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.
Dolphins announce they have signed five of their six draft picks, including 1st round pick Christian Wilkins, before rookie minicamp begins tomorrow.
Andrew Van Ginkel, Isaiah Prince, Chandler Cox, Myles Gaskin also in the group that signed Thursday.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) May 9, 2019
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.
Miami Dolphins Madden 20 Ratings
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:
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.
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.
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!
Assistant HC/QB Coach Jim Caldwell Takes Leave Of Absence
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.
“Our focus is on Jim’s health and supporting him in every way that we can. With his knowledge and experience, Jim has been an invaluable member to our coaching staff and will continue to serve as a sounding board for me throughout the season.” – Coach Brian Flores
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 13, 2019
Dolphins Defensive Tackle Kendrick Norton Loses Arm After Car Accident
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.
With sadness, I can confirm that Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm. We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 4, 2019
We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 4, 2019
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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