DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill could not have asked for a better start to the preseason. Tannehill was nearly perfect during his only drive, completing 6 of 7 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown pass to receiver Jarvis Landry last week against the Chicago Bears.
It was confirmation from what we’ve seen this summer. Tannehill is having the best and most consistent training camp of his career, and that translated on the field against Chicago.
What does Tannehill have in store for the second preseason game Saturday against the Carolina Panthers? Expect to see Tannehill and the first-team offense on the field longer this weekend as he continues to build chemistry with playmakers such as Landry, receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Jordan Cameron, and others.
“My confidence in them is high,” Tannehill said of the offense. “I think that our chemistry is only growing day by day. Those guys are stepping up and making plays consistently. I have a lot of confidence in their ability to get open and their ability to make plays when it.”
Despite Tannehill’s stellar performance last week, there are still more to see.
Tannehill, for example, didn’t take any shots deep down the field against Chicago. The Dolphins have worked plenty on improving “chunk” plays on offense in training camp and during the offseason program. Miami also would like to see fewer penalties from the starting offense. There were two holding calls by offensive linemen Jason Fox and Billy Turner that nearly stalled the Dolphins' opening drive.
But first Miami will travel to Carolina to hold joint practices with the Panthers. This is a good opportunity for the Dolphins to practice twice in a controlled environment against a Carolina team that made the playoffs last season.
“It’s going to be great, competition is going to be great,” Tannehill said. “I feel like it’s going to be a game-like atmosphere. I’ve never done it before, but I feel like it’s going to be a game-like atmosphere every day in practice up there. Competition’s going to be high, Coach [Bill] Lazor is going to challenge us mentally and we’re going to have to be on top of our game because they are a really good defense.”