ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Insider) writes that it “would be an upset” if first-round pick Ryan Tannehill wasn’t starting for the Miami Dolphins at some point during the upcoming season.
Schefter adds that “Miami likes Tannehill too much and he knows too much of the Dolphins offense” to not play him this season. It’s clear that Tannehill will have a shot to earn the starting job outright, but he’ll obviously have to beat out veteran’s Matt Moore and David Garrard for the position.
I can’t imagine the Dolphins sitting him for any more than a few games. Drafting a top-10 quarterback is a pretty good indication that this is the direction that the team is planning on heading in, so unless he puts together a very poor training camp, they should probably throw him in there to begin the year anyways. After all, Andy Dalton did pretty well with only a few weeks to prepare for his rookie season, so it’s fair to assume that Tannehill could be ready to start by week one.