Miami Dolphins retooling QB Brock Osweiler’s mechanics in offseason work

Brock Osweiler’s mechanics are getting a makeover this offseason. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins didn’t bring beleaguered quarterback Brock Osweiler on as a favor, or to be merely a “camp arm.” There is belief in the organization that they can salvage a player who’s been discarded by Houston, Cleveland and Denver in the last two years, and they’re already seeing some strides.

Osweiler is just 27 and has made 25 starts, leaving room to be optimistic that he’s not fully formed as a quarterback yet. The first step for Miami has been to rework his form.

“We’re doing some things mechanically with him to kind of make everything consistent, which he’s doing a really good job,” quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree said. “I think he’s throwing the ball really well and he’s really fun to be around. It’s a good that we have right now, that we’re working with this offseason.”

If the Dolphins can turn him into a viable backup, it’ll be an impressive accomplishment.

Osweiler overlapped with coach Adam Gase in Denver from 2012 through ’14 and filled in extensively for Peyton Manning in the 2015 season. He posted an 86.4 passer rating and had 10 touchdowns against six interceptions, and it didn’t hurt that the Broncos went 5-2 in his starts.

That run earned him a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans, but he was a disaster in his lone season with them. After watching Osweiler through more interceptions than touchdowns, complete under 60 percent of his passes and put up a passer rating in the low 70s (even 2017 Jay Cutler cracked 80, for comparison), Houston gave up a second-round pick just to get Cleveland to take the contract.

The Browns hoped Osweiler would give them something as a backup, but ultimately cut him before the season began. He returned to Denver and had five touchdowns, five interceptions and a 72.5 passer rating in six games (four starts).

He lingered on the free agent market long enough for the Dolphins to consider adding him to a quarterback corps headlined by Ryan Tannehill and featuring David Fales as the likely backup.

To Osweiler’s credit, he’s shown humility and been realistic about where he’s at in his career at this point. Battling Fales for the backup job wasn’t beneath him.

“I probably took longer than everybody else,” Gase said. “When we started the free agency process, guys were talking about the fact that, ‘He’s 27-years-old. He’s played for you before and you were part of the guys that drafted him. You know him well. He wants to be here.’ They were almost selling me. I really had to go through things and just make sure that he was good getting back with me and understanding the situation we were in and kind of what he was going to be competing for.

“Hearing him and where he was mentally and what he wanted to accomplish and how he kind of wanted to get his career rolling again, after we had that conversation and we got him in the building, everybody really liked him. I felt good about it. We ended up making that move and ever since then, I’m seeing the same guy that I saw in his younger years.”

Hardegree worked with Osweiler in Denver, too. He was an offensive quality control assistant when Gase was there in 2014, went on to the Bears as one of Gase’s assistants in 2015 and got hired as the Dolphins quarterbacks coach in 2016.

What he’s seen right away from Osweiler is a good grasp of Gase’s offense and, equally important, an ability to make sure everyone else knows how the plays are supposed to work.

“He’s really strong with it,” Hardegree said. “He understands what we’re looking for. He gets the ball out of his hands and he’s a good communicator as far as for a coach too. He’ll come right back to you and say, ‘I should’ve done this,’ or ‘What do you think about this?’ He wants to learn on every play and you love that as a coach.”

Tannehill is the unquestioned starter, and the Dolphins did not draft a quarterback this year. Fales, whose history with Gase goes back to Chicago, played some due to injuries last season. Gase’s comments about him have hinted that he’s the man to beat for the No. 2 job.

Osweiler will get his shot, but also must compete with New York Jets castoff Bryce Petty. Petty was a fourth-round pick in 2015 and has 10 career NFL appearances. He struggled tremendously for the Jets (53.1 percent completions, four touchdowns, 10 interceptions) and was waived after they drafted Sam Darnold.

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Two weeks into OTAs, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill looks dangerous

Ryan Tannehill has been great in OTAs so far. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins were full of anticipation for Ryan Tannehill’s return to the practice field, and he has not disappointed.

After six Organized Team Activities practices, coaches and teammates have been impressed by his command of the offense and mobility. He looks good as ever, maybe better, as he progresses toward his comeback season.

“He’s looking great in practice,” quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree said this week. “He was moving around (Thursday) in two-minute drill, which was our first day… He was making some plays, unscheduled plays like we expect him to do, an athletic quarterback. He’s looking good.”

