DAVIE — Ryan Tannehill is the man for the Dolphins, but finding a dependable backup is imperative for the team this spring considering his injury history. And coach Adam Gase is insistent that he has the right guy already in camp.
That means Miami will be choosing from among Brock Osweiler, David Fales and Bryce Petty. Each of them has struggled over the past few years, but the Dolphins have a host of quarterback gurus working with them and have seen progress.
Petty, the Jets’ fourth-round pick in 2015, is an unknown after playing just 10 games over three years in New York. Miami picked him up on a waiver claim this offseason.
“Bryce is a guy that is extremely talented,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “He’s got talent. We’ve got to coach him hard and get that stuff out of him. He’s got some things in his footwork and those things. We’re working really hard to get consistent and create more accuracy for him.
“Every Monday when he’s off and every Friday when he’s off and on the weekends, he needs to keep working on his drops and the consistency in his footwork, because if he gets that part of it all right, he has enough talent in his upper body to play.”
Petty is the newcomer. Osweiler and Fales have both worked with this coaching staff before. Fales was in Chicago with Loggains and overlapped there with Gase as well, and Osweiler played under Gase and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree in Denver.
Osweiler was serviceable for the Broncos in 2014, but has been a wreck ever since. Still, there’s a lot the Dolphins like about his mental makeup.
“What Brock has is unbelievable command of the offense,” Loggains said. “He was in it (in Denver). He got to learn from (Peyton Manning), and when you watch his huddle etiquette, his line of scrimmage procedure etiquette, he does an outstanding job there.”
Fales is widely thought to be the front runner for the No. 2 job and had it temporarily last year thanks to injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Moore (plus Tannehill, obviously).
He was with the team all offseason last year and got cut on the final day of the preseason. After a couple months of going unsigned, Gase brought him back when Cutler broke his ribs.
In his one extended opportunity, Fales completed 29 of 42 passes for 265 yards and had one touchdown and one interception in the season finale against the Bills.
“David has been consistent,” Loggains said. “He’s played within the system. David is a guy that if you say, ‘Hey, this is a progression, but this is an alert. If you get it versus quarters, you can take it,’ he’s taking it. He’s going to be aggressive in the timing of plays.
“He does have the advantage of being here last year and understanding those things. He’s playing at the highest level I have ever seen him play. It’s a credit to him, because he’s done a lot of stuff in the summer, in the offseason with the strength training stuff. He’s worked really hard to get stronger and be a more accurate passer with more power.”
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