QB Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins
|6-4, 221||Born: 7-27-1988||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 8|
Week 12: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Back in Week Four Miami was still in the grips of the Joe Philbin coaching regime, and they lost 14-27 to New York. Since then Ryan Tannehill has been up-and-down as a passer, currently ranking 15th in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks after 10 games (226/359 for 2,642 yards, 17 TDs and 10 interceptions thrown). Last week vs. Dallas, Tannehill threw two TDs, but was limited to 13/24 for 188 yards passing, with an interception also to his detriment. He hit Jordan Cameron for a rare TD (five targets for 2/21/1 receiving), while Kenny Stills (two for 2/52/1) also snagged a TD. Jarvis Landry (seven for 4/66/0) was the other player who had over 25 yards receiving on the day. Not a lot to see here last week, folks. The Jets' pass D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 231.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 18 passing scores handed out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) with 22 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. This team is ranked ninth-most in the NFL over the past four weeks (four games) in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (23.2 per game), but is 30th in fantasy points given up to opposing tight ends (only 3.1 per contest), vs. sixth-most in fantasy points given up to opposing wide receivers (30.8 on average during that time span). T.J. Yates and Cecil Shorts combined for 17/35 yielding 241 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week (one sack taken for -9 yards); while two games ago the Jets' pass D limited Tyrod Taylor to 17/27 for 132 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown while generating four sacks for -26 yards. They've been up and down in this phase of the game of late. This is a neutral matchup for the visiting Dolphins.
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2015 Week 11 vs DAL (13 / 24 / 188 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
It was another difficult day for Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense on Sunday against Dallas. For most of the day, the Dolphins found it difficult to find a rhythm, as Dallas held the ball for extensive portions of the game. In all, the Dolphins averaged just over 5 yards per play; however, they only ran 41 plays. Ryan Tannehill wasn't as bad as the stats might let on, but had one crucial mistake early on that set the tone for the game. On a 3rd down play deep in his own territory in the early 2nd quarter, after a scoreless and sluggish opening quarter from both teams, Tannehill didn't see Rolando McClain drop off into coverage after crowding the line of scrimmage. McClain read the play and jumped the quick slant meant for Greg Jennings, waltzing into the end zone for an easy pick six and the first points of the game. Tannehill did later make up for his early turnover by tossing two very nice touchdowns to temporarily bring the Dolphins back and tie up the game. The first was on the run to his right and fitted the ball into a tight window for his previously-missing tight end, Jordan Cameron. Cameron sat down his route near the back of the end zone and Tannehill fit it into a tight window while on the run. His second TD was a perfect lobbed deep ball to Kenny Stills to temporarily tie up the game late in the 3rd quarter. A play after a botched snap to turn 2nd and short into 3rd and long, Tannehill had single coverage with Stills as the lone receiver split out to the right. He immediately recognized Stills had the advantage and placed a perfectly weighted pass that Stills could run under in the end zone. There isn't much to go off from this week, as the Dolphins just didn't have the ball much. One positive I that Tannehill didn't see much heat until the final drive, when he took all three of his sacks. Additionally, Tannehill did look to tuck the ball and run on three read-option plays. It was an underrated part of his game last season, as he averaged about 30 yards per game. As it stands though, out of the byes, Tannehill is no better than a QB2.
