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QB Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 221Born: 7-27-1988College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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General News (Tue Jan 31): will not require surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, according to sources. Tannehill had an MRI Monday, Jan. 30, to confirm the prognosis. Tannehill should be good to go for training camp, if not part of OTAs.

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2016 Week 14 vs ARI (15 / 20 / 195 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill had an efficient day, completing 15 of 20 passes for 195 and three touchdowns with one interception, before leaving the game with a knee injury. The injury was tough to watch, as Tannehill and the Dolphins are the most surprising team of the year and still alive for a playoff berth. One by one, Tannehill's teammates came over to console him, which spoke volumes about Tannehill's leadership and how his teammates rally behind him. For his part, he seemed to take the injury in stride and was spotted on the sidelines cheering his teammates to victory. Tannehill played very well, mixing short throws to his tight ends and running backs with deep strikes to his receivers. One such deep strike came on second and 11 from the Arizona 28 yard line. Taking the snap under center, Tannehill play action faked to Jay Ajayi before settling into a four step drop. Tannehill stepped up in the pocket and then delivered an absolute frozen rope to Kenny Stills who was running a deep slant route. The ball was perfectly thrown and in a spot where Stills just had to reach up and snatch it for a 28 yard touchdown.

2016 Week 13 vs BAL (29 / 40 / 226 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

After showing a lot of progress over the Dolphins six game winning streak, Tannehill took a big step back this week. He completed 29 of 40 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. In Tannehill's defense, two of his interceptions came on great plays by Lardarius Webb and Jerraud Powers, and the third came on a pass that deflected off of Jarvis Landry's shoulder pad and hung up in the air for a while before being caught by Eric Weddle. Tannehill had to deal with an aggressive Ravens pass rush all day, and he did a good job hanging in the pocket and making accurate throws. He is maturing as a pocket passer, and that was evident on a third and seven from their own 28 yard line early in the third quarter. Tannehill took the snap out of shotgun formation, and despite the Ravens jumping off sides, Tannehill hung in the pocket before delivering a strike down the middle of the field to Jarvis Landry. Tannehill took a hard shot on the play but it didn't seem to faze him, as he continued to ignore the Ravens pass rush and deliver some very nice throws while the pocket collapsed around him. The three interceptions were disappointing for Tannehill because he had made serious strides in the second half of the season with respect to not turning the ball over. After throwing seven interceptions in week's two through five, Tannehill had thrown only one interception from week's six through twelve.

2016 Week 12 vs SF (20 / 30 / 285 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill played what I consider to be his best game of the season, completing 20 of 30 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also showed off his athleticism by rushing six times for 34 yards. After throwing six touchdowns to seven interceptions in his first five games, Tannehill has responded with nine touchdowns to only one interception in his last five games. His ability to take care of the football has been a big reason why the Dolphins have won their last six games and put themselves in position to make a run at a playoff spot. Tannehill has taken advantage of teams stacking the box against Jay Ajayi by pushing the ball down the field in play action, and also creating more time for himself by getting outside the pocket and finding his receivers. Tannehill's patience in the pocket was on full display against the 49ers. On his 43 yard pass to Kenny Stills that went for a touchdown, Tannehill allowed the pocket to collapse around him while waiting until the last possible moment to hit Stills along the sideline. His accuracy was perfect, fooling the 49ers secondary into thinking they could intercept the pass only to be a split second too late. This overaggressive play combined with Tannehill's accuracy, allowed Stills to turn the ball up the sideline and walk in unchallenged for the touchdown. Tannehill is also learning to trust his receivers more, which was evident on his 46 yard completion to Davante Parker. Deep in his own territory, Tannehill took a four step drop and unleashed a 50 yard rocket that led Parker perfectly. Although the ball was a little out in front of Parker, he laid out full superman for the ball and completed the catch. It was a fantastic play all around, and showcased both Tannehill's arm strength, and Parkers elite athleticism.

