Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a youthful exuberance about him. Despite arriving late, being a rookie and third on the depth chart, Tannehill thinks he can win the Dolphins’ starting job this summer.
"I feel like I’m in it," Tannehill said. "Maybe I am being naïve, but the coaches haven’t given me any indication that I’m not, so I’m going to go out there every day and do my best to get better every day and hopefully win the job."
Technically, Tannehill is correct. He is in the quarterback race. But he has so much ground to make up that Tannehill would drastically have to outperform veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore in practice and preseason games to have a chance.
I wrote Saturday that Tannehill’s late arrival killed his already slim hopes. Tannehill’s best chance is to look good now in training camp and the preseason, so the Dolphins won’t be afraid to eventually turn over the offense to him sooner than later.