On Back Together Saturday, two quarterbacks with Alabama football roots gave their fans something to dream on as NFL teams worked in training camps.
After league protocols to take care of the coronavirus pandemic had restricted or prohibited fan attendance at training-camp practices the past two years, the NFL used Saturday to welcome fans to every of the 32 venues to look at their favorite team’s preparations for the 2022 season and, in some cases, interact with the players.
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The fans who attended the Miami Dolphins’ practice and people who second-lined into the Recent Orleans Saints’ workout got throws to recollect from their quarterbacks to latest wide receivers.
In Miami Gardens, Florida, former Alabama All-American Tua Tagovailoa connected on an extended pass to Tyreek Hill for a 65-yard touchdown.
In Metairie, Louisiana, former Hueytown High School standout Jameis Winston hit Chris Olave with a 60-yard toss to the tip zone.
Tagovailoa is preparing for his third NFL season, but it’s going to be his first with coach Mike McDaniel, who took the reins in Miami in January after working because the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator.
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In March, the Dolphins traded five draft picks to the Kansas City Chiefs to amass Hill, a large receiver from West Alabama who has been chosen for the Pro Bowl in each of his six NFL seasons.
Before the practice, Hill grabbed a microphone to fireside up the fans attending the Dolphins’ training-camp practice, and he punctuated his remarks by doing a back-flip.
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Winston is returning for his second season because the Saints’ starting quarterback, but he’s being watched rigorously after a knee injury ended his 2021 season within the seventh game.
Winston has a latest goal in Olave because Recent Orleans used the eleventh selection within the NFL Draft on April 28 so as to add the Ohio State wide receiver.
The NFL preseason will kick off at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday when the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders square off within the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. NBC will televise the sport.
The remaining of the NFL’s teams start their preseason schedules the following week with 16 games slated from Aug. 11 through Aug. 14.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.