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  1. 2018 Training Camp Updates

    The D-line ate up the O-line completely when the pads came on. I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing. I can't say until they play another team. That's usually the case this time of the year though.
  2. 2018 Training Camp Updates

    Usually this time of the year the defense dominates the offense, but this is the first time in a long time that I recall the offense and defense both making plays equally. Especially today. So I found that a bit odd, but maybe that's a good thing. The offense definitely has chemistry and cohesion since most players know the system by this point. We're used to new offensive systems every year. Well so far Tannehill looks good. He's still as efficient as ever. He doesn't turn the ball over. That doesn't mean he will be great, but he knows the offense. Osweiler has been bad except for on the deep ball. He does that well. But he turns the ball over a lot. Fales has been OK. He improved. He'll most likely be the back-up QB. In terms of the RBs, the coaches absolutely love Gore. He's still playing like he's young. Drake and Gore will be a good combo. Ballage has been having a good camp as well. He's way ahead of the other rookie RBs. It's going to be hard for him to find playing time though. I think the 1-2-3 RB spots are locked in. I feel good about this position. Good depth. In terms of WRs, I haven't really seen Parker or Stills mentioned. Parker really needs to shine this year or it's time to move on. He's been a bust so far. Parker dropped a bomb from Tannehill. Stills is always good with Tannehill so he doesn't need to really prove anything. Amendola has been fantastic with Tannehill. They have great chemistry. Grant is just as shifty as ever. He'll make plays but he's dropped the ball a bit too much. Albert Wilson has been good. They've actually tried him at a RB a few times. But the person really shining and getting a lot respect is Isaiah Ford. He was a 7th round rookie who got hurt last year. He's showing a lot of good things right now. That means Carroo is the odd man out. In terms of TEs, Gesicki has been dynamic in the red zone, but he's been God awful at blocking. He's having a hard time adjusting to the heat and humidity. It's early in his career though. I think today was the first time he got reps with the first team. It wouldn't surprise me if doesn't start his rookie year, but I think he will contribute. I've noticed Duarte's name keeps popping up. The offensive line has a lot of work to do, but the D-line does have a lot of good players so it's hard to say until Preseason if it's an issue. I need to see them against other teams. DT is my biggest concern this season. This is the year Tunsil needs to prove he's an elite LT prospect. LBs have been OK. I haven't seen a ton about the LBs honestly. I've heard a lot of praise about Chase Allen. I don't know who is going to start at what position. I just hope Kiko Alonso is kept in the middle. I really want to see how McMillan does in a Preseason game. LB is the biggest question mark to me besides DT. It could be good or it could be really bad like in the past. The CBs have been consistent. Howard is a lock as the #1 corner. The #2 spot is between Tankersley, Lippett, and McTyer. Lippett is coming back from injury so he's been getting beat at times, but he's always been like that. He'll make a dynamic interception or he'll get beat. McTyer is actually having a surprise good camp. Another no name CB who is having a good camp is Maurice Smith. Gase has praised him before. He's been good on ST. He laid out McDonald. Fitzpatrick has been good in his first TC. Jones is obviously one of the best safeties. He got the first pick on Tannehill today. They are going to be one of the best safety duos in the league. Although McDonald may actually start over Fitz and he's been good. It's a good problem to have. Miami's secondary will be a strength this year. The kicking game scares me. It could be awful. I don't know. I'm going to hold my breath every time Sanders kicks. I wish we kept Parkey. Nobody is holding out. Everyone seems pretty happy. The only drama has been from Landry and the anthem stuff from the media. It's too early to say anything. This is just what I've been gathering. I'd give the offense a 1 up over the defense so far which is odd this time of the year.
  3. Colin Cowherd's potential 2018 dumpster fires

    Usually I agree with the narrative of how the Dolphins are going to be by the media, but I just don't see them being a 2-3 win dumpster fire this season. I knew they were a 1-15 team going into the 2007 season. I knew they were going to a mediocre team in Sparano and Philibin's lame duck years. I don't get those vibes at all. This feels like a team getting back on track. They lost a couple of good players, but none of those guys were game changers. This is the most depth I've seen on this team in years. They just don't have players that non-Dolphin fans know about yet because the team is so young. The Dolphins last year had a hard schedule, no bye week, injuries everywhere, Jay Cutler, a terrible O-line, bottom in every category on offense and defense, and they still won 6 games and almost won a few more. Gase always finds ways to win close games. Now I'm expected to believe they are the worst team in the NFL. I just don't see it. I've never disagreed with the media narrative about the Dolphins this much. It's kind of exciting to see how wrong the media could be proven.
  4. PFF offensive line rankings heading into the seaosn.

