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DAVIE (CBS4) – Fans of the Miami Dolphins got their first look at the newest member of the team Sunday morning, as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill made his debut at training camp.
Tannehill missed the first two days of camp while contract negotiations continued between his agents and the team. Tannehill, who turned 24 on Friday, had hoped to get a deal done before blowing out the candles on his cake.
“I was hoping I could get it done on my birthday,” Tannehill said. “That would have been a great birthday present. Unfortunately, it had to happen one day later. At the end of the day, this is a business and now I’ve got the business aspect out of it for the next few years and I’m ready to go out and play football.”
Tannehill has his work cut out for him, as he not only is two days late, but now finds himself in a battle for the starting spot with Matt Moore, who won all six games for the team in 2011, and veteran David Garrard, who Miami signed in the offseason.
Still, Tannehill is taking everything in stride and doesn’t feel that the two days away from the team put him behind the other two signal callers.
“I definitely don’t feel like I fell behind as far as fundamentals, throwing the ball, conditioning or physically,” Tannehill said. “You definitely want to be here. You want to see the reps, be with your teammates, get the timing down. You can’t replicate that somewhere else. I want to be here. I want to compete and, so, it was a long two days just sitting around waiting. Yeah, I was competing, but there was still some down time where you’re just sitting there and tapping your foot like, ‘Let’s just get this thing done.’ At the end of the day, I feel like we worked a good deal out for both sides.”