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Dolphins looking to deal Reshad Jones?

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It’s clear the Miami Dolphins want to remake themselves over the course of this season and next. With new coach Brian Flores leading the way, there have already been some players deleted. The question now is: will starting former Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones be the next to go?

The debate on that point has heated up Sunday afternoon, after long time Miami Herald writer and insider, Barry Jackson, reported that per a league source the Dolphins are actively attempting to find a trade partner for Jones:

It was conspicuous over the last month that Jones was not part of Miami’s OTA activities, and Flores told the media that he had been in communication with the player. And, further, that they had an understanding about Jones not being there.

Part of what Flores mentioned then, was a shoulder injury that Jones was rehabilitating, as to why the nine-year veteran was not with a new coaching staff and trying to get acclimated to Patrick Graham’s installation of a 3-4 defense.

The bigger concern, if Miami is in fact trying to deal Jones, is his contract, which has a $17.1 million-dollar hit for this year. Further, the five-year deal that he agreed to in March of 2017 would also escalate bonus money onto this year’s cap meaning that Jones would count $25 million in dead money for this season for Miami.

Jones played in 13 games a year ago with three interceptions and 9 passes defended to go along with 72 total tackles. Those numbers are hardly irreplaceable and Miami has already committed money in a new contract to safety Xavien Howard, as well. They also have strong belief in 2018 number 1 pick Minkah Fitzpatrick to be able to replace Jones full time.

The house cleaning by Flores and GM Chris Grier has extended to veteran defensive end Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn, as well as veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola and former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. All of those players were either released, allowed to leave in free agency or traded, as the shaping of the future Dolphins has already commenced.

Now, the question becomes, can Grier find a trade partner to relieve them of Jones’s contract? Or, will Miami have to trudge on with his salary settled on their cap and find some kind of role for him this fall, even if it means being a reserve?

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What to watch Thursday Dolphins-Jags third preseason game

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Week three of the preseason is already here as the Jags and the Dolphins get set for their in-state clash tonight at Hard Rock Stadium.

Week three is known to be the “most important” preseason game as the starters will usually play a half of football. And, for the Jags, this will be the first time they will play most of the first-team offense, meanwhile, the Fins have another chance for Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick to step up.

Those are just a few of the things we want to watch:

Nick Foles– Of course, Foles is what to watch for tonight. The Jags will be letting the QB out of the cage tonight for the first time. The $88 million-dollar man will look to start his Jaguars career on a positive note. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his first live-action of the season.

Dolphins QBs- Josh Rosen hasn’t done anything to win the job so far in the preseason. He also though has not done anything to lose it either. So, Ryan Fitzpatrick very well could be the starter week 1. While some will argue there is no point in playing the journeyman over the 2nd year guy, Fitpatrick won games last year in Tampa Bay.

The Dolphins though, will play the guy they feel has the best chance to win them games to start this season, and want Rosen to become that guy, eventually. Tonight should show us who that guy will for the Dolphins opener.

Jackonville O-Line and Leonard Fournette– We think this will be the first appearance for the starting running back, as well on the preseason. We know he can be a punishing downhill runner, but new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo wants Fournette more involved in the passing game.

Will they show a little bit of what they have in store for him tonight though is the question?  Also, on the O-Line Cam Robinson is back how much will the Jags push him tonight though a few plays, a few series, a quarter or risk his first contact being regular season week one?

Dophins giving up sacks- Last week the Bucs accounted for five sacks (three on Rosen) against the Dolphins in Tampa. This week the Dolphins will face a better unit for a longer time and will need to help keep the QBs on their feet.

Coach Brian Flores even said after the game last week he would like to see Rosen take fewer sacks. If he wants to win the job tonight, he will need help from his O-Line and his own decision making.

Players out- The Jags have announced that nine players won’t be seeing the field tonight among those are WR Marqise Lee and three different tight ends. That means we could see a lot of James O’Shaughnessy at tight end. For the wideouts that means more opportunity for some of the guys like D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and company.

Mistakes- Last week Miami had some drops and a lot of flags thrown on them. Look out for the Dolphins to play a cleaner game tonight. With the starters playing more coach Flores is expecting fewer penalties after getting hit with 13 calls for a loss of 122 yards last week.

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Report- Dolphins extending contract of WR Jakeem Grant

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The Miami Dolphins have apparently made a move tonight and have locked in return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant.

Miami Herald Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley had the details first on social media:

The deal is rumored to be a 4-year extension to lock him down in South Beach through the 2023 season.
With a new coaching staff in place in Miami, they have made locking up the 2016 class a priority.

Grant was set to make just $720,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. Beasley did not have terms on the deal, but it’s safe to assume he will be getting a hefty raise. This deal could show the Fins are ready to give Grant a more prominent role in the offense, as well.

Previously, Miami GM Chris Grier has locked up 2016 draft pick Xavien Howard to 5 year, $73 million extension in May. The Dolphins will also look to extend left tackle Laremy Tunsil, as well, and he will likely command in the neighborhood of $12+ million per season to do so.

Grant has been a mainstay as a special team’s player so far in his career. As a return specialist Grant was an all-pro last season.  The 16.3 yards-per-return across 14 punt returns in 2018 is a superb mark, as was his 29.7 yards-per return average on kickoffs.

Grant was a sub 4.4 40-yard dash guy coming out of Texas Tech and has made his limited touches count in the NFL. Grant has 34 catches in three NFL seasons, scoring four touchdowns, and averaging 13.9 yards per reception. He and fellow speedy undersized receiver Albert Wilson made a 1-2 “big play punch” early last season, as Miami jumped out to a 3-0 record.

However, Wilson was lost in October for the season with a hip injury. Then, Grant ended up suffering a torn calf muscle and missing the final six games of last year.

Grant has also been on the sidelines so far this preseason with a nagging hamstring injury.

But, he returned to practice Monday, and the Dolphins apparently believe he is back to full health.

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