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Tannehill Unsure Of His Role As Rookie

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #8 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill knows he has the weight of a franchise hanging on his right shoulder. But, the former Texas A&M Aggie has no idea when he’ll be taking the starting snaps for Miami.

“I don’t know,” Tannehill told ESPN Radio, via profootballtalk.com. “They haven’t told me anything. I’m just going to go in and compete. That’s what I want to do every day, go in and compete. I want to play, but I don’t think they’ve really spelled out their plans for me.”

Most have long expected Tannehill to eventually become the team’s starting quarterback, but possibly not this season. Tannehill will have to overtake Matt Moore, who played well down the stretch for the Dolphins and overcome presumed backup David Garrard.

If Tannehill has one advantage over the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster it’s that he already knows more than 75-80 percent of the Dolphins’ playbook. Tannehill ran the Dolphins’ offense at Texas A&M while being coached by Mike Sherman, the current Dolphins offensive coordinator.

Still, Tannehill is coming from the pass happy Big XII where he was able to exploit some porous defenses and the overall speed of the game was a bit slower. In the NFL, he’ll have much tighter windows and much more exotic coverages to deal with each week.

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