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“Adapt or Die”

One day after Chris Grier spoke to the media and revealed absolutely nothing about the Miami Dolphins future, it was Brian Flores‘ turn to go through the merry-go-round.

It even started with an old friend of Flores stopping by to wish him well:

But the normally reserved Flores was able to elaborate a bit more on what he believes the Dolphins should be doing going forward. Most answers were vague and cliche, but there were some answers that may have tipped us off to what the Dolphins’ plan may be.

Check out everything Brian Flores elaborated on during the hour-plus interview session he conducted earlier this morning, as well as our conspiracies behind some of the interesting comments. It’s a bit lengthy, but we appreciate the insight Flores was able to give – even if some of his answers reminded us of a specific head coach in New England:

On “Tanking”:

“No, there’s no tanking. You can write that over and over and over again”

“I think the term tanking is disrespectful to the game. I don’t like the term. I don’t like when people use it. This game has done a lot for me, personally…it’s the one thing that leveled the playing field for me…to disrespect the game and use that term…it stirs something up inside of me.”

“I’m going into every game trying to win….I’m going into everything I do trying to win.”

“My conversations with (Chris Grier) have been about rebuilding the roster…but at the same time, he knows we’re not going to go out and win every game we play.”

“Yeah, (tanking) struck a nerve. It’ll always strike a nerve. It’s disrespectful to the game.”
“It’s a disrespect to the game I love. Quite honestly, I won’t stand for it.”

“We’re going to try and win every game.”

In case you weren’t able to gather from Flores’ comments about tanking, the Miami Dolphins will not be doing that in 2019. Instead, we should kindly say that the Dolphins are “rebuilding” or “evaluating their future” – because they are certainly not tanking….

On drafting QB in 2019 and/or 2020:

“Maybe there’s a better nose tackle than QB at the time, but obviously quarterback is a position that’s wide open”

“We’re not opposed to (it)…maybe we do take a QB this year and next year…maybe we take a (offensive) tackle this year and next year…”

“We’re going to make the roster moves and selections that we believe will best help the team overall”

Flores didn’t give us much here. As you’ll notice with plenty of topics today, Flores did his best Bill Belichick and listed every outcome as a possibility. Thanks for the recap, Brian…

On Creating Competition:

“Any time you can create competition at a position, you do it”

“Competition (brings out) the best”

“You want to build that competition on your roster”

It seems like Flores went out of his way to reiterate that the Miami Dolphins are trying to obtain the best players possible, regardless of how it affects the egos of the current players on the roster. This is probably one of the biggest pain points for both Dolphins fans and Dolphins players over the past 5 years, as Ryan Tannehill has been able to skirt by without any legitimate competition for his job.

On the Roster (in general):

“I think right now, as a team, we’re looking to improve everyday and get better”

“It’s ongoing. I think we have a pretty good feel for the guys on the roster.”

“Having that competition will yield the best players…everyone needs competition”

“If you’re one of the best 11 you’ll be on the field”

“The big thing is getting guys into the building. Seeing how much they can retain and handle schematically.”

“I don’t want to make a prediction on that…we’re going to do everything possible to bring the best players possible onto the team.”

“(The) second we got in the building that was the #1 objective (evaluating the roster). To find out what we have. The skill sets of each individual. How they are as people. Their work habits; their training habits.”

On 2020:

“I don’t think too far ahead…when you think too far ahead you aren’t thinking about the present.”

“I’m doing a disservice to our coaching staff, our players, our support staff…I’m doing them a disservice if I’m thinking about December”

“Some of the moves we’ve made is with that in mind”

“To win games…to go out and compete and win on a weekly basis.”

“We’ll always have an eye on the future. Our acquisitions…it’s good business practice. Regardless of your record, you should always try and do what’s best for the team now and in the future”

Goal for 2020? “Get better everyday….improve and get better everyday”

“Just keep being who I’ve been for 38 years”

On the Offensive Line:

This first quote may be one of the most eye-opening of Flores’ media session. This is the time of year for smokescreens, but judging by the tone of his voice and the manner in which he answered the question, it makes me (heavily) wonder if offensive line is priority #1 for Miami. The quote itself doesn’t reveal too much, but reading into all of the quotes surrounding the offensive line and you come away with the impression that the Dolphins are looking to build their OL before anything else:

“We’ll obviously have an emphasis on the offensive line in the draft”

“The OL, the protection, that’s something near-and-dear to me as well.”

