The biggest criticism of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is that the gunslinger has trouble completing downfield passes.
However, Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly (of the South Florida Sun Sentinel) said Tannehill has showed a clear improvement to his biggest weakness throughout training camp. During an appearance on 560 WQAM, Kelly said:
“It’s pretty consistent, and it’s been every day. What I will say is he is throwing the ball with a lot better touch now than he has in any previous year in his career. There’s more arc on his ball. It’s a little bit more catchable. He used to be just a straight fastball thrower. Now he’s got a curveball and a slider to his arsenal.”
Kelly credited better footwork to Tannehill’s progression, which couldn’t arrive at a better time for the oft-criticized quarterback. He’s never been in a better position to succeed.
Miami drafted Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 draft, and the LSU product snagged 84 passes as a rookie. This offseason, the Dolphins acquired Kenny Stills via trade, signed tight end Jordan Cameron in agency and selected standout Louisville receiver DeVante Parker 14th overall.
Running back Lamar Miller, veteran Greg Jennings and Rishard Matthews round out Tannehill’s collection of dangerous pass-catching targets.
Even behind a mediocre offensive line, Tannehill can guide Miami toward postseason contention, and his development as a deep-ball thrower—and a solid defense highlighted by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh—could help push the Dolphins over the edge.
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