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Redskins clearly look like team rivaling Dolphins for top pick

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If the Miami Dolphins are hoping to “tank” and end up with the number one pick, ir’s apparent, again ,that they have some difficult competition from other bad teams. This after the Redskins latest wretched performance Thursday night in a loss at Minnesota.

Washington, who’s already fired Coach Jay Gruden, looked mostly inept on offense scoring only nine points and dropping to 1 – 7 on the season in a 19 – 9 defeat at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Now, that is the same Washington team that won head to head two weeks ago at Hard Rock Stadium, 17 – 16 in Bill Callahan’s first game as interim coach. And, that victory may end up being important if Washington does end up 1- 15, and, let’s say, the Dolphins happened to win a game between now and the end of the season.

Then, in that case, Washington would have the “least worst tiebreaker” with that victory and drop behind Miami in the draft order.

Also in this “tanking mix” are the bumbling Cincinnati Bengals. Off their loss 27 – 17 at home to the Jaguars last week, they are now 0 – 7 and have traveled across the Atlantic to take on the L.A. Rams. They’re doing so just in time for the defending NFC Champs to have seemingly gotten their swagger back, when they pummeled the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last week.

Cincinnati is almost certainly going to be 0 – 8 and as we laid out in this item earlier this month, has a very good chance of being winless when they come to South Florida to play the Dolphins late in the year.

Yes it’s not too early yet to pay attention to that Cincinnati-Miami game being the “worst of the worst” with whomever loses it potentially ending up with the number one overall selection.  Then, they would have their choice of college quarterbacks from Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow or Jake Fromm.

Interestingly, Washington took QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round in April, but he’s looked shaky already in his mop up action of their losses. And, so far, Washington (in perfect “tank mode”) has been reluctant to let him start a game, while they plummet.

As for the Dolphins, they’ve been competitive, including leading in the game in the second half at Buffalo last week, but now they have to take on a Steelers team on Monday Night Football that is coming off a bye.

And, Pittsburgh will most probably beat them decisively and drop them to o – 7.

And each week, with losses mounting for all three teams above, the worst record is clearly not a given for Miami.

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Dolphins were back to their bumbling ways Sunday

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As the Dolphins came back down to earth in a humbling 37 – 20 loss to Buffalo Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, many of the same flaws from their  0- 7 start were back.

Although Ryan Fitzpatrick ended with good numbers and did not throw an interception, Miami lacked offensive punch from the outset.

Miami punted the ball on each of their first four possessions and by the time they had reached the middle of the second quarter, it was already 16 – 0 in favor of the Bills.

The Dolphins could not run the ball as Kalen Ballage had nine carries for only nine yards against what’s a good but not great Buffalo defense. Newly extended receiver Allen Hurns promptly fumbled after a first half reception.

It looked all too familiar to the home fans.

The pass protection was poor as Fitzpatrick suffered seven sacks in the game, and Miami was completely one-dimensional by the time the second half rolled around. Fitzpatrick was efficient in the air at 32 – 45 for 323 yards, but a lot of those yards came when the Dolphins trailed by more than two scores the whole second half.

As for the Bills, they ran the ball just fine with 168 yards on the ground and a 5 yard per carry average. Rookie Devin Singletary of FAU came back to the area and tallied 75 yards. And second year QB Josh Allen showed one of the traits that got him drafted in the top 15, as he scrambled seven times for 56 yards, including a second-half touchdown.

Yes, The Bills are putting themselves in position to be back in the playoffs for the second time in three years, as they completed the season sweep over the Fins.

It’s the kind of improvement under coach Sean McDermott that Miami eventually wants to see with coach Brian Flores. But, days after Flores was doing his best Bill Belichick “we’re on to Buffalo” with media questions, Miami was “on to another loss.”

And, as the Dolphins sank to 2 – 8, their reality is they aren’t talented enough or coached well enough, across-the-board to play good football game in and game out.

Buffalo reminded them of that Sunday.

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Dolphins give veteran WR Hurns new deal

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In a season that began horribly at 0- 7, the Dolphins have begun to come around and now, put some pieces into place for the future. That includes re-upping a veteran wide receiver on Saturday.

The team announced a new two-year extension for wideout Allen Hurns Saturday. And while it’s only a modest contract, it is a signal but the team is trying to build with at least some veteran players in the future..

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport had the contract details on Hurns is getting a new $8 million dollar extension through 2021:

This  is a raise over his 1-year 2.5 million contract he signed with Miami on the eve of training camp.

Hurns entered the league undrafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. His best season in North Florida was 2015, where he caught for just over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs. After getting a four year extension from the Jags, they cut him loose to free up cap space after the 2017 season.

Hurns then signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys worth $12 million. However, after he played all 16 games in the regular season with 20 catches and 2 TDs, he suffered a horrific broken ankle in the Cowboys playoff win over Seattle, and was placed on injured reserve.

Dallas eventually released Hurns earlier this year and that’s when Dolphins GM Chris Grier swooped in bring a veteran presence to their locker room on a one year deal.

Hurns, who just turned 28 earlier this week, has played in nine games this season with three starts, including the last two. He doesn’t have more than three catches in any of them and only one touchdown, which came in the Monday night loss to the Steelers three weeks ago. Hurns also suffered a severe concussion against his team, Dallas, in week three.

It is obvious that Miami went on a veteran purge for most of their roster in the offseason and the beginning of this year. And, that included getting rid of veteran speedster Kenny Stills in a huge trade with team-mate Laremy Tunsil to the Texans on the eve of the season.

That brought the Dolphins to number one picks in return. Miami also released veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola in a salary cap move earlier this year.

Miami wants to count on former number one pick DeVante Parker. And, they were also very high on undrafted free agent Preston Williams before he suffered an ACL injury in the win over the Jets two weeks ago.

Finally, as has been the case with Hurns’ last couple of deals, the contract only reportedly has $3.2 million guaranteed and is therefore team friendly to get rid of him, if they choose to do so at any point next season.

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