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Dolphins Defensive Tackle Kendrick Norton Loses Arm After Car Accident

Travis Wingfield

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Kendrick Norton was involved in a two-car accident late Wednesday night that resulted in the amputation of the 22-year-old’s arm. Paramedics arrived on-site with a surgeon and it has been reported that the only way to free Norton from his vehicle was to remove the arm.

The Dolphins signed Norton — a former Miami Hurricanes standout — from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad on 19 December 2018 after placing Frank Gore on IR. Norton was set to compete for a roster spot this summer at Dolphins training camp.

Norton is in critical condition, but is expected to survive the crash. Following this devastating event it is more than likely that the young player’s NFL career has sadly come to an abrupt end.

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    Steven

    July 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, awful news.

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Miami Dolphins sign cornerback Tyler Patmon

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The Miami Dolphins have filled out the final roster spot by signing a familiar face: Tyler Patmon

After a Sunday night visit on July 21st, the Dolphins have officially signed cornerback Tyler Patmon. The corner was with the team during the 2015 season but failed to leave his mark during his first stint with the team.

Tyler Patmon has, however, managed to keep his career chugging along with time spent in Dallas in 2014 and 2015 and Jacksonville in 2017 and 2018.

The news was broken on Twitter by the official DEC Management account, who represents Patmon.

The team makes reference to Patmon’s first attempt with the team, but this time should be a better fit for Patmon considering the team’s roster makeup. With a few more years of experience under his belt, Patmon stands a better chance of getting a foothold and making an impact.

Tyler Patmon is also a special signing because of his being the 91st player under contract. The Dolphins have found some value in signing a player internationally, which has allowed them the ability to sign Patmon as a bonus player.

I can’t say for certain if Patmon will ultimately end up on the final 53-man roster. My initial inclination is that it’ll be an uphill battle, but stranger things have happened. He might be able to step in and make some waves with the experience he has over some of the younger defensive backs.

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Dolphins Roster Moves Ahead of Training Camp

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As the Miami Dolphins begin to regroup to prepare for the first practice of training camp, the team announced several roster moves on Sunday.

The team has placed TE Dwayne Allen, LB Mike Hull and CB Cordrea Tankersley on the active/physically unable to perform list.

The Dolphins have also waived CB Jamar Summers, originally signed by the team on 12 May 2019, previously of the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct AAF.

In addition, the Dolphins have waived DT Kendrick Norton following his devestating injury earlier this month. It is reported that the team will continue to support financially and with access to medical benefits.

The signing of Dwayne Allen to a 2-year $7m contract was one of Chris Grier’s first moves of the 2019 free agency period. He arrived in Miami having spent the previous 2 seasons with the New England Patriots and will undoubtedly have some familiarity with HC Brian Flores. Allen had been held out of OTAs with an undisclosed injury and until he is fully recovered and able to play, his absence in practice will give more opportunities to Miami’s young group of TEs.

Cordrea Tankersley will inevitably be frustrated with a continuing injury, as CB depth on the team this year could offer him a chance to rebound and showcase his talents which were glimpsed in his 2017 rookie year. The former 3rd round pick missed 10 games in 2018 after being place on IR on 2nd November.

Although predominantly an effective special teams player, Mike Hull has also previously been called into defensive action as a backup linebacker with some success since entering the league as a UDFA in 2015. Hull had been placed on IR on 2 September 2018 after suffering a knee injury and was re-activated later in the regular season and was re-signed by the Dolphins on 20 March 2019.

In an effort to add depth to the group ahead of training camp, the Dolphins have claimed OT/G Will Holden who spent 2 years with the Arizona Cardinals (including brief stints on the Saints/Colts practice squads) and WR Saeed Blacknall off waivers. Blacknall was a UDFA coming out of Penn State in 2018 and spent the majority of the season on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad.

Be sure to stayed tuned in to Locked On Dolphins as the team takes to the field for training camp on Thursday.

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Miami Dolphins Madden 20 Ratings

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With Madden 20 hitting shelves on August 2nd, EA Sports has released the official player and team ratings for the game.

Here are the top 5 rated Miami Dolphins in Madden 20:

Kenny Stills-84

Laremy Tunsil-84

Xavien Howard-83

Reshad Jones-83

Minkah Fitzpatrick-80

Madden 20 took a different approach with ratings this year in order to create more distance between elite players and non-elite players. But with that being said, having Laremy Tunsil (who only surrendered 1 sack for all of the 2018 season) and Xavien Howard (INT leader and Pro Bowler) rated below 90 is insanity. These ratings are subject to change through out camp and preseason, so there is still hope that these ratings go up.

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Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) reacts to a sack with teammate defensive end Charles Harris (90) against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Here is my top 5 list of players that will most likely receive a big boost in their ratings between now and the end of the season.

Raekwon McMillan-74

Jerome Baker-76

Vincent Taylor-70

Josh Rosen-70

Minkah Fitzpatrick-80

Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan will have the benefit of having their Head Coach and Defensive Coordinators be former Linebacker coaches. Jerome Baker has recently put on weight to better handle his new and expanded role in the defense. Vincent Taylor was on a tear last year before his injury and now can build on his 2018 performance. Minkah Fitzpatrick should already be rated above 80, he does everything so well, so I don’t see him staying stagnant whatsoever. Josh Rosen is rated 70 due to him struggling as a rookie with Arizona but under Chad O’Shea’s system, I see Rosen elevating his game to at least reach the 80s club.

Click the link below to view the Miami Dolphins Madden 20 ratings and let me know on Twitter what you think. Is Madden and the rest of the league sleeping on the Miami Dolphins or did they get it right?

https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/player-ratings?i=1&t=12&s=ovr_rating:DESC&=undefined

As always, be sure to stay up to date with all that is the Miami Dolphins with the Locked On Dolphins team. Training camp is quickly approaching and we will have boots on the ground to keep you updated. Fins up!

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