Player News - Dolphins

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The Dolphins expect C Mike Pouncey (hip) to resume practicing in Week 5.

The Dolphins' offensive line can use whatever help it can get after Geno Atkins & Co. destroyed it on Thursday Night Football. Pouncey is one of the top centers in the league when healthy. He didn't play in the first four games.
Sep 30 - 2:05 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Friday that CB Tony Lippett will retain his starting job.

Lippett got manhandled by A.J. Green on Thursday night, but his predecessor Byron Maxwell got manhandled the week before by Terrelle Pryor. The Dolphins have the NFL's worst cornerback group and offenses will continue to attack it.
Sep 30 - 2:02 PM

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell didn't play a single defensive snap in Thursday night's Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

The Dolphins announced before the game that Maxwell was being removed from the starting lineup, but he wasn't expected to be put on ice altogether. He was one of just three active Dolphins players not to play a down. Meanwhile, young CBs Tony Lippett and Xavien Howard got their lunch money taken by A.J. Green.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 30 - 11:20 AM

Dion Sims caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in Miami's Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

Sims got the start with Jordan Cameron (concussion) sidelined, but was a complete non-factor. Sims will remain well off the fantasy radar if Cameron isn't ready for Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:57 PM

Kenyan Drake rushed twice for 15 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Damien Williams got the start, Jay Ajayi got the work and Drake got nothing. He almost made a catastrophic special teams blunder in the first half, nearly bringing the ball beyond the goal line before retreating for a touchback. Drake has zero trust from the coaching staff, and didn't do anything to earn any more this evening. He'll remain invisible for fantasy purposes going forward.
Sep 29 - 11:54 PM

Jay Ajayi rushed six times for 33 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals, adding two catches for 13 additional yards.

Ajayi and Kenyan Drake were "benched" for Damien Williams, but Ajayi ended up easily leading the backfield in touches. He was arguably the Dolphins' most effective player this evening, reeling off three 11-yard gains. Ajayi should have gotten the ball more, and likely will against the Titans in Week 5 as the Dolphins desperately try to get something going on the ground. Ajayi will still barely be on the RB3 radar for that one.
Sep 29 - 11:52 PM

Damien Williams rushed two times for nine yards in Miami's Week 4 loss to the Bengals, adding a six-yard catch.

The Dolphins made a big production out of Williams "starting," but he ended getting out-touched 8-3 by Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins didn't even use a running back on their first series, going empty. Williams was present for the opening play of drive two then disappeared. The Dolphins' running game is a dumpster fire best avoided at all costs until Arian Foster returns. Even then, it won't be anything to call home about.
Sep 29 - 11:50 PM

Kenny Stills caught 1-of-3 targets for a 74-yard touchdown in Miami's Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

Stills blew by the Bengals' entire defense for the score on Miami's second play from scrimmage then proceeded to disappear along with the rest of the offense. Stills nearly muffed the touchdown, a la his Week 1 miscue. Stills is a big-play threat, but has nine catches through four games. That's unusable in every format.
Sep 29 - 11:48 PM

DeVante Parker caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

It was an awful throw, but Parker ran an equally questionable route on Ryan Tannehill's interception. The Dolphins couldn't sustain drives with their running game or short passing attack this evening, making for precious few opportunities to air it out to Parker. The sophomore had an excellent Week 2 and decent Week 3, but is clearly going to be a boom-or-bust option going forward. He's a WR4 for fantasy.
Sep 29 - 11:35 PM

Jarvis Landry caught 7-of-10 targets for 61 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

Landry had one catch for seven yards at halftime. The vast majority of his production came with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. There wasn't much Landry could do on a night where Ryan Tannehill couldn't keep his shoes tied. Landry has caught at least seven passes in all four games, and is on pace for 124 grabs. It's certainly doable in an offense that doesn't have many ideas beyond funneling Landry the ball. He'll be a mid-range WR2 against the Titans in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:33 PM

Ryan Tannehill completed 15-of-25 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Miami's 22-7, Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

He also lost a fumble. Tannehill tossed a 74-yard touchdown on the Dolphins' second play from scrimmage and then proceeded to be stunningly terrible. Tannehill was certainly disadvantaged by awful offensive line play, but played with the pocket awareness of a seventh-round rookie. It was as if Tannehill was completely incapable of feeling pressure. Coach Adam Gase did a bafflingly-poor job of rectifying the situation with rollouts, etc., but Tannehill simply has to be better five years into his career. He'll be flirting with a benching if he continues to play like this. Tannehill will be a last-gasp QB2 against the Titans in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:18 PM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi (neck) and WLB Jelani Jenkins (groin) are inactive for Week 4 vs. the Bengals.

The Dolphins' already thin run defense figures to offer even less resistance to Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Spencer Paysinger is filling in for Misi, Donald Butler for Jenkins.
Sep 29 - 7:22 PM

Miami LB Donald Butler will start at strong-side linebacker on Thursday night with Koa Misi (neck) ruled out.

In addition, the Dolphins will be scaling back CB Byron Maxwell's involvement this week. The Miami defense has struggled early in the 2016 season and will face Andy Dalton in Week 4 after taking on Cody Kessler, Jimmy Garoppolo, and an injured Russell Wilson. Dalton has taken a league-high 12 sacks through three games, but the Dolphins D/ST is still a risky bet in fantasy leagues on Thursday night.
Sep 29 - 7:07 PM

The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

Jay Ajayi was the closest thing the Dolphins had to a nominal "starter" in Arian Foster's absence, but the Dolphins are going to give Williams a whirl after Ajayi and Drake were ineffective in Week 3. Isaiah Pead should also be involved. Despite the "starter" tag, Williams is best avoided in fantasy leagues. The same goes for Ajayi, Pead and Drake.
Sep 29 - 7:06 PM

The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

Coach Adam Gase is sending shockwaves through his team, benching starters on both sides of the ball. Not that Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake were actual starters. A four-man committee between Williams, Drake, Ajayi and Isaiah Pead remains likely. The situation should be avoided at all costs for fantasy purposes. Williams won't see more than 10-12 touches, and even that might not happen.
Sep 29 - 7:02 PM


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