2016 Week 11 vs LA (24 / 34 / 172 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill continued his efficient play, completing 24 of 34 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns to one interception. He also ran twice for 19 yards. Tannehill was not asked to do much during the first three quarters, as he had only 69 passing yards heading into the fourth quarter. The Rams put constant pressure on Tannehill, getting pressure in the backfield which forced Tannehill to settle for short passes. That changed with the Dolphins down two scores in the fourth quarter though, as Tannehill was able to engineer two touchdown drives that gave the Dolphins the lead. The final touchdown pass from Tannehill to Devante Parker was a thing of beauty and most likely exactly as the Miami coaches drew it up. Tannehill took the snap out of shotgun formation, and after taking a two-step drop he threw a back shoulder out route to the right corner of the end zone. The throw was low and outside, and while it gave Davante Parker a chance to make a great catch, he was the only one who would have been able to touch the ball. Parker responded with a great catch, giving Miami the win in a tightly contested game.

2016 Week 10 vs SD (17 / 24 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill played his most efficient game of the season, completing 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran three times for 16 yards. Tannehill was on point for this showdown against the Chargers, showing a complete command for the offense that had eluded him for much of the season. He mixed in short passes with several deep shots, and combined with Jay Ajayi running hard, kept the Chargers defense off balance. Tannehill's touchdown pass to Kenny Stills late in the second quarter showed off the type of toughness that he is not given credit for. Tannehill took the snap under center and play action faked to Ajayi coming off the left side, before rolling to his right. Tannehill went through his reads while hanging in the pocket and just prior to getting crushed by a San Diego lineman, threw a 60 yard rocket to Stills that was perfectly in stride at the back line of the end zone. It is the type of play that should instill confidence in Tannehill among his fellow offensive players.

2016 Week 9 vs NYJ (17 / 28 / 149 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill commanded the offense well on Sunday, completing 17 of 28 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown. What Tannehill lacked was big plays down the field, and only connected with his #1 target, Jarvis Landry, three times for 33 yards. Tannehill did most of his damage through short passes to his tight ends and running backs, with his longest pass of the game going to tight end Dominique Jones for 24 yards. Tannehill also connected with Jones for his sole passing touchdown. With the Dolphins on the one yard line, Tannehill took the snap out of shotgun formation and threw an accurate ball to Jones who ran a short out-route to the right side of the end zone. The play was called a touchdown on the field but ultimately reviewed and upheld. One of the main reasons why the Dolphins were unable to create big plays down the field was because Tannehill did not attempt many passes over 10 yards. He targeted Davante Parker once down the sideline that was around a 20 yard throw, and he completed a wheel route to Damian Williams for 19 yards, but aside from that Tannehill was relegated to short possession routes that enabled him to not turn the ball over. The Dolphins won the game, so it is hard to criticize their game plan, but it was clear that Tannehill was not trusted to target his receivers on deep throws.

2016 Week 7 vs BUF (15 / 25 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)

After four straight games with multiple turnovers, Tannehill played his second straight game without one in the home win against the Bills. The Miami offensive line and run game have been welcome additions to balance the offense and create more clean pockets for Tannehill. The fifth-year quarterback has never been a sustaining option under center, making his critical moment throws paramount to his weekly success. Tannehill was up-and-down in this area in Week 7. Tannehill missed Kenny Stills on two key throws, the first on an opening drive into field goal range, stalling when Tannehill was off-target to Stills on third down. Later in the game, Tannehill underthrew Stills on a deep route, allowing the defensive back to close the gap and break up the pass. While no interceptions were logged in the box score, Tannehill threw into double coverage down the sideline on third down, which should have been an interception, only to have the ball misplayed by the defensive backs. However, Tannehill made enough plays to balance the strong running of Jay Ajayi to win the game in the second half. Tannehill's big throws included a roll-out pass across his body to Jarvis Landry to convert a key third down and hitting Stills on a deep ball, turning into a catch-and-run long touchdown. The schedule eases up for Miami's pass game after a well-deserved Week 8 bye with the Jets and Chargers, both bottom-25% against the pass in the NFL coming up.

