Ryan Tannehill is the 23rd ranked quarterback in the popular piece by Mike Sando of ESPN.com (subscription required) where a group of anonymous league insiders divided the league’s quarterbacks into tiers. That ranking put him near the bottom of the third tier of NFL signal callers. Tannehill needs to find a way to lead this Dolphin team to a winning season, writes James Walker of ESPN.com. Otherwise, his career in Miami might be shorter than expected.
Here are some other notes about the Dolphins:
- The Dolphins have a number of questions to be answered on offense in 2014 if they want to make a run at the playoffs, writes Ross Devonport of Fox Sports Florida. Devonport wonders if the re-tooled offensive line can keep Tannehill upright, if new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor can lead a more explosive unit, and if Knowshon Moreno will be able to contribute at a similar level as he did with the Broncos last season.
- A SportsNation Poll on ESPN.com asked how the Dolphins will fare without star center Mike Pouncey if he misses between two and six games to start the season while recovering from hip surgery. Walker reveals the results, showing an optimistic fan base that believe the team can go 2-2 or 3-1 in his absence.
- The team has moved Dannell Ellerbe from inside linebacker to outside linebacker this offseason, and the position change could bring out more playmaking from Ellerbe, writes Walker. However, the linebackers have underachieved recently, which is a cause for concern.
- Some notable names could be left off the Dolphins 53-man roster, writes Thomas Galicia of Bleacher Report. Receivers Armon Binns and Damian Williams landed on his list of the last five players off the roster, while receiver Rishard Matthews and running back Marcus Thigpen were among those who squeezed into the last five spots on the roster.