Saturday, August 4, 2012
Ryan Tannehill impresses in scrimmage
By James Walker
Don't count Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill out just yet.
Tannehill, a late arrival to training camp and No. 8 overall draft pick, put up impressive numbers in the Dolphins' first team-wide scrimmage on Saturday. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Tannehill was 10-for-13 passing for 114 yards and a touchdown.
"I thought he did well," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told reporters of Tannehill after the scrimmage. "Again, I thought he looked comfortable. I thought he looked natural out there. It wasn’t too big for him."
Even more impressive is that Tannehill had some time against Miami's first-team defense. This is a good step in the right direction for the young quarterback. Veterans Matt Moore (10-for-20, 65 yards, touchdown) and David Garrard (9-for-17, 57 yards, touchdown) didn't put up as impressive numbers, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Much of Miami's quarterback competition will come down to the preseason games. Philbin says he wants to pick a starter after the third exhibition game. I don't expect Tannehill to leapfrog two veterans by that time. But he deserves a lot of credit for now making this a legit, three-quarterback race.