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Dolphins' Matt Breida: May line up at WR
Breida is the favorite to lead Miami's backfield in receptions and could even occasionally line up as a receiver, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
The Dolphins traded a fifth-round pick to acquire Breida back in April, a move which evidently positioned the 25-year-old to operate as the complementary 'lightning' to backfield mate Jordan Howard's 'thunder.' However, subsequent blows to the team's receiver depth -- Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns both decided to opt out of the season -- could open the window for Breida to carve out much more than a mere third-down role. It wouldn't be out of the question for Breida to compete for occasional usage in three-receiver sets, given that his primary competition will come in the form of Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant, neither of whom have yet managed to record 25 receptions or 300 receiving yards in a single year. Moreover, aside from DeVante Parker, the Dolphins don't have a single receiving option who logged more than 600 yards in 2019. As a big-play threat waiting to happen, if Breida is able to parlay Miami's unproven depth into even a modest uptick in target volume, he could provide legitimate fantasy utility in PPR formats.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Jordan Howard: Already inspiring confidence
Running backs coach Eric Studesville lauded Howard's "experience" Tuesday but said it's still too early to decide how backfield snaps will dispense, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
"[Howard]'s got good feet for a big back, he's got good vision," Studesville said. "I think he'll have a chance to be a physical presence for us, as well as effective in the passing game with what we're asking for." It's somewhat surprising to hear Studesville express confidence in Howard's pass-catching chops, considering that the 25-year-old has seen his receiving totals diminish with each year in the league, but it at least leaves open the door for possible utility in PPR leagues. It seems far more likely, however, that Howard will claim the majority work on early downs, while backfield mate Matt Breida operates as Miami's preferred change-of-pace option. The most realistic outcome for the Dolphins' backfield is probably a committee approach, the likes of which is normally dreaded for fantasy purposes, but if Howard's short-area power and vision can also make him the top option around the goal line, he could provide consistent weekly value.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Lands on COVID-19 list
Howard (knee) has been placed on the Dolphins' reserve/COVID-19 list.
Howard, who was already on the team's PUP list with a knee issue, has also either tested positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone who has. When he's available to the team, Howard is expected to suit up alongside Byron Jones to form arguably the toughest cornerback duo in the league.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Nate Wieting: Claimed by Dolphins
Miami has been awarded Wieting off waivers.
Wieting signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in April. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end was primarily used as a run blocker during his collegiate career at Iowa. He figures to have an uphill climb in terms of making the Dolphins' final roster, but he will now look to make an impression at camp.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Calvin Munson: Comes off NFI list
The Dolphins activated Munson (undisclosed) from the active/non-football injury list Sunday.
Munson's initial activity at training camp was delayed over a week due to his stay on the NFI list, but he's now earned clearance to take the practice field. He's competing for a depth role in Miami's linebacker corps.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Ray Smith: Placed on reserve/retired list
Smith has been placed on the Dolphins' reserve/retired list.
Smith, who the Dolphins claimed on waivers on July 29, spent time last season on the 49ers' and Lions' practice squads after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Kirk Merritt: Activated from COVID-19 list
The Dolphins have activated Merritt from their reserve/COVID-19 list.
Merritt, who was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State back in April, will now look to compete for a depth wideout/return role with Miami.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Solomon Kindley: Activated by Miami
The Dolphins have activated Kindley from their reserve/COVID-19 list.
Now that he's been cleared to return to action, Kindley -- who was a fourth-round pick (111th overall) in the 2020 NFL draft -- is poised to compete for a key reserve role along the interior of the Dolphins' offensive line.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Benito Jones: Activated from COVID-19 list
The Dolphins have activated Jones from their reserve/COVID-19 list.
Jones, who was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi back in April, will now look to secure a depth defensive tackle role with the Dolphins.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Raekwon Davis: Comes off COVID-19 list
The Dolphins have activated Davis from their reserve/COVID-19 list.
Davis, who the Dolphins took in the second round of the 2020 draft, is thus slated to move into a role on the team's revamped front seven. Per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, the Alabama product profiles as a good fit as a 3-4 end in Miami's defense, and at 6-foot-6, 311 pounds, Davis should also be able to make his mark as a run stopper.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Chester Rogers: Signs on with Miami
Rogers agreed to a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Miami was in need of wideout depth after both Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson recently opted out of the 2020 season, so Rogers' addition should at least help address the absence of Wilson at slot receiver. Rogers, who can also contribute as a return man, spent the past four seasons with the Colts, suiting up in 53 career contests and logging 111 receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. Though Rogers' signing suggests he's healthy again after he fractured his knee in early December, he'll still likely have to beat out either or both of Jakeem Grant and Isaiah Ford to earn a regular spot in the Dolphins' three-receiver formations.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Kalen Ballage: Battling for role
Running backs coach Eric Studesville said he isn't giving up on Ballage, who has been joined by Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the Miami backfield, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Ballage may get his shot to earn a Week 1 role, but it likely would be a very limited one. With Howard and Breida locked in for roster spots, the Dolphins figure to have Ballage, Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Perry competing for one or two jobs. It's a situation where special teams value could make the difference, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for a 230-pounder with 4.46 speed who logged 292 ST snaps through the first two years of his career. However, Laird was a bigger factor on special teams last year, and he also showed far more ability in the passing game. This competition won't carry much fantasy intrigue unless Breida or Howard suffers an injury.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Ricardo Louis: Links up with Dolphins again
Louis signed a contract with the Dolphins on Saturday,Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Louis was waived by the Dolphins only two weeks ago, but with both Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson opting out of the season, the team was quickly left with little depth on its receiving corps. The 2016 fourth-round pick of the Browns hasn't played a snap with his new team despite spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins. A 2018 season-ending neck injury coupled with a 2019 season-ending knee injury effectively make Louis a long shot to make the roster to begin the upcoming campaign.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Brandon Jones: Back on active roster
The Dolphins activated Jones from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Jones was quickly cleared after landing on the COVID-19 list Thursday. The Dolphins made significant investments on defense during this year's draft, and they expended a third-round pick on Jones. While it's a crowded safety room, the University of Texas product will push for a role in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Davon Godchaux: Taken off COVID-19 list
The Dolphins activated Godchaux from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Godchaux spent two days on the list before being cleared to return to team facilities. The 25-year-old nose tackle is heading into his fourth year with the Dolphins after marking career highs in tackles (75) and sacks (two) in 2019. However, Godchaux could face competition from rookie second-round pick Raekwon Davis (illness) through training camp.... See More ... See Less
Dolphins' Shaq Lawson: Lifted from COVID-19 list
The Dolphins activated Lawson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Lawson was placed on the list Thursday after either producing a positive test or coming into close contact with someone who tested positive, but he's been cleared to return to team facilities. The 2016 first-round pick will help bolster the Dolphins' pass rush in 2020, but he has limited IDP upside with just 32 tackles and 6.5 sacks over 15 games last year.... See More ... See Less
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