Sports are the greatest thing in existence. Embedded life-lessons, the thrills of victory and the despair of defeat, competition compartmentalizes everything we love and loathe on this planet.
Some moments stand atop all the others. For fans of the Miami Dolphins, Sunday could be the current pinnacle. As a 31-year-old myself, I wonder if the way this week has unfolded is what it’s like to win a Super Bowl – only that feeling lasts for seven months opposed to seven days.
The moment Jimmy Cefalo shouts, “DRAKE,” in sudden realization that the third-year running back is going to beat Rob Gronkowski to the end-zone, still evokes an indescribable ecstasy.
By now, most of you reading this know how I experienced the Miami Miracle – in a way that would make any ‘Phins fan envious.
I’ll tell you my recollection of that exact moment, how I remember Jason’s reaction, and leave you with the rest of the staff’s memories of that special seven seconds.
I had just tweeted the ramifications of what that loss meant to the rest of the Dolphins season. It’s the greatest “this didn’t age well” tweet I have ever sent. I expected Stills to be tackled. I expected Drake to get caught from behind. But once he slipped that tackle, redirected inside and turned on the jets, it hit me.
Dolphins get 2 punts blocked, drop a crucial third down play, have a WR slide down short of the sticks costing another possession, and still came within a field goal of beating the Pats. Too bad moral victories don't count in the win column.
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) December 9, 2018
“HE’S GONNA SCORE! OH MY GOD, HE’S GONNA SCORE!”
We were in the same section of the usual suspects of beat writers. Everyone was searching around in a panicked disbelief of what they had just seen.
I couldn’t believe it myself. Jason (@MiamiDpunx) sure as hell couldn’t believe it. He was speechless. He struck the surrender cobra position with a blank canvas of a face as if he had just seen a ghost.
We reveled for a minute, then booked it down to the ground level to catch Belichick’s presser.
It wasn’t till about four hours later, after all of our work was done, when we got back to our rental house that we were able to properly reflect. We both agree, it would’ve been better to have been in the stands where we could’ve let loose our true emotions.
So no, that reporter was not referring to us regarding people cheering in the box. Frankly, I think he’s salty, because it was quiet in that box – outside of people expressing their disbelief just like the rest of us.
So there I was, chin in my hand, looking apathetically out the clear glass of the press box in front of me. The New England Patriots received the ball with about 4 minutes left and promptly drove up the field. I initially thanked them for giving me time to accept the fate that was to befall on the Dolphins 2018 season.
I could hear media pundits, NFL “experts” and various sports fans gloating about how they knew Miami wasn’t going to be a playoff team, despite most of these people picking the Dolphins to finish in the bottom tier of the league – alongside the likes of the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars, eh……
This feeling of doubt was further reinforced when Kalen Ballage danced deep in Dolphins territory for 9 inexplicably arduous seconds, before gaining virtually no progress worth a damn.
So I sit there – head in my hand, watching the Dolphins offense muster one final play before packing in the 2018 season.
First Kenny Stills catches the pass and is nearly wrapped up – like Jesus Christmas, we couldn’t pick anyone who was actually open?
He escapes his man and pitches it to DeVante Parker; who, for whatever reason, decided to immediately pitch the ball to Kenyan Drake…..even though our 2nd highest draft pick on the field (behind Tannehill) had plenty of space in front of him in which he could have drawn a defender.
Nope. This son of a bitch wants nothing to do with the ball. I even let out an audible “Parker what are you doing” as I’m sitting in my seat because what did Parker not realize when he pitched the ball?
That Kenyan Drake had a defender right on his tail! Like broooo….our season was about to end because Parker didn’t take one second to analyze the field around him and Drake was about to get wrapped up.
But Drake is a real football player and shook that defender off almost as easily as the New York Jets screw up their draft picks.
So he gets a little open space, and at this point, people start to realize that something might actually happen. To my left, Travis is starting to say “oh my god”, and to my right, reporters are beginning to mumble excitedly.
But Drake was running sideways, not towards the end zone. He still wasn’t even in the red zone and the Patriots still had 3 defenders blocking his path to the goal line.
Then, Drake makes a quick cut up field. Now, I’m standing up and my mouth is wide open. Now, this fluke play has a chance of becoming a reality.
Suddenly someone on the Dolphins (later to be revealed as Ted Larsen) springs a block that trips up two Patriots….immediately taking out anyone who could catch Drake from behind.
