be clear that Tua is our starter and we’re very happy with his development so far,” Grier said in the Dolphins’ season-ending address alongside coach Brian Flores.

Tagovailoa went 6-3 as a starter since replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 8. However, twice Flores benched the rookie and replaced him with Fitzpatrick late in the season, and Tagovailoa threw three interceptions in the team’s must-win game last week against the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick was unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.

Miami missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record.

“Tua, we’re very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback,” Grier said. “He did a nice job this year coming in as a rookie with no offseason and the challenge in dealing with all that. Very happy with him and looking forward to watching him progress here over a [full] offseason going into next year. For us, not really talking about draft strategy, anything right now.”

The Dolphins hold the Nos. 3 and 18 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 22-year-old Tagovailoa completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns against five interceptions.

Fitzpatrick, 38, is an unrestricted free agent in March.

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