2015 Week 10 vs PHI (21 / 36 / 217 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
It was another slow start for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense in Philadelphia on Sunday. It was a promising first drive, though, as Tannehill was quickly on track with the short passing attack that the Dolphins have relied on of late. Tannehill has been under center markedly more since Dan Campbell took over. With an emphasis on the running game, Tannehill under center allows Miami to utilize the play-action whenever they see fit. It has helped Tannehill too, with a little more time and few more passing lanes to throw. Following the opening drive FG, the Eagles scored a TD, Tannehill took a safety, the Eagles scored a TD, the Dolphins punted, and Philadelphia then marched down the field again, but missed a field goal. That was likely the turning point of the game, as the Dolphins were able to get the running game going on the back of Ajayi and start moving the ball. Tannehill is starting to take some nasty hits behind this shaky offensive line, as he was slow to get up on a few occasions on Sunday. However, he came away no worse for wear. The game turned into a defensive battle in the second half, as the pocket collapsed quicker, receivers found it more difficult to get open, and first downs were difficult to come by. It seems like these two teams knew each other well, with Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor being an offensive assistant in Philadelphia in 2013. Both running games found it slow going, which left mostly unmanageable 2nd and 3rd down situations for both teams. That created one of Tannehill's more inefficient games of 2015, finishing with his 3rd lowest completion percentage and 2nd lowest yards per attempt of the season. With Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Diego on bye, it's likely some owners were forced to start Tannehill, and did salvage his fantasy day with two TD passes. His first half TD pass was a simple route to Lamar Miller, where Rishard Matthews picked the linebacker out of the play and Miller was able to stroll into the end-zone. His second TD pass required a lot more luck. With the Dolphins driving late in the third and early fourth, Connor Barwin coming off the edge unblocked, Tannehill's pass glanced off his helmet and straight up into the air. The ever-aware Jarvis Landry was the quickest to react, rising to snag the football. It gave the Dolphins the lead and just may have kept their season alive. With the final week of byes on tap in Week 11, including the Giants, Steelers and Saints, Tannehill may be forced into another start by desperate owners. However, he is squarely a QB2 going forward as the Miami running game and defense both are starting to look like the cornerstones of the team.
2015 Week 9 vs BUF (27 / 36 / 309 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
The first offensive snap for the Dolphins was an ominous sign, as Mike Pouncey's snap rattled right off Ryan Tannehill's hands and through the back of the end zone for a safety. With the Bills scoring on the next drive, Miami was put an immediate hole, which is something they haven't responded well to this year. Tannehill mostly capitalized on short routes to Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller early on, as the Bills looked to pin their ears back against a shaky right side of the offensive line. Bill Lazor's misdirection helped, as the Dolphins were able to move the ball with a shorter passing game, as well as through the running game. However, Tannehill's first real attempt over 10+ yards came on a deep sideline throw to Kenny Stills in the middle of the second quarter. Stills and Tannehill have shown more deep-ball chemistry than Mike Wallace and Tannehill ever had. Tannehill's touch was perfect and Stills needed to beat one defender to make it a 90-yard touchdown, but could not. The biggest sequence of the game came at the end of the half: with 29 seconds on the clock and 1st and goal at the 9 with one timeout, the Dolphins were unable to score any points. After scoring in the first drive out of the half, even 3 points would've helped. Better clock management should've allowed them to score a touchdown. The next biggest play came when Jerry Hughes abused Jason Fox and stripped Ryan Tannehill. With the Dolphins driving, Hughes made up for an earlier unsportsmanlike penalty by spinning right inside Fox and taking the ball away from Tannehill. After a Tyrod Taylor to Sammy Watkins bomb, Miami never was within 10 points again. Tannehill padded his yardage stats later in the game, and is looking a little more comfortable and is taking a few less hits with Dan Campbell in charge. His downfield chemistry with Kenny Stills is growing, giving him 3 viable targets at receiver. However, the Dolphins yielded over 250 yards on the ground, and it's difficult to defeat anyone in instances like that. Tannehill could use Ja'Wuan James back on the right side of the offensive line, but it looks like Bill Lazor has figured out how to make things work on the offensive side of the ball. With the defense reeling with the loss of Wake, there may be some big days for Tannehill coming up.
