Hello S-K faithful, my name is Joe Ray and I’m going to be giving you guys your healthy dose of fantasy football coverage here on Down & Distance this season. In the coming days and weeks I’ll be putting out positional rankings, mock drafts with analysis, and anything else you’ll need to get ready for drafting a winning team before the season begins. You can also expect updates from training camps around the NFL and how those changes will impact your fantasy football season.
On to business from around the league, where Miami Dolphins rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has signed his rookie contract and reported to training camp. Per the Miami Herald, Tannehill’s contract is for four years and worth $12.6 million, and in addition the Dolphins have an option to keep Tannehill for a fifth year. With this signing, wide receivers Justin Blackmon of Jacksonville (5th overall) and Kendall Wright of Tennessee (20th overall) are the only first round picks without a contract to date.
Now that Tannehill is in camp, the competition for Miami’s starting quarterback gig is truly underway between Tannehill, free agent signee David Garrard, and incumbent starter Matt Moore. Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M, so it would be expected that Tannehill has a leg up on his teammates in learning the new offense. In fact, Sherman was extremely impressed with Tannehill’s opening performance at training camp, and he hopes to get Tannehill some first-team reps as soon as possible.
“He got more reps than anybody…Eventually we’re going to work him in with the first group, once he gets caught up to snuff, which I think will be sooner rather than later because he seems like he’s right on task right now” Sherman said, via the Associated Press.
From a fantasy football standpoint, none of the Miami quarterbacks are likely to make a significant impact this year. Offensively, more production is expected from running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. But Tannehill undoubtedly has more upside than Moore or Garrard, as he is obviously the quarterback of the future for the Dolphins. Regardless of who wins the job, I still wouldn’t call any one of these quarterbacks a must-add for your team. But it sounds like Tannehill will have a decent chance to win the job right out of camp, and if that happens he might be worth a look in deeper 12- and 14-team leagues.
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