Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be a full participant in OTAs on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). It’s an encouraging sign for Tannehill, who has recovered well from a torn ACL.
Of course, it has been a bumpy road for Tannehill over the last couple of years. Towards the end of 2016, a partially torn ACL took the QB out of action. Then, Tannehill suffered a complete ACL tear, which ended his 2017 season before it even began. The Dolphins were not quite sure about what Tannehill would be able to do heading into Tuesday, but doctors have given him the green light to do it all in this phase of OTAs.
It’s no exaggeration to say the Dolphins’ season hinges on Tannehill’s health. Last year, the Dolphins scrambled to replace the QB and wound up luring Jay Cutler out of retirement on an expensive one-year deal. The results were underwhelming as the Dolphins went 6-10, including a 6-8 record in Cutler’s 14 starts. The Dolphins have backstopped Cutler with Brock Osweiler for this year, but it’s hard to imagine Osweiler performing much better than Cutler.
Tannehill played 13 games during the 2016 season, completing 67.1-percent of his passes for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The advanced numbers at Pro Football Focus ranked him as just the 16th best quarterback in the league that season, but that’s a step up from Cutler’s No. 35 ranking from last year.
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