The Miami Dolphins’ chances of building upon a promising 2016 season will depend largely on how quarterback Ryan Tannehill returns from the knee injury that forced him to the sidelines in December.

It’s early, and Tannehill could conceivably be brought along slowly, but at this point the Dolphins are pleased with the way their young quarterback has bounced back just months later.

“Looks normal to me,” head coach Adam Gase said Friday, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. “He just looks like he did last year. The difference is he’s got a better grasp of the offense at this point compared to last year. He moves around fine. He’s got a good edge that I like to him right now.

“You can tell that he wasn’t real happy about getting hurt last year. I like the way he’s working right now, and we’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing. I know he’s really trying to make sure that he’s one of the reasons that we’re taking the next step. He’s really been pushing himself.”

Tannehill had been enjoying the best season of his career under Gase’s guidance, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 13 games.

Staying healthy as he heads into a second year in the system should give him every opportunity to take the next step in his development.

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