Now, the reality is starting to look like a miracle. Now, Travis is getting hushed by Andy Cohen because his “oh my gods” have turned to “he’s going to score!”
Now my hands are on my head. Holy s***, this might happen. He just has to beat….HOLY S*** GRONK TRIPPED!
And as Drake passes Gronk the crowd begins to erupt. I don’t see a flag, I don’t think he stepped out of bounds, there are no whistles and players are running into the tunnel….Miami won, right? What just happened? What did I just witness?
Travis shakes me looking for any kind of reaction and all I remember is slowly turning to face him….my jaw still wide open….my hands still on my head….and I can’t mutter a word. I’m stunned silent.
I can’t believe I just witnessed one of the most historic plays in Miami Dolphins history. You’re telling me I have to go downstairs and professionally refrain from any biases as I head into the lockerroom? All we want to do is join every other fan and celebrate until the moon sets and the sun rises.
The professionalism (and desire to see Bill Belichick crushed during his press conference) kept me composed and allowed me to gather myself quick enough to catch the elevator filled with local and national writers who were all stunned.
This moment would have been amazing if I witnessed it on TV, but it was absolutely priceless being part of the Miami Dolphins as history unfolded. A huge thanks to everyone involved with the Miami Dolphins for making this moment one I’ll never forget.
I was at work and couldn’t find a stream of the game anywhere, so I was furiously refreshing Twitter to get updates on the game. The Patriots has just kicked the field goal to go up 33-28, and I was gutted. Miami had put forth perhaps its most complete game of the season, and were still about to lose to the mighty Patriots. I went to the restroom, and when I came back, the only words that came across my Twitter stream were “MIAMI MIRACLE!”. I sat and stared at my computer for a while, not really believing my eyes or my Twitter feed. It took about 30 seconds, and then I went NUTS. It was such a crazy swing of emotions, and I’m glad Miami was on the winning side of it this time.
With the recent addition to our family in a new baby boy, my Dolphins watching was reluctantly moved to our chilly Iowa garage due to excessive noise during the game, and on a day like Sunday, my banishment from the house now makes sense. A few friends who were both Dolphins and Chiefs fans came by, and with both being big games for each other’s teams, we thought it’d be a fun to fire up the heater and get together for the games.
After a mostly great game, when the Patriots made the field goal to go up 5 with 7 seconds left, depression set in, our heads buried in our phones. However, our mood quickly changed from depression to disbelief to irrational screaming and yelling in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, many victory shots and Busch Lights were had following the Miami Miracle.
Will Rogers @WDeMottRogers –
I’m currently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and needed to find a place that would be playing the Dolphins game. I ended up finding a nice dive sports bar. I walked in expecting a wave of Panthers fans but was met with a handful of Patriots fans.
During the game we had some friendly back and forth after touchdowns. 4th quarter, seven seconds left, I’m finishing a beer to make a quick exit when the Miami Miracle happens. I don’t say a word and just raise my hands in the air. The gaggle of Pats fans exits the bar, passing behind me muttering under their booze-soaked-breath.
What a great Sunday it was.
Reading over those notes from the lads brought the warm and fuzzies right back. Hopefully the Dolphins pay us off with a similar miracle and make a post-season push.
Face of the Franchise Series: Best of the Rest
Two decades removed from his retirement, the Miami Dolphins are still in-search of Dan Marino’s replacement
7,094 days, 308 games. That arduous, ceaseless waiting period spans the time from Dan Marino’s last buckle of the chin strap, to present day. The Packers and Colts were fortunate enough to hand the ball from one legend to another without skipping a beat. For Dolphins fans, Marino’s retirement coincides not only with the turn of the century, but with the downturn of the once winningest franchise in professional sports.
Chad Pennington’s 2008 MVP runner-up season sits a mere blip on the radar of futility. Ryan Tannehill teased fans for five years before an injury brought all hope to a fiery end. Daunte Culpepper was the worst consolation prize ever contrived and John Beck, Chad Henne, and Pat White each qualify as second-round busts.
The misery feels perpetual yet, somehow, not defeating. At least the Dolphins got the bat off the shoulder this offseason by taking a crack at Josh Rosen, but his rookie tape leaves plenty to be desired. A first-round signal-caller is the odds-on-favorite for Miami in next April’s draft; a class brimming with quarterback talent.
If patience truly is a virtue, then Dolphins fans have waited long enough. The collective has earned the right to unanimously appoint the next hero of professional football in South Florida. No more arguments, no more debates; just an unequivocal beast of a quarterback capable of willing the aqua and orange to victory on any given Sunday.
