Ryan Tannehill Needs Miami Dolphins Receivers to Do Their Jobs
How could it be? He's not the one dropping passes.
And that's not good for a rookie quarterback trying to prove himself to an organization and fanbase that has a lot riding on his success. In all, there were seven dropped passes against the Falcons. You'd be hard-pressed to put more than 25 to 30 percent of the blame on Tannehill for any one of those drops.
Just look at this egregious drop by tight end Anthony Fasano.
But perhaps none were more painful to watch than this drop in the end zone.
The announcing team mentioned that Fasano didn't get his head around quickly enough, but if it's a quick pattern at the goal line, he should be ready for the throw to come the second he turns his head.
He's typically a sure-handed tight end, so his case of the drops will likely subside, but Fasano's errors cast a grim foreshadowing of what's to come for the Dolphins offense if the top players don't perform.
Wide receiver Legedu Naanee, who was rated the worst wide receiver (out of 115 qualifying wideouts) in the NFL in 2011 by Pro Football Focus, has been listed as one of the top pass-catchers on the depth chart posted on the team's official website.
But if he keeps up performances like what we saw from him against the Falcons, that won't last long. At least two drops were attributed to Naanee, and again, we see what should be an easy throw-and-catch become a head-slapping error on behalf of the targeted pass-catcher.
It seems, however, he had trouble with that last part.
Here is what PFF's Ben Stockwell had to say in previewing the Dolphins offense, specifically Naanee and the pass-catchers:
That a player the caliber of Legedu Naanee started their first preseason game raises serious questions about this receiving corps. If the players behind him have potential, they should be playing and trying to prove that potential with the first team. A receiving corps built on potential, catching passes from an uncertain quarterback situation?
Yeah, my thoughts exactly.
There is one glimmer of hope for the Dolphins wide receivers. Let Davone Bess show you how it's done.
Not once, but twice in a row, Bess makes difficult grabs in traffic.
To be sure, Tannehill didn't exactly make it easy on his receivers with every single pass he threw, but that will be the case all season long with Tannehill still learning the ropes of the NFL and adjusting to the speed of the game.
The least his receivers can do is reward him when he gets it right.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand.
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