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Ryan Tannehill: Bullying scandal 'behind' Dolphins

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill admitted Monday that he couldn't make it through the lengthy Ted Wells report on bullying in Miami.

"I saw a few pages of it. I got overwhelmed by 140-and-whatever pages and skipped it. I'm just glad it's out," Tannehill told The Associated Press.

"The evaluations and summaries have been made, the points have been taken and now we can move forward," Tannehill added. "There's no more being anxious about it coming out. We've had the consequences and repercussions, and now we can put it in the past and move forward. I think it's behind us at this point."

The young passer called Miami's locker room "healthy" and promised to take more of a leadership role in his third season. Tannehill was part of the team's leadership council last season, but it wasn't a position that came easily to him.

"You definitely get more comfortable speaking up at certain times," he said. "You have the respect. That's the big thing -- having the other guys' respect in the locker room. You can't come in with no respect and try to own the place. At this point, hopefully I have some respect ... and now I can assert myself."

Tannehill's desire to grow as a leader is admirable, but it won't amount to much if Miami doesn't use this offseason to find a flock of competent linemen to fill the void left by Jonathan Martin, John Jerry and Richie Incognito.

Last year's fill-ins allowed an outrageous 59 sacks, 11 more than any other team in the NFL. It's hard to lead anything in this league when you can't stay on your feet.

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