Miami Dolphins OTAs 2012: Quaterback Battle Will Be One To Watch

Miami Dolphins' OTAs opened on Tuesday at Davie, Fla., where the team began its first full-squad practice of the offseason.

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Ryan Tannehill Struggling Throwing Into Traffic

The Miami Dolphins knew when they drafted quarterback Ryan Tannehill that it was going to take awhile before he matured into a decent quarterback. Reports are coming out of Miami that right now he is having some difficulty throwing into traffic, which means that he will most likely start training camp as the No. 3 quarterback, according to Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post.

As for Tannehill, he's not in the running right now due to his untimely mistakes, particularly when throwing into traffic. Coach Joe Philbin and his staff have made it clear that turnovers will not be tolerated, so for now at least Tannehill will continue his apprenticeship as the No. 3 guy.

The Miami Dolphins are certainly hoping that Tannehill will improve quite a bit between now and when training camp does begin. Regardless of how long it takes, Dolphins fans will have to practice patience while waiting for Tannehill to become NFL ready.

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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David Garrard Starts Out As Dolphins Starting QB

The Miami Dolphins have a new starting quarterback, but it's not who you think it is. Veteran addition David Garrard continued working with the first team at minicamp this week, continuing his work with that unit from earlier OTAs. Matt Moore was with the first team, and Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins' first-round pick, was on the third string.

The important thing to remember here is timing. This is only June. Miami is facilitating some competition at the quarterback position with a pair of youngsters in tow. Giving Garrard some early spring reps gives them a chance to see what he can contribute as a 34-year-old quarterback.

Garrard under center with the starters could be more indicative of the team's looming decision at backup, or at least the other quarterback atop the roster with Tannehill. If both Moore and Garrard look capable, they may have to decide which one would be the primary backup or placeholder for Tannehill.

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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David Garrard Ready To Play, Says Back Is Healthy

David Garrard had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after being cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars before the start of the 2011 season. Since he has recovered and signed with the Miami Dolphins, he's been trying to show that he still can play the quarterback position effectively. So far, Garrard's back has held up well at minicamp and Garrard is full speed ahead to try and win the starting quarterback position, according to an article on Pro Football Talk by Michael David Smith.

"I was bad," Garrard told the Sun-Sentinel. "I could barely get in and out of the chair for two and a half, three months. . . . Finally, around halfway through January, I was looking like an athlete again." Garrard won't know until the preseason how his back holds up when he takes a hit from a 300-pound defensive lineman, but he said that during the Dolphins' recent minicamp he got through everything without trouble.

Matt Moore may have the inside track to starting for the Dolphins this season, as Ryan Tannehill still needs time to learn the position, but Garrard will make every effort to try and earn the job.

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Dolphins OTAs: Miami's New Blocking Scheme Could Help Run Game

With new head coach Joe Philbin taking over the reigns and setting up his offense, it includes a change in blocking styles for the offensive line. Rather than using the power running game that they have used in the past, the Dolphins are switching to a zone blocking scheme which should play to the strengths of running backs like Reggie Bush and Steve Slaton.

The offensive line seems to be happy with this change in schemes, according to a post by Omar Kelly.

Center Mike Pouncey thinks the Dolphins' new zone blocking scheme will benefit the offensive line, and team in general because "we got a lot of athletes that can run," Pouncey said, likely referring to Jake Long, Richie Incognito, Artis Hicks, Lydon Murtha and rookie Jonathan Martin. "The zone scheme is better for us than a power scheme."

The key to a good zone blocking game is speed. If the offensive line of the Dolphins can learn this new blocking scheme, the running game could improve dramatically this season.

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Dolphins OTAs: Rookie Jonathan Martin Arrives For Workouts

Rookie offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has finally arrived to join OTAs with the Miami Dolphins. Martin had been back at Stanford finishing up his final exams, and during that time he had missed two weeks of voluntary workouts with his new team.

Martin was with the team in May at a mini-camp, but that is the last time he was with the Dolphins. He says he has been training out on the West Coast, but nothing has prepared him for the humidity in Florida.

Martin does feels that he will be able to pickup the system rather quickly:

"I fell a little behind some of the adjustments they've been making in pass protection especially," Martin said. "Basic play is still the same so I feel pretty good."

