The Miami Dolphins handed quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, the keys to the franchise signing him to a six-year, $96 million contract extension in May. That’s a lot of money for someone who holds a sub .500-career record and never led his team to the playoffs. However, the Dolphins probably made the right move putting their trust in Tannehill.
Tannehill’s completion percentage, yards and touchdowns have risen while his turnovers have decreased from his rookie year until now. In 2014, Tannehill’s first year under new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, he threw for 4,045 yards and 27 touchdowns. It’s also notable that Tannehill was a mobile QB, rushing for more than 300 yards and averaging 5.6 yards a tote. Now, a whole year in the Lazor offense, expect Tannehill to make an even bigger leap forward, especially with the weapons placed around him.
The Fins have been one of the more active teams this offseason. After letting Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Charles Clay walk, the club executed a vast makeover to the receiving corps. Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and Jordan Cameron were all signed to fill the missing holes. Miami also selected Louisville wide receiver, DeVante Parker with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Tannehill’s favorite target, Jarvis Landry, also returns for his second year.
With a little practice, these pieces can mesh perfectly. Stills and Parker provide a deep threat for Tannehill’s big arm. Jennings and Landry have already proven themselves as viable possession receivers. And Cameron will provide a big target over the middle that Clay could not amount to in 2014.
Most people didn’t realize, but Tannehill finished just outside the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks last season. Stack your team with running backs and receivers, and then take Tannehill late. The value at which Tannehill is drafted will provide the biggest bang for your buck.
It’s true that Tannehill is 23-25 since being drafted by the Dolphins No. 8 overall in 2012 and the quarterback has yet to lead the Fins to the playoffs. But it is also true that Tannehill has slowly but steadily progressed each year. The young QB is bound to have a breakout year, and it’s shaping up to be in 2015.