Can Ryan Tannehill Break Out In 2013
Last season, three rookie quarterbacks took the league by storm. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson all became instant starters for their franchises, and all three were able to get in the playoffs during their first year. As great as those three were, there is one more quarterback looking to get back in that group of elite, young talent: Ryan Tannehill.
The Miami Dolphins made Tannehill the third quarterback drafted in 2012, after Luck and Griffin. Miami knew going in that Tannehill, a standout for Texas A&M in college, would have a tough task at first, but the team now has a few more weapons for him to utilize.
Mike Wallace will join Miami this season, giving the young quarterback a legitimate #1 target to throw to all game long. Brian Hartline will be a nice complimentary piece that returns, and thanks to some other roster adjustments, many are picking Miami to actually dethrone New England in their division.
In 2012, Tannehill put up solid rookie numbers, despite being overshadowed by the three already mentioned. He completed 58.3% of his passes for 3294 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 13 interceptions were tough to swallow for his coaches and fantasy football owners, but the coaching staff knows it comes with the territory when you start a rookie.
Many people look at Tannehill’s first NFL season and compare it to Matt Ryan. The Atlanta Falcons’ signal caller had his ups and downs during his first year in the league, but he also had a better supporting cast. With a better team around Tannehill in year two, this is truly the time for him to showcase what he has.
Due to all the issues the Patriots are going through, the AFC East is there for the taking. Tannehill has the chance to join his fellow draft class mates at the head of the table in 2013.