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16 People You Forgot Played for the Miami Dolphins

Jason Hrina

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Aqib Talib will likely never put on a Miami Dolphins uniform, but don’t let that prevent you from purchasing one yourself.

In what will eventually be remembered as one of the most-interesting deadline deals in recent history, the Dolphins drew inspiration from the Cleveland Browns and decided to buy a draft pick from the Los Angeles Rams.

Cleveland famously acquired Brock Osweiler (and his erroneous contract) from the Houston Texans for a 2nd-round draft pick. Knowing their season was lost from the beginning, the Browns used their excess cap space to park Osweiler’s cap hit on their payroll and obtained a coveted draft pick in return. The Texan’s mistake benefited the Browns’ rebuilding process, and Miami is hoping the Rams’ error does the same for them.

From a football standpoint, it’s a wise move. Acquiring assets for cash is typically the best move you can make – you don’t have to give up anything in return.

And just as legendary as Osweiler is to the Browns, Talib will be the same for Miami. Which got us thinking about all the other Miami Dolphins players that we forgot once suited up for this team.

Whether it’s a Hall of Famer making a pit-stop in sunny Florida, or it was an interesting character shockingly brought in by leadership, these players are all recognizable for what they’ve accomplished outside the Dolphins’ organization.

In fact, you probably forget they were once here entirely. Check out which players previously dabbled in the Miami heat down below:

Joey Porter

Joey Porter‘s 2008 season was exceptional. In fact, you could argue it’s the best statistical season any linebacker has had for the Miami Dolphins – and the Dolphins have had some stellar, Hall of Fame linebackers throughout their history.

4 forced fumbles, 17.5 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, and 25 quarterback hits are just the highlights of his nearly-perfect season. If it wasn’t for Chad Pennington‘s miraculous turnaround (coming off of an injury the year before), Porter would easily be the team’s MVP.

Gaining a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, Porter was not only a productive player, but a popular personality as well. His candor may have irked a few coaching staffs, but players enjoyed playing beside him, and his least productive season with Miami (2007) is still better than most pass rushers the Dolphins have had since Porter was released in 2010.

Cortland Finnegan

A player shorter than I was notorious for starting fights with the receivers he was asked to cover, and I kind of dig it. In 2010 alone, Finnegan was fined for incidents involving Steve Smith (New York Giants), Chris Kuper and infamously Andre Johnson.

Finnegan made the Pro Bowl in 2009 as a member of the Tennessee Titans, but by the time he arrived in Miami he was best utilized for his veteran presence more than his playing ability.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Dolphins fans, Finnegan never tumbled with an opposing receiver while with the team, forcing us all to reminisce about the time he pissed off Andre Johnson.

Mario Williams

Miami got so tired of watching Mario Williams ruin their playoff chances that Mike Tannenbaum decided to overpay a player that was clearly content milking the rest of his career.

Williams signed a 2-year, $17m contract with Miami, but was active for just 13 games that season. A healthy scratch for the other 3 games, Williams’ lofty salary cap hit gave the Dolphins 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in return.

It was pretty evident Williams career was done when the Buffalo Bills released him, and honestly, Miami deserved the nonexistent production they received from a one-time great pass rusher.

Will Allen

Will Allen played with the Dolphins longer than anyone else on this list (5 seasons to be exact), so it’s not like he’s the most unforgettable player, but how many of you were reminded of his tenure when he was arrested back in 2015 for running a Ponzi scheme?

Allen started 59 games with Miami and was simply adequate throughout his tenure; though I think it’s fair to say that we would all take Will Allen over Eric Rowe if we had the chance.

Sometimes you just have to be thankful for those “basic” players that allow you to turn your rebuilding efforts elsewhere.

Evan Mathis

As we sit here and complain about this team’s putrid offensive line, just remember that we’ve been botching offensive line prospects for over a decade (see Joe Berger).

Evan Mathis was active for 7 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and then released the following year. Over the next 7 years, Mathis started 75 games and was active for 97 of them – predominantly playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He earned first-team All Pro in 2013 and was a two-time Pro Bowler (2013-2014). Safe to say, Miami messed this one up.

Lousaka Polite & Jorvorskie Lane

I don’t think there’s a single Dolphins fan that dislikes either of these players. If anything, Chandler Cox is evidence that this fanbase loves themselves some hard-hitting fullbacks.

