Player News - Dolphins

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Dolphins first-round OT Laremy Tunsil's attorneys are investigating Tunsil's ex-business manager/financial adviser for leaking the draft-day bong video.

The ex-adviser is believed to have potentially accessed Tunsil's Twitter and Instagram accounts off Tunsil's old phone after the adviser bought Tunsil a new one within the past six months. Tunsil hired this man back in October, but later let him go after learning he wasn't registered with the NFLPA. The adviser could face up to 10 years in prison, along with more than $7 million in liability.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 11:06 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan admits the team was interested in trading up for Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil before he was taken by the Dolphins at No. 13.

Tunsil would have been a big get for the Jets, who ended up taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee at No. 20. The Jets have Ryan Clady to replace D'Brickashaw Ferguson for 2016, but Clady is injury prone, and not a viable long-term solution.
May 3 - 3:07 PM

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says it's "inaccurate" to report Dolphins first-round OT Laremy Tunsil will avoid the league's substance-abuse program.

"Any incoming player with behavior or conduct involving a substance of abuse will be evaluated by the program's advisors," McCarthy said. "Those clinical professionals – not the club, league or union – will determine whether the player should be entered into the program." In other words, it's too soon to say if Tunsil will be required to join the program. ESPN's James Walker has reported he won't be. Walker's source was likely making an educated guess.
Source: USA Today
May 3 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker expects second-round CB Xavien Howard to open the season as a starter.

A raw corner who commits too many penalties and takes too many gambles, Howard might not be ready to start, but the Dolphins do not have much choice. 2015 fifth-round pick Tony Lippett opened minicamp as the starter opposite Byron Maxwell, but he was a receiver in college who is still trying to learn the corner position. Bobby McCain also went in the fifth round last year, but he is more of a slot prospect. Howard should be able to beat both out for the starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 3 - 9:55 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "loved" what they saw from MLB Kiko Alonso in voluntary practice.

Per reporter Adam Beasley, Alonso was "fast and agile," and "exceeded all expectations." Going on 26, Alonso had a scintillating rookie season, but has been slowed by ACL issues ever since. He's a high-end playmaker when right, but has reached "believe it when you see it" status with his health.
May 2 - 2:48 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker reports first-round pick Laremy Tunsil will not be placed in the league's substance abuse program.

A video surfaced minutes before the NFL draft showing Tunsil smoking weed using a bong and gas mask. The video prompted some teams to take Tunsil off their board and pushed him all the way the Dolphins at No. 13. There was also speculation the NFL would use the video as evidence to place Tunsil in Stage 1 of their substance abuse program. That is not going to happen, but Walker reports "the league will closely monitor" Tunsil's situation. After a nerve-racking draft weekend, it looks like Tunsil will be able to put this situation behind him.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 11:29 AM

Dolphins signed Louisville LB James Burgess.

Burgess (6'0/229) started for three-plus years at U of L, finishing his senior season as a third-team All-ACC pick on the strength of 9.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Burgess was evaluated by some NFL teams as a safety prospect, and his measurables are indeed that of a linebacker/strong safety 'tweener with 4.61/4.65 speed and average agility. Ultimately, Burgess looks the part of an NFL special teamer.
Apr 30 - 9:22 PM

Dolphins signed Miami (FL) WR Rashawn Scott.

Scott (6'1/199) started just one season at The U, collecting 52 catches for 695 yards (13.2 YPR) and five touchdowns as a redshirt senior. He ran 4.54 at the Hurricanes' Pro Day with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump in Indy. Although Scott's college career was uninspiring, he's a favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman for his ability to win against coverage and intelligent route running. Waldman has suggested Scott could follow an Allen Hurns-type path as another prospect from whom little was expected.
Apr 30 - 9:02 PM

Dolphins signed Iowa K Marshall Koehn.

Koehn (6'1/197) spent two seasons as the Hawkeyes' kicker, going 28-of-36 (77.8 percent) on field goal attempts. He doubled as Iowa's kickoff specialist, turning 90 of his 147 career kicks (61.2 percent) into touchbacks. Koehn's leg strength is barely adequate or worse, and he didn't display consistent accuracy as a field goal or PAT kicker in the Big Ten. He's an NFL long shot.
Apr 30 - 7:38 PM

Dolphins selected UCLA TE/WR Thomas Duarte with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Duarte (6'2/231) made 22 starts in three years at UCLA, parlaying 97 catches into 1,626 yards (16.8 YPR) and 17 touchdowns, including ten scores as a 20-year-old true junior. He had a slightly disappointing Combine, running 4.72 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical but shining in agility tests. A college wideout, Duarte's build and athleticism are more indicative of a flex tight end or "big slot" receiver in the pros. Duarte's college dominance at such a young age bodes well for his next-level ceiling. An unlikely rookie-year contributor, Duarte could become a legit receiving weapon down the line.
Apr 30 - 5:52 PM

Dolphins selected Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty with the No. 223 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Doughty (6'3/213) started three seasons at Western Kentucky, wrapping his career with a 68.6% completion rate, 8.62 yards-per-attempt average, and 111:34 TD-to-INT ratio. He was voted Conference USA MVP as both a junior and senior. Doughty was a terrific lower-level college passer, but he is a classic system quarterback with sub-NFL arm strength and plodding athleticism. He'll have to lean on his accuracy and smarts to work his way into a No. 2 role.
Apr 30 - 5:36 PM

Dolphins selected Penn State DB Jordan Lucas with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucas (6'0/201) made 33 starts for the Nittany Lions, shifting from cornerback to safety as a senior before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He piled up 11 career tackles for loss and 25 pass breakups with three interceptions. Lucas was recovered in time for the PSU Pro Day, blazing 4.45 and showing explosion in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'10") jumps. Lucas has experience covering slot receivers and NFL-level athleticism, but he should've made more plays in college and isn't an in-the-box run stuffer. The Dolphins play to try Lucas as a press corner, but he'll have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 4:57 PM

Dolphins selected Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Grant (5'6/165) was a miniature-but-dynamic slot and return man for the Red Raiders, posting a 254-3,286-27 (12.94 YPR) career receiving line with four kick-return TDs and two as a ball carrier. Grant demonstrated his straight-line speed at Texas Tech's Pro Day, clocking 4.37 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical. Grant's ceiling is a lightly-used gadget player on offense, but his special teams prowess should give Grant some long-term job security. With joystick-like lateral moves and burst, he's a prototype return specialist with a sliver of space-back potential.
Apr 30 - 4:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Ravens would have selected LT Laremy Tunsil with the No. 6 overall pick if video hadn't surfaced of Tunsil smoking out of a bong.

Instead of going to Baltimore, Tunsil slipped all the way to Miami at No. 13. Per the NFL's rookie wage scale, the difference in those picks is about $7 million. Tunsil will likely use that number as a starting point for damages as he pursues legal action against whoever hacked his Twitter and Instagram accounts. #LaremyLeaks has also sparked an investigation by Ole Miss. The school is looking into Tunsil's claim that he received money to pay rent from one of his assistant coaches.
Apr 30 - 1:39 PM

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are open to retaining suspended DE Dion Jordan when he becomes reinstated.

The source told Salguero, "If he wants to play and shows us he loves football, why not?" Jordan, who missed all of last season after failing multiple drug tests, is eligible to petition the NFL for his reinstatement. Once he does that, Jordan will have to sit down with commissioner Roger Goodell and plead his case. The former No. 3 overall pick is not allowed to be in contact with the Dolphins during his suspension.
Apr 30 - 12:55 PM


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