The message has been sent, get the job done, or get out of town
Holders of an under-ticket of five practices before the first coaching fire can collect their winnings at the window. Just six months after his appointment, the Dolphins have relieved Pat Flaherty from his post as the Offensive Line Coach.
Flaherty joined the Miami staff after two years in Jacksonville, a year in San Francisco, and 12 years with the New York Giants — all O-Line positions.
After two days of padded practice, Brian Flores decided to pull the plug on the man he entrusted this valuable position to back in February. It’s always better to cut losses on a mistake before incompetence festers, but it still serves as a hiccup on an otherwise positive half-year on the job.
Both of those practices ended in goal line sessions where the defensive line penetrated Miami’s front on nearly every snap. Additionally, there were a lot of individual pass rush wins against all men not named Laremy Tunsil in the positional drills.
The move comes with more than just a silver lining; Miami might have upgraded at the position.
Dave DeGuglielmo took over for Chris Forster in week 6 2017. The Dolphins pass blocking efficiency (@PFF) ranks were as follows:
Weeks 1-5: 21st
Weeks 6-17: 2nd
He then went to Indianapolis and directed 2018's 10th ranked pass blocking OL. He's back with the Dolphins for 2019.
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) July 15, 2019
Dave DeGuglielmo’s dismissal in Indianapolis seems ominous on the surface, but it’s important to note that he was initially hired as part of Josh McDaniels’ staff, and stayed on when the team wound up hiring Frank Reich.
Additionally, DeGuglielmo’s Colts unit ranked first in sacks allowed in the NFL last season. It also adds another New England tie to Flores’ staff. DeGuglielmo spent two years on the Patriots staff (2014-2015) working with legendary Coach, Dante Scarnecchia.
Chad O’Shea likely envisions a Patriots-like offense, so it’s easy to connect the dots as to why the man they refer to as “Gugs” is fit for the job.
Miami Dolphins Extend DeVante Parker
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.
The #Dolphins and WR DeVante Parker are finalizing a four-year extension worth over $40 million, source said. Lot of guaranteed money. Another step in his remarkable turnaround. 💰
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 13, 2019
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 will make 4.5 M guaranteed in 2020 and 7.7 M guaranteed in 2021. Also, he's five catches and 120 yards from making another 1.5 M in incentives this season
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 13, 2019
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.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 13, 2019
Miami Dolphins roster move round-up: Week 15 sees several more changes
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.
We have signed DB Nate Brooks off New England’s practice squad, signed LB Jamal Davis off Tennessee’s practice squad and been awarded T Adam Pankey off waivers from Green Bay.
We have also placed CB Ryan Lewis and CB Ken Webster on injured reserve and waived RB Zach Zenner.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 10, 2019
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.
Dolphins add their sixth new player of the week, signing cornerback Linden Stephens off Seattle’s practice squad. To make room, they waived cornerback Chris Lammons.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) December 7, 2019
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.
The #Dolphins have added former UCF and Davie University School DB Rashard Causey to their practice squad today.
— Safid Deen 💯💯💯💯 (@Safid_Deen) December 12, 2019
The Miami Dolphins had a huge week of roster moves
MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins make a myriad of roster moves
The Miami Dolphins made another handful of roster moves, which has been par for the course this year.
The Miami Dolphins have not been shy about their presence on the waiver wire. And leading into Week 14’s games, the team has once again claimed several new players to add into the mix.
Let’s address the moves in chronological order.
The first flurry of transactions included claiming and being awarded wide receiver Trevor Davis from the Oakland Raiders and running back Zach Zenner from the Arizona Cardinals.
The Green Bay Packers drafted Davis in the fifth round of 2016’s draft out of California, and he spent three seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Raiders for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
The Raiders waived Davis earlier this month.
Zenner, on the other hand, went undrafted in 2015, coming out of South Dakota State. He spent a bulk of his five-year career with the Detroit Lions but also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Cardinals.
In the corresponding moves, running back Kalen Ballage was added to the Injured Reserve list, thus ending his season, and safety Montre Hartage was waived.
The Miami Dolphins Twitter account confirmed these transactions (and all others mentioned).
The league ratified the moves on December 3.
We have been awarded WR Trevor Davis off waivers from Oakland and RB Zach Zenner off waivers from Arizona.
We have placed RB Kalen Ballage on injured reserve and waived S Montre Hartage. pic.twitter.com/DZ6SFz733w
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 3, 2019
On December 4, the Miami Dolphins continued their roster churning with another claim and a practice-squad poach.
The team signed interior offensive lineman Evan Brown from the New York Giants practice squad.
Brown is in the midst of his second season in the NFL after the Giants originally signed him an undrafted free agent in 2018.
The Dolphins were also awarded wide receiver Mack Hollins from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hollins spent his college career at the University of North Carolina before the Eagles drafted him the 2017 Draft’s fourth round.
To make room for Brown and Hollins, cornerback Ken Crawley, who was awarded to the Dolphins off the waivers at the end of October, and interior offensive lineman Chris Reed were waived.
We have signed C/G Evan Brown off the N.Y. Giants practice squad and were awarded WR Mack Hollins off waivers from Philadelphia.
We have waived/injured CB Ken Crawley and waived C/G Chris Reed.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 4, 2019
The most recent move occurred on December 5 and included the release of sixth-round rookie offensive tackle Isaiah Prince.
The Dolphins drafted Prince out of Ohio State.
This move was made to clear a spot for another claimed player, Zach Sieler, from the Baltimore Ravens.
Sieler is a defensive tackle and was initially taken by the Ravens in the seventh round of the 2018 Draft.
We have been awarded defensive tackle Zach Sieler off waivers from Baltimore and waived tackle Isaiah Prince.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 5, 2019
All these moves, which featured four players being claimed and won off the waiver wire, are apropos of the Dolphins’ 2019 season.
The team has scoured the waiver wire every week with a fine-tooth comb, looking for hidden gems that could be developmental investments.
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