2016 Week 6 vs PIT (24 / 32 / 252 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Tannehill played the role of a game manager this past Sunday, completing 24 of 32 passes for no touchdowns or interceptions. Tannehill came into the game with six touchdown passes and a combined 11 interceptions and fumbles. This marked the first game where he did not commit a turnover. One area where he really struggled though was in the red zone, as the Miami passing offense could not convert on a single touchdown in seven trips inside the Pittsburgh 20 yard line. They were bailed out by three rushing touchdowns between Jay Ajayi and Damian Williams, but the game could have been put out of reach by the middle of the third quarter. This has been an ongoing issue with the Dolphins offense and Tannehill in particular, because Miami lacks a big bodied target that can beat press coverage and does not need time for the play to develop. Tannehill nearly had a long touchdown pass to MarQueis Gray early in the 2nd quarter, and it was the type of play that showed off his elite athleticism and arm strength, while flashing his potential as a franchise quarterback. Pittsburgh brought pressure and nearly sacked him, but despite pump-faking twice and having his arm caught on top of his defenders shoulder pads, Tannehill managed to elude the sack and scrambled hard to his left side. He managed to get outside the pocket and on a full run, Tannehill threw a forty yard dart against his body to a streaking Gray, who was subsequently tackled at the one yard line. It was the most impressive thrown of the weekend, and most likely of Tannehill's career. If we are going to mention Miami's struggles in the red zone, it is fair to note that three of Tannehill's passes ended up inside the three yard line and could have easily gone for touchdowns. If he was able to get two scores, he reaches value in nearly all formats.

2016 Week 5 vs TEN (12 / 18 / 191 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tannehill had a dreadful day against a Titans pass rush that sacked him six times. The Dolphins were without two starting offensive lineman, which played a big part in the Titans continuously putting pressure on Tannehill. The good news for the day is he was able to create two big plays in the passing game, one to Davante Parker for 50 yards, and the other to running back Damian Williams for 58 yards. Tannehill threw a beautiful ball to Parker on the 50 yard gain, putting the ball on a rope for 40 yards and hitting Parker in stride up the left sideline. Credit for the 58 yard gain was all Williams though, as Tannehill threw a five yard out and Williams did the rest on a nifty catch and run where he juked back to the inside of the field before turning it up the left sideline and outrunning Titans defenders before being dragged down at the twenty yard line. Tannehill's play was not appreciated by the fans, as he was booed for much of the game before fans starting calling for his replacement in the second half.

2016 Week 4 vs CIN (15 / 25 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tannehill was inefficient for most of the game Thursday night, completing only 15 of 25 passes for 189 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The lone touchdown pass came on their first possession, where Tannehill found a wide open Kenny Stills streaking down the field for what would go down as a 74 touchdown pass. Tannehill deserves some credit for being patient in the pocket and freezing a Bengals safety with a pump fake to the right side, which allowed Stills to run right by the rest of the Bengals secondary. Tannehill threw a very nice deep ball and hit Stills in stride, although that was the best play of the night on what was a very ugly showing by the entire Dolphins offense. Tannehill was pressured constantly and was sacked five different times by the Cincinnati defense, including a sack fumble early in the 2nd quarter. The Bengals pass rush played a big part in Tannehill getting happy feet at times and forcing several throws that contributed to his inefficient day as a passer. This was on full display on the interception that Tannehill threw in the 4th quarter, where Tannehill felt pressure on the outside and made a very bad read, forcing a pass in the middle of the field that was picked off quite easily by Chris Lewis-Harris. All in all, it was a game that Tannehill would like to forget, as he failed to lead the Dolphins to any points after scoring on their first possession.

