Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
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2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
SNEAKY UPSIDE: This may very well be Ryan Tannehill's make-or-break year. Despite having a disastrous offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 58 times, Tannehill was much-improved in 2013. He doubled his touchdowns from 12 to 24 and threw for over 600 more yards. It wasn't all good news though, because unfortunately the Dolphins once again missed the playoffs and Tannehill really struggled with his deep ball. That problem may have been due to lack of time, but much of free agent signing Mike Wallace's struggles were blamed on Tannehill. With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Tannehill will get every opportunity to throw the ball and throw it often. Expect Tannehill's attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns to increase. His job will be to keep the turnovers down and completion percentage up. It is also expected for him to carry the ball more than 50 times this season.
Miami has taken great strides to improve their offensive line by signing offensive tackle Branden Albert from the Chiefs. They also drafted Tennessee OT Ja'Waun James in the first round and North Dakota State linemen Billy Turner in the third. Tannehill doesn't necessarily have the greatest weapons, but has more than enough to be successful. If the line is in fact improved, the running game should take some pressure off the passing game. Wallace reportedly has a better grasp on the offense this season, so he should be able to take the top off the defense. He has plenty of short to mid-range targets in Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Charles Clay, and rookie Jarvis Landry. Knowshon Moreno has also come over from Denver and is a proven pass catcher out of the back field. After playing only one full season at QB at Texas A&M, there was expected to be a learning curve, but patience is rare in the today's NFL. Everything is set for Tannehill to have a breakout season, now he just has to make it happen. Tannehill is a very good fantasy backup with upside.
The Dolphins did many things last year with Mike Wallace that he was already used to. Lined him up right, sent him deep. Lined him up right, sent him deep.
Those days are over in Bill Lazor's offense. He wants Wallace and all of Miami's wideouts to do more. They will run a variety of routes and line up all over the formation. There will be a lot of motion and some end-arounds. That puts the onus on Wallace, never a great technical player, to adapt to the Dolphins' timing attack.
"I think I'll get to run everything," Wallace said last weekend. "I'll be able to be a complete receiver instead of a one-dimensional guy. Coach tells me every day he's going to work me to continue to push me to boundaries I've never been to. ... I'm excited about it."
There have been reports of Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill already connecting better on deep passes than last season.
It should also be mentioned that Wallace didn't practice today due to some unspecified muscle soreness, but he should be OK soon.
There is bound to be a learning curve for Wallace, but at least Lazor is being imaginative with him. Previous OC Mike Sherman criminally underutilized him. There is bounce-back potential here for Wallace as the No. 1 target in Lazor's fast-paced scheme. He is a nice WR3.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/29 - Dolphins want to make WR Mike Wallace a complete receiver
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|16.08||DLF.com - TheFFGhost - Tannehill could be a very sneaky pick when this season is all said and done. He will be at the controls of a revamped and suddenly potent offensive unit in Miami. He may be a bye weak filler but if Brady does falter I think Tannehill will keep me competitive.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|16.04||FFMagicMan - Since I've touted two of his weapons in Hartline and Keller, I'll grab the trigger-master as my QB2 in case RG3 stumbles in his comeback. Tannehill offers a lot of potential, and only losing one point per interception versus two (or three), makes me fine with him as my backup.|
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