In the end, the Miami Dolphins did end up with a solid selection with Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick Thursday night. However, make no mistake, they were trying to get their hands on one of the two remaining quarterbacks in the top 10 of the NFL draft. And it did not happen for them, when it did for two others, including an AFC East rival.
Not surprisingly, there was a frenzy of activity on the phones, once the Cleveland Browns took Ohio State defensive back Denzel Ward with the fourth pick and the Denver Broncos at five did not trade either. And, instead, they went ahead and took Bradley Chubb, defensive end from NC State.
At that point, everyone looking strongly at a quarterback, and the Dolphins were clearly one of those teams, knew what the Colts were not going to do, next. That was, take a quarterback.
Indianapolis has Andrew Luck, who is coming off of shoulder surgery that robbed him of the entire 2017 season, but they still believe in him. Interestingly, whether there was a great offer or not on the table, the Colts also chose to pick a non-QB in Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.
So now the question became, who could make a trade either with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 7th pick or maybe someone just after them on the board to try to grab either QB’s Josh Allen of Wyoming or Josh Rosen of UCLA?
A source familiar with what went on last night in the Dolphins war room says to F.F.I. that they were trying on the phones, but either didn’t have the ammo Buffalo did (a second #1 pick this year) or couldn’t get someone to agree (like the Raiders did, eventually) to trade with them.
So, in the end the Dolphins watched their AFC East rival, the Bills end up succeeding, as they gave up two of their of their second round picks, to move up five spots with the Bucs, and draft Allen.
And with Josh Rosen still sitting there, the Dolphins watched, as Arizona jumped right in front of them making that deal with Oakland.
Here’s fascinating exclusive behind the scenes video from the Cardinals website, as they boldly pulled off the trade with Oakland giving up only a third round pick and a later selection to do so.
The first call was to the @Raiders.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 27, 2018
Two things stand out: as Cards GM Steve Keim reaches Reggie McKenzie of the Raiders (“Hey Reg”), he reveals that they had already been talking in advance, about this deal for the 10th pick with Oakland.
And, if you are a Fins fan, this part should frustrate, if not anger you the most: the 3rd round pick Arizona gave up was below Miami’s pick by two slots.
Also, the Dolphins have an extra fourth round pick upcoming tonight, and could have parted with that, too. Then, the trade would have easily surpassed what Arizona (their 5th rounder) was offering.
However, VP of football Mike Tannenbaum or GM Chris Grier either hadn’t laid the ground work with the Raiders, or simply decided it wasn’t worth it to keep trying.
The Cardinals, as you see in the video, then pounced on Rosen to be their quarterback of the future.
Now, it appeared all along that Baker Mayfield, who went first overall, was coach Adam Gase and the organization’s favorite QB. And, as it became more apparent that the Cleveland Browns were going to take him early, then contingency plans went into motion about the other quarterbacks. Obviously, as our source reports, the Fins didn’t have a good enough one.
Still, the argument can be made, that the Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill and have also signed Brock Osweiler as a backup. And, they could still take one of the other quarterbacks later in this draft tonight or tomorrow to develop for the future.
But, make no mistake. While under the gun last night with “the fire flying,” and trades being made, the Dolphins were unable or at least unwilling to risk something significant to go get a quarterback.
Something that to other teams did and got into the top 10, successfully.
We will see over the course of this season and maybe a little longer, if that was a mistake by Miami or by those who made the trades.
Particularly, if one or both of the Josh’s that the Dolphins could have traded for, ends up succeeding in Buffalo and or Arizona, it looks even worse for the Fins.
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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