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Ryan Tannehill Running No-Huddle for Miami Dolphins, and More AFC East News

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2012

Rookie quarterbacks are getting integrated into the game faster than ever before.

If you are tired of hearing that, look no further for hard proof than the numbers presented by Peter King of Sports Illustrated in Monday Morning Quarterback:

STATS Inc. came up with this great number last week: Through the first five weeks of the season, not only were the Miami Dolphins leading all NFL teams in use of the no-huddle, running it on 58.9 percent of the snaps, but also they were more productive in the no-huddle, averaging nearly a yard more per play when they didn't huddle than when they did ... with a rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, running the controls.

Tannehill, according to STATS Inc., ran 26 snaps of no-huddle in his first NFL game and never slowed down.

More and more over the past few weeks, Ryan Tannehill has proven that he doesn't need to lean on an effective running game—that's because he hasn't had the luxury of an effective running game.

The Miami Dolphins are turning a lot of heads, and it's all thanks to a quarterback who all the draftniks said was supposed to ride the bench in his rookie year while he learned the NFL game.

Looks like he's learning on the job just fine.

Here are some more updates and analysis from around the AFC East.

 

Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News delivers his "points after," including Bills safety Jairus Byrd and defensive end Mario Williams as the stars of the game.

Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com talks about the defensive resurgence, specifically the defensive line which picked up five sacks on the pass-protection-embattled Cardinals.

 

New England Patriots

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston hands out grades for the Patriots' 24-23 loss to the Seahawks, with a defense getting a D+.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com talks about the Patriots' historically bad pass defense.

 

Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald says the Dolphins are headed in the right direction after a 17-14 win puts them at 3-3.

Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com breaks down the fake punt by safety Chris Clemons, who converted a key opportunity into a first down.

 

New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com talks about the Jets' return of ground-and-pound in their big win over the Colts.

Steve Politi of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger points out that the Jets don't have much time to enjoy the win before it's time to prepare for the New England Patriots.

 

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 firsthand.

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