Minkah Fitzpatrick Believes Ryan Tannehill Will Have "Great Season"

Tannehill missed all of last season with a torn ACL

Tiki and Tierney
July 05, 2018 - 4:00 pm

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For many rookies, the transition from college to the NFL can be difficult, especially in terms of adjusting to the speed of the game. 

Dolphins rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick, though, hasn’t been overwhelmed by the speed of the game – or the strength of the opposition. No, for him, there’s been another more glaring difference.

“I would say the technicality is different,” the Alabama product said on Tiki and Tierney. “The receivers just have better technique. They’re more polished just because they’re already in the NFL. They have a couple years of experience in the league, so they know how to use their hands, they know how to extend you inside and outside and all the different things. I would say that the technicality of the game is a little bit different. I think that’s the biggest difference for me. Speed wasn’t a difference. Strength wasn’t a difference. It was more of the technicality of the game.”

Fitzpatrick, a two-time All-American at Alabama, helped the Tide to a pair of national titles. He hopes to play early and often as a rookie.

The Dolphins went 6-10 last year but should get a boost from the return of Ryan Tannehill, who missed last season with a torn ACL. In 2016, he completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games.

“He’s our guy,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s our quarterback. He’s a great, great player, great teammate. We put all our faith in him to lead the offense and do what he does. He did get hurt last season, but he’s back. He’s running around making plays, making great throws out there, looking good. I’m just really excited to play against him, play with him, and see how the season goes. I know he’s going to have a great season.”

Miami opens the season at home against Tennessee on Sept. 9.

Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins surprised Anthony Schwartz of American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida and presented him with the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. 

Check out the surprise here.

Anthony has maintained a 3.92 weighted GPA in the classroom and also clocked the nation’s fastest wind-legal high school 100 in 2018—10.09 seconds—with his win at June’s Great Southwest Classic. The time ranks No. 4 in U.S. prep history.

In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Player of the Year Program recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.  

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport