This morning, the Miami Dolphins held an intra-squad scrimmage and their first round pick, Ryan Tannehill, didn’t disappoint. Well, it wasn’t so much of a scrimmage because there really wasn’t a winner and a loser an I’m pretty sure no score was kept. However, the Dolphins rookie QB looked like he belonged.
This was essentially a practice. Granted, it was held at Sun Life Stadium and there were about 8,700 fans in attendance. The Dolphins rotated their first and second team offenses versus the first and second team defenses. The quarterbacks each got a chance to lead the first team offense and a chance to face the first team defense. The results? Tannehill finished the day going 10-13 for 114 yards and a TD. Garrard went 9 of 17 for 57 yards, and a TD. Moore went 10 of 20 for 65 yards and a TD. None of the Dolphins QBs were intercepted.
Tannehill got an opportunity to make a statement early, as the first play call had an option for a deep pass to Legadu Naanee. Tannehill had his man open, but overthrew him by a step. One observer said that Naanee may have slowed up a bit causing the incompletion. Anyway, it’s nice to see a Dolphins QB attacking downfield when given the opportunity! Tannehill wasn’t afraid to do that and showed it throughout practice.
Garrard looked good, but settled for dump off passes, something that Chad Henne was constantly criticized for. Matt Moore just looked ‘off’, but he did rebound after a slow start. For a complete rundown on the play by play, check out Armando’s blog here. The Dolphins QB competition is still open, although the growing sense, until today, was that Garrard was leading the pack. Tannehill had a great showing today, but let’s remember that it was only a practice. He’s a rookie and will have both good and bad days (at least for now, we hope!). This little taste of football has me anxious to see the team on the field next Friday against the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Dolphins first exhibition game.
The defense was solid, especially against the run. Although, the Dolphins definitely threw the ball much more than they ran it in this scrimmage. The leading rusher for the game was Lamar Miller, who managed only 17 yards. But again, carries were limited and the running backs were going up against the Dolphins defense that finished #3 in the NFL against the run in 2011. Hopefully going up against the stout run defense will only make the Dolphins new and (hopefully) improved offensive line better. The receivers that stood out were Chad Johnson, Legadu Naanee, and Davone Bess. Anthony Fasano added 2 touchdown passes in the scrimmage.
The Dolphins are off tomorrow, but return to the practice field on Monday to get ready for their first preseason game against the Bucs on Friday. In other news that just came down, the Dolphins and punter Brandon Fields have just agreed to a 4 year contract extension worth about $13 million.