2015 Week 8 vs NE (28 / 44 / 300 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
As per usual this season, when the Dolphins have fell behind considerably and Ryan Tannehill is forced to throw the ball 40+ times a game, it's usually in a loss. Tannehill lost right tackle Ja'Wuan James in the second quarter, and was under pressure for most of the night as is. It's not like James was having a stellar year, but Jason Fox has proven disastrous when filling in at times this year. The Pats were in Miami's backfield all night long, and Tannehill did make some good throws at times under pressure. His two main targets will come as no surprise, as he peppered Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews with 20 total targets. On the drive coming out of the half, with the Dolphins down 19-0 and needing points, Tannehill was at his best, keeping his eyes downfield and making multiple superb throws to give Miami a glimmer of hope when they crawled to within 19-7 following the TD. However, the defense showed no ability to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots, which allowed the New England to continue to pin their ears back and get to Tannehill. Tannehill was forced into a few loose throws and he tried to carry the Dolphins back into the game. His first mistake came near the end of the first half as he was late to throw to Matthews out of a break to the right sideline and Logan Ryan stepped in front of the pass to provide the Pats with another chance for points before the half. Then, Tannehill and Matthews had a miscommunication in the second half, leading to another interception from Duron Harmon. It was not a great night for Tannehill, but no one really expected the Dolphins to go into New England and win. Falling behind, abandoning the run game, losing Cam Wake were all recipes for disaster. With Wake done for the year, Tannehill may get a boost in terms of the number of attempts. However, as we saw from last night, that may not be a good thing for Tannehill.
2015 Week 7 vs HOU (18 / 19 / 282 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
From the first offensive play of the game for Miami on Sunday, it was clear the Dolphins have properly been motivated under Dan Campbell. The defense looks fired up, which has given some motivation to the offense. There was nothing fancy about Tannehill's game on Sunday, utilizing screens and short passes to start drives. Then, in the case of his first two touchdown passes, he relied on the after the catch skills of his receivers. His tossed his first TD to Rishard Matthews on a simple quick slant, and after two Houston defensive backs ran into each other, Matthews was free to waltz 50 yards into the end zone. His second TD was a ridiculous individual effort by Jarvis Landry. After catching a 15-yard out near the left sideline at about the Houston 35, Landry eluded at least 5 different defenders cutting back across the field and leaping into the end zone. Tannehill again found Landry later in the first quarter on a delayed crossing route for another score. He finished off his TD passing day early in the second quarter on a fake end-around screen, with Lamar Miller scampering 50 yards untouched. Take nothing away from Tannehill, he completed his first 18 passes of the game and looks very comfortable running an efficient offense that features Lamar Miller, a quick hitting, move the chain passing game, and occasional shots down the field. While Tannehill's day was essentially over after the first half, and Matt Moore came on for him later in the game, he needed just 19 passing attempts to pile up his numbers. With the Miami offense trending up, Tannehill's TD numbers may actually get a bump, even as his passing attempts go down from the 40+ attempts he was averaging in the first 4 games.
2015 Week 6 vs TEN (22 / 29 / 266 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
With a more balanced game-plan and new coaching staff at his disposal, Ryan Tannehill looked comfortable inside and outside the pocket for the Dolphins. While fantasy owners who were expecting a Tannehill breakout this season would like to see the 40+ attempts that he was attempting over the first four games of the season. With the running game finding success from the start, Tannehill was able to utilize the play-action game, especially to Rishard Matthews in the first half. In the 4th quarter, when the Dolphins needed a play or two to put the game on ice, Tannehill made them, hitting Kenny Stills on a perfect sideline deep ball (!!!) with Miami backed up inside their own 10-yard line. He salvaged his fantasy day, by throwing both of his touchdowns in the final quarter. The first, to Dion Sims, was an easy throw as Sims was unchecked in the end zone. However, his second TD pass to Jordan Cameron was a thrown up high on a skinny post route run by the big tight end. After both of his interceptions came on targets to Jordan Cameron in the first half, it was nice to see Tannehill show some confidence in his tight end. The first pick was off Cameron's hands, into the waiting arms of Michael Griffin. Meanwhile, the second INT came on an awful miscommunication near the end of the half. Cameron kept running while Tannehill assumed he would sit down his route. If the Dolphins' adjusted coaching staff were smart, they'd keep Tannehill at the 28-32 pass attempts per game clip and re-commit to the ground game. While that may keep him more of a QB2 than QB1, the offense looked out of its season's long lull, so there could be ample scoring opportunities going forward.
