By Barry Jacksonhttps://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt- ... 26015.html
Watching Ryan Tannehill complete a perfectly thrown 75-yard touchdown bomb to Kenny Stills on Sunday served as another reminder of how Tannehill has gone from one of the league’s most erratic deep ball throwers to, statistically, one of the top-third.
Among passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air, Tannehill has gone from completing 31.7 percent of his attempts in his first four NFL seasons (79 for 249) to 41.5 percent (17 for 41) since then, a period of 14 consecutive games stretching from 2016 through 2018.
Factoring in credit for drops on long throws, Tannehill is top 10 in the league in deep ball accuracy over his last 14 games, in the company of Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, among others. Meanwhile, his overall accuracy has risen significantly, too, under Adam Gase.
COUPLE QUICK DOLPHINS NOTES
▪ Not onlydid the Dolphins’ Kenny Stills rank as the league’s best slot receiver when used there selectively the past two years, but Stills (along with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown) have a league-high 13 touchdowns over the past two-plus seasons on passes thrown at least 20 yards, per Pro Football Focus.
▪ Though Vincent Taylor has been made more impact plays than any Dolphins defensive tackle throughout August, his 18 snaps were fewest among defensive tackles Sunday, behind Akeem Spence (36), Jordan Phillips (31) and Davon Godchaux(29). Taylor had three stops and five tackles Sunday; he didn’t have a single missed tackle last season as a rookie.