These were two of the quietest players this team has ever had, and yet, we all still view these two as the legendary fullbacks they are. It’s almost as if their disappearance justifies Miami’s mediocrity all these years.

There was a time where Lousaka Polite converted EVERY SINGLE 3rd or 4th-and-1 carry. I believe the statistic was up to 25-straight conversions (before he was finally stuffed). It was astonishing to watch these two groove lanes, and it’s tragic that their position started to become extinct.

If you have any doubts that the fullback position will return, just take a look at how Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap running a QB sneak. Think teams are going to take notice and continue to risk their most prized possessions? Give it to the bulldogs lining up with their hand in the ground….they’ll convert it for you every time.

Rob Ninkovich

You all remember that legendary New England Patriots player that used to be a Miami Dolphin, right? No, not Wes Welker, but the defender that was active for 5 games with the Dolphins between 2007-2008, and subsequently started 101 games for the Patriots between 2009-2016? Yeah, that guy that got away.

Nickovich never made a Pro Bowl in his career, but that won’t stop him from being enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame.

He’s not on this list for anything he did as a person or player; he’s here to remind us just how poorly the Dolphins have identified (or evolved) talent since Don Shula left.

Matt Bryant

Recently released by the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Bryant spent almost 11 seasons with the club. His 1,163 total points easily surpasses their last infamous “oldtimer”, Morten Anderson, who accumulated 806 points with the Falcons.

Bryant was active for 3 games with the Dolphins back in 2004 when Olindo Mare went down with an injury. Hard to say the Dolphins lost out on this one, as the team has had a successful run identifying Special Teams standouts; with Andrew Franks and Matt Haack being the only “misses” since 2000.

Marc Colombo

This turnstile was greased up more than Bryant McKinney, Tyson Clabo or Jonathan Martin ever were for the Dolphins. Colombo’s last season in the NFL was the polar opposite of his time with the Dallas Cowboys, where Colombo was a solid right tackle for the club and his offensive line coach, Tony Sparano.

For as much grief as we can give him for his lack of success with the Dolphins, I think it’s best we keep that to ourselves. Colombo is currently the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for his heavy metal band, Free Reign. Let me know how voicing your opinion works out for you.

Arian Foster & Larry Johnson

Although Larry Johnson has voiced some interesting opinions on social media recently, he was once a coveted running back in the league. Arian Foster can also be heard voicing his opinion on everything from legalizing marijuana to social justice on his podcast, Now What (with Arian Foster).

Both running backs were perennial pro bowlers that were once some of the top running backs in the league. Fast-forward to the end of their careers, and they went out like a retired couple moving down to Florida.

Johnson was active for 1 game and has 1 rushing attempt for 2 yards.

Arian Foster was active for 4 games and recorded 55 rushing yards on 22 attempts (2.5 yards-per-carry). He retired in the middle of the season using health and family as a reason for leaving the game, but it was evident that Foster wasn’t fully recovered from rupturing his achilles tendon in 2015.

Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, football players don’t go into the Hall of Fame with all of their teams listed on their plaque. Thus, their Dolphins careers will likely be overlooked. Pity.

Knowshown Moreno

This guy still mystifies me. Knowshown Moreno is the football version of method acting (where the actor/actress gets so into character that they forget who they really are and begin living their life as if they’re the character they’re portraying).

The infamous scene of him crying a waterfall of tears is the meme of his career, but Moreno came to the Dolphins with a legitimate chance to be the #1 running back. And my lord did he nearly take advantage of that opportunity. In the 3 games he was active for, Moreno rushed for 148 yards on 31 carries (a 4.8 YPC average). If it wasn’t for tearing his ACL, Moreno may have been able to extend his Dolphins career. Instead, all we have are those 3 promising games to live off of.

Michael Egnew

I know Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas and the rest of Miami’s piss-poor tight ends over the past decade have helped you forget about Michael Egnew….but I don’t think we can ever forget this failed experiment.

He was Mike Gesicki before Mike Gesicki was a thing. Poor Mike Gesicki.