“Definitely something we’ll invest in…we’ll build this offensive line.”

“That was something Chris, myself, Steve…really during the interview stages…something we really talked about: how we’re going to build the offensive and defensive line”

“We’re not there yet, I think it’s obvious to everyone looking at it”

“We have to build the depth there. We have some good young players. We’re going to try and develop them”

On Charles Harris:

This may have been the most interesting stretch of questions Flores answered during the media session. He does his best to compliment Charles Harris, but the descriptions he provides couldn’t have been more generic. Of course Harris still has a chance to impress the new coaching regime, but Flores couldn’t pinpoint one specific thing about Harris that could have provided us fans with any bit of optimism:

The generic description: “I watched a lot of tape. He’s got size, speed, athleticism…plays hard…does a lot of things we like as a staff….he’s an interesting player on our team”

The backhanded compliment: “He can do a lot of things. He can rush. Play in space a little bit. Tackles fairly well.”

The fatality: “I think everyone’s timetable is a little bit different. There are a lot of factors in that. Could be a thousand factors.”

And yet, as a defensive coach (who has played against Harris four times during his two-year career), Flores couldn’t name one factor. Ouch.

On Ryan Fitzpatrick:

Why did Miami sign Ryan Fitzpatrick? “Because he’s a leader, first and foremost”

“I watched Ryan for a long time…I coached against him…the one thing you hear over and over and over again is his ability to connect with players – offensively and defensively – and kind of lead…he’s a great fit for us. We’re excited to have him”

“We have a lot of the same beliefs…working hard…he’s obviously a very intelligent guy. Learning so many different systems. Understanding the game; understanding the concepts of the game. A lot of things that are important to me line up (with Fitzpatrick).”

On Kenyan Drake:

“I think (Kenyan) Drake is an explosive player; I’ve seen it first-hand unfortunately…”

“He’s a talented player, he catches the ball well. Good runner. Runs hard. Does a lot of very good things. But…I’ll say this to all the players…the opportunities they get on the field will be up to them. Period. If they practice well, if they’re smart, tough, block, catch the ball consistently, hit the hole correctly, they’re going to play.”

“By committee or workhorse…those are phrases people throw out there. But I think the guys that perform in practice and produce in games, those are the guys that are going to be out there”

Can Drake handle the pressure of being a “workhorse”?
“If that’s what’s best for the team, that’s what we’ll do. If that’s best for the Miami Dolphins, that’s what we’ll do. We have some good backs. (Kalen) Ballage is a good back. We may draft a back, we may not draft a back. We may pick up a back as a college free agent.”

This was yet another quote where Flores listed every possible outcome for what the Dolphins will do at running back. Personally, I get the impression that Flores is not sold on his running back room and will look to improve it with a mid to late-round draft pick.

On Jesse Davis:

“Versatility on the offensive line is critical”

“Ability to play tackle and guard is very good…we’re excited about Jesse (Davis)”

“We’re going to put players where we need them and where they help the team the most”

“We’re going to move guys around. Players are going to move, they’re going to play different positions.”

“Only 46 can go to the game, someone has to be able to play multiple positions”

Overall, Flores was very generic about Davis. He did praise him for his durability and versatility, but didn’t say much else outside of the fact that he believes he has a solution at RG or RT with Jesse Davis. Problem is, we watched him decline as a sophomore last season, so we’re a tad hesitant to make him our replacement for Ja’Wuan James at right tackle.

On Communication:

Not sure if Flores understands Dolphins fans this early in his tenure and had something to say about previous coaching regimes, or if this response coincidentally hits close to home for all of us, but his comments about communication is both refreshing for us and insulting to previous Dolphins head coaches:

“I think communication first and foremost (is vital). Ownership, managers, presidents, head coaches – there has to be an alignment of philosophies and a communication on a day-to-day basis that allows for a good working environment”

“That being said, there will always be differences of opinion…but you have to work through them”

“In my short time in Miami we’ve been aligned”

“We can’t ask the players to communicate if we can’t communicate…we need to practice what we preach…I think we have guys willing to do that”

Looks like Flores is able to do the one thing Jeff Ireland/Tony Sparano, Jeff Ireland/Joe Philbin, Mike Tannenbaum/Adam Gase/Stephen Ross were unable to do during their tenures, and that’s exhibit some form of cohesion across the franchise.

