There’s been some nice things said about Tua Tagovailoa at the offseason workouts. He knows the offense better. He’s got more confidence. He’s taking charge. The usual kind of stuff. Let’s hope there’s some truth in some of it.

Tagovailoa was pretty awful last year. He looked like he was just trying to avoid mistakes and get through his rookie season. He doesn’t seem to have a dynamic arm.

As I was playing around with the numbers, one caught my eye. There were 44 quarterbacks last year who attempted at least 100 passes. Tagovailoa was the only one of those 44 who didn’t have a 40-yard completion all year.

If you’re looking at 20-yard completions, he ranked next-to-last, with only 5 percent of his passes (about 1 in 20) resulting in a 20-yard gain. That comes in ahead of only Jake Luton.

Ryan Fitzpatrick also played about half of last year for the Dolphins. He actually attempted 23 fewer passes than Tagovailoa but finished with 9 more completions of 20-plus yards and 4 completions of 40-plus.

The Dolphins have added some big-play receivers in the offseason. They already had DeVante Parker, and they drafted Jaylen Waddle and signed Will Fuller. Tagovailoa will be expected to do a better job of creating big plays by getting it downfield to those guys.

Deshaun Watson544691112.7%
C.J. Beathard10412311.5%
Patrick Mahomes58867811.4%
Dak Prescott22225611.3%
Kirk Cousins51658711.2%
Josh Allen57262810.8%
Aaron Rodgers526571410.8%
Jalen Hurts14816310.8%
Taysom Hill12113110.7%
Derek Carr517541210.4%
Tom Brady610631210.3%
Philip Rivers54356810.3%
Matthew Stafford52854810.2%
Nick Mullens32633410.1%
Teddy Bridgewater49249810.0%
Lamar Jackson3763749.8%
Matt Ryan6265889.3%
Ryan Tannehill48144139.1%
• Ryan Fitzpatrick2672449.0%
Baker Mayfield4864358.8%
Drew Lock4433888.6%
Justin Herbert59551108.6%
Jared Goff5524768.5%
Cam Newton3683138.4%
Gardner Minshew3272738.3%
Joe Flacco1341138.2%
Russell Wilson55845118.1%
Drew Brees3903187.9%
Kyler Murray55844147.9%
Nick Foles3122427.7%
Sam Darnold3642727.4%
Mike Glennon1791317.3%
Jimmy Garoppolo1401037.1%
Ben Roethlisberger6084347.1%
Brandon Allen1421027.0%
Daniel Jones4483156.9%
Alex Smith2521636.3%
Carson Wentz4372766.2%
Mitchell Trubisky2971816.1%
Andy Dalton3332056.0%
Dwayne Haskins2411425.8%
Joe Burrow4042335.7%
Tua Tagovailoa2901505.2%
Jake Luton110514.5%

—Ian Allan