The same way #13 did for so many years.
Over the summer we will look at the top quarterback prospects entering the 2019 college football season.
Now, for the group battling to infiltrate the top four QBs — the best of the rest.
The Best of the Rest
Any prospect with professional aspirations would prefer to enter his final college season with considerable fanfare and expectations. More attention equals more eyeballs, and more eyeballs equals more opportunity to make an impression.
That’s not to say that expectations are the only path to a Thursday night selection during the NFL’s three-day draft extravaganza. Far from it. With the ever-changing landscape of the college game, each of the last two draft classes saw unknown signal-callers rise from afterthought, to bells of the ball.
Baker Mayfield was — at best — a distant fourth behind Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen entering the 2017 college football season. Kyler Murray was signed, sealed, and delivered to the Oakland A’s and off the radar of NFL scouts entirely. Yet, a short eight months after college football’s opening Saturday, both were standing on the podium with the commissioner before any of their peers.
Tua Tagovailoa is the prohibitive favorite to earn the honorable distinction of first overall pick. Dominant performances at a prominent school will have that affect.
Justin Herbert’s rare physical skills have scouts fawning over Oregon football this fall, while Jordan Love will garner similar jaw-dropping attention.
Then there’s the polished and professional Jake Fromm.
These four quarterbacks will take the field next month and begin their (potentially) final chapters before their NFL dreams are realized.
So who is the pick the rocket up the draft board from seemingly nowhere? The options are vast, and we’ll cover them right now (in no particular order).
D’Eriq King – Houston – 5-11, 195 lbs. (Senior)
The aforementioned Kyler Murray, one year after Baker Mayfield paved the way, ushers in a new way of thinking in regards to projecting passers from college to the professional ranks. King is an electric dual-threat QB — evident by his 50 touchdowns in 2018 despite missing 2.5 games with an ankle injury.
Houston’s D’Eriq King pic.twitter.com/iTLS21LwgA
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
K.J. Costello – Stanford – 6-5, 215 lbs. (Senior)
With ideal size and natural arm talent Costello is a threat to climb draft boards next spring. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he can alter his release points and vary the velocity and touch of his throws for the circumstance. Costello took a big jump in 2018, but needs another significant climb in the mechanical portion of the game to garner first round consideration.
Stanford’s KJ Costello pic.twitter.com/JDP38xbgId
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
Khalil Tate – Arizona – 6-2, 216 lbs. (Senior)
The transition from Rich Rodriguez’s to Kevin Sumlin impacted Tate in the worst way possible. With game-breaking, dual-threat talent that rivals Kyler Murray, Tate was asked to play more within the structure of a traditional drop back game last season. The result, a dramatic efficiency drop-off across the board. Tate is electrifying with his legs and more than adequate with the arm — he’s a sleeper pick to join Tagovailoa, Fromm, Herbert and Love.
Arizona’s Khalil Tate pic.twitter.com/vLquLSdG4X
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
Jacob Eason – Washington – 6-6, 230 lbs. (Senior)
Eason barely has more collegiate accolades than anyone reading this piece. He was a five-star recruit that missed two years due to injury and ineligibility after transferring; this after showing minimal promise as a true freshman at Georgia. Eason is long, and a tad gangly, but he’s an accurate thrower with ideal size for the position.
Washington’s Jacob Eason (Georgia transfer). pic.twitter.com/WTc1Kk8iaZ
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
Sam Ehlinger – Texas – 6-3 235 lbs. (Junior)
Following the trend of athletic quarterbacks taking over professional football, Ehlinger is another prototype player. He’s a threat to score on the ground on any given play, but that’s something of a cover up for some mechanical and arm talent short comings. Ehlinger exploded at the end of the 2018 season, and he needs to continue on that trajectory to vault his draft stock beyond day-three.
Texas’ Sam Ehlinger pic.twitter.com/zVvDmSICTT
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
Brian Lewerke – Michigan State 6-3, 215 lbs. – (Senior)
Adding Lewerke to this list feels a little disingenuous because I’m clenching to his sophomore season. His junior year at East Lansing was an unmitigated disaster, but the processing, anticipation, accuracy, and off-script prowess were enough for some pundits to tab Lewerke as QB1 heading into 2018.
Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke pic.twitter.com/lpMzuRjS2I
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) June 25, 2019
Honorable Mention: Bryce Perkins (Virginia), Nathan Stanley (Iowa), Cole McDonald (Hawaii)
If expectations play out this season for the Dolphins, a first round quarterback is likely the result at the conclusion of year-one of the rebuild. The future employment of everybody associated with the Dolphins would then depend on getting that draft pick right (Brian Flores, Chris Grier, and the entire coaching and scouting staffs).
Due to the urgency and importance of this evaluation for the ‘Phins, we will be covering the college quarterback landscape throughout the 2019 season with weekly progress reports.
As always, Locked On Dolphins is your exclusive provider of analysis, commentary, and news on the Miami Dolphins.
Way Too Early 2019 QB Prospect Ranking
|(1) Jordan Love||Utah State|
|(2) Tua Tagovailoa||Alabama|
|(3) Jake Fromm||Georgia|
|(4) Justin Herbert||Oregon|
|(5) Khalil Tate||Arizona|
|(6) D’Eriq King||Houston|
|(7) K.J. Costello||Stanford|
|(8) Jacob Eason||Washington|
|(9) Brian Lewerke||Michigan State|
|(10) Sam Ehlinger||Texas|
5 Developments That Would Signal a Successful 2019 Dolphins Season
In a bottom-line business, the Dolphins can find success elsewhere in 2019
Any coach, player, or essential personnel attached to the 2019 operation of the Miami Dolphins would immediately dispel the notion of this article. While the mindset is imperative for each of the 32 organizations in the NFL to enter a new season with championship aspirations, the truth tells us that, that is simply not realistic.
The Dolphins — like it or not — fall into the category of teams building for future success.
Since Stephen Ross’ Black Monday presser — held with the purpose of conveying sweeping organizational changes — the mantra of the 10th administration in franchise history has been the same — ‘we are only worried about today.’ Ross’ opening statements contradicted that idea, just as Miami’s offseason maneuvers have suggested something of a transitional year.
A reset. A step back. A “change from the way we’ve done things previously,” as Mr. Ross stated at that presser, was a necessary evil on the track to, “building a consistent team with sustained success.”
Any NFL team, regardless of its standing on the superiority hierarchy, will dispel any talk of Super Bowl dreams during the summer. But for the 2019 Miami Dolphins winning games is not the end-all-be-all.
Operating under protection from the end results the typical importance of the only numbers that ultimately matter — victories and defeats — Brian Flores and staff can focus on the true exigency of the 2019 season; the development of his program and young players.
Last year I wrote about the 25 most integral players to the 2018 Miami Dolphins success. In year-three, with an experienced quarterback and significant investment in veteran contracts, the only option for Adam Gase and company was to win football games.
Now, the focus takes a hard left turn. We hone in on the particular units, identity development, and most crucial aspects that must occur in 2019 to set Coach Flores up for success in the win-loss column in 2020 and beyond.
1. Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker Assert Their Standing
Linebackers are falling out of favor in many-an-NFL-defense, but not in this one. Versatile ‘backers helped drive Brian Flores’ defense to back-to-back championship caliber performances in the season’s two biggest games in 2018 (Super Bowl and AFCCG).
McMillan was one of Pro Football Focus’ highest graded run-defenders from October on last year while Jerome Baker flashed the pass rush skill set, speed, and coverage dynamics that helped him earn significant playing time as a rookie.
The Dont’a Hightower role — working both inside and on the ball as a rusher off the edge — has been imparted on McMillan. Baker, McMillan’s former Buckeye teammate, figures into a prominent rush role with the occasional buzz to the flat.
The Dolphins have club control on McMillan for the next two years with Baker under contract for the next three. Both have been lauded for their leadership and quick acclimation to the new scheme and program.
Anchoring the middle of the defense with 23 (McMillan) and 22-year-old (Baker) linebackers would be a sterling beginning to the construction of a championship stop-unit.
2. Discovering a Viable Counterpart to Xavien Howard
One of the many faulty pillars of the Mike Tannenbaum regime was poor financial structuring of the roster, i.e. paying exponentially above market value both starting safeties, and continually pumping financial resources into a middling pass rush.
With Xavien Howard taken care of on one corner, the Dolphins can offset his cost by uncovering a viable second perimeter starter on a cheap contract. Eric Rowe gets first crack, but a clean bill of health and quality play likely earns him a big offseason paycheck — he’s signed on the cheap through 2019.
The other, more prudent options are homegrown talents. Cordrea Tankersley entered camp in 2018 with well-earned buzz, but has had the worst imaginable ensuing 11-month stretch since that time. He’s a candidate to start the year on P.U.P (which carries a distinction to return post-week-six).
