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Miami Dolphins cut Danny Amendola after one season

Shawn Digity

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In another cost-saving move, the Miami Dolphins have cut wide receiver Danny Amendola after one season.

The Miami Dolphins purge had already been underway with guys like Ted Larsen and Andre Branch getting released, but now you can add Danny Amendola on to that list.

The news was first broken by Ian Rappoport and should not be a huge surprise. The move could hardly be considered a shocker for a rebuilding Miami Dolphins team and since Amendola wasn’t guaranteed anything for 2019, it made sense to relieve nearly $6 million worth of money that he would’ve been owed in 2019.

Danny Amendola was barely a weapon for the Dolphins in 2018 and logged 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown. Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant are going to be the guys in the spotlight moving forward, and Amendola’s release solidifies that notion.

Danny Amendola originally signed a two-year deal last off-season in 2018, which could’ve been worth up to $12 million. Amendola will likely find another short-term contract with some other team, though. He’s 33, but someone will offer him a one-year deal, I’m sure.

This is just another move in a roster reconstruction. It’s obviously not the first cap casualty and it’s almost certainly not going to be the last, as many believe DeVante Parker is also going to be cut. Danny Amendola‘s release made almost too much sense and Miami could very well look for a slot-receiver replacement in this year’s draft, maybe someone like Andy Isabella, David Sills or JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

I am an Ohio University alum and I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for the last two years. I’ve been a Dolphins fan since I was a kid and I picked them because I liked the old-school logo. It grew from that as I got older and I luckily caught the tail end of Dan Marino’s career. It’s stuck ever since and now I’m an upstart, wild-and-free Dolphins beat writer, loving every second of it.

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Miami Dolphins Madden 20 Ratings

Oliver Candido

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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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Assistant HC/QB Coach Jim Caldwell Takes Leave Of Absence

Chris Kowalewski

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The Miami Dolphins have announced that Assistant HC/Quarterbacks Coach, Jim Caldwell will be taking a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins, citing heath reasons.

Jim Caldwell brings an experienced level of coaching leadership to Miami as the Dolphins aim to mentor their young QB prospect, Josh Rosen.

Caldwell is still expected to be available as a consultant and information resource for the team through the 2019 season, but clearly there are larger pressing concerns for the 64 year old coach.

Brian Flores had surrounded himself with experienced staff heading into his debut season as Head Coach and the impact of Caldwell’s regular presence will likely only make the road a little more difficult.

Whatever the issues may be, our best wishes at Locked On Dolphins go to Coach Caldwell for a speedy and full recovery.

 

 

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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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