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On Wednesday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said in an interview with ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson that he knows he must have a big year in 2014.

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Will QB Ryan Tannehill make the jump in Year 3?

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Tannehill, a former No. 8 overall pick, is 15-17 in his first two seasons. It also doesn't help that other young quarterbacks in his draft class, such as Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, have already made the playoffs in their first two seasons. Wilson, of course, won the Super Bowl this past season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rarely do NFL quarterbacks get four years to prove themselves. Year 3 could be make or break for Tannehill. Will he have a breakout season?

Tannehill has shown several strengths in his first two campaign. He can make most of the throws and has good mobility and toughness. Tannehill also has a strong work ethic, which will aid him as he learns a new offense. Will everything come together for Tannehill this season?

But Tannehill also has some well-defined weaknesses. He struggles to throw the deep ball and needs to make faster decisions. Tannehill must also show more natural leadership and the willingness to take over the team in 2014. Could this hold Tannehill back from being a franchise quarterback?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on whether you think Tannehill will make the leap to prove he is the Dolphins' long-term solution at quarterback in 2014. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.

Andrew Luck endorses Jonathan Martin

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MIAMI -- Perhaps the first potential trade partner for embattled offensive tackle Jonathan Martin stepped forward this week.

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In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck said he would be 100 percent in favor of adding Martin to the Indianapolis Colts. Martin and Luck are friends and former college teammates at Stanford. Martin was Luck’s blindside protector and the pair won a lot of games together.

“I’d say I love Jon, we had a great time at Stanford together, still stay in touch with him regularly and I think he’s a great man,” said Luck, who also added he'd welcome Martin to Indy.

This has to be music to Miami’s ears. The Dolphins are expected to trade or release Martin this offseason following the high-profile bullying scandal. The 144-page Ted Wells report pulled the curtain back on Miami’s locker room culture, and it wasn’t pretty. However, many Dolphins players believe the whole thing was blown out of proportion by Martin and don’t want him back in their locker room.

Luck does not make the personnel decisions in Indianapolis -- general manager Ryan Grigson does -- but the franchise quarterback’s opinion goes a long way. Luck’s endorsement opens the door for locker room acceptance with Martin, which is exactly what the offensive tackle needs next season. It also could open dialogue between Miami and Indianapolis.

There are not a lot of trade options at this point for Martin. Miami may have to outright release him. But it's clear one team the Dolphins should reach out to is Indianapolis.
Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be down to his last season to prove he's the long-term solution. Tannehill is just 15-17 in two seasons, and Year 3 could be make-or-break for the former first-round pick.

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Based on what you've seen, is Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill the long-term solution?

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But it's time for ESPN.com readers to put their analyst hat on. Here is our latest "Poll Friday" question: Do you believe Tannehill is the long-term solution? Two seasons is enough to get a firm grasp on whether Tannehill is a franchise quarterback or just another Chad Henne.

We've seen plenty of flashes from Tannehill. He can make most of the throws and showed good toughness during a trying year in Miami. Tannehill was sacked a franchise-record 58 times and didn't have a consistent running game. Yet he set career highs in most statistical categories in 2013.

Or will Tannehill flame out? He's yet to lead the Dolphins to the postseason, while other quarterbacks from the 2012 class already have. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Nick Foles all have playoff berths on their resume. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks even has a Super Bowl ring. Can Tannehill take Miami to the next level?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on whether Tannehill is the future quarterback in Miami. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.
Here is a memo to Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the 2012 quarterback class: Russell Wilson is now leading the pack.

Andrew Luck has the stats. Robert Griffin III has the hype. Tannehill also has the first-round status.

But Wilson is the first to get a Super Bowl ring. Checkmate.

Wilson was stellar in the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He had a 123.1 passer rating in the biggest game of his young career. Keep in mind Wilson was the forgotten quarterback of the 2012 draft and went in the third round.

But two years later Wilson got his first championship with Seattle. His success the past two seasons has far surpassed his counterparts. Quarterbacks are measured by wins and losses more than any other position. Luck, RGIII and Tannehill -- who all went in the first round -- have just one playoff win combined.

There are other notable quarterbacks in the deep 2012 class. Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns and Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins also are looking to make their marks.