    Miami's O-line is one of the reasons I'm excited to see the offense this year. Tannehill finally has a good O-line in front of him.
  5. Who Will Be The Worst Team in the NFL?

    I adamantly believe the Dolphins are better than last year and will be in the playoff hunt in December even if they don't make it. I see them being anywhere from 6-10 to 10-6. I've been through a 1-15 season and knew that team was going to be that bad, and I don't get those vibes at all this season. The national media has ran with a narrative. I think people just don't know the young players they've drafted and developed so they automatically suck to people. It just has to be proven on the field. Gase alone has pulled wins out of his ***. Everything went wrong last year and they were terrible in every category and they still won 6 games and almost won a few more. I don't get it, but whatever. They don't deserve respect either.
  6. I'm really interested in seeing Fitzpatrick next to Jone at safety. Having two great safeties should make a huge difference.
  7. Lions trade Akeem Spence to Miami

    That's pretty good value for a 7th rounder. No risk involved and it fills a need.
  8. DOLPHINS PICK THREAD

    I'm fine with that when he's creating huge mismatches on offense and forcing teams to pick their poison.
  9. DOLPHINS PICK THREAD

    Copied from another thread... It's a long post so read the last sentence for the main point.S Minkah Fitzpatrick - A+. This guy would be a top 5 pick in a normal draft that doesn't have a ton of QBs. He has potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler and face of the defense for years. He has an amazing football IQ. Nick Saban said he's the best player he ever coached. Miami did not expect him to fall to 11.TE Mike Gesicki - A. This guy has elite athleticism. We finally got a legit weapon in the middle of the field. He's a bad blocker, but we won't ask him to. It's about damn time we get a legit TE.LB Jerome Baker - B. This guy is really fast and fills what we are looking for in a LB. A guy who can actually cover. He can also play special teams. He'll fit in the rotation. He reunites with McMillan. They wanted Leonard or Warner but they didn't fall to them so he was the next best player that's similar to them.TE Durham Smythe - B- or C+. It's a bit high for a pure blocking TE, but this guy is a legit blocker. Notre Dame didn't use him much outside blocking so IDK how good he will be outside that. But he perfectly compliments Gesicki so we can finally run 2 TE sets. Other fans don't like the pick, but I think he's the kind of guy who will contribute to the team for quite a while. He reminds me of Fasano.RB Kalen Ballage - B+. This guy has a lot of potential. He won't have to do a ton at first behind Drake and Gore. He fits what Gase wants a RB. By the 4th round in the draft, it's worth going for the potential despite the concern he doesn't play as well as he should. CB Cornell Armstrong - C. He's a feisty slot CB with ball skills who will compete with McCain. He reminds me of a Brent Grimes (without a crazy wife). He might not be a starter or even make the team at first, but who knows? There were better players on the board at the time, but I also think you can never have enough CBs. He's a guy that will be easy to root for. We'll see.LB Quentin Poling - C+. I like this pick late in the draft, but there were better guys on the board. He's another speedy cover LB. He was Ohio's leading tackler. He has holes in his game, but