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Tannehill Talks and Other Notes From Day 2 of OTAs

Travis Wingfield

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“Back from the dead.” That was the line Ryan Tannehill chose to open his first media availability with in 10 months.

After hitting the practice field with no limitations or restrictions, the Dolphins ushered out a plethora of players to speak with the sports journos of South Florida. Joining Tannehill was Albert Wilson, Dan Kilgore and Josh Sitton.

Kilgore and Sitton showcased their veteran presence immediately going to bat for their new signal-caller.

“He’s a damn impressive thrower on the run. He takes command of the huddle and the meeting rooms.”

Sitton knows a thing or two about being around an all-pro quarterback with a penchant for leading men.

Tannehill’s new center has taken a liking to him both on and off the field. “He’s a leader in and out of the huddle,” Kilgore said. “It’s been fun getting to know him and his family.”

With the support of his new teammates laid freshly in front of him, Tannehill took to the podium to discuss a variety of topics.

– He credited his wife (Lauren) for getting him through some very dark times the last two years.

– He said he received multiple agreeable opinions in regards to how to approach the initial knee-injury. If he could do it all over again, he’d do it the same way.

– He considers the injury to be one occurance, followed by a chain of events.

– Tannehill mentioned losing Jarvis (Landry) would be tough, but that he’s really excited about the guys he has in-house now.

– He said he was finally starting to play really good ball just before his injury. He has a good understanding of why Coach Gase calls the plays he does, and knows what Coach wants from each specific play call.

All things told, it was another ho-hum interview with Tannehill – a mild-mannered guy that isn’t going to provide dynamite sound bites.

As for on the field progress, the Dolphins’ coaches agree that Tannehill looks sharp. “If you didn’t know he was hurt before, you’d think everything was as it was before the injury.”

Tannehill found an early connection with Danny Amendola. The first series of plays included three consecutive completions from Tannehill, two to the former Patriot.

Amendola made news at practice by slamming his helmet into a fence after a pass targeted for him was batted down at the line-of-scrimmage.

Albert Wilson said he was the fastest player on the team and accepted a challenge to race speedster Jakeem Grant.

Keeping this in perspective, it was a limited practice in the month of May. We are still three months away from meaningful football, but the Dolphins raced out to a good start today.

Tannehill’s return, better attention to detail and the entire roster present for today’s workout – those are your headlines.

@WingfieldNFL

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Dolphins Waive TE Michael Roberts

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As the doors of the Dolphins’ training facility open to the newly signed rookie class, they close for another former Miami-hopeful after an active weekend of roster moves.

The Miami Dolphins have today waived TE Michael Roberts.

Roberts began his NFL career in 2017 out of Toledo as a 4th round pick of the Detroit Lions, possessing ideal measurements (6’5”, 265lb) for a playmaking TE.

A shoulder injury in December 2018 cut short Roberts’ time in Detroit and he was waived by the Lions following a failed physical as part of an attempted trade with the New England Patriots and subsequently waived quickly again after being picked up by the Green Bay Packers.

Roberts underwent reconstruction of the injured left shoulder in August 2019, having struggled both physically and mentally as his career path veered away from his dreams. Signed by the Dolphins in February 2020, it was hoped that Roberts could revive his NFL career in Miami’s TE room, competing with Durham Smythe for the TE2 spot behind Mike Gesicki.

At only 26 years old, it remains to be seen whether the young TE will be able to regain full health and return to the game, but the craziness of 2020 only puts further hurdles in his path as training camp rosters are reduced across the league to 80 players in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t expect Brian Flores and his staff to sit on their hands when it comes to competition – 2019 highlighted on a regularly churning roster of names being given a chance to succeed – and this approach is expected to continue at certain positions. As such, Saturday’s news that former Chicago Bears’ TE Adam Shaheen had been acquired by the Dolphins ensures that healthy competition can continue to spread through the roster, and proves the willingness of the front office to give chances to promising players who may not have achieved during their first NFL stop.

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Miami Dolphins Trade for Tight End Adam Shaheen

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After a breakout 2019 campaign, it looks like Mike Gesicki will have some competition.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Miami Dolphins have traded a 2021 6th-round pick to the Chicago Bears for tight end Adam Shaheen.

A former 2nd-round pick (2017) out of Ashland University (Division II), Shaheen excelled during the combine, which led to an increase in his draft stock. The Bears jumped at the opportunity of molding a raw prospect, and selected Shaheen with the 45th pick in the draft. He was the 5th tight end taken in the draft that year, well above where he was originally projected when he declared for the NFL.

Though the Bears were optimistic, it seems Shaheen hasn’t lived up to his draft status. After three seasons, Shaheen has 26 receptions for 249 yards and 4 touchdowns. His playtime has diminished from 239 offensive snaps in 2017, to 160 in 2018 and 174 in 2019; with injuries playing a part the past two seasons. For comparisons sake, Durham Smythe had 482 offensive snaps last season alone (Shaheen has 573 for his career).

Shaheen became expendable after the Bears drafted Cole Kmet in the 2nd-round of the 2020 draft and signed Jimmy Graham to a 2-year contract earlier this offseason. With 8 tight ends on the Chicago Bears roster, you know something had to give. And from the perspective of a Bears’ fan, receiving any compensation for a likely roster cut is rewarding enough.

Trading a 6th-round pick means Shaheen is a favorite to win one of the backup tight end spots, should the Dolphins keep 3 on their roster.

It’s unlikely that Shaheen is a possible replacement for Smythe, as Shaheen is meant to be a receiving threat more than an in-line blocker, but there is so much untapped potential with Shaheen that it’s hard to guess what the Dolphins will receive from him.

We assume Mike Gesicki will continue to grow, but behind him, the cupboard is pretty barren. Shaheen adds much-needed depth to a tight end room that currently includes Smythe, Michael Roberts, Chris Myarick and undrafted rookie Bryce Sterk.

 

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Miami Dolphins’ Jones and Howard land in top 10 CB rankings

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Xavien Howard
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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – On Tuesday night, CBS Sports HQ revealed its power rankings for the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

And in their top 10 rankings, the Miami Dolphins landed two players: Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.

The rankings were created by Patrik Walker through the CBS Sports HQ Twitter account and are indicative of where Walker sees the league’s top corners as they enter the 2020 season.

Jones came in at six, and Howard landed at eight.

Howard was shut down for the most part in 2019 but saw his first Pro Bowl after the 2018 season, where he caught seven interceptions, tying for the most. Howard is going into his fifth year, all with the Dolphins.

Howard was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Byron Jones joined the Miami Dolphins earlier in 2020 after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract and is slated to start across from Howard.

Jones is going into his sixth year in the NFL after originally being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2015 Draft, 27 overall.

Regardless of their positional rankings, there will be high expectations for the cornerback tandem as they are projected to be the starters and already have a proven track record in the NFL.

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