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The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson considers Arian Foster "the favorite" to start over Jay Ajayi as long as Foster is "completely healthy."

Coach Adam Gase has been talking up Foster the past week-plus since Foster signed a one-year deal. Ajayi is an unproven second-year pro who has some injury concerns of his own and doesn't have the pass-game skill set Foster possesses. Foster is no sure thing from an injury standpoint, either, but signs have been pointing to him being very involved since signing a contract last week. At this point, Foster will probably have to get hurt and/or Ajayi will need an incredible summer to take back the top spot on the Dolphins' depth chart.
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase hints Tony Lippett is in the lead to start opposite Byron Maxwell at cornerback.

"Tony has been starting the entire time anyway," Gase said. "Tony is just going to keep working at that spot right now." Lippett has an opening with second-rounder Xavien Howard recovering from a knee scope. Lippett might be in the lead for Week 1, but would still have to hold off Howard in the regular season.
Jul 26 - 6:06 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase once again praised Arian Foster's receiving ability.

It's worth noting that Gase was prompted, and in general is still talking like Foster will be competing on all downs, not just third. "He’s the type of guy that he can run his route tree similar to what a wide receiver’s is," Gase said. "When we worked him out, I put him in a couple of spots just to see how that looked and he runs about as smooth as any running back that I’ve ever seen." Again, Foster is still very much in the mix on early downs, but at the very least, it's clear the Dolphins are envisioning him catching passes. Jay Ajayi needs to have the camp of his life.
Jul 26 - 1:41 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team has not heard anything about the status of suspended DE Dion Jordan.

Jordan's agent expected him to be reinstated prior to camp, but it does not sound like that will happen. Even if he is reinstated, the Dolphins will have to decide whether or not to pay him the $1.69 million roster bonus he is owed on the fifth day of camp. No matter what, the former first-round pick's future with Miami should be decided within the next couple weeks.
Jul 26 - 11:33 AM

Dolphins placed second-round CB Xavien Howard (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Howard needed minor surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered on the final day of minicamp. He is expected to be ready at some point in the preseason. With Howard sidelined, sophomore Tony Lippett will get a huge head start in the battle for the Dolphins' No. 2 cornerback job.
Jul 26 - 11:19 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes second-round CB Xavien Howard has the "inside track" for the No. 2 job.

Byron Maxwell will start at one corner spot, but the other starting job is up for grabs. Howard would seem to be the favorite after Miami traded up to land him in the draft, but he split reps with sophomore Tony Lippett during the offseason program. Even so, it would be a surprise if the rookie did not win the job.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 9:31 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports suspended DE Dion Jordan is owed a $1.69 million roster bonus on the fifth day of camp.

Jordan would need to get reinstated for this bonus to become an issue, but if he does the Dolphins will have a difficult decision. The former No. 3 overall pick has not been effective even when on the field, and it is not a given he will stay out of trouble even if he is reinstated. That big of a bonus would certainly ensure Jordan a spot on the final roster whether he earns it in camp or not, and some in the organization may be unwilling to make that commitment. This situation should come to a head within the next week.
Jul 25 - 11:43 AM

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') will have a reduced role this year.

Wake looked healthy at OTAs, but is only eight months removed from a torn Achilles. The Dolphins have said all offseason they want to get him fewer snaps. Andre Branch should have a heavy rotational role behind Wake and Mario Williams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 1:07 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins were worried about losing Arian Foster to the Lions if they didn't sign him on Monday.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins were impressed with Foster's Monday workout, and believe they're getting a player much closer to his elite 2014 version than broken-down 2015 one. Jackson expects Foster to compete with Jay Ajayi for the starting job, but for both to get "plenty of carries."
Jul 19 - 8:24 PM

ESPN's Mike Rodak reports RB Damien Williams' chances for a roster spot "took a hit" when the Dolphins signed Arian Foster.

Expected to serve as at worst the No. 3 and perhaps the backup to Jay Ajayi if Kenyan Drake showed poorly in camp, Williams is now on the outside looking in. He likely needs an injury ahead of him to crack the final roster. Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead might already be goners.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 8:49 AM

Arian Foster said he expects to be utilized heavily in the passing game with the Dolphins.

Foster was a more effective receiver than rusher last season. "Adam (Gase) knows how to use a running back out of the backfield, which is my best quality, route running, catching the ball out of the backfield," Foster said. "He knows how to steer the ship, man. I'm happy to have a seat on the boat." It's always refreshing to see late-career players aware of their own late-career strengths. Foster also called himself "fully healthy" nine months removed from last year's Achilles' tear. While his health remains an ongoing concern, it's not a stretch to call Foster the early favorite to lead Dolphins running backs in passing-game targets.
Jul 18 - 11:24 PM

The Miami Herald reports suspended DE Dion Jordan looks like a "brand new" version of himself and "had a remarkable turnaround."

We would guess this information is coming from Jordan's agent, but the agent could obviously be right. Jordan's agent recently told the Herald that Jordan is likely to be reinstated to the NFL before the start of training camp. The Dolphins could badly use another edge pass rusher. Mario Williams quit on his team in Buffalo last season, and aging Cameron Wake is coming off a torn Achilles'.
Jul 18 - 5:49 PM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley believes Jay Ajayi will still "probably" enter the season as the Dolphins' starter.

Beasley seems to disagree a bit with Herald colleague Barry Jackson, who believes the Dolphins will give both Ajayi and Arian Foster "plenty of carries." Coach Adam Gase should address the situation on the first day of training camp at the latest. Ajayi's fantasy Average Draft Position is certain to drop several rounds in the meantime, while Foster's is just as sure to see a multi-round rise.
Jul 18 - 5:26 PM

According to the Miami Herald, third-round pick Kenyan Drake failed to "suggest he was ready to be a reliable No. 2 back" in the Dolphins' offseason program.

This was before Drake suffered a hamstring injury, his eighth hamstring injury since Drake arrived at Alabama. Following the Arian Foster signing, Drake's value takes the most obvious hit. He is not draft worthy in 12-team leagues.
Jul 18 - 5:21 PM

The Miami Herald expects Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster to both receive "plenty of carries" this season.

The Herald's Barry Jackson expects Foster to "compete with Jay Ajayi for the starting job," which obviously suggests the Dolphins didn't fall in love with Ajay at spring practices and aren't sold on him as a feature back. Ajayi particularly struggled with drops, and Foster shined in the passing game with the Texans last season. As for Kenyan Drake, Jackson wrote the third-round rookie "had some moments in the offseason program but not enough to suggest he was ready to be a reliable No. 2 back." An even split between Ajayi and Foster to begin the season may be the best bet.
Jul 18 - 5:08 PM


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