They will be there. Most, if not all of the Dolphins will attend the first opportunity to gather as a 2018 team.
And run. And lift. And run. And do resistance drills/training. And, of course, run some more.
It’s the start of Miami’s off season conditioning. No, this is not practice in any form. Coach Adam Gase and staff cannot start installing offense or defense, etc. until later with OTA’s (organized team activities), and mini-camps.
This is just “voluntary” work for the team to come in and show what kind of shape that they are in for April.
An interesting point has been brought up by many and Armando Salguero wrote about it for Monday’s Miami Herald: Will the new players acquired this off season set the tone (or not) by showing up and working hard for conditioning?
As Salguero correctly points out, Gase and the front office have been talking about “Alpha Dog” personalities or leaders that they have brought to the locker room. Guys that will be there to set the example, even for “voluntary” non-practice, practices. This is the first time to see it in action.
We do know from the Dolphins twitter feed that rehabbing QB Ryan Tannehill was there bright and early Monday:
Back in the building. Time to work. pic.twitter.com/NaCoaiUU9A
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 16, 2018
Yet, another example of not being there was Ndamukong Suh, who signed a massive free agent deal with the Fins three years ago in March, but elected to train on his own at the Nike facilities in Oregon instead of team conditioning.
Salguero correctly pointed out that Suh was always in pique condition, but that it can send a negative message to your team, especially on first impression.
The Buccaneers also experienced this with high priced free agent WR DeSean Jackson last off season. He was a no show at voluntary conditioning and also some of their OTA’s (non mandatory practices) choosing to work out on his own in California and elsewhere. And, there was some criticism that his not being with QB Jameis Winston every opportunity in the off season cost them on being able to connect on downfield throws, once the year began.
We wrote earlier this off season that to make up for that, Jackson said that he, Winston and Mike Evans would be working out together at Texas A&M where Winston’s former college coach, Jimbo Fisher is now.
And, they were together last week in Tallahassee ,where Winston played at FSU.
Winston gave everyone a peek on social media:
— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) April 13, 2018
Back to the Dolphins, again. It’s conditioning, but we will be curious who is there or not there?
Will guys like: DE Robert Quinn, acquired via trade from the Rams, and WR Danny Amendola from the Patriots and OL Josh Sitton from the Bears via free agency be at the Dolphins Davie facility leading the way?
Time will tell Monday.
Are they doing everything to set the tone, right away, on turning around a 6-10 season last year?
Dolphins got contributions everywhere in Sunday win
There were a lot of questions and plenty of reasons to doubt the Dolphins roster makeup, as 2018 was getting underway.
However, two games in, the Fins have been impressive, and earned their way to an unbeaten start. Their latest effort Sunday at The Meadowlands against AFC East rival Jets saw numerous players new and old step up.
Whether it was TJ McDonald’s early interception of New York rookie QB Sam Darnold, or Kenyan Drake weaving through the Jets front seven for the early score a short time later, Miami set the tone.
And then, when Kiko Alonso knocked the ball free from Jets receiver Robby Anderson and Raekwon McMillan recovered it, it was new free agent receiver Albert Wilson capitalizing here:
Can't catch @iThinkIsee12
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 16, 2018
It went for a 29-yard touchdown from QB Ryan Tannehill and Miami had command at that point at 14-0.
Tannehill spread the ball around to seven different receivers, and even found reserve A.J. Derby for a 19 yard touchdown, as the lead ballooned to 20-0 nothing.
Darnold ended with some decent yardage and a couple of second-half touchdowns, but the Dolphins registered four sacks and had three total takeaways to help put this one away.
Even ageless veteran Frank Gore got into the act. This as, the 35 year old moved into fourth place on NFL all-time rushing list trailing only Hall of Famers Barry Sanders Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.
And late in the game caught a dump off pass from Tannehill and weaved through the Jet defense to pick up 3rd and 19, move the chains and allow Miami to run the clock out.
So the 2018 Dolphins don’t have Jay Cutler, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and some of the others from a team that struggled last year.
However, their new faces stepped in and stepped up Sunday on the road.
And Miami is now 2 – 0 for the first time since 2013, and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
Gameday- Dolphins renew rivalry with Jets in New York
Who: Dolphins (1-0) at Jets (1-0)
Where: Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: Sunday 1 p.m.
Spread: Jets by 2.5 (Courtesy Vegasinsidercom)
Renewal of the Rivalry
There are no longer names like Shula, Namath and Marino, but the storied rivalry of the Dolphins and the Jets is five decades old. As AFC East Rivals since the early 1970’s, these teams and fan bases are familiar with each other for generations. Yes, grandads, dads and in some cases, great granddads have watched these two play. The Jets hold a 54-50-1 record all time, and that includes a decisive win in the Meadowlands last year. The Fins, however, won the rematch (Cutler at the helm) later in the year at Hard Rock Stadium.
Now, they play right away in 2018 and the winner maintains at least a tie for first in the division.
Tannehill looks to build on week one
It was a bizarre game last Sunday in the opener with Tennessee, as there were two lightning delays that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours. So, it’s tough to judge everything completely. However, QB Ryan Tannehill, off his ACL tear last August, was effective for a lot of the game (despite two picks) finishing 20-28 for 230 yards and two TDs. One was a second half 75 yard bomb to WR Kenny Stills as the Dolphins prevailed 27-20.
Will the Jets 3-4 defense be able to rattle him? Will Tannehill handle the pressure and be accurate. It’s not the only key, but a big one for the Fins.
Finally, will the Jets look like they did Monday night?
In a remarkable win on the road on Monday night, rookie Sam Darnold overcame a pick six TD in the first :20 of his NFL career to play effectively in the blowout win over the Lions. Darnold who was 16-21 with two TDs, will have to be solid in this one for the Jets.
The Dolphins pass rush led by Robert Quinn and Cam Wake will try to fluster him and create those bad throws from the USC rookie.
The Jets defense and special teams came up with big plays also against Detroit, as they pulled away in the second half for a 48-17 win. That included an interception and punt return TD in the second half.
Miami will need to keep the Jets from making the big play Sunday.
Report- Dolphins OL Josh Sitton out for season
The injury news is not good to wake up to on a Friday morning for Dolphins fans. Offensive lineman Josh Sitton will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, according to a report.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald had the story first that Sitton, who missed practice this week with a shoulder injury, is going on injured reserve:
EXCLUSIVE…Key Miami Dolphins starter is out for the remainder of the season. What it meanshttps://t.co/Zox57wnlHP
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 14, 2018
Salguero wrote, that Sitton actually tore his rotator cuff at some point during the playing of the second half of Sunday’s game with Tennessee. Yet, the 11 year veteran continued to play through it. Further, Sitton had been exploring the option of continuing to play with the injury in the short term this week, etc. However, he was advised that if the shoulder was damaged more, that surgery might not be able to repair it and it would end his career.
Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler who was originally drafted by Green Bay, but was signed by the Dolphins away from the Chicago Bears this past offseason. He was playing in the offense of then Bears, now Dolphins coordinator Dowell Loggains. And it made him attractive to sign by Miami in March.
Loggains told the media Thursday that Sitton’s injury and possible absence for this week’s game against the Jets creates a problem,
“Does it change things? Absolutely. If you didn’t have someone at any position, you look to (say), ‘How is this matchup going to affect us in the game?’”
Sitton, who had started 137 games in his career coming into this season, had also been a mentor to former #1 pick left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Miami will now go to veteran journeyman guard Ted Larsen, who started eight games over the last couple of seasons for the Dolphins ,but has also battled nagging injuries throughout his career.
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