One cool recent NFL trend: team-run conference calls where fans interact with coaches, players and other club personnel.
The Dolphins held a call with fans on Wednesday, and multiple Miami defensive players had praise for what they have seen from second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.
According to the Post, new Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe told fans that he’s “seen a lot of good decisions” from Tannehill, the Post said. And defensive back Jimmy Wilson, who’s entering his third season with Miami, believes Tannehill has raised his game this offseason.
“Seeing Tannehill as a rookie and seeing him now, I think he’s increased his skill level leaps and bounds,” Wilson said, according to the Post. “I think he’s more comfortable with the game. He’s bigger, faster, stronger and everybody knows he has a NFL arm.”
The Dolphins spent big money to revamp their pass catching corps in the offseason, signing receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. However, that will be money well-spent only if Tannehill consistently puts those receivers in a position to make plays. Wilson and Ellerbe’s observations on Tannehill are the type of comments a team should like to hear about a young quarterback trying to build on a promising rookie season.