On Rob Gronkowski:

There was a few-minute stretch during the session where Flores was asked extensively about Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement.

In short, Flores complimented and praised Gronkowski for a few minutes – which honestly, is nothing any Dolphins fan needs to hear right now – so we’ll just leave that part of the session alone. If you’re really a masochist (or a New England Patriots fan on this website for some reason), skip to the 13-minute mark of the interview

On Minkah Fitzpatrick:

“(Minkah Fitzpatrick) is a football player. His strength is he can play a lot of positions. He’s versatile.”

“I’m not going to give up the goods on (how we’ll use Fitzpatrick)”

“Versatility will be very important and he’s a very versatile player. We’re excited to work with him.”

I get the feeling that the Miami Dolphins are looking to use Fitzpatrick as a safety or a slot corner. Given Bobby McCain‘s status as an active member of this roster in 2019, I’d say it’s more likely we see Minkah at safety than boundary cornerback.

On Eric Rowe:

“He’s tall, long; good speed; tackles well. Does a lot of good things. Has been hit with the injury bug a couple of times, but when healthy he’s been a productive player…we obviously know the kind of person he is, his work ethic. I think he’s a good player, a good talent”

“He will compete to play…he’s played on the left side, right side, inside, safety in college. Another guy who’s versatile. Mentally he can handle it. We’re excited to have (him)”

On T.J. McDonald:

“I think (T.J. McDonald) is another versatile player. He can play safety. Linebacker. Blitz pretty well.”

“Lays into some of the things I’ve done defensively…as far as moving pieces into different locations.”

“He’s big, he’s fast, he can tackle. We’ll find space for guys who are big, fast and can tackle. Those are at the top of my list of things I’m looking for defensively.”

I feel like Brian Flores is pumping up T.J. McDonald in an attempt to maintain trade value this offseason. While McDonald may serve a purpose in Flores’ 2019 defense, he most certainly isn’t a player that will be around in the future. Miami would love nothing more than to obtain a draft pick for a player who has a higher dead cap hit than regular salary cap hit this season (courtesy of Mike Tannebaum’s contract wizardry). I wouldn’t be surprised to see McDonald traded before the 2019 season begins.

On Kiko Alonso:

“I do see (Kiko Alonso) on this roster…he’s been a productive player in this league for a long time…his leadership…all the things I hear are positive.”

Due to the linebacking unit being so thin, as well as Kiko’s 2019 dead cap hit if he’s released, I’m not sure if the Dolphins can afford to kick Alonso off of the roster. Similar to McDonald, it’s possible Flores is pumping up Alonso to maintain trade value.

On Tight End:

“There is so much versatility at that position; you have to catch, you have to block, you have to lineup at multiple positions, you can have multiple tight ends on the field (at the same time).”

“Having depth at the position is important. Depth is vital just from a practice standpoint…you need that many guys.”

“Part of getting Dwayne (Allen) and Clive (Walford)” was because they were veteran guys.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Miami’s 2020 tight ends aren’t on the roster at this moment.

On the Draft:

“As we go through the draft process…Chris (Grier) and I are going to select the player that’s the best player for the Miami Dolphins.”

(After naming almost every position) “every position is important. Quarterback is of utmost importance…if we identify someone we like that we can develop and that can contribute to this team, that’s who we’re going to pick”

“You rely on the draft process from past years…we sat in with Minkah (Fitzpatrick) a few years ago…whether you take the guy or not, you’re just gathering information on specific players.”

“That process is on-going”

My expectation? Miami trades back to gather more draft picks for 2020 while using 2019’s draft picks for offensive line and defensive line depth.

On being the Head Coach up to this point:

“It’s been a blur. The last 6 weeks…the last 15 months really…lose a Super Bowl, get a new job, go through the process of being a defensive coordinator and getting in front of the room. Going through a season – the ups and downs. Win a super bowl, take a new job.”

