DAVIE, Fla. – Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had high praise for his quarterback on Monday.
As the team started the first game week of the season, Philbin complimented the offseason that Ryan Tannehill has had.
Philbin said, "I think he's throwing the ball better than he ever has in training camp. I guess this is his fourth training camp and, again, I think paper also would back that up, but he just looks better. I think his command of the offense is better than it was a year ago. I think his play speed is a little better and I think he's throwing the ball better."
The Dolphins are counting on Tannehill to take the next step.
The team gave Tannehill a 100-million dollar contract this offseason.
There were positive signs that Tannehill will have help against Washington on Sunday.
Starting left tackle Branden Albert practiced as he continues recovering from knee surgery.
Barring a setback, Albert expects to play.
First round draft pick DeVante Parker also practiced for Miami.
He is recovering from foot surgery.
Parker also hopes to play in the Dolphins season opener.