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Tua Tagovailoa taking charge in Miami

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                                Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stretched out during practice on Wednesday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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    Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stretched out during practice on Wednesday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. >> Tua Tagovailoa brought the offense to the line of scrimmage, and after he took the snap and cocked his arm, he had a choice of five wide-open receivers.

The defense was on an adjacent field.

It will get harder going forward for Tagovailoa as he begins his second NFL training camp in a much more commanding role with the Miami Dolphins, and with even more pressure than he had as a top-five draft pick last year.

Tagovailoa’s place on the depth chart matches his uniform — No. 1 — and this season will help determine whether he can become a franchise quarterback.

“He’s super prepared mentally and physically,” tight end Mike Gesicki said after the first practice Wednesday. “Last year he was building on that. Now he feels comfortable, and it’s his show.”

A year ago, Tagovailoa was coming off a hip injury that ended his Alabama career and competing with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job.

Fitzpatrick is now with Washington, and newcomer Jacoby Brissett is the veteran backup.

With the starting job won, Tagovailoa’s voice is now more assertive. Teammates say so, and he doesn’t dispute it.

“It’s not always what they want to hear, but what they need to hear,” he said. “After practice today, I got everyone together and talked to the entire offense about our evaluation of the day.”

Ravens’ Jackson tests positive

OWINGS MILLS, Md. >> The coronavirus pandemic is still affecting the Baltimore Ravens. Star quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the team’s first practice of training camp.

Coach John Harbaugh announced Jackson’s positive test after practice Wednesday and said running back Gus Edwards also tested positive. He would not go into much more detail about either case or say how long Jackson or Edwards would be out.

Watson practices with Texans

Deshaun Watson was on the field for the start of training camp with the Houston Texans on Wednesday.

Watson still wishes to be traded and reported to training camp solely to avoid being fined. He would have faced fines of $50,000 a day if he didn’t report.

Rodgers works out with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. >> Aaron Rodgers has returned from a tumultuous offseason of uncertainty eager to get the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl after falling a step short the last two years.

Does he expect to be back with the Packers next season?

“I really don’t know,” Rodgers said. “I think I’m just going to focus on this year. There’s a lot of moving pieces besides myself, expiring contracts from a number of guys, so there’s going to be a lot of tough decisions at the end of the year. I’m just going to enjoy this year and then revisit that conversation at the end of the season.”

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