Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/21/12

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told NFL Network that he expects veteran incumbent Matt Moore to start at quarterback in the regular-season opener.

That might come as an upset to some, considering Ross voiced his support for Ryan Tannehill to be drafted in the first round.

"I don't think they're going to rush (Ryan Tannehill) into anything," Ross said. "He's going to have to win the starting job. I think Matt Moore will probably be the starter, and I wish him the best."

But Ross said he wants a franchise quarterback, and if that turns out to be Moore, so be it. Ross tempered expectations for Tannehill, drafted eighth overall in April, last weekend. He told the Palm Beach Post the Dolphins wanted Tannehill to be brought along only at the pace the rookie could handle.

While Tannehill began the offseason with a slight edge over Moore and David Garrard in terms of his grasp of the Dolphins' offense because it's very similar to the one employed at Texas A&M, where he played for current Dolphins coordinator Mike Sherman.

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