Player News - Dolphins

Date: Team: Pos:

Dolphins second-year RB Jay Ajayi wants to drop 8-12 pounds and be "shiftier" this season.

Ajayi checked into last year's Combine at 221 but played his rookie year at 228-230 after spending the first eight weeks on I.R.-designated for return. He wants to be in the 218-220 range as a sophomore. For now, Ajayi is penciled in atop the Dolphins' backfield depth chart. Depending on what happens this week, Ajayi will be a big winner/loser of draft weekend.
Apr 27 - 12:37 PM

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell expects to get to play more press coverage in 2016.

"That’s one of the things I do best," Maxwell said. "(DC Vance Joseph) wants us to press and play man coverage and be aggressive with the receivers on the line and get them off their routes. ... I love it down here." Maxwell clearly believes he wasn't unleashed enough in Philly. Maxwell excelled pressing in Seattle. He should be better than he was in 2015, but that's not a high bar to clear.
Apr 26 - 7:26 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has come away very impressed with Jay Ajayi following voluntary practices.

"I guess I never realized how shifty he was," Gase admitted. "Just seeing him stick his foot in the ground and change direction, you didn’t see him do that a lot in college. ... It was very impressive for me to see him in person." The Dolphins have spent the entire offseason trying to find a veteran to pair with Ajayi, but perhaps he's already starting to grow in the estimation of the new coaching staff. Ajayi will be a dark horse for RB1 status if significant competition isn't added in the draft.
Apr 26 - 4:29 PM

The Miami Herald reports disgruntled Dolphins SS Reshad Jones wants $10-$11 million per year in a new contract.

That won't be happening. Due $14.285 million over the next two seasons, Jones is already one of the highest-paid safeties in football. He still has half a four-year contract to go. The Dolphins are arguably the worst team in the league at evaluating their own talent, but they'll probably hold firm with Jones' contract until at least training camp.
Apr 26 - 4:01 PM

The Miami Herald reports Ndamukong Suh's teammates are "privately steamed" about the high-priced defensive tackle skipping voluntary workouts.

Suh annually skips voluntary workouts to train at the Nike complex in Oregon, but it's not sitting well following his controversial 2015 Dolphins debut. Per reporter Adam Beasley, the "vanishing act" is "not playing well with his already-skeptical teammates." Making historic money, Suh will be on the spot in 2016 as the Dolphins once again try to pick up the pieces.
Apr 26 - 3:58 PM

Dolphins second-year CB Tony Lippett has gotten starting reps in voluntary practices.

It doesn't mean a whole lot this time of year, but the Dolphins have to be open to anything opposite Byron Maxwell. The No. 156 overall pick of last year's draft, Lippett played 137 competent rookie snaps. The Dolphins still need to be thinking much bigger.
Apr 26 - 2:19 PM

New Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell insists his shoulder is 100 percent healthy.

"100 percent," Maxwell said. "A hundo." There were reports Maxwell couldn't even bench press or do push-ups during his Dolphins physical, but he's apparently over the issue that held him out in Week 17 for the Eagles. Still only 28, Maxwell is a bounce-back candidate for 2015.
Apr 26 - 1:14 PM

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') was on the field for the start of the voluntary minicamp Tuesday.

It is unlikely he did much more than stretching just six months removed from an Achilles' rupture, but his presence on the field is a great sign. It is possible the 34-year-old will be ready for training camp. The Dolphins say that's their goal. Wake is expected to shift from full-time starter to situational rusher this season.
Apr 26 - 12:19 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Dolphins S Reshad Jones plans to hold out of offseason activities until his contract is addressed.

He is not at the team's voluntary minicamp this week. Jones is one of the better safeties in the league, but he is already paid like it. Only three safeties are scheduled to make more than his $7.225 million base this season, and one of those is franchise-tagged Chief Eric Berry. Jones could be looking for more long-term security with just two years left on his deal, but this is a surprisingly hardline stance. It will be interesting to see how the Dolphins react.
Apr 26 - 11:58 AM

ESPN’s James Walker expects Jay Ajayi to have a big role "regardless of what happens in the draft."

Ajayi is Miami’s penciled-in starter after they missed out on C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency. There’s every-down upside if he keeps the job, but most expect Miami to add early-round competition. The Dolphins also haven’t ruled out signing free agent Arian Foster (Achilles') when healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 5:07 PM

Dolphins GM Chris Grier said the team is "comfortable" with their running back depth chart.

Teams always try to hide their draft-day intentions in the weeks leading up, but this is absurd. The Dolphins have tried multiple times to add another running back this offseason including signing C.J. Anderson to a big offer sheet, and they have been heavily linked with Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott. In fact, it would not be surprising if they traded up from No. 13 overall to land him. Jay Ajayi currently sits atop the depth chart, but that will almost certainly change next week.
Apr 23 - 9:00 AM

The new Dolphins coaching staff believes TE Jordan Cameron was not used properly last season.

This could explain why Cameron was retained with only a modest pay reduction despite falling square on his face last season. Cameron hauled in just 50 percent of his targets his first year in Miami, and he did not have more than 35 yards in any game after Week 2. New coach Adam Gase has a strong history with tight ends and will hope to put Cameron's career back on the right track. After being dramatically over-drafted last season, Cameron could be something of a post-hype fantasy sleeper this year.
Apr 21 - 10:28 PM

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Jamar Taylor is "currently" the Dolphins' best option to start opposite Byron Maxwell at cornerback.

That's not saying much. Taylor flopped in a starting role last year and was a healthy scratch for three of Miami's final five games. Salguero said Tony Lippett would be the next-best option behind Taylor. With games on the schedule against Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer this year, the Dolphins would be wise to address cornerback in the draft.
Apr 19 - 2:01 PM

Dolphins claimed DT Chris Jones off waivers from the Patriots.

Jones made 12 ineffective starts for the 2014 Patriots before missing all of 2015 recovering from calf surgery. Miami also inherits Jones' $1.67 million salary.
Apr 18 - 5:11 PM

Mario Williams plans to give the Dolphins "the best attitude" he's ever had.

Williams wasn't happy with his role on the Bills last season and voiced his displeasure by giving minimal effort. He promises that won't be an issue in Miami. "The No. 1 thing that you can definitely look forward to [from me] is attitude," said Williams. "I know for sure I’m going to be out there humming 100 miles per hour and it’s going to be full attitude." Williams is excited to be part of an aggressive pass rush featuring Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. The five sacks Williams registered last year were his fewest since 2011 when he was limited to only five games.
Apr 17 - 11:19 AM


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