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How many Miami Hurricanes could become Miami Dolphins?

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The NFL Draft is just around the corner so of course why don’t we continue to speculate on who the Dolphins will end up drafting. There’s a possibility that quite a few Miami Hurricanes could indeed end up on the Dolphins roster because of the draft. How many former Hurricanes could stay put in South Florida? Let’s take a look.

DT RJ McIntosh

It’s easy to assume that the Dolphins are going to target some defensive line help after the release of Ndamukong Suh. Now Washington DT Vita Vea is high on their list however, but this will depend on what Miami does in the first round and who’s still available. Vea is going to be a high draft pick. Now if Vea isn’t drafted by Miami, they could target R.J. McIntosh who’s looking at being a second or maybe third round pick. McIntosh is a beast with a lot of potential, but not as polished as Vea. That said if he’s available he could be sticking around South Florida for quite some time.

RB Mark Walton

We know that the Dolphins picked up Frank Gore as a free agent, which gave them some depth at RB, but it’s only for one year. Does this mean that Miami will add another RB in the draft? It’s possible. One name that makes sense for the Dolphins to pick up is Mark Walton. Walton’s projections are all over the place. It looks like he could go anywhere from rounds 3-5. Walton is a good dual threat RB who would certainly be a nice fit for the Dolphins, It would also be intriguing because Frank Gore can take Walton and out him under his wing, which would be a pretty cool scenario having two Canes from different eras on the same team.

TE Chris Herndon IV

The Dolphins are in desperate need for a TE and the draft could be the place they look. Could former Hurricane Chris Herndon IV actually be a target for Miami. Right now he’s a projected fifth round pick, however he could be drafted earlier depending on certain team needs. What helps his case is the success Miami TEs have had in the NFL His season ending injury in the Pitt game certainly hurt his stock, but Herndon has big play ability and has a ton of talent.

CB Dee Delaney 

Now the Dolphins aren’t really in a market for a CB, however it never hurts getting some depth at a position that’s become so important of late. Delaney if he gets drafted will likely be on day 3. He came in as a transfer from the Citadel with much fanfare, but kind of had an up and down season. He’s still good enough to make an NFL roster and could be someone that’s on most teams radar for a later draft pick. He’s probably the least likely to be drafted by Miami on the list, but I still wanted to add him.

K Michael Badgley 

Drafting kickers is always iffy. Does a team want to spend a draft pick on a kicker or should they wait to pick one up in free agency? Badgley was a first team all conference player in the ACC which helps his cause. That said the Dolphins probably would rather pick him up in free agency than use a draft pick for a kicker.

Notice I left Chad Thomas and Braxton Berrios off the list. That’s because Thomas as a defensive end and Berrios as a WR are not positions of need at this point for the Dolphins. It will still be interesting to see where these players do get drafted.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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Dolphins got contributions everywhere in Sunday win

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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:

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.

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Gameday- Dolphins renew rivalry with Jets in New York

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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.

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Report- Dolphins OL Josh Sitton out for season

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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:

 

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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