Looks good, sounds good: The Ryan Tannehill comeback season is fully underway

Ryan Tannehill looks poised for a big season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The initial thrill of getting back on the practice field has faded for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and while there’s still a heightened appreciation after missing a year and a half, he’s settled into a businesslike routine.

That’s good for Miami.

As the team gets into its third week of offseason practices, Tannehill has fully reestablished himself as the director of the offense and one of the leaders who sets the tone for how the Dolphins approach each day’s work.

“It just feels normal,” coach Adam Gase said. “It feels like we’re just back to where we were. It didn’t take us long to get going again.”

This normal isn’t quite the same as the old normal, though. There hasn’t been a drastic change with Tannehill, but he’s a bit more grown up and emboldened than earlier in his career.

His impact has been evident in Organized Team Activities and minicamp, where he’s been actively helping make sure players know the offense and has made himself known to the defense with big plays and some occasional trash talk.

He also seems lighter, maybe happier, than he has in the past, and a big part of that is the unwavering support he’s gotten from Gase. Throughout their two-plus years together, Gase has defended him at every turn and reiterated that he’s the right guy to lead the Dolphins.

Tannehill has taken those words seriously and at 29 seems to be growing into the coach-on-the-field Gase is asking him to be.

More than anything, that starts with his own performance.

It’s hard to lead when you’re not playing well, but that’s not an issue for Tannehill right now. All the work he put in to keep himself as connected to the team as possible while he wasn’t playing appears to be paying off. He was in team meetings, at practice and on the sideline all last season, and that’s produced the effect Gase had hoped.

“It’s just — You can tell he has got a total grip of the offense,” Gase said. “Everything just moves smoother. That’s just experience, whether it’s this offense or football in general. He’s been in the league a little bit. When the defense throws something different at him, he has a way to solve the problem faster than what he probably did three or four years ago.”

One of Tannehill’s main responsibilities at this point in the year is to build rapport with new players in the offense, and he’s been working on that for about three months with Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and others.

That’s more necessary with a younger player like Wilson than it is with Amendola. In Wilson’s case, he’s a 25-year-old adjusting to new offense and terminology after four years with Kansas City, and the Dolphins are working him in a wide variety of ways this offseason.

“I took (Wilson) off the site and just threw and got to learn his body language and coached him up on what I’m expecting on certain routes,” Tannehill said today. “Over time, you develop that chemistry and get comfortable and see his indicators: ‘OK, when I see his hips lean this way, I can let it go to that spot.’ That just takes reps.

“Right now he’s getting more comfortable in the offense, knowing exactly where to line up. We do a lot of the formations with moving guys around, and it’s tough on those guys. There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of things to learn. They’re doing a good job now, especially Albert, of moving around and being in the right spot.”

Miami’s array of skill players has undergone a substantial remodeling since Tannehill’s last game, which was December 2016.

Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi and whoever played tight end that season are gone. Kenyan Drake played sparingly that year, and now he’s expected to be the featured running back. Amendola and Wilson are new, along with Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage, and the Dolphins drafted two tight ends in Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe.

Some of those guys don’t need Tannehill to worry about them, but the younger ones will benefit from someone other than the coaches yelling at them. With his leadership fully backed by Gase, Tannehill’s voice rings loudly.

“I try to be patient,” Tannehill said. “Sometimes I might be a little short-tempered on expecting guys to do what they’re supposed to do. I hold guys accountable and I think that’s the way we’re gonna win here is by everyone being accountable, myself included.

“You can’t look past it. If a guy makes a mistake once, you might let it go. If he makes it again, that’s when I have a problem. If we’ve already that mistake, it should be corrected.”

That sounds a little different and a little better.

Each time we see Tannehill, he looks increasingly ready to meet expectations that have never been higher. The Dolphins are banking on his return to be a season-changer for them this year, and that idea seems less crazy by the day.

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