Quinton Coples

The former New York Jets 1st-round pick (16th-overall) was nonexistent for the Dolphins. After being released by the Jets, Quinton Coples signed with Miami and was active for 6 games. He didn’t record a single statistic while with the team, even though he participated in 100 total snaps (defense: 77 snaps; special teams: 23 snaps).

Similar to former 1st-round picks that are currently on the roster (Robert Nkemdiche, Taco Charlton, and *dare I say* Josh Rosen), he sucked.

Greg Jennings

This one is actually pretty funny.

During Free Agency, the Minnesota Vikings really wanted Mike Wallace and offered him more money than Miami did. Not wanting to play up in Minnesota, Wallace decided to sign with the Dolphins. After missing out on Wallace, plan B for Minnesota was to sign Greg Jennings.

For two seasons, Jennings played in Minnesota and Wallace played in Miami. After the 2014 season, Miami traded the disgruntled Wallace to Minnesota and the Vikings released Jennings.

To replace the recently-traded Wallace, Miami signs free agent Greg Jennings.

Neither player worked out for either team, but it’s ironic to watch them both fail twice with the same two players.

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Let me know who else we may have missed. Though honestly, can you really blame us?

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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Buffalo Beats Miami Back to Reality – Dolphins Bills Week 11 Recap

Travis Wingfield

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Shorthanded Dolphins swept by rival Bills

Truthfully, this game was over when the inactives were announced. Miami’s 30th-ranked run defense were allowing 146.1 yards-per-game, at an average of 4.6 YPC entering Sunday’s action. Raekwon McMillan, Pro Football Focus’ 11th-highest graded run-defending linebacker, was on that inactive list. So was Taco Charlton, Miami’s leading snap-taker from a defensive edge that is incredibly thin even with Charlton in the lineup.

Buffalo promptly ripped off 169 rushing yards at an average of 5.1 yards per pop (removing Josh Allen’s kneel down to end the game, a one-yard loss).

 

Stat Dolphins Bills
Total Yards 303 424
Rushing 23 168
Passing 280 256
Penalties 6 (44 yards) 5 (50 yards)
3rd / 4thDown 5/18 (27.7%) 6/15 (40%)
Sacks For 0 7
TOP 29:51 30:09

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Brian Flores’ message throughout Miami’s much-needed, brief winning-streak was about stringing together consistency, in the face of complacency. The message was received last week in a spirited road victory, but the Phins came up well short of a third-straight win over rival Buffalo, who now have three consecutive wins over Miami.

Next week, back on the road, we’ll see if Flores is capable of getting his squad back to the level of play that the team enjoyed the previous two weeks. Miami’s six fouls accepted were the most since the season opening beat down against Baltimore. That game, Miami were operating with a 20% roster turnover inside two weeks’ time. Sunday, the zebras picked up a handful of flags that otherwise would’ve been the Phins sloppiest performance since that opener.

Miami busted coverages, they tackled poorly and committed a lot of penalties — essentially, they failed to do all the things that kept them in games the last month.

The special team’s unit lifted the tide, and all of the pass catchers got involved, but the rest of the team was not at its best in something of a letdown showing. This was true, particularly on the offensive line, where the protection also reverted back to old ways. There isn’t a quarterback on the planet that would survive a weekly onslaught like the one Ryan Fitzpatrick saw Sunday.

The seven sacks allowed were a season-high for Miami, with a lot of that heat coming off the much-maligned left side. We’ll cover that in the individual segments, which we jump to now.

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s stat line is rather remarkable. Given the circumstances, a zero-turnover performance with better than 7.2 yards per attempt is difficult to believe. It would be disingenuous to blame all seven sacks on the offensive line, Fitz did run into one or two, but he didn’t have much of a choice.

The pocket was compromised all game, leaving Fitzpatrick to create space just to have a chance to get into his progressions. If Miami ever re-inserts Josh Rosen into the lineup, and this is the level in which the line plays at, the Phins won’t win another game this season — I’m not sure they would with Fitzpatrick at the controls either.

Running Backs

There’s a lot of Kalen Ballage vitriol circulating out there, and it’s well-warranted. Ballage’s comment that he had nothing to prove, while touting a paltry 2.0 yard-per-carry-mark rubbed fans the wrong way. His best run of the game was a seven-yard bowling ball off a wildcat formation in the red zone. That package eliminates Ballage’s requirement to anticipate, and get to the best available gap created by the line. Even with the seven-yard pop, Ballage finished with seven carries for seven yards, and his season YPC is now under 2.0.

