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Miami Dolphins 2019 Training Camp Journal – Day 6 (July 31)

Travis Wingfield

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Quick Notes:

– Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti passed away at the age of 78. The flags at Dolphins headquarters were appropriately flown at half-staff.

Dwayne Allen was activated off the physically unable to performance list and participated in individual drills at Wednesday’s practice.

– Punter Stone Wilson has been waived — Matt Haack it is.

Albert Wilson continue to work in individual drills, while getting conditioning work off to the side during team drills. Today he was shadow boxing.

Kiko Alonso and Kalen Ballage were held out of practice.

Jakeem Grant left practice with an undisclosed injury, but later returned.

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The pieces are being laid for a consistent, exciting program in South Florida

The sweeping coaching changes — and the consequential schematic overhaul this offseason — was integral to the growth of Locked On Dolphins this year. Brian Flores, Patrick Graham, and Chad O’Shea provided us with a platform to speculate on the vision for the plan on either side of the ball, with multiple influences to consider.

As the 2019 season is officially a week old — with six practices in the rear view — the picture might be coming clear as to what this team will look like. From personnel usage, to the assignments of that personnel, Stephen Ross had to envision something of a Foxboro-South-look with the third regime appointed under his watch.

And that’s what he’s getting.

Multiple looks on both sides of the ball, as well as specific jobs designed to make the players feel at ease, think less, and play faster, are incorporating an entirely new feel at Dolphins camp.

For the sixth-straight practice, teaching was at the forefront of day’s priority. Shortened team-periods are scattered throughout a day chock full of individual drills that accomplish two things:

1.) Improve technique
2.) Provide a conditioning apparatus

One such drill saw the linebackers and defensive backs dropping to the ground (up-downs) and then pursuing the ball carrier. In addition to providing extra conditioning, this simulates more real time feel as the players sniff out screen passes.

The offensive line was intently focused on combination blocks throughout the day, which makes sense given that the defense was throwing the kitchen sink at them with games (stunts, slants, twists).

Dave DeGuglielmo has brought a different intensity to the OL practices. Guys are getting extended work through rapid repetition (someone told me that one lineman in particular lost 15 pounds in water weight yesterday).

A separate drill saw the lineman shooting hands, then slowly working laterally, maintaining a wide base, in what looked like an outside zone simulation.

The practice as a whole was a lot sharper than the two previous showing. Fewer balls on the ground, a lot of creativity and play-making from either unit, and an effective install-day in front of a pretty small crowd at the training facility in Davie.

Quarterbacks

Since the pads went on, it’s been a rough few days for Ryan Fitzpatrick. He threw three interceptions and fumbled yet another snap. He was inaccurate with his throws, but his aggressiveness might’ve had more to do with the result than what you might see on a game day (then again, the gunslinger mentality often shows up on Sundays too).

In the warmup portion Fitzpatrick was really cutting things loose with some impressive drive throws. Perhaps he knew he was going to take some chances and wanted to heat up the old sidearm.

For the sixth-straight practice, Fitzpatrick was out on the field before the others with Rosen bringing up the rear. Maybe Rosen is getting extra meeting time in the facility. I don’t know.

Fitzpatrick provided the funniest moment of camp when Kenyan Drake reversed field on a run, and Fitz ran down field as the point man in an escort of blockers — luckily the defense heeded to the red shirt.

For the first time all camp, Josh Rosen was decidedly the best quarterback on the field. Like Fitzpatrick, he was more aggressive than normal — though he did settle for the check down a little too often in the team period. But he was far better with his processing in today’s practice completing more chunk throws than on any other day.

Comebacks were the route of the day and he was on time with a lot of these throws — and accurate. In the one-on-one period he dropped a pair of gorgeous deep balls in the bucket for long touchdowns.

Jake Rudock made a lot of mistakes with the third string unit, but he saw some work on second team and even with some starters after Fitzpatrick was pulled for throwing an interception.

While the rest of the team continued work on the far field, the quarterbacks gathered with Chad O’Shea and Jerry Schuplinski on the near field. This offseason we learned that Josh McDaniels typically spent his days with Tom Brady, while Schuplinski worked on developing the younger quarterbacks. The same thing occurred today as Fitzpatrick and O’Shea shared a walk-and-talk, while Schuplinski coached up Rosen and Rudock.

