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Miami Dolphins have signed all but one drafted rookie

Shawn Digity



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Christian Wilkins being selected by the Dolphins at 13 during the 2019 Draft. Image courtesy of USA Today Sports

The Miami Dolphins are moving fast. The Fins have signed five out of six of the rookies they selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

It was announced on Thursday that Christian Wilkins, the Miami Dolphins’ first-rounder, had signed his rookie deal. Cameron Wolfe tweeted out the news on Thursday revealing that Wilkins had signed his deal. It didn’t stop there, though.

Fifth-rounder Andrew Van Ginkel and sixth-rounder Isaiah Prince also signed their contracts. The total is at five after Wednesday’s signings of the seventh-rounders, Chandler Cox and Myles Gaskin.

The only remaining member of the Fins’ draft class yet to sign is third-rounder Michael Deiter. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened within the coming days since the team will likely want all the rookies ready to go for mini-camp, which starts on Friday, May 10, or at least part way through it.

The Miami Dolphins were very busy on Thursday. Other than the rookies signing, the Miami Dolphins also signed former Buffalo Bill, offensive tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year deal.

The biggest announcement was saved for last. Late on Thursday, the Miami Dolphins announced a contract extension for star cornerback Xavien Howard. Howard was signed to a five-year, $76.5 million contract.

The Dolphins made some big waves today–all of which I think are stellar moves– and appear to be emulating the Patriots’ in some capacity, which isn’t a bad thing. It was a wise move to address Xavien Howard as soon as possible instead of letting it go down to the wire like the Miami Dolphins of yesteryear, and Howard will be a cornerstone for this defense for years to come.

The Jordan Mills signing was also a good deal, in my opinion. It’s a one-year, prove-it deal and he’ll likely get significant time after the experience he gained in his tenure with the Bills.

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



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?

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



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



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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