Dolphins QBs inconsistent early

August, 10, 2012
8/10/12
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MIAMI -- When news of David Garrard's knee surgery surfaced Friday evening, it was an opportunity for Dolphins quarterbacks Matt Moore or Ryan Tannehill to move one step closer to the starting job.

But neither quarterback has kicked down the door in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moore completed 7 of 12 passes for 79 yards and an interception. It wasn't an awful performance. But it certainly wasn't a strong statement. Moore had three drives that led to zero points. He even had the benefit of a 46-yard kickoff return, but threw an interception on a deflected pass to kill the drive.

Miami rookie Ryan Tannehill replaced Moore near the end of the first half. Tannehill went 3-of-7 with 45 yards. As expected for a rookie, Tannehill made some good throws and bad. He missed a fourth-down attempt from close to the goal line.

Tannehill, the No. 8 overall pick, will continue to get much-needed reps in the second half.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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