Monday, August 6, 2012

Training Camp Battles: Tannehill vs Garrard vs Moore

     Our final installment for training camp battles is rewarded to the Miami Dolphins, and quite possibly the most competitive battle in training camps as of right now. NFL newcomer Ryan Tannehill appears to be in third place for this competition, but remains a viable candidate. As a senior at Texas A&M, Tannehill  put up decent numbers; 3,744 passing yards, 33 total TDs, and 15 INTs. His leadership came in to question though when guiding his team to a 7-6 record in 2011. Luckily, the rookie showed his skills during a training camp scrimmage, keeping him in the race. The second quarterback on this Miami roster is Matt Moore. Moore was the Dolphins starter for 12 games last season, and was just 3 yards away from 2,500 passing yards. After a slow start (0-4 in his first four games), Moore and the Miami Dolphins went on a hot streak, going 6-3 after his first few games. Obviosuly his role as starter was doubted by Miami personal, for they went out and signed two quarterbacks in the offseason. One of those quarterbacks was David Garrard, Jacksonville's starter in 2010. Garrard suffered a herniated disk, and decided to skip the 2011 season to prepare for 2012. Throughout Jacksonville's struggles, Garrard managed great staistics, where he even surpassed the 100 passer rating mark (102.2). In 2010, he posted a career best in passing touchdowns (23), rushing touchdowns (5), and total touchdowns (28). The fact that he missed last year hurts his stock, but his statistics might just put him in the lead.

Bottom Line: Mobility, accuracy, and leadership are all apparent attributes when Garrard is at his best, which is why he deserves top-dog over last year's starter, Matt Moore.

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Credit: Mike Stocker, Sun Sentinel

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