Patrick Laird’s quick-twitch shows up in regular season games just as it did the preseason. Laird caught all six targets for 51 yards, and earned the right to a six-game audition down the stretch.

Chandler Cox’s best play of the season sprung Ballage’s TD run.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Devante Parker posted a career-high 135 receiving yards, and become the first Dolphin to surpass the century-mark this season. He’s looking fluid as ever, crisply getting out of his breaks and running after the catch at a level not yet seen in his professional career. Parker’s reason for accepting a cheap, prove-it deal with Miami was to “change his legacy with the Dolphins,” and he’s well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

Allen Hurns’ contract extension Saturday was met with some backlash from Dolphins fans, and those same fans will feel vindicated after Hurns’ showing Sunday. He dropped a pass that would’ve set Miami up in the red zone with a chance to cut the deficit to two at halftime, but it was ruled a fumble and a turnover. Then, out of the break, Hurns dropped another pass. Those two plays overshadowed his otherwise productive day. He has a real knack for finding soft spots in zones, a highly-regarded skillset in this scheme.

Mike Gesicki’s production has pretty much gone in-line with the performance of the offensive front this season. He caught four passes, but only picked up 18 yards off his six targets. If the line can’t protect, the Fitzpatrick never gets to his vertical threat tight end. Gesicki certainly received an earful for his failed block on a long Parker reception.

Jakeem Grant only caught three passes for 32 yards, but his 101-yard kickoff return showcased his world-class speed. It was nice to see Jakeem involved heavily for the first time this season, as he also scored on a handoff from Kalen Ballage in the wildcat offense.

Offensive Line

Julie’n Davenport probably isn’t known by the casual fan, but his season has been an all-timer. He’s only played in two games, but in those games he’s surrendered multiple sacks, provided teaching tape for what NOT to do, and left both contests with an injury.

Michael Deiter’s development has completely flat-lined at this stage. Every week, there’s a rep that would make the opposition’s highlight reel, as he is easily discarded in pass pro. He also falls off too many blocks in the run-game.

Evan Boehm was nicked up in this game, as he and Daniel Kilgore did very little to get surge in the running game. Things did not improve with Keaton Sutherland in the game, in-place of Boehm.

Defensive Line

Deception caught Miami a few times. Avery Moss was lauded by Flores for the work the end had done before missing the last four games, and there are reps where he looks like a real fit. Josh Allen completely had Moss taking the cheese on a zone read, however, as Moss followed the back inside, while Allen pulled it out for a 36-yard run.

Davon Godchaux does as well as anyone to hold double teams, and he’s the slipperiest interior player against the run. Each week, Godchaux will show out with a few reps like this one below:

Christian Wilkins looked to get rolled out quite a bit in this game, but I’d like to look at the all-22 before I get on him too much. My initial thought is that the linebackers really struggled to fit the run Sunday.

Linebackers

Jerome Baker was on the wrong end of a chewing-out from Flores, and the aforementioned run fits are the likely reason. Baker did make several plays in the game, but he was also caught in the wrong gap a number of times, and the Bills hit big runs as a result.

Sam Eguavoen is a recurring problem on Miami’s run defense. He is so easily displaced, caught up in the wash, and his inability to take on blocks really hurts the Phins stack, shed and rally mentality.

Vince Biegel continues to show up in a big way. He’s become a focal point for opposing offenses, and he’s still finding his way through double teams.

Defensive Backs

Sunday was the banner day for the anti-Bobby-McCain-at-safety brigade. McCain is doing a job that, quite frankly, nobody else on the roster is suited to fulfill, and he’s doing it with a shoulder that’s barely hanging on. McCain deserves flak for his late rotation on a long touchdown to John Brown, and his tackling was inexcusable throughout the game.

Nik Needham, partially to blame for not carrying John Brown downfield on that long touchdown, made a number of plays for the third straight game. Needham drew Brown early and often, and made a number of plays on the football. He got beat a couple of times, but Brown’s been doing that every corner he’s faced this season.