“I’m fortunate to have these opportunities. I relish the moment to lead this team and to lead men”

“I got into coaching not for the fame or status, but to impact people. To impact young men, people in the building.”

“Try and make an impact every day and help people succeed.”

Image Credit: Mike Reiss

On which Coach can mentor him on Clock Management, etc:

“We have a few guys on staff that can fill that role…Jim Caldwell (he then named most of his staff)

On the Perception of the the Team:

“My focus…the daily focus…how to maneuver the pieces to – overall as an organization – to put the best product on the field.

“I don’t read headlines or go into all of that”

“(Preparation) will yield a good performance”

On these NFL Meetings:

“This being my first go-around, I think it’s incredible they spend a bunch of time on the competition committee”

“What’s been incredible the past couple of days…you’re sitting in a room with coaches, GMs, higher-ups….and the goal is to make the game better.”

“I’m one of 32.”

“I’m privileged and humbled to be in that room to try and give your opinion and make the game better”

Flores would go on to thank Mike Tomlin and Sean Payton for the effort they put into these meetings to prepare and represent all of the head coaches around the league.

On Minority HCs:

“I think there are a lot of quality, minority coaches in this league that have the ability to be head coaches in this league….I was fortunate to get an opportunity to interview. I interviewed at 4 places this year; interviewed at Arizona last year. I believe there are a lot of minority head coaches that, if given the opportunity, would excel”

“I think the Rooney Rule is a great rule. It allows guys to interview and get your name out there and show your leadership abilities”

“I know I’m an example for minority coaches in this league. With that in mind, I’m going to do my best to lead the Miami Dolphins and try and produce a winning product.”

I actually did not know that Flores received so many interviews this year and one with the Arizona Cardinals last year. It seems Flores was a known commodity, though it’s possible some teams were just looking to satisfy the Rooney Rule. This may be very fortunate for the Dolphins future.

As an Offensive coach, how does he identify Defensive coaches:

“Being a head coach is about leadership. It’s not about offense or defense or special teams, it’s about leadership. I have to stand in front of 90 guys on the roster, 53 in the season, 50-60 people in equipment to IT….and get them to follow me. That’s what being a head coach in this league is all about.”

“Offense. Defense….I’m just a coach. I can coach offense, I can coach defense, I can coach special teams…”

“I imagine people want leaders in leadership positions.”

Whereas Adam Gase was an offensive mind in a head coaching position, Brian Flores is an overall leader. That’s why many fans were interested in Darren Rizzi as a potential head coach for the Dolphins.

On top of having a successful special teams unit, Rizzi was viewed as more of a leader than Gase ever was. Fortunately for Dolphins fans, it seems Flores understands he’s not perfect and is willing to rely on his coaching staff for assistance.

Something Adam Gase never really did.

How does patience align with Flores personality:

This was probably one of the weirder questions, though I understand where it’s coming from – the organization and its fans need to be patient in 2019 as 2020 is the year to really look forward to.

“Patience is a virtue…it’s a quality that’s important to have.”

“At the same time, there has to be a balance between patience and urgency…I have a pretty good balance from that standpoint. We have to be patient and develop players”

“Try and create an environment of urgency to speed up the process of development”

Favorite quote of the session:

“We have a phrase in the building: ‘Adapt or Die'”

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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The Levee Breaks in Jersey – Dolphins Giants Week 15 Recap

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Dolphins break record for most players used, blowout loss ensues

The entire Dolphins operation took a back seat to the A-block story of Eli Manning in his final start at MetLife Stadium. Although riddled with mistakes, Miami played a strong first half, but unraveled after the intermission. With a first half lead, the Dolphins were outscored 16-0 — and out-gained 187-19 — in the third quarter, with the Giants scoring the first 13 points of the fourth quarter as an encore.

Miami’s experimental season became tangibly explainable Sunday as the Dolphins gave its 80th-differnet player a snap. The previous record was 78 players in one single season. Miami’s roster is currently comprised of 23 undrafted free agents (43%, most in the NFL). The Dolphins made 74 roster moves since week one and have 17 players on injured reserve — both of those are second most in the NFL.

