DAVIE–Few, if any, NFL starting quarterbacks slip into the background like Ryan Tannehill.
It’s become especially easy to overlook him over the past few months, when a knee injury ended his 2016 season and the Dolphins were consumed with a flurry of offseason moves. But Tannehill was fully back in the spotlight when Miami opened training camp this morning.
Some of his teammates are more accomplished and more famous, but the Dolphins’ chances this season hinge largely on him. Tannehill is looking to build off a strong showing last season and he’s out to reassert himself in the offense after yielding the reins to Matt Moore last December.
“It’s important for us,” right guard Jermon Bushrod said. “He brings so much to the game. I know the competitor in Tannehill. I’ve been here a little over a year, so I know the competitor in him. When he wasn’t playing last year, he was down about it. You could just look at him and tell. I’m glad he’s back out there taking back his huddle. We’re going to fight for him.”
One upside for the Dolphins this year is their continuity, and Tannehill plays a big role in that. He should be better in his second year running Adam Gase’s offense, and his teammates should improve by extension.
“That’s our leader,” Bushrod said. “He’s commanding the huddle and fighting to get the guys in the right place at the right time. That’s all we can for out of him.”
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