Linebackers

Jerome Baker continues to shine, and in a variety of roles. Standing over the ball, calling the defense, Baker has worked on rerouting, playing coverage, blitzing the A-gaps and rushing the edge — and he’s doing well in all of these areas.

Baker was joined by Andrew Van Ginkel on a variety of these pressure packages, including showing double A-gap pressure. The Mike Zimmer staple, the idea is to confuse the protection call and mixing up the act of actually coming on the blitz, or pulling out with dummy pressure, puts added heat on the interior line and quarterback.

While those guys are busy making life hell on the protection scheme, Sam Eguavoen works tirelessly in coverage. At one point, Eguavoen was dropping down the pipe in what looks like a Tampa 2. Gone are the days of Kiko Alonso covering grass, and arriving are coverage specialists that can recognize route concepts and pick up bodies opposed to covering space.

Raekwon McMillan continues to begin with the second-team, but as Coach Flores said, he’s playing some mind games in regards to who plays on which team, and this is likely one of those players. He’s been effective working downhill, but he can get caught in coverage (that’s the player he is).

Defensive Line

Charles Harris had his best day of camp. The Dolphins were incorporating multiple different looks along the defensive line including some fun tandems and techniques that would provide stunts or dummy stunts (fake the loop, then rush the outside shoulder of the tackle). Harris spent a lot of the day in the backfield, but he continues to be inconsistent holding the point-of-attack in the run game.

Tank Carradine is having a marvelous camp. He — like Harris — is working with the first-team in even-fronts and he’s doing more than just holding the edge in the ground-game, he’s adding some pass rush to his arsenal.

Davon Godchaux, Vincent Taylor, Akeem Spence, and Adolphus Washington are likely the secondary cause of all the offensive line shuffling (more on that in a minute). All four have been sterling this camp creating push, walking the line back, and clogging up lanes in the running game.

If that group sustains that level of play, with this Dolphins line backing corps looking as good as it has, this stands to be the best front seven Miami has had in a long time. And forget the lack of true, pure, edge-rushers — that’s not what the scheme does. They want to beat you up inside and create the rush through clever blitzing and overloading pressure — and they’ve done that so far.

Jonathan Ledbetter’s strong camp was rewarded with first-team action. He was part of some interesting alignments, in tandem with Charles Harris, that I can’t go into detail on, and he continues to dent the edge against the run.

Christian Wilkins hasn’t been as impactful as you might like — not that he’s been bad — but the focus appears to be on getting him both conditioned and acclimated to the many roles he will play. He’s lined up everywhere and is clearly going to be counted on for a massive workload.

Nate Orchard had his best day. He’s played like a cut candidate so far, but he was constantly in the backfield on Wednesday

Defensive Backs

Another day, another pair of interceptions for Xavien Howard — he’s in mid-season form.

Joining him might be Eric Rowe, who has been as good as anyone in camp. Rowe probably leads all defensive backs in pass breakups, and he had two more today. He’s taking well to the mirror and bail techniques being asked of him, and he’s consistently winning against big, physical receivers like Parker and Williams.

The second-tier group had a better day. Nik Needham got his hands on two footballs, including an impressive, instinctive rep where he read a comeback and undercut the ball to break it up.

Jalen Davis saw some third-team work on the outside and handled that duty admirably. It’s been a bit of a disappointing camp for Cornell Armstrong, and specifically Jomal Wiltz — he’s been picked on regularly.

T.J. McDonald is off to a terrific start. His interception saw him lurking around the line of scrimmage, passing off a back into the flat and coming back for the backside crosser in the hook zone, and snatching the football.

Bobby McCain is showing a better comfort level with his role in the middle of the field. He drove on a dig route against Parker and broke it up, and has done well to head off potential seam shots in team drills.

Torry McTyer is involved in a lot of successful downfield passes. He’s not had the camp he was hoping for in year-three.

Wide Receivers

Today was the most interesting from an install perspective. The way Sean McVay has befuddled coordinators with jamming his slots in-tight to the formation, the Dolphins could look to create an extra gap in this way as well. Stacking receivers is common, but not as much so with a nasty split (just off the tight end).

Stacking and switching is a great way to beat man coverage. Chad O’Shea figures to bring these principles with him from New England, and he has some electric combinations with which to accomplish that look.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (15) at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on May 23, 2018. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Devante Parker is having one hell of a camp. He’s not losing any speed or burst (a result of better health, perhaps?) He has not been among the guilty drop party, he’s stacking effectively stacking corners, and he’s winning on a variety of routes.

