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Important Dolphins RB battle upcoming for Fantasy Football drafts

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As football season in gearing up, everyone is getting ready for their Fantasy Football draft. The preseason is a time where you can do your research to get a leg up on your competition. We’re here to help at F.F.I., as we discovered this article from Chris Towers from CBS sports.com, giving us 21 training camp competitions to keep our eye on.
 
Coming in at the #1 spot is none other than the Dolphins Running Back competition between Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage.
 
Towers writes:
 
“The Dolphins don’t figure to be a particularly good offense, but Drake and Frank Gore combined for 341 touches and nearly 1,900 yards last season, so there’s room for value. Expect Drake to be the lead back, but if Ballage just gets Frank Gore’s role, he’s going to be Fantasy viable.”
 
As of right now, the job is likely going to be Drakes, as he has developed into quite the past catching weapon with 85 catches over the last two seasons, including 53 receptions in 2018. But, Towers also threw rookie Myles Gaskin into the mix, another young prospect selected by the Dolphins in the final round of the draft.
 
Later down the list are a few more spot battles to keep an eye out by state teams. 
 
At spot #13, is the Jaguars wide receiver battle between Dede Westbrook, Marqise Lee, and D.J. Char. Towers says that this spot is more critical, because of the renewed passing game brought by new Jags QB Nick Foles. 
 
Towers adds:
“Westbrook is the only receiver here likely to cost much of anything on Draft Day, but we’re still left to wonder who will start outside for the Jaguars, with Westbrook slated for a slot role. If Lee is fully recovered from his ACL tear, he’s a nice sleeper here.”
 
Near the bottom of this CBS list at #20 is an other competition down in South Florida between Dolphins QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen.
 
Towers reports:
“Rosen is just a year removed from being a top pick, but one team already gave up on him, and reports have indicated Fitzpatrick consistently outplayed him in spring practices. He’ll get a chance at some point, but it’s probably better for the Dolphins’ weapons (such that they are) if Fitzpatrick starts in Week 1.”
 
While most of these guys will be likely 5th round picks or later in your draft, if chosen correctly, they could be what gives an edge later in the season. 

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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“Mountaineer Shot” earns Dolphins K Sanders AFC honors

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One of the great trick plays, not just of this NFL season but in recent pro football memory, has earned the Dolphins kicker who caught a touchdown pass Sunday AFC weekly honors.

The league announced Wednesday that kicker Jason Sanders, who became the first place-kicker to catch a touchdown pass in 42 years, is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week:

Sanders also made his only field-goal attempt, as well as two extra points, earned the weekly honor for Miami’s 37 – 31 upset of the Eagles.

However, it is the play that is known as “Mountaineer Shot” that Sanders will forever be remembered for not just in Dolphin history, but NFL.

We wrote about the play on Monday, as head coach Brian Flores and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman implemented the direct snap to punter Matt Haack, while players were spread wide on either side of the formation.

Haack then, took the snap, rolled left and when the Eagles rushed at him, he flipped the ball to Sanders for the touchdown. The play is named for the center, Kilgore, because he played at Appalachian State, whose nickname is the Mountaineers. And, it’s something that Dolphins had been practicing regularly on and off for the past two months.

Furher, as for the historical aspects of the play, Sanders became the first kicker to catch a touchdown pass in an NFL game since Baltimore’s Jim Turner did it in a game in 1977.

It is also the first time since the AFL – NFL merger in 1970 that a punter has completed a touchdown pass to a kicker and the play will live on for years and years to come.

It is the second time that Sanders has won the AFC special teams player of the week award this season. He also got the honor for his two clultch 48 yard field goals in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins 16-12 upset of the Indianapolis Colts in November.

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Dolphins fans still buzzing over “Mountaineer Shot” trick play

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Move over, “Miami Miracle,” we now have a rival Dolphins trick play that will be talked about forever by fans and observers.

While it wasn’t the crazy lateral clinching play that Miami scored on with no time left to defeat the Patriots last December, “Mountaineer Shot,” as it’s known, is one of the wildest gadget plays to ever score a TD in the NFL. That’s because it involved the punter throwing to the kicker for a touchdown on a fake field goal.

It was the second quarter with the Dolphins trailing the Eagles 13 – 7, when Miami elected to kick a field goal (or so we thought) from Philadelphia’s 1-yard line.

That’s when dolphin punter Matt Haack lined up behind Center Daniel Kilgore with Miami spreading players to the right and the left. Then, what happened next was comical special teams touchdown, maybe in NFL history:

Haack’s first ever NFL completion was a forward option pitch to the kicker, Jason Sanders. And for good measure, it was Sanders first reception in his entire football career (dating back to high school) with the play stunning the Eagles and helping Miami pull off a 37 – 31 upset win.

Here was more on the play from David Wilson of the Miami Herald, including how long coach Brian Flores, special teams coach Danny Crossman and the players had been waiting to pull it out of the bag of tricks:

“We felt like that was a good time to run it,” coach Brian Flores said, and it gave us a spark….

“It was one of those plays Miami had been waiting weeks for the chance to run. Tight end Mike Gesicki said the Dolphins started working on it about two months ago and have been waiting weeks for the right opportunity to arise. Sunday finally presented such an opportunity….

“The gutsy call was just the latest in a line of gutsy calls by special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. In an October loss to the Buffalo Bills, Haack ran for a first down on a fake punt attempt. Last month, the Dolphins successfully executed a surprise onside kick in another loss to the Bills….

“The gutsy call was Crossman distilled to his mad-scientist essence.

“Danny Crossman is crazy. Like what is he dreaming up? This is the NFL,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “Like, that’s not—that doesn’t happen.”

Of course there is further irony that the Eagles famously ran their “Philly Special” play, which was an option pass to then-quarterback Nick Foles, for a touchdown in their upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

So, teams have constantly been looking to get the Eagles on trick plays themselves.

This would include the Patriots having run a double pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who threw a touchdown against them in New England’s 17-10 victory couple of weeks ago at Philly.

Back to “Mountaineer Shot” on Sunday. The play is named for the center, Kilgore, because he played at Appalachian State, whose nickname is the Mountaineers.

And as for the historical aspects of the play, Sanders became the first kicker to catch a touchdown pass in an NFL game since Baltimore’s Jim Turner did it in a game in 1977.

And, it is the first time since the AFL – NFL merger in 1970 that our punter has thrown a touchdown pass to the kicker.

Oh, and the Fins have suddenly come to life with three wins in four games after and 0-7 start. And, it’s in part because the team is still playing hard for a coach and coaching staff that’s willing to take wild risks they did with “Mountaineer Shot,” Sunday.

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