Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins started rookie minicamp on Friday.
It doesn’t sound like Tannehill is going to have much of a learning curve for the offensive playbook. Tannehill said, via Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, that 80-85 percent of the playbook looks like what he used at Texas A&M under current Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and that 65-70 percent of it is exactly the same.
Knowing the plays isn’t enough for Tannehill to thrive, obviously. There’s the little matter of the professional defenses he’s never played against before, for starters. But knowing the playbook is going to close the gap in whatever quarterback competition goes on with Matt Moore and David Garrard because the book is totally new to them.
Tannehill’s arm drew strong reviews from Darlington and other media members who watched the workout, albeit with caveats about not being able to tell much from throws made during a rookie minicamp. It’s certainly better than the alternative when you’re talking about the eighth overall pick, though.
In other news from the minicamp, tackle Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins’ second pick in the draft, started making the transition from left to right tackle. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Martin called the process “a little strange, but I’m getting it.”