Eric Rowe and Reshad Jones as a safety tandem — especially in three safety looks with McCain as the third — is worse than the old Jones/T.J. McDonald combination. Jones looks a step slow off the rib injury, and Rowe’s best traits are somewhat masked by Jones’ presence on the field.

Recap

We talked all week about Miami’s ability to win games against poorly coached teams. Buffalo is not a poorly coached team, and they play really tough defense. Miami’s roster was as thin as its been all season, and with an overall sloppy performance, the Dolphins are lucky the score was this close.

It’ll be a nice challenge to the team to see how it responds from a reality check next week in Cleveland. The Browns defense is heating up, but will be without two of its best players in Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi.

For now, Miami’s draft picks had an outstanding day. Miami entered Sunday one of four teams with a pair of victories. Two of these teams, the Falcons and Jets, won Sunday, leaving Miami with a tiebreaker disadvantage behind the Giants, a win better than Washington, and still two wins clear of Cincinnati.

The news of Tua Tagovailoa’s career-threatening injury cuts two ways. Now, he’ll likely be available when the Dolphins are on the clock, whether that’s second, eighth, or anywhere in-between.

The quandary, how do you justify risking such a valuable resource on a guy that has so many medical concerns? The answer is easy. He’s special. He displayed his special abilities in that LSU game, where his mobility was drastically limited, and he still carved up one of the nation’s best defenses.

Joe Burrow almost certainly comes off the board as QB1 now, and if Tua really is Miami’s man, they just might get a crack at him after all.

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Bonus – Jason Sanders one-man-band onside recovery

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Scouting College Football’s Top 2020 Quarterback Prospects – Week 12

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Recapping Week 12 of the College Football Season

During the college season, here on Locked On Dolphins, we’re going to keep an eye on quarterbacks all throughout the country. Our primary focus will be on the big four, the options that Miami will likely choose from with an early pick in the 2020 draft.

Those quarterbacks are:

Tua Tagovailoa Scouting Report
Jake Fromm Scouting Report
Justin Herbert Scouting Report
Jordan Love Scouting Report

2019 Week 1 Recap
2019 Week 2 Recap
2019 Week 3 Recap
2019 Week 4 Recap
2019 Week 5 Recap
2019 Week 6 Recap
2019 Week 7 Recap
2019 Week 8 Recap
2019 Week 9 Recap
– No Week 10 Recap
2019 Week 11 Recap

*LSU’s Joe Burrow has been added to the prospect watch list.

We’ll go in chronological order from when the games were played.

Week 12 Recap

Tua Tagovailoa vs. Mississippi State, Win
Stats: 14/18 (77.8%) 256 yards (14.22 YPA) 2 TD

Today was a collective “L” for the football community. One of the best collegiate players, and widely praised good guys, Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury that leaves his football future in question.

What started out as an ordinary onslaught of explosive plays — a product of perfectly placed passes — ended in potential tragedy. Reports say that Tua’s hip is both dislocated, with a fracture of the wall that retains the ball joint. This injury calls for immediate surgery and significant recovery time, if a football career is possible at all.

Tagovailoa will do everything in his power for a full recovery, and hopefully the advances in modern medicine can allow him to make a triumphant return to the gridiron.

Jordan Love at Wyoming, Win 26-21
Stats: 18/29 (62.1%) 282 yards (9.72 YPA) 2 TD, 2 INT

This game was my favorite quarterback tape to watch this season. Jordan Love exhibited the sometimes unfathomably unique arm-talent that has endeared him to scouts nationally. After two interceptions — one a bad read, another bad luck — Love showed the shortstop-like arm, supreme athleticism, and general freaky traits that have scouts drooling.

The arm-strength to squeeze the football into a tight window from 40 yards away, the rare elasticity to sling it on a line across his body while on the move, the quick release to get the ball out in the face of pressure…it looks like he’s throwing a baseball.

The added element of a designed run package and RPO game, paired with the threat of throwing the ball to any blade of grass on the field, coaches will line up to get their hands on this prospect.

Jake Fromm vs. Missouri, Win 27-0
Stats: 13/28 (46.4%) 110 yards (3.93 YPA) 3 TD

Fromm hit his best throw of the season in another big SEC road victory. Few quarterbacks have the number of scalps that Fromm keeps in his back pocket, and he displayed tremendous poise in another hostile environment.

