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Even though the Dolphins didn't draft a quarterback early or bring in a veteran to seriously compete with Ryan Tannehill, the third-year player was put on notice in a much different way.
In 2012, Tannehill completed 58 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,294 yards, 12 touchdowns with 13 interceptions and a 76.1 quarterback rating in leading the team to a 7-9 record.
He did this with his top three receiving weapons being Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano.
In 2013, he improved on those numbers by raising his completion percentage by 2.1 percent, throwing for over 600 more yards and doubling his touchdown total while registering an 81.7 quarterback rating in leading the team to an 8-8 record.
He did this despite playing behind an offensive line that allowed 58 sacks—the most in the league—playing with running backs that ranked 26th in the league in yards per attempt and playing under an offensive coordinator in Mike Sherman that consistently hindered the offense's production.
However, things have changed quite a bit over the last two offseasons.
Suddenly Tannehill will be playing with a much better set of weapons with Mike Wallace, Hartline, Jarvis Landry, Charles Clay and Brandon Gibson.
His offensive line should be much more improved after the team added Branden Albert, Shelley Smith, Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner.
The play of his running backs should also improve with Knowshon Moreno replacing Daniel Thomas and the offense itself should be more innovative and less predictable with Bill Lazor replacing Sherman as the offensive coordinator.
Put simply, there aren't any more excuses for Tannehill to fall back on.
So while he may not have to fight for his job in training camp, the 2014 season is put up or shut up time for Tannehill to step up and become the franchise quarterback that Dolphins fans hope he can be.