Miami Dolphins

Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium | Coach: Adam Gase
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th111.0 (12th)225.0 (17th)
Defense27th44.0 (2nd)323.0 (30th)
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35Aikens, Walt FS6-12126/19/19914Liberty
23Ajayi, Jay RB6-02236/15/19933Boise State
59Allen, Chase LB6-32508/29/1993RSouthern Illinois
29Allen, Nate DB6-121411/30/19878South Florida
47Alonso, Kiko MLB6-32338/14/19905Oregon
68Asiata, Isaac G6-334112/29/1992RUtah
50Branch, Andre DE6-52637/14/19896Clemson
64Brendel, Jake C6-42999/10/19922UCLA
74Bushrod, Jermon G6-53188/19/198411Towson
88Carroo, Leonte WR6-12151/24/19942Rutgers
6Cutler, Jay QB6-32314/29/198312Vanderbilt
77Davis, Jesse T6-63219/15/19911Idaho
92Denney, John LS6-524212/13/197813Brigham Young
32Drake, Kenyan RB6-12111/26/19942Alabama
80Fasano, Anthony TE6-42584/20/198412Notre Dame
78Fede, Terrence DE6-426711/19/19914Marist
56Godchaux, Davon DT6-330511/11/1994RLSU
19Grant, Jakeem WR5-716910/30/19922Texas Tech
48Gray, MarQueis TE6-426311/7/19895Minnesota
16Haack, Matt P6-02057/25/1994RArizona State
90Harris, Charles DE6-32503/6/1995RMissouri
95Hayes, William DE6-32785/2/198510Winston-Salem State
25Howard, Xavien CB6-11967/4/19932Baylor
45Hull, Mike LB6-02325/25/19912Penn State
70James, Ja'Wuan T6-63076/3/19924Tennessee
20Jones, Reshad FS6-12232/25/19888Georgia
14Landry, Jarvis WR5-1120811/28/19924LSU
53March-Lillard, Justin LB6-02227/5/19933Akron
58Maualuga, Rey LB6-22581/20/19879Southern California
41Maxwell, Byron CB6-11982/23/19887Clemson
28McCain, Bobby CB5-111928/18/19933Memphis
5McTyer, Torry DB5-111844/10/1995RUNLV
8Moore, Matt QB6-32198/9/198410Oregon State
11Parker, DeVante WR6-32121/20/19933Louisville
1Parkey, Cody K6-01902/19/19924Auburn
34Perry, Senorise RB6-02109/19/19913Louisville
97Phillips, Jordan DT6-633310/15/19923Oklahoma
51Pouncey, Mike C6-52987/24/19897Florida
87Scott, Rashawn WR6-01991/29/19921Miami (Fla.)
2Smith, Maurice DB6-01976/14/1995RGeorgia
71Smith, Eric T6-43219/2/1995RVirginia
65Steen, Anthony C6-43205/9/19902Alabama
10Stills, Kenny WR6-11964/22/19925Oklahoma
93Suh, Ndamukong DT6-43051/6/19878Nebraska
30Tankersley, Cordrea CB6-119611/19/1993RClemson
98Taylor, Vincent DT6-32961/5/1994ROklahoma State
31Thomas, Michael FS5-111953/17/19905Stanford
89Thomas, Julius TE6-52626/27/19887Portland State
94Timmons, Lawrence LB6-12425/14/198611Florida State
67Tunsil, Laremy G6-53188/2/19942Ole Miss
42Verner, Alterraun DB5-1018712/13/19888UCLA
91Wake, Cameron DE6-32631/30/19829Penn State
26Williams, Damien RB5-112244/3/19924Oklahoma
79Young, Sam T6-83066/24/19878Notre Dame
Injured Players
49Barrow, Lamin (IR) LB6-123711/29/19904LSU
15Ford, Isaiah (IR) WR6-21952/9/1996RVirginia Tech
62Larsen, Ted (IR) G6-33206/13/19878NC State
36Lippett, Tony (IR) CB6-31927/2/19923Michigan State
52McMillan, Raekwon (IR) LB6-224811/17/1995ROhio State
55Misi, Koa (IR) OLB6-32651/17/19878Utah
17Tannehill, Ryan (IR) QB6-42167/27/19886Texas A&M
Practice Squad
6Doughty, Brandon QB6-321210/6/19911Western Kentucky
83Duarte, Thomas TE6-22443/30/19952UCLA
63Hickey, Sean T6-63069/29/19911Syracuse
18Lewis, Malcolm WR5-1019410/27/1993RMiami (Fla.)
21Lucas, Jordan SS6-02028/2/19932Penn State
75Malveaux, Cameron DE6-52769/22/1994RHouston
81Morgan, Drew WR6-018712/2/1994RArkansas
 Reilly, Trevor LB6-52401/17/19883Utah
38Smith, De'Veon RB5-1122111/8/1994RMichigan
 Wright, Gabe DT6-33054/3/19923Auburn
Suspended Players
22McDonald, T.J. DB6-22231/26/19915Southern California
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
MarQueis Gray
Gray played on just one of 59 offensive snaps during the Dolphins' season finale against the Patriots.

