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Forget OBJ, Dolphins and others should be worried Patriots targeting top QB

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Draft day is now three weeks away, and teams continue to wheel and deal players and picks. This includes, the Rams making their latest trade of the off season (five total now) and acquiring WR Brandin Cooks from the Patriots in exchange for their number one pick this year.

That pick is the 23rd in the first round, and with New England already owning their 31st selection, plus, the 43rd pick from the 49ers (Jimmy Garappolo trade) and their own 63rd pick, it means the Pats now have a bounty of selections this year.

It also means, that they are inclined to move up once things get rolling at “Jerry’s World” in Arlington, TX on April 26th.

There is some belief that New England is targeting Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr., as apparently, the Giants have made it well known Beckham is on the block. The further speculation is New York would want at least two #1’s in exchange for OBJ.

Something that the Pats now have this year.

However, unlike most theories being advanced right now, we at F.F.I. use deduction and educated speculation, and don’t think Bill Belichick and his staff value wide receivers enough to make that kind of trade.

Instead, and this is where the Dolphins and everyone else at the top of the draft better be on alert, the Patriots may be ready to use those picks to go get one of the top QB’s.

Now, outlets like the Washington Post wrote about this, too, but they dismissed it with “don’t bet on it.”

We are “betting” that the Patriots are considering it, strongly.

It obvious that at some point, you have to have a long term successor ready to replace first ballot unanimous Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who will be 41 years old later this season. And, many believed that’s what Garappolo was being groomed for until New England dealt him to San Francisco.

They have had others like Jacoby Brisset, Ryan Mallet, and Brian Hoyer (twice) etc. to backup Brady in recent years, but none of them felt like a guy that would be long term.

So, now we are back to what is a tremendous top heavy talented QB class for the 2018 NFL Draft.

We know that New England has kept their offensive architect and QB coach, Josh McDaniels after McDaniels embarrassed himself and the Colts by agreeing to take their job for over two weeks, and then backing out on them after Superbowl 52.

So, with McDaniels still in place, it would seem very logical that you would want to identify whom that Brady successor is and make your move to get him.

Our belief is that Josh Rosen of UCLA (above) fits their mold and criteria the best.

He’s a California kid (just like the guy who’s won them 5 Superbowls), and unlike some others, he’s a pure pocket passer out of a pro-style offense with the Bruins. The knock on a lot of recent QB prospects is that playing out the shotgun/spread offense with a limited play book, isn’t readying them for NFL football.

Rosen has been tabbed as an NFL prospect, since his sophomore year in high school, when it was obvious that he was very advanced in QB skill and development. Rosen next showed up at UCLA and was wowing NFL scouts and personnel executives, by winning games, as an 18 year old freshman.

He’s seems like he’d be perfect to be brought in, and learn from McDaniels and Brady, and await the opportunity in two-three years to be “the guy.”

Now, is this the only guy the Pats are considering, QB or otherwise? Of course, not.

However, the Fins at #11 and teams like the Bills and Cardinals, etc. behind them are looking for solutions at QB, too.

And they should be concerned, that the Patriots may get in front of them to grab Rosen or one of the other pocket passers before they can.

You’ve been warned.

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill on track to be back Sunday?

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It’s an encouraging Monday in South Florida, as it relates to the injury rehab for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Now, the real question is: will we see the veteran back on the field Sunday against Indianapolis?

Coach Adam Gase met with the media Monday with the Dolphins coming off their bye week, and shared encouragement that Tannehill looks on track to be able to play soon. In fact, he’s back throwing a football for the first time since being shut down the week after the loss to the Bengals:

In that game in October, Tannehill took a couple of significant hits in the fourth quarter meltdown and suffered what was eventually revealed to be an injury to the shoulder capsule. He did try to practice on the following Wednesday, and apparently the throws got worse and more painful, as the workout went along.

Tannehill ended up not taking any of the throwing reps in the Thursday or Friday practices, the Dolphins ended up hiding that point and were eventually fined by the NFL for listing him as “questionable,” when they knew he was not going to be able to play in the game with the Bears.

Veteran backup Brock Osweiler quarterbacked the team to the dramatic overtime win over Chicago that weekend, but there’s been little success since. In fact as Miami dropped two of their last three games, they had a nine quarter stretch without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Still, at 5 – 5, the Dolphins are on the verge of the AFC playoff picture and Gase has a decision to make about how soon he brings Tannehill back, as opposed to going with a healthier Osweiler at least for this week at the Colts.

Tannehill helped the Dolphins get off to a 3 – 0 start to the season, but that was with a more talented and healthy receiving corps than what they currently have. Free agent acquisition Albert Wilson has been put on injured reserve with a hip injury and the Dolphins, will also put Jakeem Grant on injured reserve with an Achilles injury suffered in their loss to the Packers eight days ago.

Veteran deep threat Kenny Stills has been bothered by a groin injury, but the hopes are that the extra week of rest with the bar I will help him for the stretch run of the season. Also, former number 1 pick DeVante Parker, who has seen his role increase with all of the injuries, had his left arm in a sling after the Packer game and his status is not known.

