And on the third day, Ryan Tannehill started.
The Dolphins had their rookie first-round pick start with the first team offense in their final practice of minicamp on Thursday. David Garrard got the nod on Tuesday with Matt Moore first up on Wednesday, which meant Tannehill had to start in order to keep up the three-man competition that they’ve been touting down in Miami.
According to Omar Kelly and Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tannehill took fewer snaps with the starters than either Garrard or Moore took when it was their turn earlier this week. They also thought that Garrard was the most effective quarterback on Thursday, but coach Joe Philbin preferred to accentuate the good things he saw from Tannehill.
“It’s not a matter of plopping the Texas A&M playbook, or the Green Bay playbook on the table,” Philbin said.”I thought he made a couple of good adjustments with the protection in terms of where the pressure is coming from. He’s like any other rookie. He’s made a lot of progress.”
With minicamps over, this is our last update on the pecking order at quarterback until training camp. When it resumes, we’ll have HBO’s cameras and editors helping clarify where things stand on the Dolphins offense.