Ryan Tannehill: “Definitely the most talent” we’ve had at receiver

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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has recovered from the knee injury that brought his 2016 season to an early end and there’s a lot he’s looking forward to in 2017.

He’s excited about picking up where he was forced to leave off last year in terms of his ability to run coach Adam Gase’s offense and he’s excited about the players who will be catching his passes in that offense.

“Honestly, I can say it’s definitely the most talent we’ve had with the receiving corps, bringing everyone back, having a second year together in the same offense,” Tannehill said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

While the Dolphins return many key pieces, they do have a new tight end in Julius Thomas and Tannehill calls him “the full combo you want” at the position. Tannehill also joined many others in the organization in expecting a breakout year for wide receiver DeVante Parker. Tannehill said injuries have left Parker as “a Ferrari with four flat tires” in the past, but thinks things will be different this year.

That would bode well for the Dolphins’ chances of matching last year’s playoff appearance and things may go even further if Tannehill’s available for postseason action this time.

30 responses to “Ryan Tannehill: “Definitely the most talent” we’ve had at receiver

  1. Adding up all the factors they seem to be improving for 2017 whilst the Steelers, Chiefs & Texans (in overall terms) are not, so I see the Phins reaching 1 game deeper into the playoffs this year – but Raiders are probably going to Foxboro for the AFCCG. Ravens, Jets, Broncos and Colts? No chance.

  2. The problem with Tannehill is he no feel for a pass rush. If the game is on the line it’s almost a sure thing that he’ll turn the ball over via a strip sack or INT.

  3. It all depends on if Tannehill can take his game to the next level, time will tell…

  4. If Miami had a better QB, they might make some noise in the AFC. But they don’t have one.

    Hey — this is off topic, but it has to do with ESPN, which has taken a lot of criticism for many things regarding the NFL. Last night, they kicked off what they are saying will be free boxing championship matches on ESPN. As a long time fan of boxing, I was looking forward to it.
    So — they showed a three fight card from Australia with the main match featuring 38 year old welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao against Austrailia’s own undefeated newcomer, Jeff Horn. They held the fights in a soccer stadium and had a tremendous live crowd.
    Pacquiao clearly beat this Austrailian kid, but the three judges all gave him the decision. It was an absolute robbery and ESPN announcer Teddy Atlas was livid at the decision. Atlas is one of the best sports commentators because he will tell you exactly what he thinks, even if it hurts his own network.
    I have seen hundreds — maybe thousands — of fights in my life. I became a big boxing fan when Sonny Liston was knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round (twice). I’ve seen plenty of robberies such as this, because boxing has always been run by shady characters. This was another one. It’s an absolute joke, and instead of helping to revive boxing, it set it back further. To Atlas’s credit, he told Horn in the post-fight interview at ring side that he thought he lost the fight.
    ESPN is going down the toilet and they should tell Austrailia they will not televise any more fights from their country unless they fire all three of those judges, because obviously, they didn’t base their votes on what they saw. One judge even had it 117 to 112 in favor of Horn, which is ludicrous.
    Wake up ESPN ! You are becoming a laughing stock in sports broadcasting and this is another example of that. It reminded me of when Howard Cosell had his tv variety show and he single-handedly tried to promote the Bay City Rollers as the next Beatles in America. That was a joke and so was their promotion of this kid Horn. Atlas even said if this kid fights any of the top contenders in this division, he will get knocked out. He said only Pacquiao’s age prevented him from knocking him out, because he just doesn’t have the power to do it anymore.

  5. The Jets are going to surprise some people this year

    Obviously the biggest question mark is QB but the new OC looks like he’s up to making the best of what they have.

    I’m not saying playoffs or anything but much closer to .500 than people think.

    The vibe was so cancerous last year trying to judge talent based on last season is a fool’s game.

    But they have cleared the dead wood, had a great draft, and most importantly, hired some great positional coaches who are aggressively coaching up the players.

    better coaching + young eager players = upside to the dreadful season most are wrongfully predicting

  6. Miami is loaded with talent this year and they have a really smart young coach. All of the arrows are pointing up and many still don’t see it.

  7. I am a diehard fan, but have to admit I am not sold on Tannehill. He is a middle of the pack QB. He will never be Elite. However, only about 12 teams can even claim they have a Franchise QB and these are REALLY tough to come by. He has done a remarkable job behind a terrible OLine for years. With a solid run game and a stable of good receivers, he is right. I know I am being a Homer but the Fins do over 4K yards without a TE and a true #1 WR. Every team doubled Jarvis Landry and he still was top 6 in receptions. Imagine having 4 capable who can catch and even better hitting Ajayi in open space. RB routes only work when you have a TE threat as it clears out the LBs or an Oline that can block without needing him to stay in. The Dolphins had a limited routine and hopefully J. Thomas can be revived to his Bronco status.

  8. I don’t know what to think about Tannehill. He has all the physical ability, but he doesn’t feel the pass rush well. He is athletic, but tends to take a beating rather than avoid hits.

    Against the seahawks late in the game , the one thing he couldn’t do was take a sack, since they were out of time outs. And he then got sacked.

    I would argue he has put up some numbers, but rarely against good teams when it counted.

    If he can’t produce with Gase as his coach, he can’t produce. I would argue this is his make or break year.

    The prior Head Coach wanted to dump Tannehill and draft David Carr. Maybe he was onto something?

  9. urmomsmyho says:
    Jul 2, 2017 10:05 AM
    The Jets are going to surprise some people this year

    Obviously the biggest question mark is QB but the new OC looks like he’s up to making the best of what they have.

