http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...ryan-tannehillThese average numbers are respectable for Tannehill and should be the bar for his rookie season. If he throws for more than 3,100 yards and has more touchdowns than interceptions, it would be a great first season. The average passer rating also was 77.2, which is not bad.
But you have to consider what many of these quarterbacks had around them as rookies and how that compares to Tannehillís supporting cast in Miami. For example, Stafford had stud receiver Calvin Johnson in Detroit. Ryan had Roddy White in Atlanta. Dalton had A.J. Green in Cincinnati and Newton had Steve Smith in Carolina. These are all legitimate No. 1 receivers who make the job of a rookie quarterback much easier.
Tannehill has no receiver close to that caliber, and it certainly will hurt the rookie. Tannehill is working with one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL. His top targets include Legedu Naanee, Davone Bess and, if healthy, Brian Hartline.
Miami needs receivers in the worst way. There is no getting around it. The Dolphins have an unproductive group thatís having trouble making plays and catching the football this preseason. Miami has to be concerned that this could stunt Tannehillís growth.