Player News - Dolphins

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Frank Gore's age is "irrelevant."

Gore turned 35 in May, well beyond the age when most running backs retire, but his coach is quick to point out Gore is not most running backs. "He’s a different dude," Gase said. Gore averaged just 3.76 yards per carry in his three seasons with the Colts and is clearly not the same player he was in his prime, but he can still be an effective complement for young starter Kenyan Drake.
Jul 9 - 9:41 AM

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake could have his snaps scaled back this year.

"I don't have this 'I must be the starter.’ That’s not my mentality," Wake said. "If it means being a third-down guy, let’s do it. If I have to start and play every down, I’ll take that role on." Wake is in his age-36 season but didn't show any signs of decline in 2017. The Dolphins have a heavy defensive line rotation, but Wake should stay around the 58 percent of snaps he played last year.
Jun 30 - 2:16 PM

Dolphins signed second-round TE Mike Gesicki to a four-year contract.

Beat writers noted Gesicki struggled at OTAs, but he built momentum with a strong minicamp in June. On a barren tight end depth chart, only fully grasping Adam Gase's playbook stands in the way of Gesicki earning a Week 1 starting job.
Jun 18 - 5:10 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, David Fales is the front-runner to back up Ryan Tannehill in 2018.

Coach Adam Gase hasn't tipped his hand yet in the race to back up Tannehill, but going off practice performance, Fales has clearly outplayed both Brock Osweiler and Bryce Petty. Per Jackson, Fales has shown well in reading coverage while getting rid of the ball quickly. The 27-year-old played most of Week 17 last year, completing 29-of-43 passes for 265 yards and an interception.
Jun 17 - 8:34 AM

The Miami Herald reports second-round TE Mike Gesicki "came on strong" in minicamp.

The Herald reported last week that Gesicki "looked lost at times" in OTAs. "Gesicki has had some really good days," coach Adam Gase said. "(He’s) aggressive to the ball, can make plays. He’s a big man that can run and has really good hands. It’s been fun to watch him develop." The Dolphins have talked as if they have a big competition at tight end, but Gesicki has very little in front of him. It would be a major disappointment if he could not claim the starting job.
Jun 14 - 4:32 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said rookie Kalen Ballage is "progressing quickly."

Ballage also drew raves for his OTA work. Despite his size, Ballage has looked like Miami's best pass-down back this offseason. The Dolphins could open the year with a committee of Ballage, Kenyan Drake, and Frank Gore.
Jun 13 - 10:06 AM

The Miami Herald reports second round TE Mike Gesicki "looked lost at times" during OTAs.

Gesicki repped with the backups for most of the spring. It's not a huge concern at this stage, but Gesicki has some learning curve flags as a rookie tight end. With only A.J. Derby and MarQueis Gray ahead of him, there's a clear path for Gesicki to open the season in a starting role, though his blocking could limit him on early downs. Gesicki can be this year's Evan Engram if everything clicks.
Jun 9 - 10:46 AM

The Dolphins want second-year CB Cordrea Tankersley to approach the season with the mindset that he will start opposite Xavien Howard.

The No. 97 overall pick of last year's draft, Tankersley started 11 games as a rookie. Coach Adam Gase agrees with Pro Football Focus' ratings that Tankersley had an up-and-down year. "He got better," Gase said. "There were times he wishes he could go back and do some things different. But that’s a rookie year." Tankersley just needs to hold off a rehabbing Tony Lippett (Achilles) and slot man Bobby McCain to get the job.
Jun 7 - 4:45 PM

Ryan Tannehill (knee) still has confidence in his mobility.

"I feel like I am moving well, able to escape, able to get upfield when the window is there," Tannehill said of his offseason practices. "It’s still going to be a weapon for me. When defenses present an open spot, we have to take advantage of it with my legs." Limited to 13 games by his knee over the past two years, Tannehill turns 30 this July. His last full season, 2015, he rushed the ball just 32 times. That should probably be the over/under for his 2018 attempts.
Jun 5 - 3:28 PM

According to the Palm Beach Post, "Dolphins coaches say few if any players have spent more time in the building than (DeVante) Parker since last season ended."

It's notable because Parker doesn't have a great reputation for work ethic. Beat writer Joe Schad says Parker "has been focused on managing his health as well as studying film." Schad also noticed Parker running extra routes with Ryan Tannehill after a recent OTA practice. When Tannehill last stayed healthy (2016), Parker set career highs in receiving yards (744) and touchdowns (4).
Jun 4 - 3:52 PM

Dolphins signed sixth round CB Cornell Armstrong to a four-year contract.

Armstrong made 42 starts at Southern Miss but should be limited to special teams this season. Miami also signed seventh-rounders Quentin Poling and Jason Sanders to rookie deals.
Jun 1 - 7:05 PM

Dolphins signed CB Bobby McCain to a four-year, $27 million extension.

The deal includes $13 million guaranteed. Miami used their post June cap space from releasing Ndamukong Suh to extend McCain. This is a huge win for agent Drew Rosenhaus, making McCain the highest paid slot corner in the league. McCain played most of his snaps inside during his breakout 2017, but may see more time opposite Xavien Howard this season.
Jun 1 - 4:39 PM

Dolphins RBs coach Eric Studesville said the team isn't ready to name a starting running back.

"We don’t know that yet," he said. "I think that's going to play out over time." Kenyan Drake would seem to be the favorite for lead ball-carrier duties, though Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald suggested veteran Frank Gore could see a bigger workload than expected. Salguero also said the Dolphins "really like" fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage. Miami's backfield roles will likely be determined during training camp.
Jun 1 - 2:18 PM

Albert Wilson was a standout at Dolphins OTAs.

According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have been impressed with Wilson's versatility and believe he's capable of lining up outside or in the backfield as well as the slot. "He’s really done a nice job the past two weeks," said WRs coach Ben Johnson. "His versatility is really, really showing up." Wilson has never been a big fantasy contributor but he'll have his best opportunity yet in Miami, where the Dolphins are looking to replace Jarvis Landry's league-high 112 catches.
Jun 1 - 1:57 PM

Dolphins signed No. 11 overall pick DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to a four-year, $16.4 million contract.

Fitzpatrick won the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back last season at Alabama and can play safety, slot corner, and nickel linebacker. In Miami, he should challenge T.J. McDonald for safety snaps and Bobby McCain for reps in the slot. No matter what, he should be on the field plenty.
Jun 1 - 12:47 PM


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