Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

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 power back 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 Barry Jackson of 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 in 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 prolific slot receiver Jarvis Landry.
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

New Dolphins WRs coach Ben Johnson says the team is applying a "one day at a time" mentality with DeVante Parker.

"We were making these giant claims about him last year," Johnson, quite accurately, pointed out. "Now just one-day-at-a-time mentality. Keep stacking good days on top of each other." After the Dolphins tried to verbally will Parker to a breakout last season, he posted a modest 57/670/1 line across 13 games. Despite the change in tactics, Johnson stressed the team is happy with Parker. "I don’t know if there’s many guys that have spent more time in the building than him." Parker will open the year on the WR3/4 fringes in fantasy. It's a crowded receiver corps in Miami.
May 31 - 3:40 PM

Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo underwent minor knee surgery.

This sounds like a clean-up procedure. It's bad news for a player on the roster bubble. Carroo will miss the rest of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
May 30 - 7:14 PM


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