"The important thing is not to have great expectations up front, and bring him along," Ross said on the sidelines during a team charity event Friday. "See how it works for him. He certainly has the talent, and you don't want to get a guy down early. We've seen that before."
Tannehill is seen as a boom-or-bust type of prospect with outstanding athleticism but has limited game experience at quarterback, playing the position for less than two seasons at Texas A&M.
"We drafted Tannehill because we thought he'd be a great franchise quarterback. He has all the intangibles, (he's) a great athlete," Ross said.
"Obviously there's a big competition for the quarterback slot," the owner added. "We're not going to rush him into it, that's for sure."