Stat Dolphins Giants
Total Yards 384 412
Rushing 122 138
Passing 262 274
3rd / 4th Down 4/16 (25%) 5/11 (45.5%)
Penalties 7 (42 yards) 4 (32 yards)
Sacks For 1 3
TOP 28:53 31:07

 

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The things that made Miami a competitive team for the last two months were of the “takes no talent” variety. Dropped passes, penalties, turnovers, missed field goals, even the occasional miss from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins simply are not good enough to overcome the many errors committed in the blowout loss.

Despite the majority of Miami’s six dropped passes occurring in the first half, Fitzpatrick compiled the most Dolphin passing yards in a single half (234 yards) since Ryan Tannehill’s 2015 game against Houston. The Dolphins moved the chains 14 times (also a season high), combing Fitzpatrick’s arm and legs; he is now the team leader in rushing yards for the 2019 season with 219 yards.

It would be completely understandable for the Dolphins to go into the proverbial tank these last two games. The final home date with Cincinnati on-deck, followed by a season finale in Foxboro, 3-13 looks to be more than a possibility, but rather a probability.

More on how that could affect the Dolphins draft positioning in the recap segment at the bottom of the page. Let’s get to the individuals.

Quarterback

It looked like business for usual for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins offense early at the Meadowlands Sunday. He was ripping the Giants zone defense for chunk yardage, escaping pressure and moving the chains with his legs, but coming up short in the red zone for the second consecutive game.

Miami’s first two drives traveled 99 yards, but yielded no points. Fitzpatrick had two misses that cost Miami points. First, a back-shoulder fade to Devante Parker left too far inside led to a turnover-on-downs. Then, on a later 3rd down, Fitzpatrick underthrew Parker to allow the defensive back to break up the pass. Miami would punt, opposed a fresh set of downs from inside the Giants 35-yard-line.

The dagger occurred on a Fitzpatrick run that resulted in a lost fumble, though the officiating crew blew the call on the field and in replay. Miami dropped six passes — including a ball off the facemask in the end zone — so it’s difficult to put too much of the blame on the quarterback.

Running Backs

Patrick Laird has some moments, but the gaffes are a weekly occurrence. He dropped another pass, failed to win a one-on-one situation on a stretch run that resulted in a safety, and he gets beat in pass protection every game. His 18-yard run saved his average for a respectable 3.8 yards per rush on 12 carries.

Myles Gaskin had a similar, average-saving run. Gaskin popped a 27-yarder in garbage time to get to 43 yards on nine carries, but he too has his shortcomings in pass protection.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Devante Parker has been consistent as they come this season. In his first game off the new contract that is schedules to keep him in Miami through the 2023 season, Parker went for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including another win on a 50-50 ball (more apt to call them 70-30 balls with Parker in range).

Albert Wilson was involved in the plan to the tune of five receptions on eight targets for 59 yards. Wilson has the shifty quality in condensed spaces that will provide the Dolphins with two, highly-utilizable traits going forward: 1.) uncover quickly from the slot on two-way-goes, and 2.) key misdirection to open up space for the rest of the offense.

Wilson’s start-stop ability, along with his prowess as a ball carrier could be a valuable piece in Chad O’Shea’s offense next season. He’ll have to be, in order to justify his retention at $8 million. The upside, for Miami, the commitment doesn’t extend beyond 2020. The team can certainly afford to keep Wilson on the books for another year and a better look at the player two full years removed from the hip injury.

Allen Hurns and Isaiah Ford were limited. Ford was the culprit of the facemask drop on a would-be touchdown in the second quarter, and Hurns only caught one pass. He was playing injured.

Mike Gesicki was involved early drawing matchups on the Giants safeties and linebackers. He had an opportunity on a takeoff against DeAndre Baker, but the pass was broken up. He caught four of eight for 47 yards. He continues to look more comfortable with each passing week.

Miami utilized plenty of offset 12-personnel formations (double tight ends inline to one side of the formation). Miami’s only semblance of a running game comes on stretch runs off this formation, and they do it in behind Clive Walford and Durham Smythe.

