He, of course, played under Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman at Texas A&M, where they used a good chunk of the Dolphins’ new playbook. So once both he and third-round selection Michael Egnew were drafted, Tannehill contacted his former Big 12 rival, according to NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington.
“Before I even (arrived in South Florida), he was texting me pictures of the playbook,” Egnew said. “He was just trying to get me acclimated to their offense, which was quite a different offense than what we had in Missouri.”
Last week’s rookie mini-camp was an ideal environment for Tannehill to get some reps as a leading man. Because of his familiarity with the offense, he was able to make sure his teammates were hitting the right spots and making the right reads.
“Well, I hope I’m looked at as the leader of the team, especially in these rookie minicamps,” said Tannehill, after Friday’s rookie camp. “Quarterbacks are the leaders of the team, and I want to try to get guys going. That’s a job of a leader. That’s a job of a quarterback.”
Once the veterans return and Tannehill is competing with Matt Moore and David Garrard, it will be interesting to see, given his rookie status, how much of a chance he’ll have to lead.
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