Torry McTyer is on year-three of his rookie contract from 2017 and has the most playing time to his credit. Last season was a struggle for McTyer after a strong camp earned the UDFA a spot on the depth chart.
Cornell Armstrong and Jalen Davis flashed glimpses during their rookie seasons. Armstrong more so on special teams and Davis primarily in the slot.
Former Patriots practice squad member Jomal Wiltz and undrafted rookie Nik Needham have head their names called during offseason minicamps.
Pairing Howard with a rookie contract, while the team absorbs the immediate, steep costs #25’s new deal would be a massive boon heading into 2020.
3. An Unquestioned Star Skill Player Emerges
The last time the Dolphins featured an offensive threat that forced defensive coordinators to alter their game plan was Ricky Williams nearly two decades ago. The Dolphins need that spark to resurrect an offense that has been bottom-of-the-barrel for just as long.
Kenyan Drake is the favorite. His five-week slate of production to close 2017 is exactly what we’re looking for here. His versatile, game-breaking skill set could develop if he’s finally given the lion’s share of the workload.
Albert Wilson strung together a dominant stretch for two weeks last season before a serious hip injury stopped his breakout campaign short. Jakeem Grant flashes big-play ability regularly, but he’s yet to prove that he’s a permanent fixture as a wide receiver.
The dark horse option might be Tight End Mike Gesicki. His rookie tape is a difficult watch, but his Penn State cut-ups suggest that something is there — particularly in the red zone.
4. Two More Solutions on the Offensive Line Emerge
At press time the Dolphins have Laremy Tunsil and four question marks on the offensive line. Michael Deiter comes in with expectations, but a rookie third-round pick is hardly a slam dunk to provide a solution at a position that has been a problem for a decade-plus.
Daniel Kilgore is back after a season-ending injury. His three showing prior to the injury left plenty to be desired, however. Chris Reed is a career backup that figures into the starting right guard position while Jesse Davis returns to right tackle (he played sparingly at the position in 2017).
Truthfully, if one of these players emerges to form 40% of a competent offensive line, that should be considered a victory. If the Dolphins, however, find two solutions on the offensive front, that fits right in line with the rest of the league at a position starving for talent.
5. A Definitive Answer on Josh Rosen
It’s safe to say most who read this article expected this to come in at number one. Rosen’s evaluation checks in at number five for two reasons:
1.) The 2020 QB class is loaded.
2.) The evaluation doesn’t have to find a conclusion this season.
Quarterbacks are unique from every other position on the field. Entrusted faces of the franchise, long-term solutions, these are labels that each fan base without the elusive franchise savior craves to slap on a young signal-caller.
While the argument that, without a quarterback you’re merely treading water is valid, it doesn’t always happen overnight. Russell Wilson spearheads a group of franchise quarterbacks that were discovered in unconventional forms (Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garappolo).
Even if Josh Rosen strikes out in 2019, and he’s greeted by stiff competition next year, that doesn’t necessarily equal the end of the road for the embattled passer. He’s under club control for three seasons, and not only is he under market-value for starting QBs, he’s cheaper than the league’s most-valued backups.
While it might not be preferable for the self-proclaimed Josh Rosen ‘Stans’, a QB depth chart that features Rosen, Fitzpatrick, and one of the prized first-round options in next year’s draft would put the Dolphins in terrific position to identify the long-term solution.
Should the Dolphins find resolutions to three or more of these critical areas of development in 2019 the season should be considered a success. The omissions of pass rusher and Minkah Fitzpatrick taking the next step towards superstardom were considered.
The reason for the pass rush omission is twofold. First, next year’s class has some elite, top-shelf talent, including a player that is a picture-perfect scheme fit (Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa). Second, the individual pass rush prowess simply isn’t a priority in this scheme.
For Fitzpatrick, there should be little doubt about his development. He’s a special player that will not come up short in his purist of becoming a household name in the league.
Of course, the Dolphins could send a massive middle finger to the entire premise of this article, and the entirety of the national media that is forecasting a rough, transitional season for Flores’ football team.
In that instance, it would probably be safe to assume that more than half of this checklist were satisfied.
Locked On Dolphins staff’s favorite current Fins player
Let’s try something a little different on this midsummer Friday. It’s always dead around this time of the year, so in a fun way to get amped up for the coming season, the LOD staff presents their favorite current Miami Dolphin and why. So without further ado, check out the team’s favorite Fins.