I think he will provide good depth and contribute on special teams right away. I like his attitude from what I've seen on Twitter. K Jason Sanders - I can't grade this one. By the 7th round it doesn't really matter all that much if the guys pan out or not, but this one is more risky because he could be our kicker this season. This guy was a stud his junior year (only missing 1 kick - 93%) and then had a rough senior year (only made 73% of this FGs). He has an amazing leg so he'll be great for kicking touchbacks and he seems to be good at onside kicks, but hopefully he overcomes whatever bothered him his senior year. Fortunately, Rizzi is one of the best ST coaches in the league so I trust what they see in him. I would have preferred Pinerio. This is an A draft for me from from day 1 to day 2. I love the first 3 picks. The Dolphins finally addressed their biggest need that have hurt them for years - plays in the middle of the field. They can't cover TEs, they are super slow in the middle of the field so quick passes murder them, and Tannehill has never had a legitimate athletic big TE to throw to on 3rd downs. The defense has talent but it hasn't shown as much because teams continuously exploit them in the middle of the field. Fitzpatrick next to Jones with having McMillan back and running a bunch of different packages with McDonald as a safety/LB hybrid, Fitz as a nickel CB, not having to rely on Alonso to cover (he sucks at it), and so on will make a TREMENDOUS difference. I'm really getting excited about this secondary and the LB core is starting to shape up. They got tremendously faster on defense. Day 3 is very iffy with me. Smythe is a bit of a reach and more of just a blocking TE, but he will contribute right away. Armstrong is probably just a camp body right now. Poling is just a back up and ST player right now. And Sanders could be awful. But if 5 players in this draft contribute, it's a successful draft. My two concerns are QB and DT. I'd rather have Fitz than a QB. If Miami sucks, I'd still rather have Fitz and get a QB next year. If Tanny comes back and they are good, then having Fitz is even more awesome. I didn't love the rest of the QBs in the draft so I don't have an issue with passing on these guys. But Tanny is 30 and coming off an injury so it is a concern. The coaching staff likes David Fales, but I don't feel comfortable with him as a backup. Osweiler isn't reliable either. I don't think a rookie QB, especially one drafted mid to late round would save the season anyways if Tanny got hurt.Miami already has a bunch of young talented DTs, but they really need a veteran. I don't have an issue with passing on a DT because a veteran is needed more than another mid to late young guy. Until we get one, it's a concern. It doesn't matter how good and fast our 2nd and 3rd level are if we can't stop the run up the middleThe first 4 guys will contribute right away. Ballage and Poling will contribute in ways and could develop into future studs. Sanders could be our starting kicker. So it's an A, A-, or B+. Either way, I really love this draft. TLDR: Miami got faster and fixed their biggest weakness on defense: the middle of the field. They finally got legitimate TEs for their QB. They might have found their kicker and Ballage could be a great weapon with Drake. Poling could be a future starter or key rotational piece. They got a lot of guys who can contribute immediately. I really liked this draft despite the iffy day 3.
  10. Grade Your Draft

