Tannehill to start Friday for Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill will start for the Dolphins in Friday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

TV commentator Dick Stockton broke the information on 790-AM in Miami on Friday morning.

There were indications earlier in the week from coach Joe Philbin that he could be leaning toward letting Tannehill start after his strong showing in the preseason opener, albeit working with the third team and against the Buccaneers' backup defensive players. Matt Moore would relieve Tannehill with Pat Devlin serving as the third quarterback.

"It would give him a chance to work with the first group in a game situation against better competition, and I think that would be good," Philbin said. "Our plan all along was at some point in time, whether it be this week, next week or the week after, our plan all along was to let all three of those guys have some opportunities. ... He's going to play a lot, Matt's going to play a lot, and Pat (Devlin) will probably play some, we have three guys. We'll take it from there."

Philbin anticipated the first team would play at least 25 snaps.

-- The Sports Xchange

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