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2013 Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Tannehill leads a deep and stable group of signal callers for Miami.



Stability at the quarterback position is something that has eluded the Miami Dolphins since Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino retired at the end of the 1999 season, but now it has become a reality once again.

The same three quarterbacks that finished the 2012 season on the 53-man roster are back – starter Ryan Tannehill, veteran backup Matt Moore and third-stringer Pat Devlin. Former USC and Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp, who is looking for a second chance after a non-descript 2012, is the fourth man in the rotation.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has the luxury of having three signal callers that are very familiar with his offense, especially Tannehill, who also played for Sherman in college at Texas A&M. This gives him and the Dolphins an advantage going into training camp as they break in some new faces at wide receiver and tight end, and Tannehill will be counted on to lead the charge.

BREAKING DOWN DOLPHINS QUARTERBACKS

Ryan Tannehill (6-4, 222; RATING 76.1; PASSING YDS 3,294; TDS 12) — After being taken with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and becoming the first quarterback to be chosen in the first round by Miami since Marino, Tannehill went on to become the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to start all 16 regular-season games. He also set rookie records for passing yardage, completions and attempts and has shown the willingness and ability to take that next step in Year 2 as the leader of the offense. Tannehill’s numbers should improve with the additions of Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson at wide receiver and Dustin Keller and Dion Sims at tight end.

Matt Moore (6-3, 216; RATING 96.6; PASSING YDS 131; TDS 1) — Moore is one year removed from being named the Dolphins’ Most Valuable Player after leading them to a 6-3 finish following an 0-7 start by completing 210-of-347 passes for 2,497 yards, 16 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Last year he served as the perfect mentor for Tannehill, helping him navigate the challenges that face all rookies. After Tannehill left the second New York Jets game with an injury, Moore stepped in and didn’t miss a beat in a 30-9 victory. He opted to re-sign with Miami in the offseason rather than test free agency and gives the team a solid backup for another season.

Pat Devlin (6-3, 225; RATING N/A; PASSING YDS N/A; TDS N/A) — Thanks to some national exposure on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Devlin became known as Head Coach Joe Philbin’s “teacher’s pet.” The former Delaware quarterback made the most of his playing time in the preseason by nearly pulling off a come-from-behind win at the Carolina Panthers and provided Philbin and Sherman with a security blanket during the regular season. Devlin was inactive for all 16 regular-season games but enters training camp as the front-runner for that No. 3 spot yet again.

Aaron Corp (6-4, 220; RATING N/A; PASSING YDS N/A; TDS N/A) — Corp has all of the measurables of an NFL-caliber quarterback and at one point in his college career sat atop the depth chart at USC after Mark Sanchez skipped his senior season in 2009. Then he fractured his fibula during fall camp and lost his job to Matt Barkley. Corp transferred to the University of Richmond in 2010 and started for the Spiders for the next two seasons. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills after last year’s draft but was released two weeks later. Buffalo re-signed him this past February and released him on April 29th. Corp was signed by the Dallas Cowboys on May 7th, cut two days later and signed by the Dolphins on May 15th, where he hopes to stay.
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