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Tua Tagovailoa and Xavien Howard from Miami Dolphins reject the idea of appearing on ‘Hard Knocks’

MIAMI GARDENS — Asked for his response to the Dolphins being on the in-season edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa paused for 11½ seconds Wednesday.

“That’s probably my response,” he said.

Cornerback Xavien Howard didn’t pause in any respect.

“‘Hard Knocks’ is bull—-, especially in the course of the season,” Howard said. “No, I’m serious. I’m not a fan.”

The “Hard Knocks” cameras won’t start rolling until after the team plays the Kansas City Chiefs in Germany on Nov. 5, but Howard is worried with the timing of the news, following a 31-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

“I feel like being around cameras and stuff like that — I feel like we’ve got to do higher. We’ve got to beat teams with good records. So I feel like before we get all of the little fame that’s coming right away, I feel like we’ve got to place in work.”

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Edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah was with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 once they were the give attention to the training camp version of “Hard Knocks.” He’s considered one of the few Dolphins with direct knowledge of what to anticipate.

“It was definitely different, especially with cameras in every single place,” Ogbah said. “You already know, we’ve got sometimes to look at what you say. Sometimes you may just throw stuff on the market and then you definitely won’t want it on TV.”

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel apprehensive about distractions

Coach Mike McDaniel also was concerned about the potential for the show being a distraction, but he said he’s confident any issues, particularly with in-house, game-planning secrets, might be amicably worked out before the ultimate version is aired.

“It’s inconceivable to not feel a camera in front of you, right?” receiver Braxton Berrios said. “The thing is, we intend to make it as organic as possible. We intend to make our constructing as normal as possible. So obviously there’s a tremendous line. … We’re not here for a TV show. We’re here to win games.”

Berrios acknowledged that a few of the allure, from the angle of HBO and NFL Movies, is the quotable and personable McDaniel.

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“I get it,” Berrios said. “From their standpoint, I’m sure there’s loads of viewers that need to see it. There’s money to be made.”

Receiver Jaylen Waddle wouldn’t say if he preferred seeing one other team on the show.

“It’s going to be something that we’ve got to adapt to, having cameras all the way in which around,” he said.

Howard: “Once you set cameras and every thing and also you see every move people do, they won’t be themselves.”

Tagovailoa is decided to be himself regardless.

“I’m not going to let any of that affect how I prepare, how I talk in our meetings, with how we wish to get things done and what we wish to do,” Tagovailoa said. “I’m going to be myself and I believe the fellows are going to do their best to be themselves as well, even though it is different when there’s a camera. You’re attempting to do something that’s very private.”

Bottom line for Tagovailoa: “I similar to to maintain things private in how I do things. But this isn’t nearly me. This isn’t something that’s for me. That is something for the complete team and the complete team has to determine how they go about that as well.

“So I do know having conversations with some guys within the locker room that for them, it’s going to be tough as well.”


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