    It's a long post so read the last sentence for the main point. S Minkah Fitzpatrick - A+. This guy would be a top 5 pick in a normal draft that doesn't have a ton of QBs. He has potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler and face of the defense for years. He has an amazing football IQ. Nick Saban said he's the best player he ever coached. Miami did not expect him to fall to 11. TE Mike Gesicki - A. This guy has elite athleticism. We finally got a legit weapon in the middle of the field. He's a bad blocker, but we won't ask him to. It's about damn time we get a legit TE. LB Jerome Baker - B. This guy is really fast and fills what we are looking for in a LB. A guy who can actually cover. He can also play special teams. He'll fit in the rotation. He reunites with McMillan. They wanted Leonard or Warner but they didn't fall to them so he was the next best player that's similar to them. TE Durham Smythe - B- or C+. It's a bit high for a pure blocking TE, but this guy is a legit blocker. Notre Dame didn't use him much outside blocking so IDK how good he will be outside that. But he perfectly compliments Gesicki so we can finally run 2 TE sets. Other fans don't like the pick, but I think he's the kind of guy who will contribute to the team for quite a while. He reminds me of Fasano. RB Kalen Ballage - B+. This guy has a lot of potential. He won't have to do a ton at first behind Drake and Gore. He fits what Gase wants a RB. By the 4th round in the draft, it's worth going for the potential despite the concern he doesn't play as well as he should. CB Cornell Armstrong - C. He's a feisty slot CB with ball skills who will compete with McCain. He reminds me of a Brent Grimes (without a crazy wife). He might not be a starter or even make the team at first, but who knows? There were better players on the board at the time, but I also think you can never have enough CBs. He's a guy that will be easy to root for. We'll see. LB Quentin Poling - C+. I like this pick late in the draft, but there were better guys on the board. He's another speedy cover LB. He was Ohio's leading tackler. He has holes in his game, but I think he will provide good depth and contribute on special teams right away. I like his attitude from what I've seen on Twitter. K Jason Sanders - I can't grade this one. By the 7th round it doesn't really matter all that much if the guys pan out or not, but this one is more risky because he could be our kicker this season. This guy was a stud his junior year (only missing 1 kick - 93%) and then had a rough senior year (only made 73% of this FGs). He has an amazing leg so he'll be great for kicking touchbacks and he seems to be good at onside kicks, but hopefully he overcomes whatever bothered him his senior year. Fortunately, Rizzi is one of the best ST coaches in the league so I trust what they see in him. I would have preferred Pinerio. This is an A draft for me from from day 1 to day 2. I love the first 3 picks. The Dolphins finally addressed their biggest need that have hurt them for years - plays in the middle of the field. They can't cover TEs, they are super slow in the middle of the field so quick passes murder them, and Tannehill has never had a legitimate athletic big TE to throw to on 3rd downs. The defense has talent but it hasn't shown as much because teams continuously exploit them in the middle of the field. Fitzpatrick next to Jones with having McMillan back and running a bunch of different packages with McDonald as a safety/LB hybrid, Fitz as a nickel CB, not having to rely on Alonso to cover (he sucks at it), and so on will make a TREMENDOUS difference. I'm really getting excited about this secondary and the LB core is starting to shape up. They got tremendously faster on defense. Day 3 is very iffy with me. Smythe is a bit of a reach and more of just a blocking TE, but he will contribute right away. Armstrong is probably just a camp body right now. Poling is just a back up and ST player right now. And Sanders could be awful. But if 5 players in this draft contribute, it's a successful draft. My two concerns are QB and DT. I'd rather have Fitz than a QB. If Miami sucks, I'd still rather have Fitz and get a QB next year. If Tanny comes back and they are good, then having Fitz is even more awesome. I didn't love the rest of the QBs in the draft so I don't have an issue with passing on these guys. But Tanny is 30 and coming off an injury so it is a concern. The coaching staff likes David Fales, but I don't feel comfortable with him as a backup. Osweiler isn't reliable either. I don't think a rookie QB, especially one drafted mid to late round would save the season anyways if Tanny got hurt. Miami already has a bunch of young talented DTs, but they really need a veteran. I don't have an issue with passing on a DT because a veteran is needed more than another mid to late young guy. Until we get one, it's a concern. It doesn't matter how good and fast our 2nd and 3rd level are if we can't stop the run up the middle The first 4 guys will contribute right away. Ballage and Poling will contribute in ways and could develop into future studs. Sanders could be our starting kicker. So it's an A, A-, or B+. Either way, I really love this draft. TLDR: Miami got faster and fixed their biggest weakness on defense: the middle of the field. They finally got legitimate TEs for their QB. They might have found their kicker and Ballage could be a great weapon with Drake. Poling could be a future starter or key rotational piece. They got a lot of guys who can contribute immediately. I really liked this draft despite the iffy day 3.
  11. Day 3 Draft Discussion Thread

    At this point, they are just taking a chance on the potential. For this season, he just needs to block and occasionally make a play when in the game. Drake and Gore will get most of the carries. If he doesn't fight with the coaches and have temper tantrums, if he can actually block, and if he doesn't have knees that are ticking time bombs, then I'm happy with him over Ajayi. I'm not saying Ajayi is trash, but he had issues here.
  12. Day 3 Draft Discussion Thread

    What do you mean?
  13. Day 3 Draft Discussion Thread

    So Drake, Gore, and Ballage. That's our RB tandem this year.
  14. Day 3 Draft Discussion Thread

    Miami has another 4th round pick so if they skip a DT there then Miami definitely doesn't view DT as a priority.
  15. Day 3 Draft Discussion Thread

    I'm glad Miami finally looked at TE in this draft. They usually completely ignore it which is why the offense struggles so much on 3rd down. We never have a guy to throw to in the middle of the field.
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