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Dolphins coach Brian Flores: QB Tua Tagovailoa won't go 'into a shell' after five-interception day

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DAVIE, Fla. — Dolphins coach Brian Flores did his best to downplay the five interceptions thrown by Tua Tagovailoa in the first hour of minicamp.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning, Flores described June as a time for experimentation on everybody's part, even the coaches.

"I think practice is a time where, not just at the quarterback position, but every position, where you test the waters and see what works and try to improve," Flores said, adding it's not unusual for the coaching staff to come up with ideas and test them on the practice field.

Tagovailoa was criticized last season for being overly cautious in his target selection, seldom throwing downfield to stretch defenses. The difference was obvious whenever Ryan Fitzpatrick was at the controls.

Flores said he wants Tagovailoa to be aggressive and stay that way.

"I don't think he's going into a shell," Flores said.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins interacts with head coach Brian Flores while stretching prior to the start of Mandatory Minicamp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southern University on June 15, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins interacts with head coach Brian Flores while stretching prior to the start of Mandatory Minicamp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southern University on June 15, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

* In other news, the Xavien Howard holdout continues. Howard did not report to the mandatory session Tuesday. Flores said there's no news on the contractual front and he does not anticipate Howard reporting Wednesday.

* Flores said 2020 opt-outs Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson both look "really good" and in good shape at wide receiver. "I'm pleased with both guys."

* Flores said with Hurns and Wilson and rookie Jevon Holland, who also opted out last year at Oregon, it's clear they were working out on their own.

* Flores said the team didn't go inside Tuesday amid the rain because the team could play in that type of weather and so "it's good work for us."

* Flores said he doesn't think anyone is where they need to be from a conditioning standpoint, that nobody is prepared to play a game today. But that's to be expected.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa's 5-INT day doesn't worry Brian Flores

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