The Dolphins second-year starter played Monday night's control scrimmage without his two starting receivers and still managed a three touchdown performance in front of 22,876 fans at Sun Life Stadium.
Charles Clay caught his first touchdown on a 24-yard score, which featured the H-back slipping a tackle from safety Jimmy Wilson.
Tannehill, who completed 8-of-11 passes for 72 yards, also leaned on his tight ends and tailbacks for the final two touchdowns during the team's red zone work. Dustin Keller caught an out pass and slipped a tackle from linebacker Lee Robinson to score a 14-yard touchdown.
And tailback Daniel Thomas scored on a 9-yard pass, where he was Tannehill's third read on the play.
Despite Tannehill's three touchdown performance, Monday night's scrimmage was dominated by the defense, which produced a handful of sacks and a pick-six interception from safety Kelcie McCray, who stepped in front of a Matt Moore pass and returned it 50-yards for a touchdown.
The scrimmage ended with rookie cornerback Will Davis intercepting Pat Devlin in the end zone.
Dolphins shopping for receivers
With Armon Binns suffering a season-ending knee injury, the Dolphins are searching for a veteran receiver who can possibly supplement the young receiving corp. A league source confirmed that the Dolphins will workout Laurent Robinson this week.
Robinson, who averaged 12.6 yards per reception and has scored 15 touchdowns during his six year career, was a free agent target for the Dolphins a year ago. But the Miami native opted to sign with Jacksonville, which gave him a contract that averaged $8 million a season.
Robinson's 2012 season was shortened by a concussion and the Jaguars released him in the offseason.
"Some of the guys need to step up their level of performance [and] level of consistency," coach Joe Philbin said of the receivers on the training camp roster. "We are going to provide them a bunch of opportunities to do that. We are not afraid as an organization to do whatever we have to do to improve the ball club at any position."
Tailback Marcus Thigpen, who was used as a slot receiver last year, has apparently returned to that role. Thigpen's scrimmage snaps were as a receiver…. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson started Monday night's scrimmage, replacing Richard Marshall as the cornerback paired with Brent Grimes….Josh Samuda appears to be getting a full-time tryout as the starting left guard. Nate Garner replaced him as the backup center and rookie Dallas Thomas was on the second-team line….TE Michael Egnew and WR Brandon Gibson both dropped possible touchdown passes from Tannehill.
A.J. Francis, an undrafted defensive tackle from Maryland, produced a sack and deflected a Devlin pass at the line of scrimmage.
Dan Carpenter made 2-of-4 field goal attempts, and both his misses were 49-yards. He also had an extra point blocked by defensive tackle Kheeston Randall.
WR Rishard Matthews has missed the past two practiced with an undisclosed injury….OG Lance Louis, who is being brought back slowly from a knee injury he suffered in November, is being eased back into practice….K Caleb Sturgis continues to rest his sore groin.
Quote of the day
"I don't think we were necessarily handcuffed by our personnel a year ago….I do think that we'll be more consistent with everything that we want to do," Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. "The biggest emphasis for us has been to eliminate the deep balls, to eliminate the plus 20-yard passes. That certainly has been a point of emphasis as well as [getting] turnovers."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun