This is only the preseason and it’s far too early to hit the panic button, but Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins looked a little bit shaky this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. To be fair, Tannehill played only 7 snaps and was missing two of his key receivers, Brian Hartline (calf) and Mike Wallace (groin).
Following a transition year and a busy offseason, there are high hopes surrounding Tannehill. So what did Tannehill’s 7 plays tell fantasy owners about the quarterback’s potential regular season success, and team chemistry?
Even though Tanenhill only completed 2 passes, he showed signs of improvement from where he was last season The first Miami offensive play was a hand-off exchange between Ryan Tannehill and University of Miami alumni, Lamar Miller, that resulted in a fumble.
Tannehill placed the ball in the correct spot, but Miller was looking upfield and began to run before he had full control. This is not a testament to their QB-RB chemistry, it could have been nerves, excitement, or just a simple mistake. Following the fumble and a Cowboys touchdown, Tannehill completed 2 of 5 passes for a total of 11 yards.
The first two throws were thrown too far behind his receiver, Marvin McNutt. On his third pass, he was flushed out of the pocket on a designed screen pass and was subsequently forced to throw the ball to the ground. It was not until the sophomore quarterback’s 4th and 5th passes did we see a connection, along with a hint of pocket presence.
First he hit newly acquired tight end, Dustin Keller and then hooked up with former-Ram wide receiver, Brandon Gibson, for a 7 yard quick slant.
Again, you can’t tell too much from just seven plays, but there were hints that Tannehill’s decision making may be headed in the right direction. It’s too early to tell, but Tannehill could see some real improvement coming into the new season.