Despite possessing status as Miami's No. 2 tight end behind Dion Sims, Gray was almost exclusively contained to special teams work on Sunday. This is nothing new as the converted college quarterback has only been involved in the passing attack in games this season when both Sims and Jordan Cameron (concussion) sat out (forcing Gray to start). With Cameron an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, there's a chance Gray will maintain his current slotting on the depth chart in 2017, but his role in the offense is unlikely to change considering the Dolphins' indifference towards featuring tight ends.

Jesse Davis
Davis could start the Dolphins' season opener at left guard, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins' offensive line has been decimated by injuries throughout camp, with the likely long-term absence of guard Ted Larsen (biceps) leaving the team unsettled on the interior. Davis is listed as a backup at tackle, but he could see more reps alongside center in the team's upcoming practices as the Dolphins look to assess if he's a fit at that spot with the first unit.

Tony Lippett
Lippett has a torn Achilles tendon and is out for the season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins were expecting Lippett to miss some time but the confirmation of a torn Achilles tendon is worse than they could have anticipated. Lippett was projected to enter the season as a serviceable depth corner for the Miami secondary. With the 25-year-old no longer in the short-term picture, the Dolphins will presumably count on Alterraun Verner and Lafayette Pitts to step in where needed.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Koa Misi
Misi (neck) was placed on the Dolphins' injured reserve list Tuesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Misi, who underwent season-ending neck surgery in 2016, recently failed a test that would've declared him healthy enough to play in 2017 if passed. The Dolphins selected Raekwon McMillan in the second round of this year's draft, so he'll now have a more direct route to playing time as a rookie with Misi likely sidelined for the year. It's an unfortunate series of events for the 30-year-old veteran, while it remains to be seen if Misi will ever be able to return to his original level of play.

Neck - Injured Reserve
Xavien Howard
Howard (knee) will return from a lengthy absence in Week 15 against the Jets, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Howard had already amassed 28 tackles throughout the first four weeks of the season before going down with a knee injury, so his return should be a boost for the Dolphins' secondary unit.

Isaiah Ford
Ford (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Ford underwent meniscus surgery Aug. 2 and isn't close to returning, so he was waived with an injury designation Friday. Upon clearing waivers, he reverts to IR. He's likely stuck there for the entire season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Knee - Meniscus - Injured Reserve
Anthony Fasano
Fasano and the Dolphins have reached an agreement, ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports.

Fasano previously spent five seasons (2008-12) in Miami, where he cemented his reputation as one of the league's better in-line blocking tight ends. He had a career-low eight receptions last season in Tennessee, despite playing in all 16 games for the sixth time in his 11-year career. With recently-acquired Julius Thomas serving as the receiving threat, Fasano's role in Miami will he heavily tilted toward the blocking side.

Jermon Bushrod
No Updates
Sean Hickey
No Updates
Rey Maualuga
Maualuga (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Maualuga sustained a hamstring injury at some point and did not practice this week. The former second-round pick was still returning to football shape prior to the injury, so his status beyond Week 2 remains unclear.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 3 at N.Y. Jets
Trevor Reilly
Reilly was signed to the Dolphins' active roster on Monday.

Reilly has spent the season on the Patriots' practice squad since being cut by the Jets in early September. His major impact will come on special teams, though he could see some time on defense if injuries force him into the rotation.

Michael Thomas
Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Monday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Thomas played well as a nickel corner and backup safety in Miami last season, finishing the year with 85 tackles. He'll likely see a similar role in 2017.

Andre Branch
Branch will sign a long-term extension with the Dolphins, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Branch performed well for Miami in 2016, recording 49 tackles, including 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The specifics of his contract haven't been released, but he'll likely be locked up with the team for at least the next few years. He'll figure to again start for the team at defensive end.

