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Ryan Tannehill Okay After Practice Scare, Top Performers Shine At Dolphins Camp

Alex Donno
August 02, 2018 - 12:03 pm
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During Wednesday’s Miami Dolphins training camp practice, Ryan Tannehill went to the ground for the first time in a year. 

Flashbacks began sprinting through my brain. 

I’ll never forget that August morning in 2017 when Tannehill re-injured his left knee in practice for what turned out to be a season-ending setback. In that case, his knee buckled without contact. 

A year later, he took a hit in a non-contact practice where hits are prohibited. This time, he got up. Crisis averted. 

Thankfully, his knee is not the issue, here. Tannehill was kicked in the shin when defensive end Cam Wake accidentally shoved center Daniel Kilgore into Ryan’s direction. 

“I wasn’t sure what happened,” said head coach Adam Gase. “I just saw a couple of bodies there and it turned out he got some cleats to the shin.”

Tannehill has missed Miami’s last 20 games, dating back to December of 2016. Gase was asked if this is the first time he’s taken a hit since then. 

“I can’t say for sure but I think there’s been a couple of other times whether it was not this spring but I think last spring and in training camp a couple of times before he got hurt. He kind of got hit a little bit and knocked into the ground.”

Dolphins fans should buckle up for overreactions. Any time Ryan Tannehill gets touched in practice, goes to the ground, or appears to be walking with any sort of limp, many of us will assume the worst. His surgically repaired left knee has still not truly been tested. 

Inevitably, he will experience some big hits early in the regular season. Perhaps, even in the preseason. Until he pops back up after a half-dozen of these, fans and media will hold their collective breath. 

Meanwhile, Dolphins’ elder statesman Cameron Wake offered a pleasantly surprising update on who he considers to be the top performer coming out of the offseason.

“I actually think Charles Harris has probably had the best offseason, not just any D-lineman, but probably anybody on our team,” noted Wake. “He came back in tremendous shape. He’s obviously been working on his strength. He’s been working on his football, and it’s showing up on tape. I think that’s definitely going to pay off when it becomes time to put these live bullets in and get after these quarterbacks. He’s made great strides and obviously the more the merrier, I’m happy for it.” 

Harris, Miami’s first round pick in 2017, had a relatively quiet stat year as a rookie with 2.0 sacks and 19 combined tackles. A breakout season could be on tap. 

Adam Gase had this to say about Harris on Wednesday:

“He seems like he’s wired in,” said Gase. He’s doing every little detail that (Defensive Line Coach) Kris (Kocurek) is looking for him to do. Once we hit real games, then that’s going to be easier for us to say, ‘Okay, here’s where we’re at with his development and where do we need to go next?’”

Tight end Mike Gesicki has made some head-turning plays, specifically a one-handed catch on Sunday. 

Ryan Tannehill spoke about Gesicki’s progress:

“Gesicki is coming on for us,” said Tannehill. “He’s young; he’s learning. He’s hungry to learn. He has incredible range, and that’s one thing that’s struck me from him so far is just his range. If you put a ball … (he has a) huge radius. He’s got a huge catch radius. If you put a ball anywhere near him, he has the ability to either jump and get it or reach out and get it. One way or the other, he’s going to get his hands on it. That’s been very impressive so far.”

The Dolphins are just a week away from their first preseason game. They’ll host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Thursday, August 9th at Hard Rock Stadium.