Hard Knocks 2012: Ryan Tannehill and Top Stars to Watch in Episode 3

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIAugust 21, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 17:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have made a decision regarding their starting quarterback and in the process added yet another storyline for Episode 3 of HBO's Hard Knocks series. With the weather and intensity heating up in Miami during the dog days of summer, here are three Dolphins worth keeping an eye on in the upcoming episode.


Ryan Tannehill

As reported by the Associated Press via the Boston Herald August 21, the Dolphins have named Tannehill as their starting quarterback heading into the regular season.

With David Garrard still injured and Moore performing less-than-stellar during the preseason, Tannehill has done enough to earn the job despite being a rookie.

Through the first two episodes the quarterback battle has been one of the more highlighted aspects of training camp. With that battle over it will be interesting to see how the players interact with each other and how Tannehilll responds to his new role with the team. 


Chris Hogan

The player nicknamed "7-11" by Reggie Bush was one of the most discussed players during the second episode of the series. With Chad Johnson off the roster, head coach Joe Philbin will be looking to see which wide receivers step up to take his place. 

Hogan might have been drafted out of Monmouth University, but he has been a training camp darling for the Dolphins who have serious needs at the position he plays.

You might have heard about Monmouth in recent years, considering that's the same school that produced undrafted free agent and Pro-Bowl receiver Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Legedu Naanee and Devone Bess are the most NFL-experienced receivers on the roster. There's not exactly a huge obstacle standing in the way of Hogan climbing up the depth chart.


Michael Egnew

It's kind of hard not to highlight Egnew as a player to watch after his offensive coordinator Mike Sherman told the player he would cut him if he was the general manager during Episode 2.

Egnew was Miami's third round pick in this year's NFL draft and has been far from impressive so far during camp.

Obviously, it's important to keep in mind that Hard Knocks is a television show and not simply game tape of Dolphins practices, but his results haven't been wowing by any means.

The Dolphins are desperately looking for some solid weapons to help Tannehill in the passing game and Egnew needs to step up his game in order to be a part of those utilized weapons.