As he works his way through his second offseason workout schedule, Ryan Tannehill is getting a totally different experience, this time with the benefit of starting 16 games under his belt.
The Dolphins quarterback joined the NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Monday to talk about how he and his teammates are preparing for the 2013 season. Here’s what he had to say:
(On if it feels different entering his second season from last year):
“It’s a lot more familiar this time around. Last year, [I] didn’t really know what to expect; new coaching staff, new environment for me coming to the NFL. Everyone was picking up a new system. This year it’s a completely different sense. Everyone is excited, everyone has a good handle on what’s going on and we’re just out there getting good reps at what we’re doing and everyone is getting more comfortable day by day.”
(On being impressed with Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace’s speed):
“How can you not be? He’s obviously known for his speed. He’s a guy that can stretch the field vertically and we’re glad to have him, along with the other pieces we added this offseason.”
(If Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson will play more in the slot):
“He’s a versatile guy. He’s a guy that we can use outside when we need him and also bring him inside and add another playmaker on the inside for us when we want to get three wide receivers on the field. It’s great to have a versatile guy like that that can make plays outside as well as inside.”
(On who the Dolphins’ running back is):
“Lamar Miller right now. He’s doing a great job, a guy we drafted last year. Really didn’t get a whole lot of playing time last year but kind of came in and spelled Reggie [Bush] at times. He’s doing a great job this offseason, this spring; really has a great handle of the offense and is doing a great job protecting. That’s what I like to see from running backs: knowing what they’re doing in protection. We all know they can run the ball but being able to understand the pass game, understand the checkdowns and where they’re protecting at really makes a big difference and makes me more comfortable. I’m happy to see that happening for him.”
(On how he is preparing for his second season in the NFL):
“Currently, just going out day by day trying to make every day count, every rep count. These are precious reps that you’re getting in OTAs and make the best of them. If you make a mistake, learn from it and don’t let the mistake happen again. If you have a good rep, keep that in the back of your mind; that way you can repeat it next time it comes around. [I used] the offseason to go back, study last year, look at all of my throws; break them down – short, long, intermediate, left, right, middle – to see where I needed to improve. Going into OTAs, our plan after talking with my coaches was needing to improve in some areas of my throws and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
(On if he feels a little competitive that fellow rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson received most of the attention last season):
“Obviously there is competiveness inside of me, but those guys had great years. At the end of the day, we’re just worried about this year. It doesn’t matter what happened last year; what matters is how I handle this year [and] how our team handles this year. We’re excited about how the offseason is going but we have to continue to build [and] I have to continue to get better as we finish up OTAs into minicamp, and then head into [training] camp.”
(On if he is as good as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson):
“I’ll leave that up to you guys. I don’t have to make any comparisons. But I’m confident in my abilities and I’m glad to be able to go out and get better every day.”
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