Ryan Tannehill excels outside the pocket

June, 19, 2013
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It took the Miami Dolphins about half the season to figure it out, but young quarterback Ryan Tannehill is very good on the move. The Dolphins used Tannehill's mobility more often late in the season and experienced some success.

Statistically, Tannehill was better then every AFC East quarterback last season when rolling out the pocket, according to ESPN Stats and Information. While on the run in 2012, Tannehill led the division in completion percentage (58), passer rating (83) and touchdowns (three). Yes, this is the one category where Tannehill even dominates over future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

As you can see, not every quarterback can throw with accuracy and strength on the move. But Tannehill does have that ability. He also played wide receiver for two years in college.

Tannehill has an opportunity to make a solid jump in Year 2 now that he has better weapons around him, such as free-agent receiver Mike Wallace and tight end in Dustin Keller. The Dolphins' coaching staff would be wise to utilize all of Tannehill's strengths in 2013.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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