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The Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers chose quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert with back-to-back top-10 selections in April’s draft. Tagovailoa and Herbert heard their names called with the fifth and sixth picks, respectively.

The two met on the field of play for the first time Sunday with Tagovailoa’s Dolphins claiming a 29-21 victory.

Tagovailoa completed 60 percent of his passes for 169 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses with no turnovers, while Herbert connected on 62.5 percent of his passes for 187 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Herbert has lit the league on fire so far this season as the leading candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Miami, meanwhile, has played very well since Tagovailoa entered the starting lineup three weeks ago.

How did each perform while sharing the same field?

Brad Gagnon: Tua, B+; Herbert, C-

They both completed exactly two touchdown passes and two deep passes on about a handful of deep attempts, and neither made a difference with his legs. But it was a turnover-free day for Tua while Herbert threw a killer fourth-quarter pick in a Miami win.

Brent Sobleski: Tua, B; Herbert, B-

I’m not going to overthink this one simply because both played well in spurts, but neither played to what he’s ultimately capable of achieving. It was definitely fun to see both on the field after they were drafted with back-to-back picks in April. The main takeaway is both franchises seem to be set after making significant investments in the game’s most important position.

Gary Davenport: Tua, B; Herbert, C

Remember when we wondered whether it was wise for the Dolphins to start Tagovailoa coming out of the bye? Those were different times. He isn’t posting huge numbers, but he isn’t making mistakes with the ball, and the Dolphins are undefeated with him as the starter. The wins haven’t been there for Herbert, and his numbers were down in Week 10. But I don’t think either of these squads regrets the decisions it made in Round 1 of last year’s draft.

Kalyn Kahler: Tua, B+; Herbert, B

Tua was the more efficient of the two rookies Sunday, going 15-of-25 for 169 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Herbert was sacked twice and threw an interception against Miami’s talented defense. The Dolphins are an all-around strong team, and Tagovailoa is undefeated. Herbert, who has put up more impressive numbers with four 300-yard passing games, has just one win.

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