Ted Larsen
Larsen (biceps) was placed on IR/designated to return list Saturday and is expected to be practicing by Week 6 and game-ready by Week 8, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Larsen, an eight-year veteran, tore his biceps during practice in early August. The team will certainly miss his presence, as he was a candidate to start at guard.

Biceps - Injured Reserve
Kenyan Drake
Drake rushed one time for negative-three yards and returned three kicks for 71 yards in Sunday's victory over the Chargers.

Drake's rushing attempt was his lone offensive snap of the game, and he saw 16 snaps on special teams. The good news for Drake is that Damien Williams saw only three offensive snaps and did not receive a carry, but both backup running backs had nearly nonexistent roles in the Dolphins' offense for Week 2.

Damien Williams
Williams lost one yard on four carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

While the stat line obviously doesn't look good, Williams did mix in a bit with the first-team offense, and then got the first carry after Jay Ajayi left the game. That being said, Williams also had a couple carries in the second half, while Kenyan Drake got each of his six touches in the second quarter, gaining 21 yards on four carries and two yards on two catches. While there's been no clear winner in the battle for backup work, it's quite clear the Dolphins will keep Ajayi busy, marginalizing both Drake and Williams' importance so long as the starter stays healthy.

Jake Brendel
No Updates
DeVante Parker
Parker brought in four of nine targets for 85 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chargers.

The promising third-year man got his 2017 campaign off to a solid start, pacing the Dolphins in receiving yards while checking in second to Jarvis Landry in targets. Parker also likely prevented an interception when he reached over safety Tre Boston to make an acrobatic 31-yard catch late in the third quarter. Parker's productive offseason and summer have raised expectations coming into the season, and his effort in the opener largely served to fulfill those. He'll look to be even more productive against the Jets in Week 3.

Matt Moore
Moore stepped in at quarterback after starter Ryan Tannehill left practice Thursday with a possible left knee injury, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The severity of Tannehill's injury has yet to be clarified, but at first glance it's not hard to imagine him missing some time. In such a scenario, Moore would step in as the Dolphins' top signal-caller. While Moore doesn't possess the level of upside that Tannehill does, he is a capable veteran option who could carve out fantasy utility while working with targets such as top wideouts Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, along with new tight end Julius Thomas.

De'Veon Smith
The Dolphins signed Smith to their practice squad Monday, Omar Kelly of The Sun Sentinel reports.

Smith, an undrafted free agent, was unable to make it through final cuts Saturday. However, he impressed enough in camp to earn a spot with the team's practice unit. Barring injuries at running back on the 53-man roster, the Michigan product will presumably spend the season there.

Raekwon McMillan
McMillan suffered from a torn ACL in Thursday's preseason opener against the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It is what the Dolphins feared after McMillan left Thursday's contest early, but an MRI on Friday confirmed the linebacker would be done for the season. Mike Hall, who appeared in all 16 games and recorded 33 tackles for Miami last season, could be promoted from backup to starter at linebacker in McMillan's stead.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Maurice Smith
No Updates
Anthony Steen
Steen will open the season as the starting left guard, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Steen started seven games at guard for Miami last season. How well or poorly the Miami offensive line performs this season will go a long way towards determining their success this year.

Walt Aikens
Dolphins cornerback Walt Aikens was suspended for the season finale Sunday for missing a team meeting after he was involved in a domestic dispute at his Sunrise home, per WINZ-AM.

The report further claimed, per a source, that there was no physical violence with his girlfriend, but that his phone was smashed.

Isaac Asiata
No Updates
Jay Cutler
Cutler completed 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chargers. He rushed twice for a loss of one yard.

Cutler was a reasonable facsimile of Ryan Tannehill in the opener, firing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills in the third quarter and remaining largely conservative while averaging 7.0 yards per attempt. The veteran signal caller likely benefited from the absence of ballhawk Jason Verrett (knee) and displayed an outstanding rapport with Jarvis Landry, who he connected with on a whopping 13 occasions on the afternoon. Cutler also may have gotten a bit fortunate on DeVante Parker's impressive 31-yard catch late in the third quarter, as the third-year wideout likely prevented an interception by reaching over the top of safety Tre Boston to make the catch on a slightly underthrown ball. A balanced offensive attack that saw Jay Ajayi grind out 122 yards also worked in Cutler's favor, and given the overall results, Sunday's recipe is likely one that head coach Adam Gase will strive to replicate as often as possible this season. Cutler will look to build on his solid Dolphins debut in a Week 3 road tilt versus the Jets.

