Tannehill shows up well in first preseason game
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - Miami Dolphins - INSIDE SLANT
Ryan Tannehill, made a nice showing for itself in Friday's 16-10 preseason loss at Atlanta.
Tannehill drove the team 73 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown, which came on a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Gibson. Tannehill ended the game 6-for-6 passing for 62 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
"It wasn't an overly complicated game plan," he said. "We really kept it to the basics and guys were out there confident in what they're doing and we were able to execute."
As intended, the Dolphins' passing offense spread the field, got out of the huddle and up to the line of scrimmage quickly, used pre-snap motion to create mismatches, and got the ball out of Tannehill's hand fast and into the hands of the playmakers. The passes, all of which were on short and intermediate routes, helped deal with what is expected to be a subpar pass blocking unit.
Miami also had good success on first and third downs, which gave offensive coordinator Bill Lazor great latitude while calling plays. Lazor, however, gave a good amount of credit to Tannehill.
"He has really got a good grasp of what we're doing," Lazor said. "My job right now is to push him. I've got to make it very hard for him out here on the practice field. I heard a rumor that some people reported that we've made it hard for him on the field. That's on purpose. That's how you build a quarterback. He's coming."
Lazor seems pretty high on Tannehill and his skill set. Lazor said he definitely saw evidence of Tannehill's talents in Friday's game.
"From the sideline, when I see the huddle respond and break the huddle the way they did, then I know the quarterback is doing his job. So I'm not in there with him, I don't have a mic in there, but from the way the team responded to him, he was getting the job done."
Possibly the most impressive thing about the first-team offense on its only possession of the game was it excelled without wide receivers Mike Wallace (hamstring) and Brian Hartline (unknown ailment), tight end Charles Clay (knee) and running back Knowshon Moreno.
"I think we've seen in practice day in and day out the potential this offense has," Tannehill said. "With the playmakers we have on the outside, the way we can stretch the field both laterally and vertically, to go out there and be missing a few guys and still be effective it's definitely a good sign."
NFL Team Report - Miami Dolphins - NOTES, QUOTES
--After working out three free-agent quarterbacks Monday, the Dolphins signed Brady Quinn. Miami also looked at Rex Grossman and John Skelton before settling on Quinn, according to South Florida media outlets.
Matt Moore (shoulder) and Pat Devlin (hamstring) returned to practice from injuries Sunday, but the Miami Herald reported that the team is not comfortable with the backup quarterback situation behind starter Ryan Tannehill. Devlin was waived/injured Tuesday.
Moore played in one game for the Dolphins last season, completing two of six passes for 53 yards. Devlin has not played in an NFL game.
"We've had workouts almost every single day, and it's no different," coach Joe Philbin said Monday when asked about bringing in veteran quarterbacks. "We're always evaluating different people that are out there. So really, no different than any other position. We've brought in people at virtually every position."
Quinn has a television deal in place with Fox Sports in case he does not latch onto a team. He also recently tried out with the New England Patriots.