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Naturally, there was a lot more hype surrounding the first two quarterbacks taken in April’s NFL Draft – Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but through five games Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is quietly creating some buzz of his own.
With yesterday’s 17-13 win at Cincinnati, during which Tannehill completed of 17-of-26 passes for 223 yards, he reached 1,269 passing yards on the season. He became the first rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 1,250 yards and record at least two wins in his first five games. That number also is the second highest yardage total ever by a rookie through his first five games, behind only Cam Newton’s 1,610 yards last season.
Nobody inside Miami’s locker room is at all surprised with Tannehill’s production thus far after being around him during OTAs, minicamps, training camp and the preseason. His receivers obviously are benefiting from his development, as are the running backs and tight ends, but even his offensive line can see the positives.
“He’s getting better every single week and you can see it just in the way he puts us in the right spots, checking the plays and putting us on the right people to block,” said Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long, who is in his fifth season with his fourth different starting quarterback. “When stuff breaks down he’s able to make plays and the opponents we’ve faced in these first five games have been great defenses and really tough. He’s handled it well and has been playing well in crunch time.”