Parker’s chemistry with Fitzpatrick is apparent. The timing and possession-like rebounder traits are syncing up nicely.

Kenny Stills had another drop and was largely quiet in the team portion, just as Jakeem Grant has been of late. Grant is uncoverable in one-on-ones, but I’d like to see him get some more work in those team drills — it’s feasible that Grant is held out tomorrow after sustaining a minor injury.

I mentioned Wilson off the top, but he looked more explosive today than he has all camp — he clearly wants to get back in there. He ran a pivot route that looked just like peak Wilson from last October.

Preston Williams is going to make the team. Between the first-team inclusion, the red-zone prowess and extended work as a gunner on special teams, he’s enduring a large workload for a reason. The same could be said of fellow undrafted free agent Trenton Irwin. Irwin had a fun moment before practice where he caught five balls off the jugs punt machine (without putting any of them down).

Offensive Line

The interior line has struggled since the pads came on. Will Holden must be on his last leg because he received a first-team promotion yesterday, stayed there today, and continues to get worked over. He was whipped in the one-on-one pass rush drills and allowed constant pressure in team periods.

Shaq Calhoun was the other first-team elevated lineman, and he struggled with the power of Miami’s fierce interior line.

Jesse Davis was beaten for a sack, snap issues continued, and Michael Deiter is getting better each day. He had a drive-block on Eguavoen that proceeded 5-7 yards downfield.

Isaiah Prince had some run on the second team and looked formidable in the ground game — that’s his forte.

I think it’s pretty clear who the top five or six guys are. I’d prefer they went with that lineup (Tunsil-Deiter-Kilgore-Reed-Davis) and just work on continuity from here on out — the Holden experiment lasted two days too long.

Aaron Monteiro had a nice block to spring a big run, Kyler Fuller continues to get a lot of second-team work, and Tony Adams finally joined the group of three centers to work with the QBs before practice on exchanges.

Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen returned and gave a different look to the group — he is a thick, THICK dude. He was involved as a pass catcher and might get more opportunities in that regard than he previously has with the Patriots.

Allen’s return certainly motivated Nick O’Leary — he was awesome today. He made multiple catches in the team period including a nice contested catch working up the hash marks in the middle of the field.

Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe were very quiet and Clive Walford’s injury likely spells the end to his homecoming.

Running Backs

It’s really difficult to gage the success of the running back’s carries in these drills that don’t go live. Kenyan Drake is clearly the best one on the field (with Ballage down), but Patrick Laird just might be the one getting the longest look among the rest.

Another Patriots-like influence (see their final scoring drive in the Super Bowl) backs will split out wide and take an easy five-yard hitch, essentially given away by the defense. Laird was involved in this way frequently on Wednesday.

Mark Walton found the edge on a nice run and Myles Gaskin looked the part both in protection and the passing game. It’ll take game action to really separate this group.

Recap

These schemes are complex. Even as a self-proclaimed film junkie, it’s not easy to identify the multiple looks of the defense, the two and three-man route combinations, and the variety within the route tree. That could explain the struggles and lack of trust in the eyes of Josh Rosen in the early goings.

The biggest revelation is that this defense could be really good — and immediately. I tuned in to Move the Sticks on the way back to the hotel. Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks raved about Miami having a great start on defense — both from a leadership and production standpoint — with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Christian Wilkins. That doesn’t even include superstar Xavien Howard and breakout candidate Jerome Baker.

The Dolphins run defense is going to be miles better this year. The little mistakes should be less — in fact, they already are. Miami is drilling these fine details, working on establishing a program that executes and plays to its own advantages.

It’s probably not going to happen this year, but this team is on the right track. With the changes and progress, I’ve seen in just a week’s time, if the Dolphins hit next offseason out of the park, they’ll be the new sheriff in the Post-Brady-and-Belichick AFC East.

@WingfieldNFL

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    Michael

    August 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

    If Fitzpatrick starts week one imo Flores should be fire. Fitzpatrick is not is apart of the future he is actually wasting valuable first team reps right now that Rosen should be taking. Miami should have kept Gore and Wake if Fitzpatrick is starting. Ross and Grier preached rebuilding the team the right way having a 36 yr old journeyman qb start over a top 10 first round qb is not the right way.

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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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