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Dolphins' Danny Amendola: Could be released
The Dolphins aren't certain to retain Amendola ahead of the 2019 season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Amendola led the Dolphins in receptions (59), targets (79) and receiving yards (575) in the first season of a two-year, $12 million contract, but his release would clear up $6 million in cap space to help the front office kick off a rebuild under the new coaching staff. The 33-year-old slot specialist seemingly would be more valuable to a team that has a real chance to compete in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' DeVante Parker: Not expected to stay in Miami
Parker is unlikely to return to the Dolphins in 2019, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
The 14th overall pick from the 2015 draft is technically under team control for 2019 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, but the $9.4 million salary is guaranteed for injury only. Parker suffered a shoulder injury in November, but he's presumably fine to pass a physical after playing in six straight games to close out the season. He was held to 10 catches for 84 yards during that stretch, finishing the year with a 24-309-1 receiving line on 47 targets (6.6 yards per target) in 11 games. His YPT mark has decreased each year he's been in the league, but the 26-year-old still should draw some interest on the open market thanks to his draft pedigree and 6-foot-3 frame. Parker has nine touchdowns and four 100-yard games through 54 NFL appearances.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Kalen Ballage: Praised for work ethic
Ballage's work ethic and athleticism have made a strong impression on running backs coach Eric Studesville, one of the few holdovers from the old coaching staff in Miami, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. "[Ballage]'s a big, physical body," Studesville said. "He can run. He's athletic. He's got a lot of growth to do as far as seeing and recognizing things. His work ethic is tremendous. He's got speed for a big man."
A size-speed freak with subpar college production, Ballage was selected at No. 131 overall (fourth round) in the 2018 NFL Draft and spent most of his rookie season playing special teams. He finally got his shot on offense when Frank Gore suffered a season-ending foot injury Week 15, immediately responding with a 75-yard touchdown scamper against Minnesota. The rookie averaged just 3.3 yards on his 35 other carries and 6.2 yards on nine catches, with 12 of his 45 touches (27 percent) going for no gain or a loss. The hit-or-miss style isn't optimal in an offense that already has Kenyan Drake doing a better version of the same thing, but the 237-pound Ballage does at least have theoretical potential to develop into a between-the-tackles grinder if he can improve his vision, toughness and upright running posture. He seems to have support from Studesville, but there's no guarantee other members of the overhauled Miami coaching staff will agree. We'll have a better read on Ballage's dynasty value once the Dolphins start to make some moves during the offseason.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Frank Gore: Uncertain to stay in Miami
Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville doesn't know if Gore (foot) will be offered another contract, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports. "The biggest thing with Frank is let's get Frank healthy and then we will cross all those other bridges," Studesville said.
The Dolphins got a nice return on a one-year, $1.02 million contract in 2018, with the 35-year-old averaging 4.6 yards on 156 carries, though he didn't score any touchdowns before suffering a season-ending foot injury Week 15. The injury isn't expected to require surgery, so Gore should be able to enjoy relatively normal offseason preparation if he wants to continue his football career. The new coaching staff in Miami might not view him as a good fit for the rebuilding process, as Gore's presence could block Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage from seeing more touches.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Kenyan Drake: Has support of position coach
Running backs coach Eric Studesville said Drake never complained about his lack of carries (7.5 per game) during the 2018 season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
One of the few holdovers from the old coaching staff, Studesville said he doesn't want Drake to change his all-or-nothing running style -- something former head coach Adam Gase implied was a primary reason 35-year-old Frank Gore (foot) handled 11.1 carries per game. Gase does have a point that Drake was often stopped for a loss -- 15 percent of carries in 2018 -- but the 25-year-old made up for it with a plethora of big plays, ultimately averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 9.0 per catch with a team-high nine TDs on 173 touches (53 receptions). The new coaching staff would be wise to put the ball in Drake's hands more often, though Miami does have 2018 fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage to absorb some of the rushing volume if Gore moves on or has his role reduced. Studesville said he doesn't know if Gore will be offered another contract.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Jomal Wiltz: Signs with Miami
Wiltz signed a contract with the Dolphins on Saturday.