Walford was off to a sterling start, but two dropped passes quelled the strong showing. He and Smythe both hit a number of key blocks on Miami’s longer runs of the game.

Offensive Line

Miami shuffled the line throughout the day, and none of the combinations seemed to make improvements. Fitzpatrick was under siege, Miami failed to create any penetration on point-of-attack blocks, and another good scrambling day saved what otherwise could’ve been a shutout type of performance.

Michael Deiter’s issues are systemic at this point. He’s constantly off-balance, lacks conviction and confidence, and misses an assignment each time he’s out there. He looks good pulling and getting the second level, but that’s about where the praise stops.

Daniel Kilgore continues to demonstrate a lack of ability to do the things they want him to execute in this scheme. Reach blocks are an adventure, anchoring is a 50-50 proposition, and he rarely blows anybody off the ball.

Jesse Davis has quietly pieced together a better initial kick slide and pass set as a right tackle. He’s living up to his end of the bargain on those offset 12 runs to the right side.

Evan Brown, Shaq Calhoun and J’Marcus Webb were all difficult watches.

Defensive Line

Davon Godchaux has been the Devante Parker of the defense — consistently stable. Godchaux demonstrates his power with consistency, but he flashes big plays on a weekly basis with penetration. He made five more tackles Sunday, bringing his season total to 65.

Christian Wilkins is a poor man’s Godchaux in his rookie season. He too has the flash plays, but he’s not as consistent and can get moved a gap or two from time-to-time.

Taco Charlton was back after a healthy scratch a week ago. Taking Charles Harris’ spot, Taco made one tackle and saw a lot of runs go for big gains off his edge. The same was true on the other side against Avery Moss and the occasional outside ‘backer condensed inside to a six-technique.

Linebackers

Sam Eguavoen is piecing together a nice run. He came from the CFL as a standout in passing situations, and he’s been active doing just that. Falling into the hook zip and tipping footballs, applying pressure on the quarterback, and picking up a sack for the second straight week, Eguavoen is showcasing the goods to return as a sub package linebacker.

Jerome Baker had quite a day making plays. When he keys it and pulls the trigger, Baker is as disruptive as they come blowing up plays at the line-of-scrimmage. He used that speed to get into the hook zone for two plays on the ball, an interception and a PBU. He also made 12 tackles in the game.

Vince Biegel fell into the hook zone for a play of his own. Dropping in place of a blitzing Nik Needham, Biegel picked off the first pass of his career. He also continues to dent the edge and set up tackles as well as anyone on this defense.

Raekwon McMillan left the game with a hamstring injury. When he was out there, his impact was minimal. McMillan played all over the formation and tried to give Miami some help in more of a Sam ‘backer position.

Defensive Backs

It’s a mix mash of street free agents in the Miami secondary. For the fourth time this year, Miami signed a played on a Tuesday, then played him in the defensive backfield the following Sunday.

Nate Brooks was beaten up and down the field by fellow rookie Darius Slayton. Linden Stephens saw his first action as a Dolphins and made two tackles.

Eric Rowe made four tackles and continues to show his mettle in the box safety role. He’s definitely a fit going forward for that role.

Nik Needham had a day of peaks and valleys. He made an exceptional tackle on Saquon Barkley in space, but then came back and was juked badly by the former number-two overall pick. Needham got his hands on a ball that wound up going for a 51-yard touchdown. It was that kind of day for Needham and Miami.

Jomal Wiltz continues to show the competitiveness and tackling prowess that makes him a favorite to return as a sub package defensive back next season.

Recap

This game looked like a laugher early, in favor of the Dolphins. Despite three bad interceptions from Eli Manning, Miami continuously made errors that turned the game in favor of the home team.

Perhaps that result was best for Miami.

The Dolphins climb now to third in the 2020 NFL Draft. Miami leapfrogged Washington based on tie-breakers, as week 16 presents a pair of huge games in the race for better draft choices. Washington hosts the Giants while the Bengals visit Miami.

Winning one of the final two games would result in no worse than the fifth pick in the draft for the Fins, and Miami can climb all the way to second if the team finishes 3-13.

Whoever Miami deems as QB2 should be there for the taking. The Chase Young option will continue to compel the fan base, but his penchant for the up-field rush will likely make Miami pursue other avenues.