Back to Tannehill, as you probably know, he missed all of 2017 after ACL surgery and now, with having missed another five games to this point, there are question marks about his long-term future with the Fins?

So Gase has to weigh all of that in the decision-making of when to bring Tannehill back in a season that could still be salvaged down the stretch

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Dolphins beaten up every way possible after latest loss in Green Bay

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Make no mistake, the Dolphins season is not officially over at 5 – 5 headed in the bye week.

It just looks and feels that way.

Mostly, it does, because the Dolphins are banged up, not only physically, but also it appears emotionally and psychologically. So, much so, they don’t appear to have a whole lot left for the stretch run.

Let’s start with the actual physical injuries and that began Sunday with the inactives. The Fins starting offensive line was minus Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James, which were not unexpected. However, after being able to practice some this week, former number 1 pick defensive end Charles Harris was not able to play against Green Bay today, either.

Then, as the game wore on, it was one Dolphin leaving after another. Whether it was Kenyan Drake with a shoulder injury in the first half or Bobby McCain with a concussion in the third quarter or when receivers Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker both had to leave on the same Drive, it was tough to watch the Dolphins walking wounded.

The biggest fear is for the smaller but explosive Grant, who may have torn his Achilles in the third quarter. Grant was already suffering from Achilles tendonitis and came up hobbling right away on a slant pass and could not put weight on the foot. He was then carted shortly thereafter to the Dolphins locker room.

Coach Adam Gase offered no real update on Grant’s status other than that it’s a wait-and-see. As for Parker, same thing is being hoped, even though, the media reported him walking around in the locker room after the game with his left arm in a sling. You combine those injuries with Kenny Stills being slowed by a groin injury and Albert Wilson already out for the year having hurt his hip a few weeks ago, and the Dolphins may be looking for Mark Duper or Nat Moore to come out of retirement at this point.

Bigger than just the physical injuries, the Dolphins appear spent in the figurative sense as well. The frustration mounted as Aaron Rodgers continued to carve them up throwing darts all over the football field Sunday night in the Lambeau cold. He finished with only 195 yards passing, but did have two TDs. And, they marched on the Dolphins defense, whenever he wanted.

It was almost as if Miami was just helpless to do anything against him, and they are watching their season wind down.

Consider that backup quarterback Brock Osweiler was not able to spark the team for the third consecutive game. So poor is the offensive output, that Miami has not scored a touchdown in their last nine quarters dating back to the Thursday night loss in Houston.

The Dolphins aren’t playing with any confidence, at least from the guys that are replacing the injured players. Remember, with Miami at full strength early in the year  they got off to a 3 – 0 start.

So, the bye week comes now and perhaps, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill shoulder will be healed enough that he can practice in 10 days and maybe play at Indianapolis. It’s anybody’s guess as to who, out of the names above, will actually be healthy enough to help Tannehill and the Dolphins for the final six games.

Finally, even though Miami would appear by record to be very much in the hunt for an AFC wild-card spot, they don’t look like a playoff team.

No. They’re banged up and look like a team that will be watching the postseason like everybody else.

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Gameday- Dolphins travel to chilly Lambeau Field

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Who: Dolphins (5-4) at Packers (3-4-1)

When: Sunday 4:25 p.m.

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI

Spread: Packers by 10 points (Courtesy of

Here’s what to watch:

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As double-digit underdogs at Lambeau, the Dolphins really only have one real shot to win this game with the Packers – turnovers. And lots of them.
Granted it was rookie quarterback Sam Darnold last week, but the Fins four interceptions, including Jerome Baker running one in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, were the difference in the game. Whether it’s a strip sack of Aaron Rodgers or being able to get an interception or maybe two off of him, Miami has got to take the football away.
It hurts the Fins that linebacker Kiko Alonso, who we wrote about earlier this week is questionable with an ankle injury, but it looks like he will try to play.
Still, they other veterans on defense have got to pick up the slack and try to make something happen.
Don’t let Rodgers pick you apart
Well that’s a simple phrase above, it’s going to have to be a goal of Miami’s to not give the veteran Pro Bowl quarterback all day to throw and allow him to dissect the Dolphins secondary. Green Bay barely gives the illusion of trying to run the ball, they instead use the short passing attack with Rodgers throwing it to pick up short-yardage, convert third Downs, Etc.
If Miami pass-rushers like Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn and hopefully active after missing a few games with a calf injury, Charles Harris, can make Rogers life difficult than the fans have a better chance to hang in in this one.
Being efficient on offense
There’s no way that Miami can win a shootout against Rodgers, as backup quarterback Brock Osweiler and the weapons Miami has aren’t built for that right now.
However, the Fins can run it some with Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore and the Packers defense has been susceptible a lot of this season. Osweiler needs to convert third downs and move the chains and when Miami gets chances to score points, even field goals, they have to capitalize.
If they fall significantly behind on the road in chili Green Bay, it will be an ugly day..
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