    I’m not saying playoffs or anything but much closer to .500 than people think….
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    The only thing close to 500 about the Jets this year will be the total number of fans who show up at their games

  10. urmomsmyho says:
    Jul 2, 2017 10:05 AM
    The Jets are going to surprise some people this year

    Obviously the biggest question mark is QB but the new OC looks like he’s up to making the best of what they have.

    I’m not saying playoffs or anything but much closer to .500 than people think.

    The vibe was so cancerous last year trying to judge talent based on last season is a fool’s game.

    But they have cleared the dead wood, had a great draft, and most importantly, hired some great positional coaches who are aggressively coaching up the players.

    better coaching + young eager players = upside to the dreadful season most are wrongfully predicting

    This is about the dolphins…

  11. uglydingo says:
    Jul 2, 2017 10:50 AM
    Miami is loaded with talent this year and they have a really smart young coach. All of the arrows are pointing up and many still don’t see it.
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    Things are definitely trending upwards here but not all the arrows are pointing up. The Tannehill centered comments show just how little attention so many fans pay to teams as a whole. The offense should be improved and so far Gase appears to be the real deal as a head coach but last year our defense was the real problem, it was God awful. The Phins fielded the worst D in their entire history in 2016 and that was against the very suspect offenses of the worst 2 divisions in the league, the AFCN and the NFCW. This season with the AFCW and NFCS on tap we probably won’t be quite so fortunate record wise. The 2017 Dolphins could be significantly better than last year’s team but have a worse record and not make the playoffs. If that happens it should be accepted by fans as long as the building towards a more complete team continues. Rome wasn’t built in a day, we need to temper our expectations for this season while the team builds towards being a consistent winner. A little realism goes a long way. Viewing the team through orange and aqua lenses is only going to lead to more angry fanboy melt downs followed by the inevitable trolling of teams that have better records down the road when unrealistic expectations aren’t met.

  12. Case is a good young coach, but I don’t see that Miami is loaded with talent. I think that the rest of thw AFCE is building towards the time Brady retires or falls off. The problem with Tannehill is I think he’s like Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. Very good, but just not good enough

  13. People mentioned the Jets in the comments so I figured it opened the door.

    BTW, the fact so many people gave my post a thumbs down confirms my argument that when the Jets do relatively well this year, it will be surprise!

  14. streetyson says:
    Jul 2, 2017 9:08 AM
    Adding up all the factors they seem to be improving for 2017 whilst the Steelers, Chiefs & Texans (in overall terms) are not, so I see the Phins reaching 1 game deeper into the playoffs this year – but Raiders are probably going to Foxboro for the AFCCG. Ravens, Jets, Broncos and Colts? No chance.

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    The Raiders have no defense so they probably go one and done in the playoffs. They kind of remind of 2000’s Colts teams.

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    tedmurph says:
    Jul 2, 2017 2:08 PM
    Case is a good young coach, but I don’t see that Miami is loaded with talent. I think that the rest of thw AFCE is building towards the time Brady retires or falls off. The problem with Tannehill is I think he’s like Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. Very good, but just not good enough

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    As long as Belichick is there and it looks like he already has a succession plan in place with Jimmy Garoppolo, the rest of AFCE will still be chasing the Patriots even after Brady is done.

  15. “Wake up ESPN ! You are becoming a laughing stock in sports broadcasting ”

    Lolz the worldwide joke of sportscasting has been a laughing stock for the last 10 years. You haven’t been paying attention I guess.

  16. I’ve always liked RT’s potential as a QB but in this league there is little time for on the job training for guys that come out of college as a WR and become a QB. Who has really done that and been successful? Not many if anybody. Ryan Tannehill just might prove everybody wrong.

  17. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Jul 2, 2017 9:26 AM
    Tannehill cannot win meaningful games against quality opponents, its been proven for 5 years, until he does the Dolphins are going nowhere.
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    That is right! For example lets take the game Thill won against NE in 2013 in Miami. Miami was 7-6, Ne 10-3 and needed the game to lock the division. The loss cost the Patriots home field advantage. They had to go play at Denver where they lost the AFC championship.
    Or the season opener in 2014 where Till beat Brady again. Since when are season openers meaningful games.
    Or the last game of the 15 season. Thill again kicked Brady’s butt. Again it cost NE home field advantage and the playoffs.
    Those were all meaningful games to NE. Are you saying that the Patriots are not a quality opponent? As a fan you should know.

  18. Tannehill has NEVER had a good, consistent offensive line in front of him. I’m not saying he would have developed into a great QB, but he’s hasn’t had the opportunity. The team has finally fixed the receiver problem, but the offensive line is still has concern.

  19. I swear the football IQ of alot of our fans scares me. Problem last year was our defense. Before you bash RT call out the bjgger issues first. Ryan Tannehill NEVER was going to be a elite QB anyways. Phin fans set the bar wayyy too high for this guy from the jump. Above average at best. He is and always will be a WR turned QB. Project X. Just so happens the guy can throw the rock better than he can catch it. Played nowhere near the amout of college snaps your average QB does but still gets drafted by an NFL team. Unluckily for him it was the Miami Dolphins. With our trash Oline that hasn’t been able to protect him since his arrival. Talking bout his lack of pocket presense?? We never gave him a pocket! Poor guy was getting banged up Day 1. Plus i wont even get started on the past personnel he had to put up with smh. Last year Thill got a new offense, some weapons and we go to the playoffs. Unfortunate injury has left that “what if” in the air. It’s a fairy tale story and im very intrigued to see the next chapter. Also, can we please stop throwing around the word ELITE. There is one elite QB in the game and his name is Tom Brady. Might be a Phin fan but i gotta keep it real. When he retires everybody can enjoy football again.

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