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It's safe to say that when the Miami Dolphins named Ryan Tannehill their starting quarterback, there was a plethora of doubters.
Tannehill started only 19 games as a quarterback at Texas A&M after moving from wide receiver. He was named the starting quarterback after David Garrard went down with an injury and was able to outplay Matt Moore in training camp.
His regular-season debut was one Tannehill will probably want to forget. He was picked off three times against the Houston Texans as the Dolphins lost 30-10. Tannehill didn't play his best against one of the league's top defenses, but he showed signs that he has the ability to be a quality quarterback in the league.
Tannehill was able to bounce back against the Oakland Raiders as he ran for his first touchdown and also threw his first career touchdown. His play helped the Dolphins beat the Raiders, giving Tannehill his first career win.
Against the New York Jets, Tannehill had his ups and downs but had an overall solid game. His pick-six to start the second half appeared to be a back breaker, but Tannehill showed composure and was able to keep the Dolphins in the game.
He led a drive to tie the game at the end of regulation and gave the Dolphins a chance to win the game in overtime. He proved he has the poise needed to be stay in a game after making mistakes which is a key trait of a successful NFL quarterback.
Tannehill vastly improved against the Arizona Cardinals. He proved why the Dolphins took him with the eighth overall pick. He was very effective against a tough Cardinals defense. Tannehill threw for a franchise rookie record 431 yards and has been showing improvement from week to week, which is a good sign for the Dolphins.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tannehill again had a solid outing. He threw for 223 yards against one of the better defenses in the league. Miami was a heavy underdog against the Bengals, and even though the defense played an excellent game, Tannehill was a big reason why Miami was able to pull the upset.
In his latest game against the St. Louis Rams, Tannehill had his first multi-touchdown game of his career. The Dolphins offense was not at its best but found a way to score just enough to win the game. This shows Tannehill’s improvement as someone who won’t break under adversity.
Overall, Tannehill has shown potential that he can be Miami's franchise quarterback. He's still young and has a lot of things to learn, but his future looks bright.
Overall Grade: B+