Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill Needs a Dominant Wide Receiver Immediately

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Experts debated it all throughout the preseason. The organization worried about it after Brandon Marshall left. It was an inevitable reality. The Dolphins have no dominant receiver.

In Week 1’s crushing 30-10 defeat at the hands of Arian Foster and the Houston Texans, no receiver stepped into the spotlight for Ryan Tannehill. With three interceptions to his stat line, Tannehill has not created a relationship with any of his receivers, a problem that might exacerbate in further weeks.

Matthew Stafford has Calvin Johnson. Andy Dalton has A.J. Green. Aaron Rodgers has Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Even Drew Brees has an arsenal of receivers that includes Marcus Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham. But Ryan Tannehill has no one.

Brian Hartline and Davone Bess led the way with a combined 15 targets, but they were only able to bring eight of them down. Hartline did have an impressive 34-yard grab, but it was still not enough for the Dolphins.

The running back duo of Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, who left the game with a concussion, were two of the receivers that Tannehill seemed the most comfortable with. Bush led the team with six catches, a travesty in its own right.

While Tannehill struggles to get accustomed to the NFL, it is imperative that he finds a receiver he feels he can trust with his passes. His rookie counterparts definitely do. Robert Griffin III threw to Pierre Garcon all day, until the former Colt picked up a small injury. Andrew Luck targeted Reggie Wayne and Coby Fleener a combined 28 times.

If Tannehill finds the weapons, the Dolphins will have a much more promising offensive attack than what was on display against the Texans.