2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (19 / 44 / 198 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
In what's becoming a trend, the Dolphins entire team has come out to sluggish starts, leading to early two-score deficits and no room for error. Ryan Tannehill was particularly anemic yesterday as New York's ferocious defensive front overwhelmed the Dolphins and Tannehill was more skittish than usual. It was evident in many of his throws, as he was inaccurate and at times, overwhelmingly so. The first offensive play for each team really told the story, as the Dolphins ran a screen to Jarvis Landry that was a low throw and dropped. Meanwhile, the Jets ran a play-action and Fitzpatrick fired a deep strike to Brandon Marshall, setting the tone for the entire game. Absorbing 9 hits and suffering 3 sacks in addition to the countless times he was hurried, Tannehill is obviously missing his left tackle, Branden Albert, as well as some more capable interior lineman. He's also missing any semblance of a running game. It takes a toll on any quarterback to drop-back so many times and being pressured, except for maybe Aaron Rodgers. At various points, throughout the game, Tannehill just threw the ball in the vicinity of a receiver with pressure starting to come his way. This was especially the case when Todd Bowles started dialing up some corner blitzes with his team up by two scores. He is still looking to make some plays outside of the pocket, and still does show some poise and stands in there when he has a clean pocket. The Dolphins actually had a chance in the 4th quarter, down 13, to make it a close game, but they failed on 8 attempts in goal-to-go situations and the Jets were able to close out the game. It was a gruesome game for Tannehill, and it's clear the AFC East defensive fronts are no joke, so Miami needs to figure out their protection and must start running the ball to help their franchise quarterback out.
2015 Week 3 vs BUF (26 / 49 / 297 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
As the Dolphins have done for most of this century, it was two steps forward and one step back for the team and their quarterback against the Bills in Week 3. After flashing signs of joining the upper echelon of NFL signal callers over the first two weeks, Ryan Tannehill was flummoxed by Rex Ryan's defense. Ryan has had a history of bottling up Dolphins offenses in the last 3 seasons, but Tannehill did nothing to indicate he had a handle on the offense until the game was 27-0 in the second half. Not having Branden Albert certainly didn't help, which may have caused some skittishness on Tannehill's part. He only went down twice on over 50 drop-backs, but he was hit another 8 times and often had to flee the pocket and throw the ball away as a late Bill blitzer never seemed to be picked up. All three of his interceptions came in the first half and at two were entirely on him. The first was on a pass Jarvis Landry didn't completely see into his hands, he bobbled, and laid into the waiting arms of Preston Brown. The pass may have been a hair behind Landry, but it's a catch he makes regularly. The pick 6 to Brown came on one of those late-blitzing plays for the Bills. Bacari Rambo hit Tannehill as he threw it into the waiting arms of Brown who waltzed into the end-zone. His final pick came near the end of the half, as he simply air-mailed a throw to impressive rookie Ronald Darby. Although the game was virtually over by halftime, near the end of the first half, Jonas Gray started getting some snaps and Tannehill was forced under center. This allowed the Dolphins to buy him some time through play-actions, which helped him find some throwing lanes downfield to the likes of Rishard Matthews and DeVante Parker. Tannehill's first TD pass to Matthews was very nice as he delivered on-time strike on an out to the back of the end-zone, and he ultimately salvaged his line with another TD to the emerging WR. However, garbage time is garbage time and his second TD pass was mightily underthrown and Matthews adjusted to make the play. His fantasy line wasn't a complete disaster, but Tannehill has to improve going forward, especially early in games.
