Dolphins Host Military and First Responders at Training Camp

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303  

The Miami Dolphins were back on the practice field for camp today at their training facility in Davie.

Three quick observations from practice: Wide receiver DeVante Parker struggled to get free from Xavien Howard all practice. Quarterback David Fales seems poised and practices like he’s been officially named as the backup. Kicker Jason Sanders with two 61 yard FG’s might have just created some distance in the placekicker battle.

Apart from these on-the-field happenings, the team hosted military and first-responders at their training facility. During this event, I took the opportunity to speak to Kevin Matza. Kevin is a recently retired chief petty officer, US Navy.

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Miami Dolphins Preseaon Game 1

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303 

Tampa Bay 26 – Miami 24

Football is back y’all!  Preseason game 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is in the book. 

Here’s what I took away from Thursday night’s action.
 
The return of quarterback Ryan Tannehill:  Following Thurdsay nights game, Tannehill had this to say during his post game press conference.
 

How do you think you did and how do you think the first-team offense did tonight?
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Speaking With Miami Dolphin great Nat Moore

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson//@LJ1303

One of the great honors I had today was speaking to former Miami Dolphins wide receiver great, Nat Moore.  Moore was the 78th pick in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft in 1974.  Nat played for the Dolphins for 13 seasons from 1974 to 1986.

Today, Nat serves as Senior Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Dolphins.   In 2011 the Dolphins introduced The Joe Robbie Alumni Walk of Fame, which honors former players not only for their achievements on the field but off as well.

This year, the Dolphins have announced it will add 6 players to the Walk of Fame.  The last class to be inducted was 2014.   It had been put on hold due to the new renovations of Hard Rock Stadium.

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The Miami Dolphins Give Back

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

One of the best parts of doing what I do is to be able to attend events that can make a difference in a young person’s life.  Today the Miami Dolphins hosted their 6th annual High School Media Day.

It’s a day that saw over 100 local high school students from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  It gives the high school players and coaches the opportunity to speak to local and national media.

In speaking to Shawn Cerra, the Director of Athletics and Student Activities for Broward County Schools, the Miami Dolphins are able to give the players an excellent opportunity that allows the players to improve their communication skills.  This experience will definitely help at the next level of their career, be it on or off the field.

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A New Perspective on Miami Dolphins Training Camp

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson//@LJ1303

I sit down to write this article fresh off the Dolphins first practice scrimmage of the 2018 NFL season.  As they have done in the last several years, The Miami Dolphins opened up the stadium to fans that want to come out and watch the team during training camp.
This year, however, I found myself in new territory.  This particular game, I was joining the media to cover the team that I have followed for going on 4 generations. (showed my age there!)
As my alarm clock rang out at 5:30 am, getting ready for my 1 1/2 hr ride to the stadium, I laid there with my eyes wide open, getting excited for the day ahead.   I arrived at the stadium a bit early.  I sat down outside the stadium and a wave of memories surrounded me.

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Don’t Be Down On Luck Yet

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By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

Colts fans can’t remember an offseason with this much importance.

The Indianapolis Colts were named one of the league’s six most improved teams of 2018 by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell- not surprising after the last couple of seasons the Colts have had. Quarterback Andrew Luck has returned after two long awaited years on injury reserve and has been practicing with the team in training camp.

Head coach Frank Reich told Sports Illustrated,“Some of the progressions we’ve worked through, his command of the offense, to me those are things you watch. After one day of watching him in the huddle I was like, ‘O.K., we’re good, we’re gonna be alright.’ ”
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Three Questions Going Into Dolphins Training Camp

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Twitter timelines are firing up. Social media in a tailspin over the start of the 2018 NFL preseason. The smell of football is in the air. Which means one thing here in South Florida….Dolphins football!
Going into the 2018 season the Miami Dolphins have several question that will need to be addressed in this up coming camp.  The biggest story is quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  He’ll be coming back from season ending ACL surgery that happened last year at the start of training camp.
After seeing Tannehill’s off season work-outs, the quarterback doesn’t seem to have missed a beat.  Which will be key, if the Dolphins can improve upon last years playoff appearance.

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Reviewing The Miami Dolphins Draft

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By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

 No need to beat around the bush.  The Dolphins went into the 2018 draft with definite needs.  The 2 most glaring needs being at linebacker and tight end. Not only did they address these needs, they doubled down on them.  They didn’t just take one tight end and linebacker, they took two of each!

Miami started the night off selecting arguably the best safety in college football, Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.

Dolphins GM Chris Gire had this to say about their new first-round pick:   “Impeccable character. At the end of the day, this guy is a football player, creates turnovers.”

Great intangibles are just part of the package that Fitzpatrick brought as a top-notch prospect. Along with his versatility in the secondary, he’s a high-character player who’s willing to do what it takes to succeed.

“A little different skill set than the other two guys. We’ll see how it will all play out.”

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Miami Dolphins: Draft Day 2 Recap

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Day 2 of the Miami Dolphins NFL draft did not disappoint.

As expected by many, the Dolphins selected Mike Gesicki a 6’6 249 pound TE out of Penn State. At 22 years of age, Gesicki, a former Basketball player, had been considered as a first round talent by many scouts.

His only knock was for a lack of blocking ability. Dolphins GM Chris Grier had nothing but praise for Gesicki, seemingly not too worried about his blocking, or lack thereof.

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With the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins pick…

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins
By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

It’s the NFL Draft. Christmas for football fans. You hold your breath for that one split second while the name is called. Waiting for your gut reaction to kick in, ignoring the fear, thinking to yourself “Just don’t blow it”.

Then, exhaling in a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, this is the guy that will come and start to turn your team around.

The Dolphins selected at 11. Kinda mid-pack, which is where Miami seems to be every year. After the flurry of quarterbacks, some very talented guys dropped down the board, leaving Miami several players to choose from. A top 5 talent at 11…fans were poised and ready.

As the name Minkah Fitzpatrick, a cornerback from Alabama, rang out, the joy on many Dolphins fans faces became very obvious. Finally, the Dolphins selected an impact guy! Seeing fans unite and actually come together to enjoy this pick is a rare sight, not seen for many years down here.

Minkah Fitzpatrick who is 6-foot, 204 pounds was coached by arguably the greatest college football coach in history, although, not such a popular fella down here in South Beach, former Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Saban had nothing but praise for this young man, and many in the Saban circle said that trait is rare to see coming from this particular coach.

Dolphins coaches raved about his extraordinary versatility. “He was a targeted player,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said. “Smart. Loves football. One of Nick Saban’s favorite players. Been a very good player for three years. Unique. He creates turnovers. He has had touchdown returns. We felt we could not pass on him.”

I like this kid, and I love this pick. Now onto round 2, which many Dolphins fans feel this is the pick that the Fins seem to struggle with.

 

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