Ryan Tannehill: Buying or Selling Miami Dolphins QB's Week 2 Performance
The Miami Dolphins fans can officially step away from the ledge. For a minute.
Reggie Bush took a step towards his desire to lead the league in rushing, while Ryan Tannehill looked like the game manager the Phins sorely need.
This offseason was a tumultuous one with the signing and cutting of Chad Johnson and trade of cornerback Vontae Davis. People rightfully started to wonder if management got any decision correct, especially the first-round selection of the Texas A&M quarterback.
After being sure that he was doomed to a short career last week, fans can revel a bit in his 18 for 30, 200-yard, two-touchdown performance. Not the most impressive stat line, but it certainly represents progress.
Let's break it down a little further.
Tannehill Ended His Turnover Streak at One
First off, no turnovers. Rookie quarterbacks always struggle to protect the ball, so anytime one can avoid such costly mistakes, they need to be applauded.
Tannehill was smart with the ball and bounced back from a disastrous debut in which he threw three interceptions. His performance shows he has the mental toughness not to let a poor outing carry over to the following week.
The Kid Can Move
What makes the prior statistic so much more impressive is that Tannehill was able to avoid another first-year bugaboo: sacks.
Tannehill used his mobility effectively behind his under-appreciated offensive line and was only taken down once for a loss of 11 yards.
He also found his way into the end zone using his feet when he tucked the rock and scooted around the end.
Is Tannehill Developing a Special Relationship With a Wide Receiver?
He also seemed to begin developing a chemistry with Brian Hartline, completing nine passes for 111 yards to the fourth-year wideout. Tannehill didn't look to check the ball down as much as in the season-opener (six catches for Reggie Bush) and looked to push the ball downfield just a bit more.
His performance was solid, but not spectacular. Chemistry with your top wideout is one thing, now he just needs to make sure he doesn't start locking in on Hartline instead of taking what the defense gives him.
Also, it has to be reiterated that this game took place against the Raiders in muggy South Florida. That doesn't completely diminish what he achieved. However, it can't be completely overlooked either.
Lastly, his modest 6.7 yards per attempt was only a slight improvement over Week 1. He has yet to show he is capable of taking shots down the field.
Two games isn't the largest sample size, but you have to like the improvement and poise shown by Tannehill. He was smart enough to manage the game and let the rushing attack handle the heavy lifting.
Should you grab him in your fantasy league? Absolutely Not.
Should Dolphins fans crack a small yet sincere smile? Definitely.
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