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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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Week 7: vs Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Ryan Tannehill wasn't sacked in Week Six and was hit just two times after he was sacked 17 times in the first five games. Evidently the mass-firings among the offensive linemen after Week Five had the intended effect. Also, the team set a season-high with 222 yards rushing and three rushing scores last week - the big guys up front have definitely stepped up their games. Sheltering behind his improved line, Tannehill threw 24/32 for 252 yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions in the box score when the game was over. Jarvis Landry led the team in targets and receiving with nine for 7/91/0 receiving, while DeVante Parker saw seven chances for 5/28/0 receiving, and tight end MarQuies Gray handled three for 81 yards receiving. It wasn't a bonanza of fantasy points, but Tannehill looked like a legit NFL starter last week. The Bills' pass defense allowed 13/29 for 167 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Colin Kaepernick last Sunday, sacking him three times for -20 yards. They were tough on Case Keenum two games ago - 21/31 for 243 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -28 yards - and are currently ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 242.0 net passing yards allowed per game. However, the Bills have given out just three passing TDs this season, vs. six interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 20 sacks (second in the league). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Buffalo has averaged 14.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-least in the NFL); and 14.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fourth-least); with 5.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). This is a bad matchup for Tannehill and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs CLE 67 25 39 319 3 2 1 2 0 1 25.15
4 at CIN 45 15 25 189 1 1 0 0 0 1 11.45
5 vs TEN 44 12 18 191 0 2 0 0 0 0 7.55
6 vs PIT 70 24 32 252 0 0 2 3 0 0 12.9
7 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 21 33 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 22 31 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill protected in Week 6 (Mon Oct 17, 11:21 AM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill wasn't sacked in Week 6 and was hit just two times after he was sacked 17 times in the first five games.

Our View: The Dolphins have had six different O-Line combinations this year. It looks like they finally have the right one.
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill does very little (Sun Oct 16, 11:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed 24 of his 32 pass attempts for 252 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also ran twice for three yards.

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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill remaining the starter (Mon Oct 10, 10:11 AM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will remain the starter for the rest of the season, according to head coach Adam Gase.

Our View: The fact that we're even having that question shows you just how bad things are for Miami. Tannehill is not thriving under Gase, and the team might have to make a change -- either at QB or with their head coach.
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill picked off twice (Sun Oct 9, 04:42 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Ryan Tannehill fumbled twice and threw no touchdown passes in a 30-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Oct. 9. Tannehill passed for 191 yards and was 12-for-18.

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