Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has performed well enough in camp that he got snaps with the first-team offense Thursday.
Tannehill has reportedly been throwing the ball well and head coach Joe Philbin said the quarterback position is wide open as the first week of training camp concludes. Philbin said he thought, for the most part, the rookie did well.
“I think it was very good,” Philbin said of Tannehill’s performance with the first team. “I think though, there were a lot of things from a fundamental standpoint that we didn’t translate from the meeting room to the practice field very well in a lot of areas today.”
Philbin said Tannehill has earned the opportunity with the first team and that which quarterback gets first-team snaps is a “fluid process.”
“Certainly he’s throwing the ball well enough in the couple of days that he’s been practicing that deserves some opportunities with those, to work with receivers and different linemen,” Philbin said.
For his part, Tannehill said he wants to work with the starters and he wants to win the starting quarterback job before the regular season begins.
“Well, I want to be the guy. You don’t want to be a backup. It’s not a goal to be a backup. I want to play and I want to get in there,” Tannehill said. “The more reps I can get with the ones, I feel like that’s more like a game situation as much as you’re going to get in practice.”
Tannehill said he wants to go against the starting defense because, “I love the competition up there.” The rookie said he was ready for the Dolphins’ first scrimmage and just wants to improve with each practice.
“Go out and get better. First of all, you want to go out and experience the live action,” Tannehill said. “I’m guessing quarterbacks aren’t going to be live, but the real consistent live action, we’ve had a few live periods or half of a live period. To go out and have a full live practice, it’s different, so to be able to get into more of a flow of the game, a flow of a series and just go out and get better.”