Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is elevating the bar for his franchise after making the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Tannehill took command of the offense during head coach Adam Gase’s first year with the team, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December.

Entering his sixth season, Tannehill believes this is the best Dolphins team he’s played on.

“Honestly, I can say it’s definitely the most talent we’ve had with the receiving corps, bringing everyone back, having a second year together in the same offense,” Tannehill said to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “That’s going to be huge for us. Adding (tight ends) Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano, veterans who have played a lot of football, is (big). Bringing back (running backs) Jay (Ajayi), Kenyan Drake.

“Keeping most of the offensive line together, adding a few pieces. Putting Laremy Tunsil back at his natural position. That’s going to be huge for us. You start to stack all those pieces together and we have a good unit. Now it’s a matter of being able to elevate our play throughout the season. Just because you have good pieces doesn’t mean you’re going to perform. That’s what the onus was on all spring. That’s what it’s on throughout the summer. As we hit training camp, it’s pushing each other each and every day to go out and be great. Not just be good, but really be great.”

After stumbling to a 1-4 start, many analysts dismissed the Dolphins’ chances of reaching the playoffs, before Tannehill and running back Jay Ajayi led a resurgent effort to sneak into the AFC field at 10-6. With a second year under Gase’s tutelage, the Dolphins won’t be sneaking up on anyone.

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