2015 Week 2 vs JAX (30 / 44 / 359 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
While the Dolphins were stymied in the fourth quarter and ultimately lost to an upstart Jaguars team, Ryan Tannehill put the league on notice a bit as he looked about as good as he's looked in any one game over his first 3+ seasons in the league in picking apart the Jags for about 2.5 quarters. Branden Albert was lost in the first half to a hamstring injury, but Tannehill didn't miss a beat for the next quarter or so before the pressure started to overwhelm him. For the first two-plus quarters though, Tannehill stood in the pocket and delivered an array of accurate touch passes, as well as balls with more zip on them. When he needed to flee the pocket, he did so and looked to throw constantly, making a few plays outside the design of the initial play call. His first TD came on such a play, as he was flushed out of the pocket to the left (always a difficult throw for a right-handed QB), before finding Damien Williams streaking towards the left pylon. His second TD came on a tight-window throw to Jake Stoneburner from 5 yards out. What's been especially impressive with Tannehill is his willingness to fit throws into tight windows, and the trust he has in Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Jordan Cameron at the moment is a good sign going forward. What's worrying is how the Miami offensive looked during most of the second half. Jared Odrick and Tyson Alualu routinely embarrassed Jason Fox, who replaced Albert at left tackle. Additionally, Ja'Wuan James wasn't much better on the right side. Tannehill only took two sacks, but was hit a half-dozen times and was forced to the throw the ball away on a handful of others due to the pressure. With his mobility, it's not a dire situation, but Albert's hamstring is a situation to monitor with the Bills and Jets coming up. Tannehill will be under immense pressure in both games if his starting left tackle can't suit up.
2015 Week 1 vs WAS (22 / 34 / 226 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
It was an odd day for the Dolphins in general, as the Redskins dominated the time of possession battle with a ball-control attack, especially with DeSean Jackson leaving the game early. Despite just 22 minutes of possession, Ryan Tannehill still threw the ball 34 times. It was mostly a dink and dunk show, as the Dolphins looked to feed Jarvis Landry in the passing game through screens and quick hitters. However, Tannehill did show off some touch and accuracy on some intermediate throws as the game wore on. He's been very adept at throwing the seam route (to Charles Clay in years past), but with the bigger and faster Jordan Cameron now onboard, that throw will become a staple of the offense. Likewise, he showed his accuracy on the run, making a few sideline throws. While DeVante Parker was talked up as a red-zone matchup threat for Week 1, he barely played. Rishard Matthews emerged as the second WR to Landry, and third target overall after Cameron. Tannehill's lone TD pass on the day came from in close with an easy throw to Matthews, as he picked on brutal Washington corner David Amerson. When Parker does get up to speed, Bill Lazor will have no shortage of options behind Landry, Cameron, and Parker. The Miami offensive line does remain a work in progress, as Washington's improved interior defensive line did get some push against the likes of Dallas Thomas and Jamil Douglas. Tannehill did give the ball on one of those sacks, fumbling the ball back to Washington. It could've been worse too, as Tannehill had a pass go through the arms of Chris Culliver before Greg Jennings reeled it in. Additionally, Tannehill had about 3 passes batted up in the air at the line of scrimmage. Although none were ultimately picked off, it's an issue he's been dealing with since he entered the league. Although it wasn't the start to the season for Tannehill many had hoped for, Tannehill rarely fails to hit the baselines of 200 yards and at least one TD pass. While his numbers were far short of QB1 numbers in Week 1, the arrow should be pointing up for Tannehill and the Dolphins offense as the offensive line finds continuity with Branden Albert's return and the #1 pick, DeVante Parker hits the field more frequently.
Latest NewsDolphins | Ryan Tannehill throws two TDs (Sun Nov 22, 05:22 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill went 13-for-24 for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11. Our View: The Cowboys got Tony Romo back and used him, a good running game, and a good defense to take the life out of the Miami offense. Tannehill salvaged the day with two scoring passes, including a long one to Kenny Stills. He'll get the tough Jets defense next week, although Darrelle Revis will have to clear concussion protocol to affect the game.
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