The Dolphins are welcoming their rookie picks and undrafted players this weekend. However, the most important component for their upcoming season is their ongoing saga at quarterback. And, once again, coach Adam Gase is “all in” on the rehabilitating Ryan Tannehill.
Gase spoke openly on the Fins website podcast “The Audible” that was released Wednesday night, and we were most interested in the Tannehill updates and comments.
First, as we have well documented, Gase went on the record early in the offseason that even while recovering from major reconstructive ACL surgery last fall, Tannehill will be installed as Miami’s starter when training camp begins in July. This included the possibility that Miami might draft a QB in the first round a couple of weeks ago.
The Dolphins not only didn’t draft a quarterback in the first round, they didn’t take one at all over the three day NFL Draft.
However, after already signing veteran Brock Osweiler as a backup, the Fins wasted no time in gobbling up former Jets fourth round pick/backup Bryce Petty off waivers late last week, too.
On the podcast, here was Gase on adding Petty: “I think originally we were looking at going three (quarterbacks in camp)…and Bryce came free, and there were a lot of guys in the building going ‘I kinda liked this guy coming out.’ He’s played against us. We know he’s tough…we’ve already seen one of the worst hits I’ve ever seen in person (against the Dolphins last year) and he completed it.”
Then, the conversation turned back to Tannehill and Gase’s belief in him and the future, “Ryan’s coming through his final stages of rehab…. We gotta get back with the doctors and see what they tell us….We gotta make sure we do everything right and how Ryan’s doctors want to do everything.”
Then Gase propped up Tannehill’s work ethic and mental approach starting while injured last year, “He’s rehabbed really hard. He’s been grinding not only physically, but mentally. I think he did a great job last year of taking it all in…. He took a step back and asked, ‘Ok, what would I do different here.’ or ‘Why’d he do this?’ Gase continued, “You can see now…when we are going over schemes…when we are going over concepts, he knows the ‘Why’ behind everything we are trying to do.”
Again, for now, Tannehill has the keys and will try to apply what he’s been watching, but there are still many more questions for he or someone backing him up to answer, on the field starting later this summer.
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