2016 Week 3 vs CLE (25 / 39 / 319 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Tannehill had a solid day against an inept Cleveland defense, completing 64% of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tannehill showed he can move the ball in previous weeks, but against a weak secondary like Cleveland's, he needed to be able to come away with a win. He did that, but also threw two poor interceptions, one on his first pass attempt of the game and another in the 2nd quarter. From there on though, it was smooth sailing. Tannehill completed passes to seven different receivers and showed poise in the pocket. His first touchdown pass was a thing of beauty, as Tannehill was patient going through his progressions, stepped up in the pocket when pressure converged around him and threw a strike to Davante Parker. The play was exactly as Miami coaches drew it up, with Tannehill taking advantage of Parkers athleticism and put the ball where Parker could make a play but his defender could not. His second touchdown pass came on play action, and Tannehill waited the appropriate time for Jarvis Landry to run a clear out route to the left sideline. He hit Landry in perfect strike and his wide receiver did the rest, making a nice juke on a Cleveland defender at the ten yard line before coasting in for the second Miami touchdown. Tannehill's final touchdown pass came on a shallow out route by running back Damien Williams, and Tannehill put the ball exactly where it needed to be in order for Williams to catch the ball on the right sideline and turn the corner for an easy score. All in all it was a very good day for Tannehill, and although he could do without the two turnovers, he led the team on four touchdown drives and scored the most points for Miami to date.

2016 Week 2 vs NE (32 / 45 / 387 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)

For a player entering their 5th season, Ryan Tannehill has seen his fair share of criticism. Part of that is warranted because he has shown flashes of brilliance coupled with looking like a quarterback who has never fully developed. His week 1 performance did not help his case by any means, but his play in the second half on Sunday showed that at the very least he is a guy who the franchise needs to get behind. He finished the game 32-45 passing, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, to go along with 35 yards rushing. Tannehill's day was a tail of two halves. In the first half he was completely off the mark, overthrowing wide receiver Kenny Stills on a go-route up the right sideline, as well as missing Jordan Cameron up the seam when Cameron had a step on a Patriots linebacker. He redeemed himself for both of these errors by finding the aforementioned pair on touchdown passes in the second half. His strike to Kenny Stills showed poise in the pocket. After taking a low snap, Tannehill looked right and froze the safeties before glancing back left to see that Stills had toasted his coverage. He threw a good ball that was in-strike and right along the sideline and Stills made the easy grab for a touchdown several yards deep in the endzone. Tannehill's best throw of the day happened in the red zone and it highlighted the upside he is capable of having when all the weapons around him make the plays they are supposed to. He hit Jordan Cameron on a simple slant play for a touchdown, but the throw was on a frozen rope in between the linebackers in coverage and Cameron's defender. It was the exact play that Cameron botched in their third preseason game against the Bears, when he failed to go up and make a tough, but catchable play on a ball where Tannehill put the ball where it needed to be.

2016 Week 1 vs SEA (16 / 29 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 17 / 1 rush)

The numbers weren't great, but don't dismiss Tannehill just yet. He had the toughest of assignments, playing on the road against a Seahawks defense that pressured him all day long. The game flow would have been entirely different had he connected with Kenny Stills on a perfectly thrown deep ball early in the game. It would have been a sure touchdown and a 7-0 lead, but instead it was a horrible drop by the wide receiver, and on the very next play, Tannehill was sacked. Tannehill finally got the Seahawks off his back on a well-timed screen pass to Arian Foster, which he took down the sideline for a fifty yard gain. Overall, Tannehill showed excellent poise in the pocket and a nice touch to his passes, but the breaks certainly didn't go his way. Another thing: Tannehill is going to get his rush yards, slow and steady, perhaps, but they will be there. He looked great on an option run, and ran a draw play for short TD late in the game. There was excellent chemistry with Jarvis Landry, and rookie Leonte Carroo showed some promise. If Stills (or Parker, who was absent this game) can do better than 1-for-5 in targets, and Foster can steady the running game, then Tannehill should have more success going forward than he had today.


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