Training Camp Q&A: QB Ryan Tannehill

After his first training camp practice with the Dolphins, quarterback Ryan Tannehill spoke to reporters in the interview room at the training facility. Here's what Tannehill had to say about missing the start of camp, his first day of practice and his thoughts on the quarterback battle.

On how it felt to be on the field: "It felt great. It's been a long past couple of days for me and I just wanted to get out there, join my teammates, be with the coaches. So to finally be out there and be competing again on the field, I felt great."

On how long he was away from the facility: "I came up here yesterday morning and threw with Chad and a couple of other guys. Then I got up here last night a little after 11 o'clock. Guess that's two or three days, but it was a long two days."

On where he went: "I went up to Bradenton, just kind of get out of the area, stay working. I wanted to keep working. I didn't want to lose conditioning and not be throwing the ball. Went up there where I could still work out and stay in shape and tried to get better as much as I could."

On being behind: "I definitely don't feel like I fell behind as far as fundamentals, throwing the ball, conditioning or physically. You definitely want to be here. You want to see the reps, be with your teammates, get the timing down. You can't replicate that somewhere else. You've got to be here for that. But as far as physically, I don't feel like I missed anything."

On the QB battle: "I feel like I'm in it. I may be naive, but the coaches haven't given me any indication that I'm not, so I'm going to go out there every day and do my best to get better every day and hopefully win the job."

On his first practice: "I didn't think it was too bad. I definitely have some things to work on, being better with my feet, stepping up in the pocket, a little faster on my drops. But I thought it was a good starting point and I'm excited to get back out there tomorrow and get a little better."

On who he threw to in Bradenton: "Just some GA guys. It wasn't anything, no pro guys were there. It was just all about getting repetitions, throwing the ball, working your feet, doing some drills. I accomplished that."

On getting more reps in practice than he did in the spring: "I think they're going to work me in a little bit more. I'm not 100 percent sure, but leaving the spring that was the indication. I think they want to catch me back up to speed since I've been gone the past few days, then take it from there."

On missing the start of camp: "I definitely wanted to be here. I wanted to be with the team. I didn't want to hold out. It's just not really my style. I want to be here. I want to compete and, so, it was a long two days just sitting around waiting. Yeah, I was competing, but there was still some down time where you're just sitting there and tapping your foot like, ‘Let's just get this thing done.' At the end of the day, I feel like we worked a good deal out for both sides."

On how much sleep he got last night: "I left here about 12 o'clock. By the time I got home, showered up, it was probably close to 12:30. Got up at 5:30. So about five hours."

On the first day in pads being different: "Maybe so. The rush is a little different. When you're going in pads, the D-line is coming off a little quicker, able to collision, so the pass protection is a little different. David was talking about it, the pressure they got today was a little bit more than they got the last two days just because of the pads. It's a different element there. It's a fast game."

On how he's gotten faster with his decisions: "Working in the offseason. Working with receivers. Watching film. Just trying to get the ball out faster. It's a faster game. You have to have fast decisions and fast feet and get the ball out of time."

On learning about "offset language" during his contract negotations: "Way too much. Hopefully it'll be a null point in four years. But you never know."

On the rookie hairdos: "It's part of it. I was laughing. I was like, when am I going to get mine? I'm not excited and trying to get one, but if it happens, it's part of it."

On the receivers he worked with between minicamps and training camp: "All the guys were here. I was working with Davone and Chad. LA came out, Clyde came out, Gates, Charles Clay, there were a bunch of guys that came out. Whoever was in town, I called up a bunch of guys and whoever could make it came out."

On whether he was in South Florida the whole time: "Not the whole time. I took a weekend and went up to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. I never got to take it since I got married in January, so I took a week. I was here pretty much after that."

On Garrard and Moore helping: "They did great. It's a great room, two great guys. I had some questions coming in, looking at the script this morning and was able to ask both Dave and Matt, hey, what's this? What's the look on this? And they caught me up to speed."

On the HBO cameras: "It's crazy. I honestly forgot about the whole ‘Hard Knocks' thing last night and I get up to the building and I guess I kind of dipped them. They were in a different entrance and I came in the front. Didn't even try to. Then I get in the locker room, I turn around and there's like eight guys with cams. Whoa! It's definitely different, but got to make the best of it."

On there being added pressure because of the "Hard Knocks" cameras: "No pressure. It's just a different element that's usually not there."

On his agent: "I wasn't frustrated with him. The situation was tough. I wanted to be out here. I wanted to get into camp, but I also wanted a fair deal. I wanted to be treated like the guys that were drafted around me were treated. It was a balancing act, wanting to get into camp and wanting to get a fair deal and finding a point that both sides are comfortable with."

On his birthday Friday: "I was hoping I could get it done on my birthday. That would have been a great birthday present. Unfortunately, it had to happen one day later. But it's a business. At the end of the day, this is a business and now I've got the business aspect out of it for the next few years and I'm ready to go out and play football."

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