User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Tannehill welcomes Dolphins' new receivers

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Under constant pressure, Ryan Tannehill kept backpedaling, trying to buy more time so he could improve his accuracy.

Advertisement
This wasn't the Miami Dolphins' revamped offense at work. This was celebrity tennis at the Sony Open.

Tannehill, who has played the game only a handful of times, took part in a doubles match Thursday with NFL offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie and two of the world's best doubles players, Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik.

``I'm not going to be going down to the local club and beating anyone,'' Tannehill said. ``But it's fun to do something different.''

The match gave Tannehill a break from offseason work as he prepares for his second season with the Dolphins, who have been busy trying to upgrade his supporting cast. This month they signed Mike Wallace, the top pass-catcher in free agency, and wideout Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. They also re-signed wideout Brian Hartline.

That means big changes for Tannehill, who had a solid rookie season despite an unimposing cast of wideouts who caught only three touchdown passes.

``We're all excited about the opportunities on the plate now,'' he said. ``It's just a matter of taking advantage of them.''

Tannehill had dinner with Wallace when the former Pittsburgh Steelers star came to Miami to sign.

``It was nice,'' Tannehill said. ``He was excited, and I was excited to have a guy like him. I think we're both ready to get things going and start building that chemistry and show it on Sundays.''

Tannehill hasn't met Keller or Gibson but traded text messages with them after they signed. All three newcomers cited Tannehill's potential as a factor in their choice of teams.

``That makes me feel good,'' Tannehill said.

The first quarterback drafted in the first round by Miami since Dan Marino in 1983, Tannehill became the first Dolphins rookie QB to start all 16 games. He threw for 3,294 yards, more than acclaimed rookie classmates Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson.

Now he might throw even more.

``You build your offense around the weapons you have,'' he said.

A converted receiver, Tannehill started only 19 games at Texas A&M. Because he's still fairly inexperienced at quarterback, he expects to show lots of improvement in 2013.

``I'm really looking forward to getting into the second year,'' he said. ``I've heard so many guys say you make your biggest jump from year one to year two.

``I've had a lot of fun this offseason working and trying to improve the little things, learning from film, doing footwork drills, throwing and just trying to get better.''

As for tennis: Tannehill had to borrow his wife's racket because he doesn't own one. He whiffed on one volley and was quick to retreat from the net. But he whacked several solid forehands and made it through the match unhurt.

Tannehill said his experience was limited to his days at Texas A&M.

``In college I used to play,'' he said, adding after a pause, ``once a year.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Lawrence: Handicapping Win Totals
Stoffo: Preseason Report - Coaches
Rogers: Home 'Dog Breakdown
Stoffo: Preseason Report - AFC
Stoffo: Preseason Report - NFC
Fisher: 2015 Playoff Surprises
SportsBoss: Turnover Analysis
Cardinals' Abraham charged with DUI
Schaub settles in as Raiders starting QB
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks-
2013 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1340
Chip Chirimbes + 1286
The Gold Sheet + 1262
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
The SportsBoss 59 %
The Gold Sheet 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 805
The Gold Sheet + 713
Scott Pritchard + 615
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 400
Joe Williams + 324
Tony Stoffo + 203
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 670
The SportsBoss + 385
Brian Edwards + 337
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!