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But then, Tannehill and the Dolphins have already beaten Andrew Luck’s Colts and Matt Ryan’s Falcons. The latest victory was the most dramatic, with Tannehill orchestrating a last-minute rally for the first time, throwing the winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds left to beat Atlanta.
The Dolphins raved about how the 25-year-old Tannehill handled the situation.
“There was no panic,” 10-year veteran Tyson Clabo said. “You could tell that he expected to go down and score a touchdown.”
Tannehill’s improvement this season has been most notable at important moments. He leads the NFL in red zone passing and has completed 71 percent of his attempts on third down, compared with 59 percent last year. Overall, Tannehill has a completion percentage of 66 to rank ninth, ahead of 2012 rookie classmates Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III.
A year ago, fresh out of Texas A&M, Tannehill had a better completion percentage than Luck and threw for more yards than Wilson or Griffin III, but he ranked a distant fourth in accolades. RG3 won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
“Last year those other guys were making highlight plays,” Wallace said. “Ryan just didn’t get as much hype. But right now he’s getting it.”
Among those taking notice is Brees, a fellow Texan who wanted to play at A&M but wound up at Purdue.
“His journey has been an interesting one,” Brees said. “He’s obviously a phenomenal athlete. He’s probably a guy that isn’t talked about a lot from last year’s draft class, just with the RG3s and Andrew Lucks and Russell Wilsons and that kind of thing. But man, he’s having quite the career thus far. He’s got a bright future.”