Miami Dolphins’ OTA Winners and Losers
#1: Winner: QB Ryan Tannehill
Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The most clear winner during OTAs is Miami’s future. The team’s future star, that is. QB Ryan Tannehill has, according to numerous reports, looked calm, cool and collective during OTAs.
The second-year pro, will look to build on a solid rookie season for the ‘phins in which he completed 282 of 484 passes for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The 6’4”, 222 pound signal caller will have to cut down on his 17 total turnovers (13 interceptions, 4 lost fumbles) if this team is to see the post-season. And it’s certainly looking like this team will compete for a wild-card spot if he can do so.
GM Jeff Ireland has surrounded Tannehill with a plethora of weapons this off-season from Mike Wallace to TE Dustin Keller, Tannehill certainly has options through the air.
Add in the fact that we are seeing immense improvement from second-year TE, Michael Egnew and RB Lamar Miller. Throw in the improvements along the offensive line with second-year tackle, Jonathan Martin and fourth-year guard, John Jerry and you can see why QB Ryan Tannehill is our #1 winner of OTAs.
Although there will not be as much buzz around the ‘Phins as the Miami Heat, who are kicking off the NBA Finals tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, the Dolphins certainly have a young and talented squad.
Do not sleep on this team, they may need another year or two to gel together. But one thing is for sure, this team is looking hungry to compete for years to come.