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Tannehill likes the look of Dolphins four-wide package

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The Dolphins spent the offseason insulating second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill with weapons.

And a first look in OTAs at a four-wide package had him thinking big things were possible.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins lined up with wide receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller on the field together Tuesday, a potentially potent group.

A year ago, that would have been Hartline, Anthony Armstrong, Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano.

So yes, that’s an upgrade.

“Yeah you know we’re still learning, but I’m excited about what I see from those guys,” Tannehill said. “They’re all getting a grasp on the offense and we’re starting to get a lot of reps with each other, so [we’re going to] continue to work that to get better.

I’m excited about what they bring to the team and what they showed today.”

Rainy conditions made it hard for the group to show their speed, and it’s still early in the installation process, so it’s hard to know how much of the package the Dolphins intend to use.

But unlike last year, they have multiple options in the passing game, which takes away that excuse if Tannehill doesn’t continue to improve.

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30 Responses to “Tannehill likes the look of Dolphins four-wide package”
  1. kc571 says: May 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    Will he have time to throw? That is the Mike Wallace, or should I say, the “million dollar question”.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: May 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    It’s safe to say that Brian Hartline surprised a lot of people last season, and Tannehill has already shown a great deal of confidence in him. In comes Mike Wallace and now defenses will have to give higher priority to stopping him from hitting a home run play. Hartline stands to benefit greatly from this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended the season with fewer yards and TDs, but MORE RECEPTIONS than Mike Wallace.

  3. rodge1 says: May 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    @kc571

    He had time last year with a one-legged Jake Long protecting his blindside… Martin has bulked up and has had more time to prepare to play LT. The RT position has been upgraded. They have a good RG & LG. And Pouncey is one of the best centers in the league… Does that help answer your million dollar question?

  4. heyzeus143 says: May 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Cold and snowy conditions will…

  5. hehateme2 says: May 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Humble and honest. Tannehill will make great strides this season. Just watch and see.

  6. awdlmd says: May 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    I am sure they looked like the 2007 Patriots. As do all offenses when the defense isn’t allowed touch them.

  7. flash1283 says: May 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    Best second place team in the AFC

  8. mdev1987 says: May 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Better off without always injured jake long.
    Martin n clabo r solid n Louis once healthy provides a solid upgrade over jerry. Pouncey is great n richie is physical presence. I think the off line will prove effective

  9. twyger says: May 22, 2013 1:02 PM

    “I am sure they looked like the 2007 Patriots.”

    Calling them the worlds biggest choke artists, before they’ve even played a game, isn’t sporting.

  10. igotgamenj says: May 22, 2013 1:02 PM

    Tannehill will have a Huge Year …BOOK IT

  11. miamiron says: May 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    May 22, 2013 12:27 PM
    It’s safe to say that Brian Hartline surprised a lot of people last season
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Call me surprised he got a very good contract with 2 touchdowns in the past 42 games

  12. mungman69 says: May 22, 2013 1:09 PM

    Can Miami catch New England?

  13. sschmiggles says: May 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    Go ahead and call the 07 Patriots choke artists. Unlike the Dullphins, we actually had to play real teams on our undefeated run. If the Dolphins even make the playoffs, you should consider it a great season- much less going 16-0 and setting the record for the best offense in NFL history.

    It’s laughable that a fanabase which hasn’t won anything in decades thinks they can call the Pats choke artists. I’m sure it makes you feel better, since your team seems to choke in the vast majority of its games.

    Get real, Miami. You’re watching a third rate team until they prove otherwise–and that isn’t happening as long as Brady is in town.

  14. tommyribs says: May 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    Their receivers look good on paper.

    Brandon Gibson has some good tools and will definitetly contribute.

    Wallace has a rep as a one-trick pony, so he will need to show he is an all-around receiver, but the guy is good.

    Hartline should flourish with Wallace creating space for him.

    I like Tannehill, and think he can be a good QB.

  15. patfanken says: May 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    I don’ t think they’ll be as happy about Keller when its required that he put on pads and actually throw a block.

    Ah the off season, where one team or another is predicted to the end the Pats reign in the AFCE. I have no problem with their optimism. Its to be expected. The Pats don’t always win the off season AFCE…..just the regular season AFCE -

    BTW- Pretty hilarious that a fan base that isn’t large enough to fill their own stadium with enough fans to create a real homefield advantage wants call the Pats out.

  16. 6ball says: May 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    .

    @twyger

    Saying the 2007 Patriots were the ” world’s biggest choke artists ” only diminishes the accomplishments of a very good NYG team.

    .

  17. finfan813 says: May 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    @patfanken I will aggree with your second statement but the last one is something your not seeing. Miami is more international so it is harder to fill stands escpecially when people flock from the north to the south for the living style. Then you have nothing but opposing team fans in an area. Dolphins have a fan base thru out the US and we havent won anything, you guys have fans trhought because of winning bowls which in that case you can keep the band wagon fans.

