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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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Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Tannehill held up well against a very tough defense on a short week, and he is poised to be a very good matchup QB1, if not an everyweek QB1 against a favorable schedule down the stretch.

General News (Fri Nov 21): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: at Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 26/34 for 240 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions against the ball-hawking Bills last week, despite taking five sacks for -35 yards from their hard-charging defensive front. He leaned on a wide array of wide receivers last weekend, hitting Brian Hartline for the most receiving yards (four targets for 3/55/0 receiving), followed by: Jarvis Landry (five for 5/46/1), Mike Wallace (seven for 4/38/0), Damien Williams (three for 2/38/0, and Brandon Gibson (three for 2/13/1). Tight end Charles Clay handled six for 5/31/0 as well. The Dolphins spread the wealth among many receivers (as is usual this year). The Broncos allowed 20/29 for 220 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Shaun Hill last weekend, while sacking him three times for -14 yards during the loss in St. Louis. Derek Carr wasn't sacked at all two games back (30/47 for 192 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown), but the Broncos triumphed in that game 41-17 as Denver's offense was it's usual powerhouse self up until week 11. To date, the Denver pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 243.0 net yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores allowed vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 27 sacks (tied for eighth) generated. The Denver pass D is solid across the board, but tends to allow yardage/a garbage TD here and there after they build up a big lead. Tannehill and company have a tough draw this week traveling to partisan Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at JAX 16 29 196 1 1 5 48 0 0
9 vs SD 24 34 288 3 0 4 47 0 0
10 at DET 27 38 207 1 1 2 0 0 0
11 vs BUF 26 34 240 2 0 4 16 0 1
12 at DEN PROJ-Dodds 22 36 * * * 3 * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 24 39 * * * 3 * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Bloom 24 43 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs SD (24 / 34 / 288 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 47 / 0 rush)

It may have been the best game of Ryan Tannehill's career Sunday against the Chargers, as he carved up the banged up San Diego defense for three quarters before taking a seat for the final quarter. It obviously could've been an even bigger afternoon for the third-year quarterback if the Phil Rivers and the Chargers had been able to mount any sort of competition for the Dolphins. Credit goes to Bill Lazor's game-plan today, in addition to Tannehill for the high level of execution on Sunday. Tannehill's struggles this season have mostly come inside the pocket. Hanging onto the ball too long, batted passes at the line, inaccurate throws from inside the pocket have all been issues for him this season. Sunday, though, Lazor was able to get his QB on the move, where he becomes more dangerous. With their zone-rushing schemes, the Dolphins are able to fake the run and move the pocket left or right whenever they please, leaving Tannehill with the ability to roll either direction and find an open man. Similar to the Kaepernicks, Wilsons, and a few other young QBs, Tannehill seems more comfortable throwing on the run, and may even be more accurate. This allowed the Miami QB to find his receivers at the second level, as Tannehill carved up the Chargers in the intermediate levels. Overall, he went 7-of-9 on passes that traveled 10-19 yards in the air, for 143 yards and two scores. While he remained cold on passes of 20+ yards (0-3), with the passing game starting to click more and more, the deep connections may follow. Picking his prettiest TD pass is difficult as two really stick out. His first to Charles Clay was a fairly simple corner route in the back of the end-zone. With Lamar Miller leaking out of the backfield, San Diego DB Marcus Gilchrist couldn't commit helping out ILB Donald Butler on Clay. Tannehill held Gilchrist for a split-second long enough to deliver a perfect strike to Clay. His second TD was a bit more complicated, as it came on a broken play. The key part was a devastating pump fake, which caused confusion in the San Diego secondary. Brandon Flowers, who had been tracking Rishard Matthews, lost him, and when Tannehill flushed left, Matthews was wide open for an easy pitch-and-catch. To pile on, Tannehill continued his prowess on the ground, posting a 20-yard run for the fourth consecutive game overall. He's now posted 35, 49, 48, 48, and 47 yards on merely a handful of runs per game. It'd be foolish to expect 290 yards and 3 TDs per game from him going forward, but his weekly floor has slowly been rising with each week, and the extra 4-5 points he's been picking up with his legs adds to that floor. It's been an effective and useful part of the Miami game-plan, so don't expect the opportunities to go anywhere. If Tannehill continues to take them, and the Miami offense continues its efficiency, he will continue to keep himself in the high-end QB2 conversation. With two bye weeks left, he should be useful at least for streamers looking for a fill-in.

