It was only a scrimmage. But at this stage, a scrimmage is all we have.
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked sharp overall during Saturday's scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium, leading the Miami offense on its only touchdown drive during six possessions that started at the offense's 30-yard line.
The Associated Press and the Miami Herald disagree on the overall numbers, but Tannehill had only two incompletions on the day. His touchdown came as he scrambled right and found Anthony Fasano just past linebacker Gary Guyton from 26 yards out.
"It was really impressive," Fasano said. "It was a great touch pass on the run. I've said it all along and I think everyone has said it. He doesn't really play like a rookie quarterback. It's a great sign to see and he's only going to get better."
David Garrard got the first snaps with the starting unit and the most snaps with the starters. As we mentioned Friday, this is starting to look like Garrard's job to lose. The offense sputtered in the red zone under Garrard, but Matt Moore struggled everywhere on the field. He only converted one first down in three drives.
(In Moore's defense, he was leading the second-team offense against the starters on defense.)
You can't read too much into scrimmages, but Tannehill acquitted himself well for his first showing. The Dolphins let him rip a play-action bomb down the field on his first attempt to give him some confidence. (The pass barely fell incomplete.)
"I thought he looked natural out there," Philbin told the Herald. "It wasn't too big for him."