Sources: Ryan Tannehill at academy
Miami Dolphins unsigned top draft pick Ryan Tannehill is not in camp, but he has reported across the state to the IMG Performance Institute that trained Cam Newton and Christian Ponder during last year's labor lockout, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Friday.
Tannehill arrived in Bradenton, Fla., on Thursday night and began training Friday with former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, who is the director of football operations at the IMG Madden Football Academy located on site at the 400-acre performance facility.
Tannehill also has a full staff of strength and conditioning coaches, a performance coach and a certified athletics trainer at his disposal.
Weinke will work with the former Texas A&M quarterback, who has his Dolphins playbook, twice daily on the field and in the classroom, sources confirmed to Mortensen.
Tannehill was unavailable for comment, but a source said he will remain in Bradenton, training until his contract dispute with the Dolphins is resolved.
At the Dolphins' first training-camp practice on Friday in Davie, Fla., returning starter Matt Moore took the first snaps with the first-team offense.
New coach Joe Philbin said there was no significance to that, and Moore later indicated that veteran offseason acquisition David Garrard was scheduled to get most of the work with the first-team offense Saturday.
"It's disappointing when you don't have all your players in, regardless of who it is," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "You want to have all your players out there. Things are progressing and we're going to keep communicating until we get this thing done."
Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in April's draft, was the first quarterback selected in the opening round by the Dolphins since they took Dan Marino in 1983. Tannehill started 19 games for the Aggies after switching from receiver to quarterback, playing in college under new Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
"If he was any other rookie that didn't know the offense, it would be definitely tough on him," Garrard said. "But he knows most of the offense, and I think just not being out here with the guys is probably the toughest thing for him."
Cornerback Sean Smith was ready to start testing Tannehill.
"He's the chosen one, the golden child," Smith said. "I call him 'The Franchise.' When he gets out here, I definitely can't wait to just play off and pick one of his little hitches or whatnot because you know he's going to be anxious to come and sling it. To get one of Tannehill's balls, I might make him sign it or whatnot."
Tannehill was the only player missing from practice Friday morning. Veteran guard Eric Steinbach, signed Thursday, worked with his new teammates.
"We're going to be fair, to a certain degree, early on and see how this thing unfolds," Philbin said of the quarterback competition. "We've got a plan in place and I think it's fair to assume we're going to give those guys equal opportunity to play with different players, different offensive linemen, and those type of things."
Practice took place in front of NFL Films cameras on hand to accumulate footage for the HBO series "Hard Knocks," which premieres next Tuesday.
Philbin was making his training camp debut as an NFL head coach.
"I told the players, 'I'm nervous before every single practice and when I'm not nervous, I think I'll know it's time for me to put my whistle away,'" he said. "Not nervous like, 'Oh my God, I'm going to make a mistake.' But nervous that you want this thing to go right. You want the practice to be perfect. You want the organization of it to be perfect. You want to see players making plays and doing things the right way."
Information from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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