Offensive and defensive players have given Tannehill positive reviews during the first two weeks of OTAs, and a couple of them have pointed out that it’s not just the plays he makes. His leadership, including firing back at the defense when it starts talking trash, has been refreshing after his extended layoff.

Tannehill has not played a game since December 2016 and had not practiced since his left knee gave out in training camp last August. He strung together some of his best games late in the 2016 season, his first one working with Adam Gase, and looked poised for a breakout year when he shined in OTAs last spring.

The Dolphins never got to see the results of that progress. Instead, they turned to Jay Cutler as their starter last year with spot appearances by backups Matt Moore and David Fales.

To Tannehill’s credit, he continued to stay fully involved in the offense. He was at practices, in meetings and had an earpiece on the sideline while standing next to Gase during games last year. That helped him continue to develop his grasp of the offense despite not playing, and that experience has shown already in OTAs.

“It just helps you make quicker decisions,” Hardegree said. “The big thing at the quarterback position is being able to play fast and think less, and just go out and react… We’re rolling, trying to play fast and he’s doing a really good job of that.”

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Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains looks to make QB Ryan Tannehill a star

Ryan Tannehill is now in Dowell Loggains’ hands. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Ryan Tannehill might not have any familiarity with new Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, but Loggains has a pretty good handle on what he’s getting into with his new quarterback.

He began scouting Tannehill in advance of the 2012 draft, when Loggains was the Titans’ offensive coordinator and he was a prospect at Texas A&M. Tennessee wasn’t really in the market for a quarterback after taking Jake Locker the year before, but Loggains liked what he saw and has followed Tannehill’s career since.

“I’m excited about working with him,” Loggains said today. “He’s a guy that’s got a lot of physical traits, and Adam (Gase) thinks a lot of him. I’m excited when the offseason starts to get in the classroom and start grinding on the field and doing those things to help him get better.”

Quarterback looms large for the Dolphins this offseason. Starting with Tannehill, the Dolphins believe he’ll be fully healthy by spring after losing last season to a knee injury. Assuming that proves true, the next step is for the team of Gase, Loggains and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree to develop him into a franchise-changing quarterback.

To this point, Tannehill hasn’t been that. He’s been good at times, but not great. The upside, though, is that he seemed to be turning a corner under Gase in 2016.

Not only did he post career-highs in passer rating (93.5), completion percentage (67.1) and yards per attempt (7.7), he displayed a mobility that Gase believes is an absolute necessity for quarterbacks in the modern era. That’s another challenge for Tannehill in his recovery from the knee injury.

Loggains will also be tasked with grooming the talent behind Tannehill, which could include a high draft pick this year. The Dolphins will select 11th overall, and they’ll vet quarterback prospects like Baker Mayfield over the next three months.

They can also consider re-signing current backup David Fales, a 27-year-old in whom Gase sees great potential. Fales has bounced around three franchises since being drafted in the sixth round in 2014 and has appeared in three regular-season games.

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What’s it like working with Jay Cutler? “I’ve found him to be really pleasant”

Jay Cutler’s gotten nothing but positive reviews from the coaching staff in Miami. (AP)

DAVIE—Like most people who haven’t worked directly with Jay Cutler, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when the team signed him in August.

He had a mixed reputation from his years in Chicago and Denver, but so far, the experience has been great for Christensen.

“You hear or you just watch–I had what you guys had: Just what people said and then watching him on TV,” Christensen said. “I’ve found him to be really pleasant. He’s fit in. He’s got a humility to him and I think he just goes to work. He just works. I’ve enjoyed that about him, and I think he’s improving.”

The majority of Cutler’s coaching comes from Adam Gase and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree, so Christensen spends the bulk of his practice time elsewhere. But is in meetings and practice with Cutler and has plenty of interaction with him during games.

He also has a front-row seat for Cutler’s demeanor during games, which he praised.

“You love a guy who’s retired and just missed–He wants to play football,” Christensen said. “I appreciate that about a guy, that he wants to play football and he comes off the couch and catches a plane and everything we’ve asked him to do, he does. That’s probably the most impressive thing about him.

“And I think a calmness. A guy like him who misses all (the offseason and training camp work), right? You can could get really anxious and tight and all of those things, and that’s not been the case with him. He’s been relaxed and he just keeps grinding in some tough situations.”

Cutler has made five starts for the Dolphins after joining them in early August and getting limited snaps in two preseason games. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes, averaged 171.4 yards per game and has five touchdowns against four interceptions.

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