Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally got his shot to work with the first-team offense in practice on Thursday.

“For the first time as a pro, rookie Ryan Tannehill took snaps with the first-team offense Thursday, showing coach Joe Philbin is serious about giving his first-round pick a shot at the starting job, wrote Adam Beasely of the Miami Herald.

“He launched a deep pass to Chad Johnson down the right side that would have been a sure touchdown, if it wasn’t broken up by Nolan Carroll at the last moment. Tannehill later flashed touch, connecting with Johnson on short and intermediate routes,” Beasley reported.

“I think it’s on an as-earned basis,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of Tannehill’s opportunity, per the Herald. “He’s throwing the ball well enough in the couple of days he’s been at practice. It’s been earned.”

Tannehill feels like he’s getting better with each practice.

“I think I’ve gotten better every practice,” Tannehill said. “I want to be the guy. It’s not a goal to be a backup. I want to play; I want to get in there.”

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