T.J. McDonald
McDonald (suspension) signed a four-year contract worth $24 million with the Dolphins on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The deal apparently includes $10 million in guarantees, which makes it pretty clear how the Dolphins feel about McDonald. The 26-year-old will miss the first eight games of 2017 with a suspension, but will likely replace Nate Allen as starting safety when he returns, if this contract is any indication.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 10 at Carolina
Lawrence Timmons
Timmons was suspended indefinitely Tuesday by the Dolphins.

There have been no details surrounding Timmons' situation, as head coach Adam Gase said Monday that he needed to know all the details before commenting. Per the Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the maximum amount of time the Dolphins can suspend Timmons is four weeks, but the team may release a more exact timetable once they are able to release more information.

Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Jordan Phillips
Phillips is battling for a starting job in training camp, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins have been unhappy with Phillips and his inconsistent play since last season. They've tried to bring in competition for his job via free agency and the draft in order to get his attention, but so far nothing has worked to their satisfaction. The 2015 second-round pick could be in danger of beginning the season as a backup if rookie fifth-round pick Davon Godchaux continues to perform well during camp.

Charles Harris
Harris has shown during practice why the Dolphins were so high on him, Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reports.

Harris was taken in the first round this past May and so far, so good. He has been in the backfield on a consistent basis and has been the Dolphins' best defensive player so far this offseason. If Harris were to continue this type of play, he could push Williams Hayes for the starting job at right defensive end.

Matt Haack
No Updates
Justin March-Lillard
The Dolphins claimed March-Lillard off waivers from the Chiefs on Sunday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

March-Lillard will provide the Dolphins with some depth at OLB after the loss of Raekwon McMillan (knee) and Koa Misi (neck) to injured reserve.

Cameron Malveaux
No Updates
Sam Young
Young resigned with the Dolphins on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Young returns to Miami after the team placed guard Ted Larsen (biceps) on injured reserve. After joining the team in late October, Young played in eight games last season for the Dolphins, including one start.

Jakeem Grant
Grant had a big game Thursday, reeling in four receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings.

If there were ever any doubts about Grant making the team, those were erased by this performance. In addition to the raw numbers, Grant also drew three defensive penalties in just one half of play. How much action Grant receives during the regular season has yet to be determined, though, as he's still behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills in the pecking order at wide receiver.

Thomas Duarte
Duarte was waived by the Dolphins on Saturday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

The fact Duarte wasn't waived with an injury designation implies he's since been cleared after suffering a concussion in the third preseason game.

Gabe Wright
Wright signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

The Eagles have been short on depth at defensive tackle throughout offseason activities, so Wright's addition will provide the team with a little more depth at the position. The 25-year-old has appeared in 12 career games with the Lions and Browns since being drafted in the fourth round in 2015, logging 10 total stops.

Cordrea Tankersley
Tankersley is not expected to be a big part of the Miami defense in the early part of the season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Tankersley was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft this past April and is considered to be a work in progress at this point in time. Miami coaches believe he is playing too "stiff," which will limit his ability to change directions and stick with a receiver. Tankersley could still see work when the Dolphins are in their nickel defense but probably won't start to open the season.

Leonte Carroo
Carroo hauled in his only target for five yards during Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Carroo only logged 12 offensive snaps Thursday, compared to 15 on special teams. He didn't look to be anything more than the fifth or sixth option in the passing game and could struggle to find enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration this year.

Drew Morgan
The Dolphins waived Morgan on Saturday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Morgan made an impression early in camp, as he jumped up the depth chart relatively quick. However, he was ultimately unable to make it through the team's final cuts. The Dolphins are reportedly seeking to keep him on their practice squad.

Julius Thomas
Thomas hauled in three receptions for 26 yards as the Dolphins defeated San Diego 19-17 on Sunday.

Thomas did manage to catch each of his targets but more was expected from him now that he has been reunited with Adam Gase. Thomas had the best seasons of his career playing under Gase but then again, he also had Peyton Manning throwing him the ball in a pass happy offense, something he doesn't have now.

Chase Allen
Allen will start at linebacker Sunday against the Chargers due to Lawrence Timmons (coach's decision) being listed as inactive, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The undrafted rookie will make his NFL debut at strongside linebacker Sunday. There is a serious lack of depth in the Dolphins' linebacker corps, but if Allen doesn't perform well, Justin March-Lillard is the only other option to fill in. It'll be interesting to see how Miami's defense fares since it only has one truly experienced, active linebacker in Kiko Alonso.

Ndamukong Suh
Suh has elected to not participate in the Dolphins' offseason conditioning program, Armando Salguero reports.