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"I don't think it will take very long," Martin said. "There's a lot of similarities between Coach (Joe) Philbin's offense and my offense back at Stanford, both West Coast. The calls are a little bit different, but it's the same basic ideas. I think I'll be all right."

For more on the Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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HBO Hard Knocks 2012: Miami Dolphins Will Be Featured

The Miami Dolphins have been chosen to be the feature team on HBO's Hard Knocks this summer.

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Dolphins OTAs: Miami Looking For A WR To Emerge

The Miami Dolphins added a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill with their 1st-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. They also added veteran David Garrard to a rotation that includes incumbent starter Matt Moore. Despite adding the quarterbacks, the Dolphins subtracted a top receiver when they sent Brandon Marshall to the Bears in the spring. This season, the coaching staff in Miami plans to take a committee approach to the position.

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland told the Palm Beach Post that the team is counting on some of its younger players to step forward this year.

"We've got a lot of young guys that have a developmental ceiling; they haven't developed yet, and we're going to see that this year, hopefully."

Moore expressed confidence that the team's West Coast style system under Mike Sherman will help those younger players mature thanks to an emphasis on a wide open playing field. Nevertheless, it could be a risky play for the Dolphins desperately seeking some success in the AFC East this season.

For more on the Miami Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Dolphins OTAs: Joe Philbin To Pick Starting QB By Week 3 Of Preseason

The Dolphins do not have a clear-cut starting quarterback on their roster at the moment. All four quarterbacks, including Pat Devlin, on roster right now are competing for that starting position. While Ryan Tannehill is the future of the Miami Dolphins, new head coach Joe Philbin remained non-committal in an interview he did on ESPN's NFL 32 show, where he was asked when he would make a decision on quarterback.

You'd love to have it done by after the second preseason game. Your third preseason game is when your first unit is going to get the vast majority of the snaps in terms of their preseason allocation. If it's clear earlier we'll make a decision at that point in time, but I'd say by the third preseason game we'd like to have a unit established

It still isn't apparent who has the inside track to the starting job in the first set of OTAs but as the offseason goes on, Philbin will be asked about it more and more.

For more on the Miami Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Dolphins Jake Long Under Pressure

With OTAs underway in Miami, the Dolphins are looking for contributions from many of their veteran players under new head coach Joe Philbin. With that new offensive scheme however, comes questions about former first round draft pick, offensive tackle Jake Long. NFL.com writer Marc Sessler wonders if Long will be able to transition to an offensive style that is more based on agility and athleticism, rather than a power blocking game that he played under with former head coach Tony Sparano.

Long is a 6-foot-7, 317-pound mauler, perfect for what former Miami masterminds Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano had in mind. Long is not a perfect fit for the scheme of new coach Joe Philbin, who desires agile and, by definition, leaner linemen.

Another reason to think that Long could be on the hot seat this season is because of his contract. Because he was drafted before the new rookie contract rules were in place, Long is due to earn over $11 million this season, the final year of his rookie contract. If he does not have a good season adjusting to the new schemes in 2012, the Dolphins may not be willing to pay him to keep his services.

For more on the Miami Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Miami Dolphins OTAs 2012: Joe Philbin Emphasizes 'Fast Pace' In First Workout

OTAs for the Miami Dolphins began on Tuesday in Davie, Fla. -- the team's first full-squad practice since the 2011 season ended. One noticeable difference under its new head coach Joe Philbin: The pace. In short, it's a bit quicker.

"I was just asking our running backs coach, 'Is this going to be the tempo in the game?'" running back Reggie Bush said when speaking with reporters afterward. "We need to slow down a little bit to save some guys."

With 86 of the team's 89 players present, Philbin installed a new, fast-paced tempo, shortening the play clock during 11-on-11s and other drills in order to gt the team A.) quicker this spring and B.) get some guys in shape -- several reported to training camp last season overweight following the lockout.

Philbin told reports, though, that the team still has a "ways to go."

For more on the Miami Dolphins, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider. OTAs for the Dolphins also began this week, so for coverage, be sure to follow this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more general news and commentary related to the NFL, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Miami Dolphins OTA 2012: Ryan Tannehill Struggles, David Garrard Impressive

Miami Dolphins' OTAs have begun. How has first round draft pick Ryan Tannehill looked early on in the offseason workouts?

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