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Dolphins center Mike Pouncey: Ryan Tannehill will be ‘one of those elite guys like Tom Brady’ 11.02.12 at 2:03 pm ET
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Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is stroking the ego of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, calling him ‘€œthe best rookie quarterback in the NFL right now.’€

Pouncey said the Dolphins QB is a leader on the team and has helped the Dolphins to a 4-3 start this season.

Pouncey said he values Tannehill more than Washington rookie Robert Griffin III, who is ranked third in passing efficiency.

‘€œI think he’€™s better than RGIII,’€ Pouncey said. ‘€œTheir games are different. RGIII can throw, but he can also run. Tannehill’€™s a smart quarterback.’€

Pouncey took it a step further, though, when he compared Tannehill to Patriots QB Tom Brady.

‘€œI think he’€™s going to be one of those elite guys like Tom Brady when it comes said and done,” Pouncey said. “Just his composure. His leadership in the huddle right now is just phenomenal. ‘€¦ I do see Tom, and the way he coordinates and runs his offense is the same as Tannehill does.’€

Tannehill has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,454 yards this season. He’s thrown for four touchdowns with six interceptions.

“We were lucky to get that kid at No. 8,” Pouncey said. “He’s playing phenomenal for us right now. ‘€¦ If he keeps it up, he’ll be the franchise quarterback for a long, long time.”

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Dolphins name Ryan Tannehill starting QB 08.20.12 at 3:50 pm ET
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When the Dolphins entered training camp they had a three-man competition for starting QB, but on Monday they made their decision. Miami named rookie Ryan Tannehill its starting quarterback for the team’s opening week game against the Texans.

David Garrard was originally placed at the top of the quarterback depth chart before he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee earlier this month, opening the door for Tannehill or Matt Moore to take the starting spot.

Moore finished last season as the starter, but was leapfrogged on the depth chart by Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft out of Texas A&M.

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