At times, the crowd noise was deafening, yet Fromm communicated his line checks and audibles with urgency and a steady heartbeat. He made cutch, accurate throws on third down, and beat the defense with his pre-snap prowess.

Fromm has quiet feet when he gets to the top of his drop. That’s not a trait he shares with a lot of the new-age, successful quarterbacks in the NFL. Kyler Murray went first in the draft for his ability to glide weightlessly about the pocket, creating passing lanes.

While Fromm is capable of mitigating some deficiencies with his ability to get the offense into the right play, and accurate passing, he’s not going to erase free rushers with his athleticism, and he’s not going to overcome situations with a fastball throw.

Joe Burrow at Ole Miss, Win 58-37
Stats: 32/42 (76.2%) 489 yards (11.64 YPA) 5 TD, 2 INT

And in one afternoon, Joe Burrow is left with nothing to prove. The now heavy favorite to come off the board with the first pick, the second half of Miami’s season would have to take some considerable turns to get the LSU Quarterback.

Burrow remains as cool as ever in this one. He rushed his Tiger offense out to a big lead with a couple of impressive improvisational plays. The big day was saddled by the two turnovers, but Burrow ends the day as the new QB1 due to Tua’s medical situation.

Justin Herbert vs. Arizona, 10:30 ESPN
Stats: 20/28 (71.4%) 333 yards (11.89 YPA) 4 TD, 1 INT

If this was your first viewing experience of Justin Herbert, you probably came away convinced he’s a top-10 draft pick — and he will be. If you’re a regular to his tape, this game was more of the same — flashes of brilliance when the circumstances permit, but the same inconsistencies in the most important aspects of the game.

Arizona’s defense hasn’t stopped a nose bleed this year, and they sure as hell weren’t going to stop the draft’s most physically impressive specimen behind the country’s best offensive line. Herbert’s long touchdown throws displayed the hand-cannon that has scouts conjuring up the prototypical quarterback build — particularly the toss in the second half.

On the rare occasions where Arizona got heat, you saw Herbert’s lack of quick-twitch to get off the spot, without the inherent ability to keep his eyes downfield to keep the play alive. You saw Herbert make an egregious decision to throw the ball into coverage (the INT was dropped) on a first-and-goal play from the two-yard-line.

The problem with Herbert, is that this has been the story for over 30 games. He still has no signature wins or moments, and the Oregon offense is still predicated on the running and screen game.

Herbert’s best bet at the next level is a run-heavy offense that can utilize his premiere weapon — throwing on the move. Lining up in 12-personnel (2 tight ends) and allowing Herbert to get out in space to throw into layers or flood concepts on the move will be the smoothest transition for the Oregon QB to have some success.

I’m of the belief that you have to put Herbert in an absolutely ideal situation, because he’s not going to mitigate your issues offensively.

Week 12 Conclusion

Reports from the University of Alabama doctor responsible for tending to Tagovailoa say the quarterback will make a full recovery, but he is certainly in for a long rehab process. If anyone can come back from this, it’s Tagovailoa, though his draft stock will surely be impacted. If Tua enters the draft and clears all the medical hurdles, he’ll still be a first-round pick.

Miami might be fortunate if Tagovailoa is still the target. With Brian Flores willing his team to underdog victories, the chances of obtaining the first pick was becoming grim, but so too are Tua’s chances at going off the board number one.

The Dolphins will have a difficult decision to make, though an apparent contingency plan is developing behind Tua.

Jordan Love is making progress the last two weeks in his overall effectiveness, and the highlights he produced today were utterly absurd. Though he has shortcomings in his approach for the game and playing the quarterback position, his physical tools give him — far and away — the highest upside in the class.

Miami’s interesting draft season took a jump to a whole other level of intrigue with the events of Saturday.

Week 13 Schedule

Fromm vs. Texas A&M, 3:30 CBS
Burrow vs. Arkansas, 7:00 ESPN
Love vs. Boise State, 10:30 CBSSN
Herbert at Arizona State TBD

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Additional Prospect Videos

A.J. Epenesa – Iowa Defensive End 

Bravvion Roy – Baylor Defensive Tackle

Julian Blackmon – Utah Safety (former corner, invited to Mobile for the Sr. Bowl)

Ben Bredeson – Michigan Left Guard

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Should the Miami Dolphins be interested in signing Colin Kaepernick?

