Player News - Dolphins

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MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Dolphins are "pretty happy" with Ryan Tannehill's performance in the offseason program.

New coach Adam Gase said he tried to push Tannehill to the "breaking point" this offseason, but the fifth-year quarterback apparently responded well. Gase has coaxed above-career-average seasons out of both Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler in his last two stops, and Tannehill is working with the best pass-catching weapons of his career. He is a solid upside pick late in drafts.
Source: MMQB
Jun 24 - 9:13 AM

Dolphins third-round RB Kenyan Drake confirms his hamstring will be healed long before training camp.

"I'm feeling great," Drake said Monday. Drake also brushed aside questions about his durability. "You’re going to get hurt as a football player," Drake said. "It's about how fast you recover and get back on the field. It's not about how many times you get injured. It's about are you able to play in critical moments of the season when the team needs you to." Provided he can stay healthy, Drake should have a robust role behind Jay Ajayi.
Jun 23 - 2:33 PM

The Dolphins are using seventh-round rookie Thomas Duarte at tight end.

Duarte (6'2/231) played receiver at UCLA. The Dolphins want him to learn how to block, but in today's game, position doesn't really matter outside of fantasy purposes. Duarte should be used in a flex tight end role or as a big slot receiver, especially in the red zone. He scored 10 TDs as a true junior.
Jun 23 - 9:33 AM

Dolphins third-round pick Leonte Carroo is trying to shed weight before the season.

After measuring 6-foot, 211 in Indy, Carroo said he currently weighs 217 and wants to get down to 210. "You become faster when you shed some pounds," he said. "I don't have any bad weight on me. That's what I was at the Combine. Why not be as fast and explosive as I can be?" Carroo will enter camp competing for sub-package snaps behind Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker.
Jun 22 - 11:12 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he tried to push Ryan Tannehill to his "breaking point" at OTAs.

Gase threw the kitchen sink at Tannehill, surprising him with unexpected blitzes, distracting him during plays by throwing bags at him and putting him in unusual situations like 4th and 10. "I put a lot on his plate. It’s almost to the point where it’s probably too much this fast," said Gase. "He’s been doing a good job of responding." Gase is giving Tannehill more freedom to call plays at the line of scrimmage, which was Tannehill's biggest conflict with former OC Bill Lazor. Having transitioned from Mike Sherman to Lazor and now Gase, Tannehill is in his third offensive system in four years.
Jun 22 - 4:43 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports Ryan Tannehill struggled with accuracy during the offseason program.

Jackson reports Tannehill made a "handful of impressive" throws, but he also suffered from bouts of "errant ball placement." New coach Adam Gase appeared to notice the inconsistency as well. "There have been a few throws where I would like to see the ball placement be a little better," Gase said. "There have been a few times, too, where they haven’t been on the same page ... [and as a result] it looks like a poor throw. That’s the development of the offense. You’re not going to be perfect from the get go." With a proven offensive mind like Gase in town, the makings of a solid line, and quality weapons around him, Tannehill will have few excuses if he does not take a step forward this season.
Jun 18 - 12:37 PM

Jay Ajayi said new Dolphins coach Adam Gase's offense requires the running backs to run more routes than in previous seasons.

"His offenses in the past, the running backs have always been needed to make plays, running routes and catching the football," Ajayi said. "We’ve just been working on all these new routes. Last year we didn’t have as many routes as we do now." Ajayi was a three-down back in college, but he reportedly struggled to pick up the passing game during OTAs and minicamp. This could help explain why. If he is able to master the route tree, Ajayi could be very valuable as a true three-down workhorse.
Jun 18 - 11:23 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said sophomore RB Jay Ajayi hasn't looked like "a natural pass-catcher" at Dolphins OTAs.

He's dropped several passes out of the backfield and hasn't been a sharp route-runner at OTAs. Ajayi played a three-down role at Boise State so he does have some pass-catching experience to fall back on. If Ajayi's struggles in the passing game continue, it could open up snaps for rookie Kenyan Drake.
Jun 17 - 2:29 PM

Dolphins third-round WR Leonte Carroo has impressed at OTAs.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said Carroo "made quite an impression." Teammate S Michael Thomas added that Carroo's physical skill set reminds him of a faster Anquan Boldin. Carroo will spend the next five weeks honing his craft with No. 1 receiver Jarvis Landry. Carroo is off to a solid start in his battle with Kenny Stills to earn snaps behind Landry and DeVante Parker.
Jun 17 - 2:16 PM

Dolphins first-round OL Laremy Tunsil operated as the second-team left guard in minicamp.

Meanwhile, first-stringer Dallas Thomas drew praise from coach Adam Gase. "He did a good job (this offseason), kept getting better," Gase said. Gase was far less effusive when talking about Tunsil. "I mean, he’s got a lot of room to get better," Gase said. "Any position that you play as a rookie, it’s a different animal." Tunsil will ultimately summit Thomas on the depth chart, but isn't being handed anything by the Dolphins' first-year coach.
Jun 16 - 3:38 PM

Dolphins third-round RB Kenyan Drake missed the final day of minicamp with a hamstring injury, but will be ready for training camp.

It wouldn't really be newsworthy, but the Miami Herald notes that Drake has suffered "at least seven documented injuries over the past five seasons." Making the adjustment to the big leagues is hard enough when you aren't suffering soft-tissue injuries. Drake is in the driver's seat for third-down duties, but needs a healthy and productive preseason.
Jun 16 - 3:34 PM

Dolphins signed third-round RB Kenyan Drake to a four-year, $3.5 million contract.

Drake played behind Jay Ajayi at OTAs/minicamp. He's likely only competing for a pass-down role after missing time with a hamstring injury. Drake is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jun 16 - 12:59 PM

Dolphins SS Reshad Jones said he won't hold out of training camp after reporting to minicamp Wednesday.

Jones wants a new contract, but doesn't "want to be a distraction" any longer. The Dolphins likely promised Jones they'd work with him on getting him more guaranteed money on his deal if he showed up for minicamp.
Jun 15 - 12:22 PM

Suspended DE Dion Jordan's agent expects him to be reinstated in time for training camp.

"I feel very strongly he will be reinstated without question," agent Doug Hendrickson said. "He's done everything he has been asked to do. We expect Dion to start training camp with the Dolphins." Jordan applied for reinstatement last month, and commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to have a ruling by the end of July. The Dolphins have said they'll welcome back the former No. 3 overall pick. Jordan is due a $1.69 million bonus if on the roster on the fifth day of camp.
Jun 15 - 11:12 AM

Dolphins SS Reshad Jones reported for Day 2 of Miami's three-day minicamp Wednesday.

Up until now, Jones had been skipping the entire offseason program, including the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. It resulted in a fine, but owner Stephen Ross got into the mix, and Jones has now decided to show. With two years left on a four-year, $30 million extension, the sides are again expected to try and renegotiate and add more guaranteed money onto it.
Jun 15 - 9:00 AM


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