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Rookie draft pick Jason Sanders wins Dolphins kicking job

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Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Dolphins knew they would have a youngster kicking for them in 2018. And they have settled, for now, on a rookie seventh round draft pick Jason Sanders. Sanders has apparently  beaten out fellow rookie free agent Greg Joseph for the job.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had the info first late Friday morning:

The Fins drafted Sanders in April from New Mexico and he’s kicked well throughout preseason. Miami coach Adam Gase and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi were comfortable with going with young kickers to battle for the job.

Miami continued to give Sanders the edge by having him kickoff and kick at the beginning of games, as an indication that they favored him.

That was the case again in Thursday night’s 34-7 preseason win over the Falcons, as Sanders kicked off and kicked both extra points to start the game.

Joseph, who played at FAU, came on and kicked the third extra point. And, then a second quarter 33-yard field goal.

Sanders all but solidified the job with his booming leg by kicking a 56-yard field goal late in the game, as well.

This is the third consecutive year under Gase the Dolphins will go into the season with a new kicker.

A year ago Miami picked up Cody Parkey off the waiver wire without him having even been in their training camp, and he kicked the game winning week one field goal at the LA Chargers and went on to have a solid season.

Parkey went on to sign a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears, and that’s when the Dolphins had another need a place kicker

Sanders made 25 of 35 field goals for a 71% average in his three years at New Mexico.

One thing is for sure, the NFL does stand for “Not For Long,” if you start missing field goals, extra points or some combination.

And Joseph could be waiting in the wings for Miami, if that happens.

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