Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
(On being a rookie quarterback and having left tackle Jake Long go down in practice today) - "I just wish the best for Jake. It's a tough situation any time one of your teammates goes down. I don't know what his situation. I really have no idea, but hopefully it's not too bad and we can get him back soon."
(On if it was one of those ‘oh my gosh' moments on the field) - "No, I'm just more worried about Jake. I think we'll be all right. We'll be able to get another guy in there. Obviously, he's a great player. He's tough to replace, but really just worried about his health and want him to get back on the field as soon as possible."
(On how Jonathan Martin looked moving to left tackle following Long's injury) - "My eyes are down field. I don't know, obviously. I didn't feel any quick pressure from his side, so we'll see on the tape, but we have good guys that are versatile and can move around. Depending on what the situation is for Jake, we'll move guys around and find a good fit."
(On what he's hoping to accomplish against the Dallas Cowboys) - "Just go out and take advantage of the snaps I get. I don't know exactly how many snaps I'll get, but want to go out and take advantage of every rep. Really play like we can as an offense (and) really move the ball and be consistent. I think that's the one thing that I've kind of focused on is being more consistent as an offense, being more consistent as a quarterback. I think we've done some good things, I've done some good things at times and other times been inaccurate with the ball. Want to be consistent in everything that we do."
(On if the offense is coming together now that training camp is coming to an end) - "For sure. I think every rep we get as an offense, we get closer and closer to where we're trying to get. We're just improving every day (and) getting more comfortable with everything that's going on every day with the different guys that are running the routes, guys blocking. Every day, every rep, I think we're getting better."
(On his initial thoughts when he realized the season opener was in Houston) - "I was excited. It wasn't really anything outrageous. I was excited to play. If it would have been in Buffalo or San Diego, I'm excited. Obviously, it's nice to go back to my home state. I'll have a lot of friends and family there, but I'm just excited to play in my first real NFL game, a real season opener. I'm excited for this team. I'm excited for what we can do. Houston's a good opponent, but right now, we're still focused on Dallas."
(On the young receivers) - "They're competing. I think that...had a few drops the last game. Guys really came to practice this week to improve, came to show what they can do. Some guys stepping up making some big catches. We'll see how it shakes out who gets to be on the final cut, but the guys are battling. That's all you can ask for is guys that are going to go out there and compete every day and correct the mistakes from the last game."
(On having familiar faces from Texas A&M be on this team as players and coaches) - "It's definitely a bonus. Most guys coming from college transitioning to the NFL don't have that small comfort of having familiar faces around, familiar coaches, familiar players. It's definitely a bonus for me. I try to take advantage of that - just knowing the guys and trying to help them out as much as I can."