Dolphins Notebook

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins offense continue to struggle

 

rnadkarni@MiamiHerald.com

After an underwhelming preseason debut, Ryan Tannehill returned to the practice field Tuesday hoping to regain the success he flashed during training camp.

Instead, the second-year pro turned in one of his roughest performances.

Tannehill threw four interceptions on a day the offense again looked sluggish. With receiver Mike Wallace not participating in team drills, the offense stalled against both the first- and second-team defenses.

Coach Joe Philbin insisted it was still “absolutely fair” to judge the offense.

“We’ll play games during the season with the guys out there dressed in helmets and shoulder pads,” Philbin said, dismissing the injury to Wallace as a reason for the sloppy play.

Tannehill seemed to regress after a string of practices with no interceptions. His four picks came on a variety of throws Tuesday.

On a deep route to Brian Hartline, Tannehill severely underthrew the ball right into the arms of rookie cornerback Will Davis. On the next play, Brent Grimes jumped an out route for a likely pick six.

Later in the practice, Davis came away with another takeaway by undercutting a throw toward the left sideline.

Tannehill also threw an interception early in practice when Kheeston Randall grabbed a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage, but Randall eventually had the ball ripped away by Mike Pouncey.

“Frustrated by [Tuesday], it wasn’t a good day,” Tannehill said. “If you take a step back and look at the whole, I’m definitely moving in the right direction. I’ll make the corrections and look forward.”

Accuracy remained Tannehill’s biggest issue.

On intermediate throws, he often placed the ball behind receivers. He did rebound with some positive plays, including a perfect deep ball lofted down the left sideline to Jeff Fuller.

Philbin attributed the issues to a variety of factors.

“There’s a little bit of everything out there,” Philbin said. “There was some ball location, some route adjustments, some protection issues. That’s usually what happens when you have a multiple giveaway type of game.”

Jones’ extension

The Dolphins officially announced the contract extension of Reshad Jones on Tuesday. The former Georgia safety was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Jones played the best season of his career by far in 2012, starting all 16 games.

He recorded 94 tackles, one sack, nine pass deflections, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.

The contract pays Jones nearly $29.3 million over four years, including $15 million guaranteed. He will also receive a $5 million signing bonus.

“I’m delighted that Reshad Jones is going to be in a Miami uniform for the foreseeable future,” Philbin said. “He’s played well for us on the field and also represents the organization the right way off the field. I’m happy for him and us as well.”

Jones’ successful 2012 earned him the 48th spot on Pro Football Focus’ ranking of the top 101 players from that season.

“I feel good,” Jones said. “I want to thank this whole organization. They said they were going to do it. It just proves how much these guys trust and believe in me as a player but more importantly as a person.”

For the future, Jones believes the contract will allow him to play more freely.

“This takes the pressure off,” Jones said. “I know where my home is. The sky’s the limit. I can put this behind me and go out and play football.”

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