Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

Dolphins signed seventh-round WR/TE Thomas Duarte to a four-year contract.

Standing in at 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, Duarte is a slot prospect. He needs to drastically improve his blocking to be considered a tight end at the NFL level. Duarte will likely spend his rookie campaign on the practice squad.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

Dolphins signed third-round WR Leonte Carroo to a four-year contract.

The Dolphins traded three picks to move up for Carroo on day two, suggesting he'll have a real shot at carving out a role this season. Carroo is just 6-foot-0, 211 pounds, but has good speed and elite ball skills. He's unlikely to make much of a re-draft impact in 2016, but is an intriguing Dynasty league stash.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

Dolphins RT Ja'Wuan James confirms he's remained on the right side this spring.

James was a candidate to kick inside after the Dolphins used their first-round pick on Laremy Tunsil, but at least for now, it's Tunsil who is playing guard. James is coming off an ineffective, injury-shortened season. He doesn't have much room for error with Tunsil waiting in the wings.
May 24 - 2:39 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson suggested Ifo Ekpre-Olomu could compete for the Dolphins' slot corner job.

Bobby McCain is currently penciled in for the job, but Miami should give Ekpre-Olomu and Tyler Patmon every opportunity to unseat him. The Dolphins could also look to the free agent market for some extra bodies. Leon Hall is recovering from offseason back surgery, but he would represent a major upgrade if healthy.
May 21 - 11:42 AM

Dolphins EVP Mike Tannenbaum said DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') has "exceeded expectations" in his recovery.

Wake's recovery is going well enough the Dolphins felt comfortable giving him a two-year, $15 million extension this month. Wake will transition into more of a situational role at age 34, but his healthy return will still be a big boost.
May 21 - 10:38 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Jay Ajayi has taken control of the starting running back job.

"He’s been here every day. Done everything right," Gase said. "The rest of that group has done a good job to try and keep up, but obviously he’s kind of separated himself." Ajayi has drawn praise from Gase multiple times this offseason. He’s the odds-on favorite to start and get all early-down carries. Third-rounder Kenyan Drake doesn’t profile for more than a complementary role.
May 20 - 5:20 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphins are "puzzled, borderline angry" about Bleacher Report's Jason Cole's report that first-round T/G Laremy Tunsil has a "pre-arthritic" ankle condition.

"None. Zero," Tannenbaum said when asked if there were any concerns about Tunsil's ankle. "He's full go. He's fine. We never had concerns about his ankle." Almost immediately, Cole's report seemed a bit overblown. At the end of the day, it doesn't move the needle and is more or less offseason filler content.
May 20 - 10:52 AM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) said he's 100 percent healthy.

Pouncey underwent hip surgery after the season, but it sounds like it was minor. He's also recovering from foot surgery after injuring it in Week 15. Keeping Pouncey healthy is key for the Dolphins' makeshift interior line situation.
May 20 - 9:15 AM

Dolphins first-round OL Laremy Tunsil is expected to begin the year at guard.

The Dolphins apparently don't want to move Branden Albert and Ja'Wuan James off tackle. "We are going to try to get him ... work in both spots," coach Adam Gase said. "We want (our linemen) to be able to play multiple positions. We are going to keep moving guys around and seeing what the right five is." It would be far from unprecedented to stick Tunsil at guard, but the Dolphins might change their mind once camp opens. Delaying Tunsil's development at his ultimate position in favor of early-career bust James might not be the best of plans.
May 19 - 5:10 PM

Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum says the team will welcome back suspended DE Dion Jordan when/if he is reinstated.

"Once he's reinstated, he will be a member of the team and we'll go from there," Tannenbaum said. "We're still waiting on the league. I don't think there's anything imminent." Jordan's agent recently hinted his reinstatement was nigh, but as is often the case, the league has been silent on the matter. Jordan has made just 10 appearances since his 2013 rookie season.
May 19 - 5:05 PM

Dolphins signed No. 38 overall pick CB Xavien Howard to a four-year, $6.1 million contract.

A gambler with a propensity for racking up penalties, Howard would be given a year to develop in a perfect situation, but the Dolphins do not have a perfect situation at corner. With little quality on the depth chart, Howard is the favorite to open the season opposite Byron Maxwell. Miami would do well to add some veteran depth.
May 18 - 5:40 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Dolphins first-round OT Laremy Tunsil has a "pre-arthritic" ankle condition that contributed to his draft-day fall.

According to Cole, "some say" Tunsil's ankle issue is "worse" than now-Jaguars LB Myles Jack's knee condition that caused him to tumble from a probable top-five pick all the way to the top of the second round. Tunsil's ankle doesn't sound troublesome at the moment, but apparently could shorten his career. For now, it's not too concerning for Tunsil or the Dolphins.
May 18 - 4:00 PM

Dolphins DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) received full medical clearance Wednesday.

The Browns cut the 2015 seventh-rounder last month with a failed physical designation, but the Dolphins took a flier and claimed him off waivers. Ekpre-Olomu was viewed as a potential Day Two pick last year but tumbled deep into the draft after tearing his ACL at Oregon. Snaps are up for grabs in the Dolphins' weak cornerback group behind de facto No. 1 Byron Maxwell.
May 18 - 2:53 PM

The Dolphins plan to use rookie Kenyan Drake on returns.

Drake was a part-time returner at Alabama, returning 19 kicks for 505 yards as a senior. He didn’t return any punts, but will work there at OTAs. Sixth-rounder Jakeem Grant is also competing for Miami’s return job
May 14 - 3:30 PM

Dolphins signed DE Jason Jones, formerly of the Lions.

Jones had early interest from Dallas and Pittsburgh, but struggled for offers outside of Miami. He'll have to settle for rotational snaps behind Mario Williams and Cameron Wake after starting 31 games the last two seasons. Jones could see more time inside in DC Vance Joseph's scheme.
May 13 - 7:22 PM


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