Suh didn't participate in the first half of the program earlier this spring as is his right in the CBA. The good news is that he has completely recovered from knee surgery and should once again be one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.

Jarvis Landry
Landry (knee) brought in 13 of 15 targets for 78 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chargers. He also misfired on one pass attempt and lost seven yards on his sole rush.

Landry took advantage of a Chargers secondary missing star cornerback Jason Verrett (knee), equaling his career high in catches while serving as Jay Cutler's favorite target on the day. The fourth-year wideout showed no ill effects from the minor knee ailment that had afflicted him late in the practice week, and his rapport with Cutler certainly provides plenty of reason for optimism going forward. He'll look to build on his season-opening effort versus the Jets in Week 3.

Lamin Barrow
Barrow (foot) was released from IR on Monday.

Barrow was waived with an injury designation in the preseason and reverted to IR after clearing waivers. He could latch on with a team in need of special teams help or depth at linebacker.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Eric Smith
The Dolphins activated Smith (undisclosed) from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.

It was unclear what type of injury Smith was dealing with, but his activation from the PUP list is imperative to his hopes of making the final roster. The Virginia product is looking to secure a role providing depth on the offensive line.

Kiko Alonso
The Dolphins currently have no plans to move Alonso to middle linebacker, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

The loss of Koa MIsi (neck) and Raekwon McMillan (knee) for the season had some thinking that Alonso could move back to MLB, a position he has played in the past, but the team doesn't believe that would be in the best interest of keeping Alonso healthy and productive all season. Miami will keep Alonso at WLB, with Lawrence Timmons at SLB and Mike Hull in the middle for the immediate future.

Mike Hull
Hull had 10 tackles in the Dolphins 19-17 win over San Diego on Sunday.

Hull was only starting due to multiple injuries that Miami has suffered at the position. The Dolphins need Hull to step up and stay healthy as linebacker is now the thinnest position on the roster. So far so good as he proved he could handle himself in Week 1. Whether or not he starts in Week 2 likely depends upon the health of Ray Maualuga (hamstring) and the status of Lawrence Timmons.

Mike Pouncey
Pouncey (hip) will start Thursday in Philadelphia, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

This is good news for Jay Ajayi and Jay Cutler, as Pouncey is the Dolphins best offensive lineman and one of the best centers in the NFL. A healthy Pouncey should help open up holes for Ajayi and help to protect Cutler.

Senorise Perry
Perry (knee) returns to practice Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

The return of Perry means the Dolphins will be at full strength as far as running backs are concerned. Perry won't have a huge role on offense this season, but he could become a valuable member on special teams. That value is the main reason Perry survived the final roster cut over Storm Johnson.

Ja'Wuan James
James (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

James had missed practice Sunday due to the injury, but the quick return indicates that the ailment was not serious. The former first-round pick is expected once again start at offensive tackle for the Dolphins this season.

Bobby McCain
McCain left practice early Sunday due to a right knee injury, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

McCain suffered the injury while covering a pass route in which a quick change of direction by the receiver led to the corner's knee giving out. The Dolphins have stated that he was pulled from practice for precautionary reasons only, but McCain will go in for further tests before Monday's practice session.

Malcolm Lewis
No Updates
Terrence Fede
Fede will remain at defensive end this season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

There was a school of thought that Fede would be best used on the inside but for now that plan has been scratched. Fede will have a difficult time getting on the field with Cameron Wake and Charles Harris among several ends that will be ahead of him on the depth chart.

Cameron Wake
Wake is off to a productive start in training camp, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

At this point last season we were wondering if Wake could return to being a dominating pass rusher coming off the Achilles tendon tear. Well, he proved he could last year with 11.5 sacks, a number he is hoping to surpass this year. Wake shouldn't be forgotten about in IDP leagues that offer big points for sacks and quarterback hits.

Brandon Doughty
Doughty signed with the Dolphins' practice squad, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins elected to keep just two active quarterbacks on their final roster in Jay Cutler and Matt Moore. Doughty will remain within the organization and essentially serve as the No. 3 quarterback for the team.

Kenny Stills
Stills had two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 19-17 victory over San Diego on Sunday.

Stills was the clear third choice for Jay Cutler as he only garnered five targets compared to 15 for Jarvis Landry and nine for DeVante Parker. He did however make the most of his two catches by reeling in a 29-yard strike for a score.

Jay Ajayi
Ajayi (knee) rushed 28 times for 122 yards and brought in both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chargers.

