MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – In a game that opened with heavy rain and closed with another torrent, Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill saw the ugliest cloud at the right moment.
Facing a second-and-8 from his own 30-yard line against the Atlanta Falcons, Tannehill dropped to pass and saw a blitz from his right and a defensive line stunt, a confusing combination for an untested QB. The usual alarms went off in Tannehill's head as he looked left to a wide receiver running deep. Before Tannehill did what everyone would have expected, he spotted the trap.
"They had a cloud of defenders over the top of it," Tannehill said. "If I throw that pass out there, it's going to be a problem."
One of two things was going to happen: Either his receiver was going to catch the pass and get hit hard right away or, worse, the Falcons would pick the ball off and likely return it for a score.
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