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The Dolphins used the eighth overall selection in the NFL draft to bring in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, despite him only starting 19 games at the position in college.
With the Dolphins' history of QB play since the retirement of Dan Marino, they'll likely want to get Tannehill onto the field as soon as possible. But they need to be smart with how they handle him, allowing him to properly develop, even if the fans are clamoring for him to get into action.
Matt Moore is a very underrated player. After Chad Henne went down with a season-ending injury last year, Moore came in and filled in admirably. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for almost 2,500 yards and threw 16 touchdowns.
In March, the Dolphins signed veteran QB David Garrard, who sat out the entire 2011 season after being cut by the Jaguars, whom he played with for nine seasons. Garrard will be the wild card in this quarterback race.
He even had some comments after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Moore would likely be the starter to begin the year. "That's just more fuel for me. It's somebody else I have to try and prove wrong," quipped Garrard via ESPN.
I feel the Dolphins would be wise to let Tannehill soak up as much as he can this season and then maybe throw him in if the season is lost in order to get some experience. I would use Garrard as a safety valve, but I'll agree with Stephen Ross.
Quarterback to start the season: Matt Moore