But no quarterback from the 2012 draft has made the biggest imprint on the NFL so far than Wilson. He is setting the bar for success compared to his fellow draftmates.

Double Coverage: Dolphins at Colts

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Luck-Tannehill Getty ImagesSecond-year quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill face off in Indianapolis on Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts are two undefeated teams trying to establish themselves in the AFC. Both have young quarterbacks with promise and solid second-year head coaches.

Indianapolis beat Miami last year, 23-20, in an exciting matchup in which quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill both played well.

But who will win this season’s matchup? ESPN.com Colts reporter Mike Wells and ESPN.com Dolphins reporter James Walker weigh in.

Wells: Sunday will come down to which quarterback from the Class of 2012 -- Luck or Tannehill -- can limit his mistakes. And I’m sure we’ll talk about them before we end this conversation, but before that, James, we have to address the Mike Wallace situation. It seems like Wallace was being selfish by making Sunday’s win over Cleveland all about him because he only had one catch. For a Dolphins team that’s had only one winning season since 2006, Sunday should have been about getting a nice road victory to open the season. Not about Wallace. I know Wallace cleared up his comments Monday, but it shouldn’t have gotten to that point. Is that a sign of things to come out of Wallace, the $60-million man?

Walker: The situation was not ideal, but I thought the Dolphins did a masterful job putting the Wallace issue to bed during the week. Miami’s coaches supported Wallace’s competitiveness and desire to make an impact. Wallace also clarified that he was more upset at himself, and I expect he will be extra motivated to have a big game. Speed kills in domes, and I don’t think there will be a faster player in Sunday’s game than Wallace. Look for Miami to find more creative ways to get him the football in the event the Colts consistently double Wallace, which was Cleveland’s strategy. Speaking of strategy, I was surprised to see how much Indianapolis struggled last week with the Oakland Raiders. The Colts trailed Oakland at home with less than 6 minutes left in the game. Was this first-game jitters and what needs to be fixed?

Wells: You weren’t the only one surprised. I think most people were, especially when you look back at the Colts’ first two offensive series. They scored with ease and all indications pointed to Luck having a special day after he started 11-of-11 with two touchdowns. But you have to give credit to Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He did an excellent job creating with his feet. He kept the Colts off balance and his team in the game until Luck became the hero. Tannehill is a more traditional quarterback. Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are the quarterbacks everybody talks about from 2012 -- and they should be talked about after they led their teams to the playoffs -- but do you get a sense down there in South Florida that Tannehill has the tools and work ethic to close gap on the three QBs I just mentioned?

Walker: I really like Tannehill’s tools, Mike. He can make all the throws, has good mobility and feet as a former college wide receiver, and he doesn’t get rattled often. Those are all qualities you want in a quarterback. He looks the part, but I still need to see him win consistently. What was interesting about last week’s win over Cleveland is Tannehill took over the game in the third and fourth quarters. Last year Tannehill played not to lose games. Last week Tannehill went out and won the game. That’s probably the biggest thing that separates Tannehill from Luck and other members you mentioned from the 2012 quarterback draft class. Tannehill can certainly learn from Luck and his fourth-quarter comebacks. Mike, where is Luck in his development in Year 2?

Wells: Everybody talks about sophomore slumps with players. You should go ahead and look elsewhere because that won’t be the case with Luck. He refuses to settle. The only thing he wants to talk about is getting better. That’s what you like to hear from your franchise player. Luck likely won’t pass for as many as yards this season because the Colts are putting an emphasis on the running game with Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw. Those two players should take a significant load off Luck’s shoulders. But it won’t be easy for Luck this weekend. Miami’s defense looked pretty good last week against the Browns. Six sacks and three interceptions. What makes the defense so dangerous?

Walker: The Dolphins focused in the offseason and training camp on forcing turnovers and pressuring the quarterback. The work clearly paid off with the stats you mentioned. But perhaps the most impressive stat is Miami hit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden 16 times, which included the six sacks. The Dolphins’ front seven is both fast and physical. They have a deep rotation on the defensive line. For example, No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan is a backup who only gets limited snaps. Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has done a good job and really likes the group he has. I think the best way for Miami to beat the Colts is the rattle Luck, force turnovers and try to make it a low-scoring game.

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