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2014 Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

Posted Jul 14, 2014

The only change at quarterback from last summer involves the young hopeful looking to challenge for a spot on the roster.



Since Joe Philbin’s first season as Dolphins head coach in 2012, one of the spots where the Dolphins have had the most stability is the all-important quarterback position.

Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and Pat Devlin were his three quarterbacks that first season, they all were back last year and all three remain fixtures as the Dolphins prepare to head to training camp. To make that happen, the Dolphins just had to take care of the business this offseason of re-signing Devlin as an exclusive-rights free agent.

The only change at quarterback from last summer involves the young hopeful looking to challenge Devlin for a spot on the roster. After Aaron Corp got the chance last summer, this time it’s rookie free agent Brock Jensen who will be looking to impress the Miami coaches.

BREAKING DOWN DOLPHINS QUARTERBACKS

RETURNING VETERANS

• Pat Devlin (6-3, 225) — Devlin long has been seen as a young quarterback with intriguing potential, and the Dolphins re-signing him clearly was a sign that they still feel that’s the case. Devlin has yet to get the opportunity to throw a pass in a regular season game, but he has had some impressive moments in the preseason, most notably late in last year’s finale against the New Orleans Saints.

• Matt Moore (6-3, 216) — Moore is back for a fourth season with the Dolphins and he remains just about the perfect backup. He showed in 2011 he’s good enough to be a full-time starter, yet he’s got the perfect make-up to play a complementary role and do whatever he needs to do to help Tannehill. Moore threw a total of only 13 passes over the past two seasons, but the Dolphins can feel confident he could get the job done if he were called into action.

• Ryan Tannehill (6-4, 222) — Nobody has to tell Tannehill this is a big year for him because he said so himself in the spring. The eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Tannehill made improvement across the board in his second season but now it’s time to take another big step. The Dolphins’ new offense appears tailor-made for someone with Tannehill’s mobility and athletic ability, and that should only help. Tannehill also looked more assertive and more vocal during the offseason practices open to the media.

ROOKIES OR FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS

• Brock Jensen (6-3, 223) — Jensen went undrafted this past May, but it’s difficult to knock his success at North Dakota State. Playing on the same team as Dolphins rookie third-round pick Billy Turner, Jensen led the Bison to three consecutive national Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) titles. While he didn’t necessarily rack up huge passing numbers in college, know this about Jensen: The guy is a winner. Between his high school and college careers, his record as a starter is an amazing 70-7.
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