Former Badger standout among best rookie quarterbacks

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by Traci Neuman

MIAMI (AP) -- As a rookie starter, Ryan Tannehill learns on the job, and since the season began he has become better at stepping forward in the pocket, throwing past tall pass-rushers and avoiding passes into coverage, especially at crunch time.

Even his slide improved. The Miami Dolphins quarterback was gently scolded by a teammate during the exhibition season for his brazen scrambling, and Tannehill now tries to hit the ground before tacklers arrive.

All five rookie starting QBs in the NFL are learning, and they're also winning -- at least sometimes. Last week Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson went 4-1.

The one-week victory total tied for the second-most by first-year starting quarterbacks since 1970, according to STATS LLC.

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