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Dolphins begin off season conditioning together, but is it overrated?

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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:

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:

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?

Or, not.

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