The Five Best Rookie Passing Days In Miami Dolphins History

Over the years, the Miami Dolphins have had some great teams. They’ve also been known for their passing game which of course hinges on quarterback play. Making a mark in the NFL as a rookie is tough though. Here are the top five passing days by a Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback.

#5 – 1987 – Kyle Mackey
In the strike shortened 1987 NFL season, Kyle Mackey would start three games for Miami. In a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets, Mackey would complete 26 of 55 passes (a record number of attempts for a Dolphins rookie) for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five interceptions on the day though.

#4 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In a 30-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Dan Marino would complete 25 of 38 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

#3 – 1966 – John Stofa
In the final game of the 1966 season, rookie quarterback John Stofa would complete 27 of 38 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-28 win over the Houston Oilers. This would make him the first rookie quarterback to ever have a 300 yard game for the Dolphins.

#2 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In week six of the 1983 season, Dan Marino and the Dolphins would come up short against the Buffalo Bills, losing 38-35. Marino though would complete 19 of 29 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, the best rookie passing day in team history at that time.

#1 – 2012 – Ryan Tannehill
In his fourth career game, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 26 of 41 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Cardinals. This set the team record for passing yards in a game, breaking the previous mark by over 100 yards.

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