Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill ready to use his legs as weapon again

Ryan Tannehill has too much natural ability as a runner to be purely a pocket passer. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — If everything goes the way the Dolphins intend, the new version of Ryan Tannehill will take the same aggressive approach he showed in 2016. That includes taking advantage of opportunities to use his running ability, regardless of him coming off major knee surgery.

Miami coach Adam Gase has often said he believes mobility and the threat to take off is essential in the modern NFL, unless a team has a generational talent like Tom Brady, and that’s part of why he believes in Tannehill. If this ends up being a great comeback season, his agility and speed will be a factor in it.

“I feel like I’m moving well,” Tannehill said today. “I’m able to escape, able to get up field, when the window’s there. It’s still going to be a weapon for me. When the defense presents an open spot, I can make them pay by getting through with my legs.”

He’s looked comfortable on his knee so far in offseason work and said he did much more strenuous testing on it in physical therapy than it will endure playing football. He said he’s fully cleared for everything his position requires.

Tannehill, a former collegiate wide receiver, has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his pro career and scored at least one touchdown each year. His career highs as a runner came in 2014, when he took off 56 times for 311 yards (5.6 per attempt). He also averaged 6 per rush the year before.

In his lone season playing for Gase, he rushed 39 times for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Gase has indicated at times he’d like to use that threat more often, and based on what Tannehill has shown this offseason, there’s a good chance Miami will be able to do so this year.

“I’ve seen him move around just as well as he ever has,” Gase said.

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