There’s a lot of time between now and the last weekend in April, including two more games. Brian Flores’ ability to get his team up for these final two could be telling.

Or maybe they won’t. It’s perfectly understandable if Miami are unable to mount a competitive fight in the final two weeks. The roster was depleted in every fashion imaginable (trades, cuts, injuries, player shutdowns), and even a good coaching staff has a breaking point.

The upshot for the 2019 season is that Miami secured a high draft pick and added a war chest of offseason resources. Perhaps best of all, the Dolphins now have surefire long-term fits that were largely unknowns just a few months prior.

Parker, Needham, Gesicki, Biegel, Rowe all emerged as surprise breakthrough players. Joining core parts like Godchaux, McMillan, Baker, and those returning from IR (Preston Williams, Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, Jakeem Grant, Jonathan Ledbetter), reinforcements are on the way for the 2020 season.

This season has been brutal. We’re eight quarters away from its conclusion, and the real season beginning. The 2020 Miami Dolphins offseason.

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Miami Dolphins Extend DeVante Parker

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One of the longest-tenured players on the team may very well be a Miami Dolphin for life.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins have extended DeVante Parker through the 2023 season.

All of the details are still being flushed out, but the deal is a 4-year, $40m extension, with an $8m signing bonus (which is guaranteed).

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Parker will earn $4.5m guaranteed in 2020, and $7.7m guaranteed in 2021.

Parker signs this extension in the middle of a career year. His 55 catches are 1 shy of his career-high (56, 2016), his 882 receiving yards surpass his prior career-high by 138 yards (2016), and his 6 touchdowns are only 3 less than his career total coming into the 2019 season.

Whether it’s Chad O’Shea‘s offense, a shift in Quarterback mentality, or the receiver finally coming into his own, Parker has shown that he can be a #1 receiver in this offense. Though some fans may be hoping for DeAndre Hopkins or Odell Beckham Jr. “elite”, the truth is, Parker isn’t that far behind.

His extension is in line with his production, and it’s fair to say that Parker’s potential still hasn’t been tapped. It’ll be interesting to see how much Parker builds off of his career-year, especially if the Dolphins can solidify their offensive line and give their receivers a chance to get open (more often).

Parker joins Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey as the only other 1st-round picks drafted this decade to have signed an extension with the team.

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Miami Dolphins roster move round-up: Week 15 sees several more changes

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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins continue to change up the roster

The Miami Dolphins have continued their roster churning in Week 15, leading up to their prizefight against the New York Giants on December 15.

While it’s been a mainstay strategy for the Dolphins this year, to comb over the waiver wire and the free agency market, there was a significant uptick in waiver wire awards last, totaling four new players being claimed.

Last week’s claimed players included Trevor Davis, Mack Hollins, Zach Zenner, and Zach Sieler. Zenner’s Miami stint was short-lived; he was waived on Tuesday, December 10 to make room for the newest wave of Dolphins signees.

Along with Zenner’s release, the Miami Dolphins added cornerbacks Ken Webster and Ryan Lewis to the Injured Reserve list.

Those three transactions allowed the Dolphins to scoop a player from the New England Patriots’ practice squad, defensive back Nate Brooks, a second player from the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad, linebacker Jamal Davis II, and a third player, offensive lineman Adam Pankey, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers.

Nate Brooks is a rookie defensive back that played at North Texas and has spent time with the Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.

Jamal Davis II is also a rookie. He entered the league from Akron. As mentioned above, he spent time with the Titans earlier this year before the Miami Dolphins signed him.

Adam Pankey is the most traveled player the Dolphins have added. Pankey went undrafted in 2017 out of West Virginia and has had two runs with the Packers and a short one with the Titans.

On December 7, cornerback Linden Stephens was added to the roster in a last-minute shuffle before the Dolphins-Jets game. Cornerback Chris Lammons was released to make room for Stephens on the squad, per Adam Beasley.

Stephens has had tenures with the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. He formerly played at Cincinnati in college.

In practice squad news, cornerback Rashard Causey was added to the group on December 12, per Safid Deen. Causey played college ball at UCF and has spent time with the Denver Broncos.

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