2014 Week 10 vs DET (27 / 38 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was another slow start for Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense in Detroit on Sunday, and inability to finish out drives later in the game proved to be disastrous for the Dolphins. It didn't help that the Lions went on a 15-play, nearly 9-minute drive after the opening kickoff, but the Dolphins followed with a three-and-out, the Megatron TD, and then another three-and-out. This left Miami in an early 10-0 hole, which ultimately led to a 2-to-1 pass to run ratio for the Dolphins in the game. Ryan Tannehill's completion percentage was a very attractive 71%, but only nine of his 38 attempts came 10+ yards down the field. He did about as well as expected against a Detroit defense that had been limiting QBs to the fewest fantasy points in football. There were two plays that specifically held Tannehill back, in addition to killing the Dolphins' chances at winning the game. The Dolphins started moving the ball in the second quarter, and were into the red zone, when Tannehill stared down backup tight end Gator Hoskins on a short out-route. James Ihedigbo was playing off coverage, but it was a simple interception. The Miami QB even threw the ball towards Hoskins' wrong shoulder, making it an even easier play for the Ihedigbo. Tannehill did make a TD-saving tackle down the field though, beating the Detroit defensive line and showing his athleticism to make the play on the Detroit safety. That held major significance because Brent Grimes may have made the play of the year on the next play to intercept Matthew Stafford and give the ball back to his offense before the half. The other play happened on that same drive. On a 2nd and 8 play from their own 40, Mike Wallace got a step on Rashean Mathis. Tannehill threw a very good looking ball, but it was about a yard or two overthrown. Certainly not an egregious miss, but a throw and catch that should be completed. Bill Lazor has no choice but to keep taking a few shots per game, but it's fair to wonder if this pair will ever find any consistency with that part of the game. To make matters worse for the Dolphins, they lost Branden Albert to a significant knee injury on the final drive of the second quarter. It's an immense loss for the team, as Albert had brought stability to the blindside, and was easily one of the free-agent signings of the season so far. Rookie Ja'Wuan James took over at left tackle with Dallas Thomas moving into the right tackle position. Tannehill made a concerted effort to get the ball out quick without Albert, and to some extent, it worked. When he wasn't under any pressure, he completed 18-of-19 passes, but for just 135 yards. More often than not though, the four-man pressure of the Lions was fairly overwhelming for the makeshift offensive line. Ndamukong Suh and company recorded 18 pressures of Tannehill on Sunday, showing even without Nick Fairley, that their pass rush is unrelenting. Additionally, with a 10-0 hole, and an ailing Lamar Miller, Lazor didn't really attempt to establish the run. Aside from a 19-yard run from Damien Williams in the fourth quarter, the running game produced 31 yards on 18 carries. Tannehill's one zone-read attempt was stifled, and the lack of the running game prevented any opportunity to get loose in that regard. Tannehill did keep some plays alive with his feet and found the likes of Landry and Clay a few times, but this was about what was expected in a tough road spot against the Lions. The more worrisome part is the loss of Albert and the looming schedule of the Bills and Broncos, who both possess fearsome pass rushers. Additionally, unlike recent weeks, there wasn't much of an effort to move the pocket, get Tannehill outside the pocket to throw, which were areas the Dolphins had been successful in over recent weeks. Perhaps Lazor had to simplify some of the looks for the sake of the makeshift line, or the Lions are just too tough to pull that off against. All in all, while the results, especially in the red zone, were lacking, Tannehill couldn't have been expected to do much more against one of the best defenses in the league.

2014 Week 11 vs BUF (26 / 34 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

In his first game without blindside protector, Branden Albert, Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense understandably went with short, quick passing game. Often the victim of slow starts, the key early on was the quick trigger from Tannehill, as he found receivers before the Buffalo pass rush could get home. A few first downs on the opening drive certainly gave Tannehill and the offense confidence, with the short passing game serving as an extension of the running game, as it took a few drives for Lamar Miller to get on track. The Bills front four obviously provide a stiff test, but without Albert, this may just be the Dolphins offense going forward. Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas were both picked on in Thursday's game, but Tannehill adjusted, by getting the ball out quickly or buying time. Bill Lazor also made some adjustments, getting his QB on the move some to avoid the rush. However, getting the ball out quickly was important, as just 10 of Tannehill's 34 passes went 10+ yards down the field. Tannehill killed one drive in the first half with a crippling fumble near the red zone. Instead of sliding or getting down on his own volition, he tried to pickup a few more yards, and got the ball knocked out. It was rare to see Tannehill lose the ball so clumsily after watching him look so natural with the ball in his hands recently, but Jerry Hughes made a nice play. Tannehill simply has to go down on the play. Into the second half though, the Dolphins really started finding success on the ground with Lamar Miller, making solid 1st and 10 gains, setting Tannehill up for success. The ground game also set up those play action rollouts, such as the one Miami used on their first touchdown. After a Lamar Miller first down run of 9, putting the Dolphins inside the 10, it was a simple run fake to the left, with Tannehill rolling out and finding Brandon Gibson unmarked in the end zone. His second TD was a simple out to Jarvis Landry, where Landry did most of the work, slipping his man and breaking the plane of the end zone. Tannehill probably should've been picked off once, and he lost the fumble in the red zone, so it could've been a bigger day for him really. However, there is some consistency starting to show up in his performances. Without Branden Albert, the Dolphins will have to avoid slow starts going forward, but setting up Tannehill with quick reads and passes should get him into a rhythm early. Tannehill's seems to be developing a consistent floor, but it's probably not quite high enough to warrant starting him as anything more than a QB2 quite yet.


Latest News

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill listed as probable (Fri Nov 21, 06:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, but he is probable for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

Our View: We fully expect Tannehill to play, though an angry Broncos defense gives us some pause. If healthy though, he should be good as a QB2 even if the offensive line is shaky and the defense he faces is tough.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill limited again (Thu Nov 20, 06:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Tannehill faces a tough defense, but has been playing well. We are optimistic that he produces, though only as a solid QB2.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill limited (Wed Nov 19, 06:28 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill expected to start (Wed Nov 12, 05:49 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle, shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12, and is probable for Week 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: We're not shocked here. Tannehill is beat up, but he's going to play on a short week. He's a low-end QB1 against the Bills in Week 11.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill good to go (Wed Nov 12, 10:49 AM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder, ankle) will undoubtedly start in Week 11 Thursday, Nov. 13, according to a source.

Our View: It's a short week for the Dolphins as they play the Bills on Thursday night. Tannehill is going to be out there, but fantasy owners probably have better options at QB. He took a number of hard hits last week, but he injured his right shoulder on a tackle.
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