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Miami (Locked On Dolphins) – Should the Miami Dolphins be interested in signing Colin Kaepernick?

It was only a matter of time before someone posed the question, and maybe it’s already been asked. Does Colin Kaepernick make sense for the Miami Dolphins?

I think the answer could be yes but not in a vacuum. The circumstances would have to be aligned for it to work out.

As it stands, for 2019, I don’t think Kaepernick would be viewed as a starter to fuel any tank or non-tank talk, regardless of how good he looks in the jerry-built workout on Saturday.

Any potential for signing Kaepernick would come with a big asterisk. I think it would have more to do with the some of the draft-eligible quarterbacks that could be a Dolphin next year and the traits and abilities they possess than it does with Kaepernick and what he could do directly for the franchise.

It boils down to who the Miami Dolphins have on their quarterback short list in the 2020 Draft. A lot of this franchise’s future boils down to the quarterback. But I’ll save that lecture for another time.

I’m not sure who will be the quarterbacks on the roster next year. Josh Rosen is likely out, and I’m not sure about Ryan Fitzpatrick. Maybe he stays, maybe he goes.

Regardless, there will be a rookie quarterback on the team, maybe even two if the Dolphins double-dip like the Redskins did in 2012 with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. I’ll save that theory for another time, too.

But once the Dolphins have taken their guy next spring, I think they’ll look for an experienced veteran to fill in for a pedagogical role in the QB room.

One of them could still be Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it could be someone else, like Cam Newton…or Colin Kaepernick, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Newton would be a better fit for that role compared to Fitzpatrick, and he offers the ability to kill two birds with one stone. He can win games and bring up the rookie as he goes.

Travis Wingfield tossed around the idea of trading for Cam Newton on Tuesday’s LOD podcast. I liked the idea. Trade for Newton and draft someone like Jordan Love or Jalen Hurts, who are both much rawer than their Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa counterparts.

Of course, that’s Plan B. If Tagovailoa is still within reach, then draft him. If Burrow’s there, take him. If either of those two situations plays out, then all of the contingency plans go out the window.

But getting either Tagovailoa or Burrow is not a guarantee. So, having a scope on the other potential first-rounders is essential. I still like Jordan Love and his traits, but I also like Jalen Hurts, and I’m coming around on Justin Herbert. All three would benefit from redshirt seasons when entering the NFL.

And having the appropriate veteran guidance will be a huge blessing for the rookie’s development.

While I hope Plan A still comes to fruition, I also like the first backup plan. Here’s a caveat to Plan B, though. Trading for Newton is also not a guarantee.

There are several factors out of the Dolphins control, and that’s assuming that they are, in fact, interested in trading for Newton. If they are interested, then it becomes paramount that they can trade for him. At least they have their 2020 war chest of draft picks.

Now, back to my Kaepernick spiel. If Newton becomes a distant memory and Plan B crumbles, then Kaepernick jumps into the picture.

Kaepernick offers flexibility if the Dolphins do want Newton but can’t land him or if they’re going to save their picks outright.

If Newton is Plan B, then I’m viewing the signing of Kaepernick as a next-best Plan C. Newton and Kaepernick could both fit into the mold of teacher, but both also offer more upside than Ryan Fitzpatrick when it comes to winning games. It’s a way of having your cake and eating it too.

You wouldn’t have to trade for Kaepernick, and I doubt you’d have to fend off many other teams to sign him, either.

Allow an incubation period for the rookie quarterback while Newton or Kaepernick takes the reins for a season or two. Similar to how Patrick Mahomes held clipboards for most of his rookie season, grooming a rookie quarterback under the wings of a veteran could provide more sustainable growth for the rookie.

It’ll set up the rook to eventually blossom in a few years instead of being thrown to the wolves and also allow the Dolphins to find relevancy in short-term eras from one of the two mentioned veterans (Newton and Kaepernick).

So, would signing Kaepernick make sense? Yes, but only under certain conditions. I could see it become more likely that Kaepernick never joins the team, but there are scenarios, albeit limited ones, that could see him in orange and aqua.

But he could become a leader for the team and a teacher for the next-gen quarterback waiting in the wings.

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