  18. brkelley70 says: May 22, 2013 2:58 PM

    At the end of last season, the Dolphins finished 7-9 and yes could have been 9-7 if not for 2 missed game winnning fields goals. The question you would have to ask yourself, at the end of last season, “Is Miami an improving team or have they taken a step backwards?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Miami is a team that appears to be on the rise. The Dolphins then entered free agency and the draft. Did the Dolphins improve themselves? The consensus of the NFL pundits have stated that the Dolphins did good in free agency and had a solid draft class. My question is that if everyone agrees that Miami is a team on the rise and improved themselves through free agency and the draft. Why is Los Vegas having their over under win total the same as last year? I have them at least 10-6….with wins over: at Browns, at Colts, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, at Buccaneers, Chargers, Panthers, at Jets, Jets. Losses: Falcons, at Saints, at Patriots, at Steelers, Patriots, at Bills. 11-5 if we sweep the Bills or 12-4 with split with Patriots.

  19. ijahru says: May 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    7-9 or 8-8 at best next season

  20. nobandwagonridersallowed says: May 22, 2013 3:21 PM

    I’m excited to see the PLAYBOOK open up with the new additions. Brian Hartline had a pretty good season going against other teams #1 Defensive Backs, so one would think he’d look even better going against their #2′s this season for the most part.

    Maybe I’m confused on what a “1-trick-pony” looks like… I’ve seen plenty film of, Mike Wallace running slants, screens, curls and outs; however, all everyone talks about is the deep ball. Do yourself a favor and watch games, not just “Highlights” from SportsCenter (all they show are the BIG plays). If anything was to concern me, it would be that he catches the ball in his body too much.

  21. twyger says: May 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    Keller isn’t much as a blocker it’s true… however i doubt he’ll be asked to block in-line much. With the Dolphins having drafted a blocking TE, I guess the Dolphins coaching staff and front office consulted with Patriots fans previously.

    Ah the off season… when Patriots fans (most of them of 10 to 11 year’s experience coincidentally) pretend things were always thus – and will always be thus…. that a fan-base who empties ‘the razor’ in the early third quarter when down by 24, is superior to one who can’t consistently sell out a stadium 15,000 seats bigger than Gillette after 4 losing seasons… and that 10 out of 13 is ‘always’.

  22. rcali says: May 22, 2013 3:53 PM

    The assumption though has to be that Keller will play hurt and spend less time in front of the mirror.

  23. win1soon says: May 22, 2013 10:31 PM

    This is going to be a great season!

  24. illicitbehavior says: May 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Keller. I’m pretty sure I ran this as my fantasy team at some point. Kid, if you can’t get it done with those four, then you’re not ready for prime-time.

  25. thetannchise says: May 23, 2013 1:47 PM

    Really excited for the season, you guys

  26. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: May 23, 2013 2:35 PM

    So, if I’m reading these comments correctly….

    1. The Dolphins played imaginary teams on their way to an undefeated season in 72.

    2. There are no more than 70,000 fans of the Dolphins in the whole world.

    3. The Patriots went 11-5 and missed the playoffs in 2008.

    4. The Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since getting caught cheating.

    5. The Jets suck.

    I’m not saying the Dolphins will win the AFC East, but they sure as hell will give the Pats a run for their money.

  27. legacyar says: May 23, 2013 3:06 PM

    I’m from northwest Ohio and I am a Dolphins fan and in my high school graduation class, there were more Dolphins fans than they were of any other team. Hell, there are Dolphin bars in the area that only allow Dolphin fans in on Sundays. Dolphins fans are everywhere. Except in the stadium on Sundays…

  28. bigwolvedolfan says: May 24, 2013 8:15 PM

    Sschmiggles let me stop UR Trollin as…..right there,if u even think that Miami isn’t gonna Rock NE this year u need to rethink what Miami’s Ross. He ain’t no dummy he made a life’s investment to get Big players to step up and take ownership of the AFC east. I’m forecasting Miami goes 12-4 this year bumps NE to 8-8 if that this year will change Football balance for years to come the Dynasty has ARRIVED !!!

  29. avega413 says: May 24, 2013 8:43 PM

    To all the obnoxious pats fans:

    The only people talking playoffs are the scared pats fans. I believe this is a Miami dolphins ota article so us who understand what is being clearly reported here is off season team activities. I believe that in the article it says nothing about us being better then the team who hasn’t won squat since they got caught CHEATING. You guys are almost a decade removed from having done anything yet you brag and boast about having Brady because that’s the only good thing you got. It’s clear that us dolphins fans are exited because there have been major updates made to both sides of the ball. That’s all that is being stated here go read some patriots articles. No matter how much bs you pat fans want to talk if you know football then you know we have upgraded the skill level on our roster and you guys obviously feel that the lowly dolphins have inched closer to dethroning the non cheating pats who will win ten eleven games and lose in the second round again. We are talking about putting a more skilled roster on the field nothing about the pats. Oh and Brady … Good luck when Jordan and wake are having Sunday meetings ontop of Brady after every third down. Can’t wait for the season!!!

  30. randomguy9999 says: May 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    I think there’s real potential, but the real problem isn’t fixed: the O line

    they’ve been bottom quarter of the league for 2.5 years straight and if you can’t protect and can’t block it will be a long season watching 4 wides break off routes to try to get free in 2-3 seconds

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