Ajayi played the role of a true workhorse back, as Kenyan Drake was the only other running back to log a backfield touch, and a single one at that. Otherwise, Ajayi saw the second-highest rushing workload of his career, with only the 32 rushes he tallied in a Week 16 overtime victory over the Bills last season eclipsing Sunday's total number of totes. The 24-year-old is likely to be leaned on heavily this season as head coach Adam Gase tries to not overexpose the mistake-prone Jay Cutler, keeping Ajayi's fantasy prospects very high going forward. He'll look to put up a successful encore to his Week 1 effort when the Dolphins do battle with the Jets in Week 3.

Davon Godchaux
The Dolphins selected Godchaux in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 178th overall.

Godchaux (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) is a pure run stopper who played on a strong LSU defense last year. He'll try to stick in Miami as a space eater.

Byron Maxwell
It is not written in stone that Maxwell will open the season as a starting cornerback for Miami, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Maxwell had a terrible game Thursday versus the Eagles and hasn't performed all that well in practice, either. Coach Adam Gase stated Sunday that all options are on the table and that the best players will play. At this point in time, Maxwell seems to be competing with Alterraun Verner for the starting job, and the Dolphins may use the fourth preseason game to determine who starts and who doesn't.

Vincent Taylor
The Dolphins selected Taylor in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 194th overall.

Taylor (6-foot-3, 304 pounds) looks like a very nice pick for Miami here. He totaled 21.5 tackles for loss over the last two years at Oklahoma State, and at the Combine he showed encouraging athletic metrics -- his 5.07-second 40, 108-inch broad jump, and 7.58-second three-cone drill were all good for his size.

Laremy Tunsil
Tunsil started at left tackle in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Tunsil had been away from the team for personal reasons, but his unrestricted participation in Thursday's contest confirmed his return. Expect the tackle to be good to go for the start of the regular season.

Cody Parkey
Parkey made four field-goals and an extra-point attempt in the Dolphins season-opening victory over the Chargers on Sunday.

Parkey converted a clutch 54-yard kick with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Dolphins the lead for good. It was a fantastic start to the season for the 25-year-old, which he will hope to continue against the Jets in Week 3.

Reshad Jones
Jones (calf) has been activated off the Dolphins' non-football injury list.

Jones' return to the active roster comes as a good sign for Miami. The projected Week 1 starting safety had been dealing with a lingering calf issue for the beginning part of training camp, but it looks as if he's good to go now. The 29-year-old logged 51 tackles and a pick over the course of six games last season. When healthy, he's a reliable source of tackles in IDP formats, which was very much the case in 2015, when Jones racked up 135 stops.

Torry McTyer
No Updates
Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill (knee) is recovering from surgery and is anticipated to return to the Dolphins' facility to rehab in the coming days, Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Tannehill is already going through the early stages of rehab, but he'll soon do it with the help of Miami's medical staff. The quarterback's knee injury is anticipated to sideline him for around eight to 12 months. With him out, Jay Cutler will start for the Dolphins this season.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Alterraun Verner
Verner was signed by the Dolphins on Tuesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Verner was released by the Buccaneers in February after notching a career-low 16 tackles in 16 games throughout the 2016 season. He added just 11 total passes defensed and two interceptions during the last two seasons combined. He'll have a solid shot at making the Dolphins' final roster, but Byron Maxwell (ankle), Xavien Howard and Bobby McCain will likely be ahead of Verner on the Week 1 depth chart.

Rashawn Scott
Scott (foot) was moved to the reserve/PUP list Saturday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Given his placement on this list, Scott won't be eligible to return to the field until Week 7.

Foot - Physically Unable to Perform
John Denney
No Updates
William Hayes
Hayes was traded to the Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick on Thursday, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.

The Rams are also sending their seventh round pick to Miami to secure the 206th selection in the upcoming draft. Hayes, 31, is entering the second year of a three-year, $17.5 million contract. He'll add depth at defensive end for the Dolphins, but the team's edge depth will likely result in a reduction in snaps for Hayes in 2017.

Jordan Lucas
Lucas played just four special teams snaps during the Dolphins 12-10 loss to the Seahawks.

Lucas appears to have cemented his role as a depth corner in Miami. Despite overcoming the leg injury that he suffered back in early August, the Penn State product is not expected to take on a bigger role with the defense this season.

Nate Allen
Allen (groin) started at safety in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Allen had been dealing with a groin injury that kept him out of practice for about two weeks, but with his participation in Thursday's contest, it looks like it's now behind him. Allen is expected to start at free safety in Miami this season.


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