The Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but early indications from Dolphins minicamp are that the team’s top pick does not seem to be in position to jump under center and lead the Miami offense just yet.
According to Dolphins beat writer Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post, Tannehill is currently a distant third in the quarterback competition behind incumbent starter Matt Moore and free agent acquisition David Garrard. Biggane says that Tannehill’s “untimely mistakes, particularly when throwing into traffic” are to blame for his falling on the team’s depth chart.
It is expected that the Dolphins week one starter will either be Moore or Garrard, as Biggane expects Tannehill to “continue his apprenticeship as the No. 3 guy.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter even indicated that Garrard could have the inside track at becoming the week one starter.
The fact that Tannehill is third on the team’s depth chart is a likely indication that he is not picking up on the speed of the NFL game as quickly as the Dolphins would have hoped. Tannehill ran offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s offense during his time at Texas A&M, but he has struggled during minicamp.
Despite what many are reporting, I’d have to give Moore the edge in the Dolphins quarterback race due to his play at the end of last season. He has shown that he can lead the offense and I fully expect him to start off the season giving it another shot.