Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill NFL’s 2nd-best deep ball thrower (via Deep Ball Project)

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill rolls out to throw a 53-yard pass to tight end MarQueis Gray against the Steelers. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 61 percent of passes that were in the air for longer than 20 yards, which was second in the NFL in 2016, according to the Deep Ball Project.

Tannehill also completed 64 percent of passes that were in the air longer than 16 yards, fourth in the NFL.

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The progression of Ryan Tannehill has been wonderful to watch for those who look deeper. In the last two seasons, his deep ball has become one of the league’s best, so it should be no surprise he’s become a downfield master under Adam Gase.

With better defined routes, Tannehill’s accuracy soared. His overall accuracy of 64.1% was 4th in 2016, and his accuracy on throws of 20+ was 61.0%, The 2nd highest (only behind Derek Carr). 

Despite suffering from some receiver drops, Tannehill’s accuracy and placement were astonishingly good. We’re talking throws that rival the ones Aaron Rodgers makes on a daily basis!

Ryan Tannehill is a really good quarterback, and though his deep passing lacks quantity, it easily makes up for it in quality. Dolphins fans should be highly pleased with the results their quarterback is producing, and in 2016 his downfield passing was one of the year’s absolute best.

According to research by Jonathan Kinsley of Brick Wall Blitz, Tannehill is one of seven NFL quarterbacks to receive an A+ or A score for deep-ball passing ability. The others are: Sam Bradford, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Derek Carr and Cam Newton.

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Tannehill had nine touchdowns in the air for 16 yards or more. Tannehill also connected for a touchdown on 17 percent of his deep pass attempts, which led the NFL by a substantial margin.

Yet, amazingly, some ignoramuses still think Tannehill can’t throw an accurate deep ball.

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