Jason Hrina – Kenny Stills
I’m going to preface all of this by saying this has nothing to do with his political standing. There is nothing I despise more than politics and everything it entails.
That said, Kenny Stills is one of the most selfless individuals the Miami Dolphins have ever had the luxury of calling one of their own. The amount of time and effort he puts towards people in less-fortunate situations is really something we should all strive to be like. Maybe it’s his paycheck or his platform as a recognizable figure that allows him to do all of this, but he isn’t required to go out of his way for anyone.
It’s the same reason why I was always a fan of former Phins Michael Thomas and Frank Gore. Their dedication to the South Florida community and those around the world have always stuck with me. I can see Christian Wilkins being the next Dolphins player to exude such selfless behavior; I mean, he already does! It’s only going to grow from here.
While Stills may not put up the most-gaudy numbers, nor is he a national figurehead like Jarvis Landry used to be, his charity, selflessness and ability to disregard his celebrity status for the benefit of others has always made me a huge fan of Kenny Stills.
Andrew Mitchell- Albert Wilson
My favorite current player, amongst so many options, is Albert Wilson. There’s so many guys I like; Tunsil, Howard, Drake, Minkah, Bobby McCain, and Kenny Stills to name a few.
However, Albert Wilson hails from where I was raised, Port St. Lucie, Florida. He balled out at one of my high school’s rival teams, Port St. Lucie High. Wilson would dominate as a running back/quarterback hybrid and then go onto college and make his way onto the Kansas City Chiefs roster.
Before his injury last season, he was arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL! His insane quickness and pure speed help him create separation from defenders. Pair that up with his ability and ability to make defenders miss and you have a dangerous weapon when in open space.
My local area has produced talents like Kevin Smith (Detroit RB), Jamar Chaney (Eagles LB), Khalil Mack (Bears DE) and of course Wilson. While Mack is the biggest known name, if Wilson stays healthy all season he could 100% contend for that title!
Gabe Hauari – Christian Wilkins
Chris Kowalewski – Kenyan Drake
Whether as a result of conflicts with coaching staff (Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry), money issues (Ndamukong Suh) or not factoring into the franchise’s future plans (Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake) the past couple of seasons have seen the exodus of a number of Miami’s most popular and talented players. It’s almost at that point where I’m afraid to buy any more Dolphins jerseys because I don’t want to curse anyone else on the team – a throwback Reshad Jones jersey hangs precariously in my cupboard as the final current one.
Kenyan Drake is safe for now, as I’ll leave his jersey in stores and (together with countless other fans) be eternally grateful for his electric on-field play in the ‘Miami Miracle’. There’s plenty to like about Drake and he has a humble nature which encourages you to root for him. He didn’t complain (at least not publicly) when the Dolphins brought in Frank Gore and openly embraced the opportunity to learn from a future HOF’er.
Kenyan was on Good Morning Football about a month ago dissecting the Miami Miracle and the first thing he spoke about was the team effort which the play required, heaping praise on Ted Larsen for his key block which allowed room to make the highlight score.
I think it’s very indicative of the franchise’s view of Kenyan that Tom Garfinkel and Stephen Ross collaborated to pay for the return of the Miami Miracle ball and gave it to him as a present. However, although hugely appreciative to see its return, Drake maintained that the play was a team accomplishment and, as such, its rightful place remained at Hard Rock Stadium.
A threat to score any time he touches the ball, Drake is bottled lightning and fans everywhere should be clamouring to see more of him on the field. A quiet warrior, in the same image as Cameron Wake (another all-time favourite) he’s the lead-by-example type of player who you can’t help but want to see succeed.
Kevin Dern – Laremy Tunsil
Travis Wingfield- Minkah Fitzpatrick
Shawn Digity – Ryan Fitzpatrick
FitzMagic is just a colorful one-of-a-kind character that I would love to meet one day. He’s been an NFL journeyman so his career is unorthodox, but he has made his hay on the zeniths of a crazy roller coaster ride, and I’ve enjoyed the chaos of it all.
I went and bought a FitzMagic x Miami Dolphins shirt almost as soon as the Dolphins signed him. I’m all-in on the Fitzpatrick experience for 2019. And I’ll especially enjoy any of the locker room antics like last year in Tampa Bay when he hijacked DeSean Jackson’s wardrobe and wore it out to the media presser and uttered the quoteworthy “We just gotta stay humble”. Classic Fitzpatrick.
I’m looking forward to his on-field wackiness and his off-field bravado.
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