Player News - Dolphins

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ESPN's James Walker believes Jay Ajayi "could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy."

Walker's official projection is 1,435 rushing yards, 482 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. The rushing number is not far-fetched considering Ajayi rumbled for 1,272 yards in 12 starts last season, although that number was inflated by three 200-yard games. The receiving number is more of a jump after Ajayi logged just 151 yards through the air last year, but the back has earned consistent praise for his improvement in the passing game all offseason. Only two running backs managed 1,900 total yards last year -- Le'Veon Bell would have joined David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott on that list if he had played 16 games -- so the fact that Ajayi even has a shot at that number shows what kind of fantasy upside he possesses. He is a locked-in RB1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 9:52 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins don't know when SLB Koa Misi (neck) will be cleared.

Misi sat out OTAs recovering from spinal fusion surgery. He's not fully over his neck issues and won't be reevaluated until training camp. The Dolphins are optimistic on Misi's status, but he isn't a lock to play this season.
Jun 24 - 9:25 PM

According to Archie Manning, Dolphins coach Adam Gase sent a text to Peyton Manning to gauge his interest in a comeback to football late last season.

The message was sent directly after Ryan Tannehill partially tore his ACL in Week 14 last season. The text said, "Hey 18, Tannehill went down. I think he's going to miss some time. The first question I'm going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I'm going to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?" The first question at the press conference was definitely not going to be asking if Peyton Manning would come out of retirement. This was just a sneaky way to gauge Manning's interest in a return. Manning responded, "You tell them I could probably come play, but there's no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks."
Jun 24 - 10:33 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker projected DeVante Parker to catch 70 passes for 980 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

All would be new career bests, and literally everyone around the Dolphins is expecting a big year out of Parker. The entire Dolphins' offense may be the most talked up of the offseason. One, or some, of these guys simply aren't going to live up to expectations. Walker projects Jarvis Landry at 90-1,110-5, with Kenny Stills taking the biggest hit to his 2016 stats. Parker has immense upside, but the hype is getting a bit out of control from some media. He remains a fantasy WR3/4.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:18 AM

Dolphins have moved Walt Aikens to cornerback.

It is the position he played in college, but he was transitioned to safety after being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Aikens reportedly played well at his new/old position during the offseason program, so he should stick there moving forward. Even so, Aikens' biggest contributions will likely continue to come on special teams.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 9:27 AM

Jarvis Landry's agent said his client will not negotiate a new deal once the regular season begins.

"We don’t want every game to be about a new contract," agent Damarius Bilbo said. "This is not a tactic; that is not an approach. This is who Jarvis is and what he wants out of the upcoming season." Bilbo added Landry will not hold out of training camp or the regular season if a deal is not reached and will "absolutely not" be angry if the two sides fail to get something done. Despite the agent's assertion the deadline is not a negotiating tactic, it is most definitely a negotiating tactic with the Dolphins seemingly hesitant to even open contract talks. Bilbo said the two sides have yet to discuss money. While it once seemed unthinkable, it is possible Miami lets Landry play out the final year of his deal and hit free agency in the spring.
Jun 20 - 10:34 AM

ESPN's James Walker wrote Dolphins first-round DE Charles Harris "flashed early and often" during the offseason program.

Going by offseason reports, the Dolphins have a chance to be the most dominant team in the history of the NFL. Still, the preponderance of fluff does not necessarily mean the praise of Harris is unwarranted. If he is able to keep it up when the pads come on, Harris could be a big boost for a defense which recorded just 33 sacks in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 10:12 AM

Jay Ajayi has looked "much smoother running routes and finishing receptions this offseason."

Ajayi looked relatively raw as a receiver in 2016, but improving his receiving skills has been a "major focus" of Ajayi's offseason. Already a lock for 300 touches assuming his health cooperates, Ajayi could be in for an outrageous workload if the Dolphins are serious about incorporating him into their passing game. Ajayi's second-round ADP might not be high enough.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 9:42 AM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi (neck) is questionable for training camp.

Misi missed Miami’s entire offseason program. He needs to get healthy to keep his starting role. Misi’s March pay cut assures his roster spot.
Jun 17 - 5:20 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said C Mike Pouncey (hip) is "on a really, really good track right now."

"We'll wait for the next doctor's visit," Gase added. "We'll get that report back and we'll see what our next step will be." The Dolphins are going to take it very slow with Pouncey in the hopes of having him all season, and it would be a surprise if he participates at all in the preseason. That said, it sounds like he has a good shot to be ready Week 1.
Jun 15 - 1:50 PM

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen expects DeVante Parker to have a "gigantic year."

Parker puff pieces have become a daily staple of the Dolphins' 2017 offseason program, but it's not just the media. Coaches will rarely gush as openly as the Dolphins have about their third-year receiver. For better or worse, they're significantly increasing Parker's expectations. Perhaps it's a motivational tactic. Parker is a WR3/4 with the upside for more.
Jun 13 - 5:31 PM

Jay Ajayi says he's ready for bigger workloads in 2017.

Ajayi averaged a healthy 17 carries per game last season, but coach Adam Gase has hinted he thinks Ajayi is ready for 20-plus. Ajayi is on board. "That’s what I’m preparing myself to do," Ajayi said of bigger workloads. "So we’ll see happens this year as the season comes up." The Dolphins have also talked of getting Ajayi more involved in the passing game after he caught 27 balls in 2016. The overarching theme is clear: The Dolphins want Ajayi to get the ball a ton.
Jun 13 - 4:31 PM

Dolphins LT Laremy Tunsil is dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Miami Herald notes the "injury is not serious" and Tunsil would play if the Dolphins had a game this weekend, but Miami could hold him out of minicamp as a precaution. The caution is understandable considering the Dolphins' lack of depth at tackle. Tunsil should be fine in his first full season at left tackle, but Miami needs him to stay healthy.
Jun 13 - 8:53 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins want contract-year WR Jarvis Landry to better "zero in" on the "small details" this season.

Apparently the Dolphins thought Landry's botching of some of the small things kept the offense from "truly clicking last year." Coach Adam Gase has liked what he's seen in the offseason program. "I think the entire spring, he has really done a great job with the consistency of the way he has practiced," Gase said. Landry is playing nice as he seeks an extension. The Miami Herald has given a new deal a "60 percent" chance of happening before Week 1.
Jun 8 - 5:00 PM

Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said Julius Thomas can be "a 10-touchdown guy."

It is the second time Christensen has thrown around double-digit touchdowns for Thomas, and it aligns with all of the other fluff coming out of Miami. Of course, the tight end will have to stay on the field to have any chance at those numbers. Thomas managed just 21 games in two seasons with the Jaguars.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 11:25 AM


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