Wiltz went undrafted out of Iowa State in 2016 and has spent the bulk of the last two seasons on the Patriots' practice squad. The 24-year-old is still looking to make his NFL debut.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Tank Carradine: Joins Dolphins
Carradine signed a contract with the Dolphins on Friday.
Carradine had a one-game stint with Oakland last season and played in eight games with San Francisco in 2017. The veteran defensive end will look to earn a roster spot under new head coach Brian Flores.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Vincent Taylor: Clear of season-ending injury
Taylor has fully recovered from toe surgery after landing on injured reserve in late October, Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald reports.
Taylor was recently cleared to resume football activities and is good to go for Organized Team Activities in the spring. The 25-year-old had 27 tackles (15 solo) and two sacks in eight games for the Dolphins last season, and figures to play a sizable role in the defensive line rotation in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' John Denney: Re-signs with Dolphins
Denney re-signed with the Dolphins on a one-year deal Friday, Omar Kelley and Keven Lerner of the South Florida Sun Sentinel report.
The Dolphins' long snapper for the past 14 seasons, Denney is expected to command a contract near $1 million, though the exact terms of the contract have not been disclosed. Denney is one of the oldest active players (40) in the NFL and has appeared in 224 consecutive games with the Dolphins -- easily a team record, and the current longest active streak in the NFL.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Jakeem Grant: Denies Achilles rupture
Grant revealed Friday that his season-ending injury wasn't a ruptured Achilles, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. "Just a minor surgery," Grant said. "Not a rupture. Nothing big. I'll be back. No time date. I'm getting better each and every day."
Grant suffered the injury Nov. 11, undergoing surgery Nov. 19 and landing on injured reserve Nov. 28. While he didn't elaborate on the exact nature of the problem, he did acknowledge that it may prevent him for taking part in OTAs. Grant is hopeful to be ready for the start of training camp, yet acknowledged it's not quite a sure thing. The rebuilding Dolphins may prefer a cautious approach, especially when dealing with an undersized player who is entirely reliant on his agility and speed to be effective. Grant has one season remaining on his rookie contract.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Reshad Jones: Gets surgery on shoulder
Jones (leg, shoulder) recently had surgery to repair a partially torn right labrum, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Jones played through the injury for most of 2018, only missing Weeks 3 and 4. He finished the season with three-year highs for interceptions (three) and passes defensed (nine), but he dropped off to 5.1 tackles per game after averaging at least 6.7 in each of the previous five seasons. Still regarded as one of the better safeties in the league, the 30-year-old Jones has three seasons remaining on a four-year, $48 million extension. His guaranteed 2019 base salary ensures he won't be released, but the rebuilding Dolphins might look into a trade.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Jakeem Grant: Hopes to be ready for camp
Grant (Achilles) isn't sure if he'll be ready for OTAs, but he does expect to be on the field at the start of training camp, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Given that he ruptured his Achilles' tendon Nov. 11, it's far from a sure thing Grant is actually ready for team drills at the start of camp. He also faces a greater challenge than most players coming back from the same injury, as the 5-foot-7, 170-pound wide receiver is entirely reliant on his excellent speed and agility. Grant won't have much value to the Dolphins if he loses a step, so the team figures take a cautious approach ahead of what's widely being viewed as a rebuilding season. The 2016 sixth-round pick has one year remaining on his rookie contract.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Charles Harris: One sack in second season
Harris generated 19 tackles and one sack over 11 games in 2018.
Harris missed five games in the middle of the season due to a calf injury, but even when healthy, the 2017 first-round pick continued to fall short of expectations. However, there's a new sense of optimism in Harris' long-term outlook now that ex-Patriots defensive playcaller Brian Flores is the Dolphins' new head coach. At his introductory press conference, Flores said he intends to use multiple defensive fronts, which, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, means Harris could be given chances to line up at outside linebacker. It's possible that lining up outside the tackles could give Harris extra space to deploy the pass-rushing moves he showcased at Missouri in 2016, when he racked up nine sacks in 12 games.... See More ... See Less
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