Player News - Dolphins

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Coach Adam Gase believes sophomore Laremy Tunsil is "an elite left tackle."

"We felt like we have a special player there," Gase said. "When we watch him practice at left tackle, it looks different. His confidence when he goes to left tackle, it changes. You can tell he knows that’s where he belongs. It was time for us to get Laremy out to that left tackle spot." Trading LT Branden Albert to the Jaguars opened up the job for Tunsil. Though the Dolphins still have question marks at guard, Tunsil and C Mike Pouncey are cornerstones up front.
Mar 28 - 10:51 PM

Free agent addition Ted Larsen is penciled in as the Dolphins' left guard.

For now, the Dolphins are keeping Jermon Bushrod at right guard. Larsen has never been a particularly effective player, but was far better than Bushrod last season. Guard could be a target for the Dolphins in the draft.
Mar 28 - 3:17 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Ryan Tannehill (knee) has "no restrictions."

"As far as I know, he's been doing everything he can do," Gase added. "I'm expecting him to look pretty close to how he did when he got injured." This matches a February report from The Miami Herald which said Tannehill is "healed" and will be ready for the offseason program. Gase also said he has not been told Tannehill needs to change the way he plays or run less, which is great news for his fantasy value moving forward.
Mar 28 - 10:25 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins believe 2016 third-rounder Leonte Carroo can bounce back in 2017.

Carroo only managed three catches as a rookie and ended the season as a healthy scratch amid concerns about his practice habits and work ethic. Salguero reports coach Adam Gase has told his coaches he finally knows how to use Carroo, however, and is optimistic he can get the most out of the receiver. Perhaps that is true, but Carroo is not going to be a fantasy factor as long as Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, and DeVante Parker are healthy.
Mar 28 - 10:13 AM

Dolphins EVP Mike Tannenbaum said drafting Dion Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick is "not a move that’s worked out."

"It’s pretty obvious," Tannenbaum said. "We’ll keep evaluating our roster and make moves when we feel it’s appropriate." It seems to be just a matter of time before Jordan is released. When he is, he will finish his four-year stay in Miami with three sacks to his name.
Mar 27 - 9:05 PM

Dolphins WR/KR Jakeem Grant mishandled five punts or kicks in 2016.

That's far too many for a player who was drafted in the sixth round primarily to handle returns. Grant was solid on kicks, but struggled mightily on punts. He played only 19 snaps on offense. Grant will have to show improvement in camp and the preseason to retain his return duties and 53-man roster spot.
Mar 27 - 1:29 PM

Dolphins claimed T/G Avery Young off waivers from the Saints.

An undrafted free agent, Young missed all last year on NFI with a knee injury. He'll compete for one of Miami's final roster spots.
Mar 22 - 5:40 PM

Dolphins SLB Koa Misi has agreed to restructure his contract.

He's likely taking a pay cut considering this is the final year of his contract and money can't be pushed into future years. Misi missed the final three-plus months of last season due to neck surgery. For now, Misi is plugged in as the starting SAM, but Miami has flirted with free agent Zach Brown.
Mar 22 - 11:47 AM

Dolphins signed LB Kiko Alonso to a four-year, $28.8 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes $18.5 million guaranteed. For whatever reason, this was one of the Dolphins' top goals this offseason. Alonso was a restricted free agent tendered at the first-round ($3.91 million) level. Alonso didn't necessarily stay healthy in 2016, dealing with hand and hamstring injuries, but he finally stayed on the field. He played over 1,000 snaps across 15 games, ringing up 115 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus rated his play as below average, but the Dolphins obviously see room for improvement. The 'Fins have dabbled with the idea of moving MLB Alonso to the weak-side, but he seems to want to remain in the middle.
Mar 21 - 3:47 PM

The Miami Herald does not expect 2016 third-round pick Leonte Carroo's role to change as a sophomore.

Carroo logged just 103 snaps as a rookie, and was passed by Rashawn Scott late in the year. The return of Kenny Stills limits Carroo to fourth receiver duties entering 2017. "We’ve just got to keep bringing him along," coach Adam Gase said of Carroo. "When you’re trying to figure a guy out that’s not in your top three it’s not always as easy as you’d think. The longer I’d been around him the more we’ve kind of figured out how we need to use him. He’s done a good job trying to figure out his role on special teams."
Mar 19 - 10:17 PM

The Miami Herald reports DE Dion Jordan isn't in Miami's 2017 plans.

It falls in line with previous reports. Jordan has been having off-field issues and isn't close to being in football shape, ballooning to 275-pounds after missing the last two years with injuries/suspensions. Miami can save $3.2 million from releasing Jordan.
Mar 17 - 8:06 PM

Dolphins re-signed RG Jermon Bushrod.

Making the switch from tackle, Bushrod was one of the worst guards in the league last season. Right now, he pencils back in as the starter, but the Dolphins will be on the lookout for draft prospects and free agent bargains. Going on 33, Bushrod is unlikely to make a second-year leap at his new position.
Mar 16 - 5:05 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports "those close to" LB Koa Misi (neck) believe the Dolphins would like to keep him if he is medically cleared.

Misi is expected to be cleared from neck surgery around the beginning of May. Even if that happens, the Dolphins likely would want him to take a pay cut to stick around. Misi is scheduled to make $4.2 million in the final year of his deal.
Mar 14 - 12:10 PM

New Dolphins TE Julius Thomas insists he's 100 percent healthy.

Injuries have been a constant presence in Thomas' six-year career. He missed 11 combined games his two seasons in Jacksonville. He's reuniting with a coach in Adam Gase who, along with Peyton Manning, coaxed monster numbers out of Thomas in 2013-14, but it's possible injuries have taken a toll on Thomas' past explosiveness. He turns 29 in June.
Mar 13 - 4:28 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are open to re-signing free agent G/T Jermon Bushrod.

2016 was Bushrod's first season at guard, and he was a complete flop. Going on 33, the odds he improves in 2017 are slim. If re-signed, Bushrod would likely compete with free agent addition Ted Larsen. A draft pick figures to be in the mix, as well.
Mar 13 - 4:16 PM


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