But the No. 8 overall pick showed poise by hanging in and warming up in the second quarter. Tannehill started the game completing just 3 of 10 passes. But Tannehill completed five of his next six on Miami's only touchdown drive in the second quarter.
Tannehill finished the half 11-for-23 with 100 yards and was sacked three times. Carolina lead Miami 20-7 at intermission.
Tannehill by no means lit it up, but he did make a few nice plays. His best throw was a 20-yard completion to former college teammate Jeff Fuller on third down. That set up Miami's 71-yard scoring drive.
But there was a big difference between Tannehill carving up Tampa Bay's backups at home last week and playing against Carolina's first-team defense on the road. Tannehill still has plenty of areas to grow, and there were some throws Tannehill would like to have back. But he didn't make bad decisions and didn't turn over the football.