Ryan Tannehill Impresses In Miami Dolphins Preseason Opener

August 10, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Tampa Bay won the game 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins went into their preseason opener with an open quarterback competition. The man who initially was slated as the team’s starter, David Garrard, will be out for a few weeks after undergoing surgery today. That left a big opportunity for Matt Moore and rookie signal-caller Ryan Tannehill to stake their claim as the best suited to lead the Dolphins offense.

Moore started the game for Miami but left a lot to be desired. He completed 7-of-12 passes for 79 yards but he failed to find the endzone and tossed one interception.

Tannehill, on the other hand, was very impressive. The eighth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft showed that he is definitely in the mix to become the Dolphins starting quarterback sooner rather than later this coming season. Tannehill went 14-for-21 and racked up 167 yards through the air. He added one touchdown.

It was a good start to the preseason for Tannehill and should give him a slight edge in the quarterback competition.

There are still three games remaining for the Dolphins so Moore could have a comeback and reclaim his position as the favorite in the quarterback race but if Tannehill continues to perform as he did tonight you would have to think he gets the reigns to run the offense that he ran back in his days with Mike Sherman at Texas A&M.

Topics: David Garrard, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill

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