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Luck was the most celebrated of the group coming out of Stanford, and he still could end up being the best. But if you watched Griffin break off a long run when it was needed most or saw Wilson throw a 46-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 left to beat the Patriots, you know he’s got competition.

That includes Tannehill, who wasn’t as dramatic, but was remarkably mistake-free for a quarterback playing in his sixth NFL game.

“His growth from game to game has been critical and incredible,” Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano said. “He has a very bright future.”

The same could be said of the rest of the rookie crop, too.


Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or