The Miami Dolphins are 3-0 and atop the AFC East

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Lisa Johnson, Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have taken over the top spot in the AFC East. Yes, it’s only game 3 but honestly, most of the national media had written this Dolphins team off as one of the worst in the league.

Well, that worst team in the NFL has found themselves alone at the top of their division.

Offensively, during the first quarter, quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to find any rhythm. “Sometimes it’s not gonna be pretty but we all hung in there together and we found a way to get it done,” Tannehill said. I said this the whole offseason once the Dolphins signed Albert Wilson (my former hometown kid).

This is the guy head coach Adam Gase was searching for. Wilson brings a whole new skill set. He is fast and very versatile. He is a Gase guy. Coach said that Wilson, along with another explosive player, Jakeen Grant,  have a whole set of plays designed just for these two players’ skill sets.

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Miami Dolphins honor Tony Lima with NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

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Lisa Johnson Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have selected the Executive Director of SAVE (Safeguarding America’s Values for Everyone), Tony Lima, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. This was announced at a Business Equality Network luncheon sponsored by SAVE and the Miami Dolphins.

The award, in conjunction with the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Lima received a trophy and $2,000 donation to SAVE during the Pregame at the Miami Dolphins home game against the Oakland Raiders on September 23, 2018, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Born and raised in Miami, Lima is a first generation Cuban-American.

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Miami Dolphins host Football Unites tailgate

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By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Today I was honored to attend the Miami Dolphins 3rd annual Football Unites Tailgate with spokesperson Jason Jenkins.  Jenkins is the Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs. 

Taken from the Miami Dolphins Website:

For the third consecutive year, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Dolphins players will host Football Unites: Tailgates to strengthen relationships between community leaders, youth and law enforcement. Each tailgate will take place before Dolphins’ regular season home games, beginning this Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium. 

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Tannehill leads Dolphins to Week 2 Division Win

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Official Reporter, Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Miami Dolphins 20 – 12 New York Jets

The Miami Dolphins are off and running, bringing home a “W” from their division rivals, New York Jets. And as of right now, they hold first place in the AFC East.

The Defense set the tone early and often, pressuring Rookie Sam Darnold into two interceptions that lead to 14 points for the Dolphins. They also harassed the rookie into making several mental mistakes costing the Jets poor field position and points.  Continue reading “Tannehill leads Dolphins to Week 2 Division Win”

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Dolphins make history with win over the Titans

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

How many people can say they have become a part of history? Yes, my hand is raised. Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins played in one of the longest games in NFL history. 7 hours and 8 minutes to be exact.

It was a history-making day followed up by a Dolphins win. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday, considering last season at this time Hurricane Irma was making her presence felt.  Facing adversity is becoming a common theme for these players.

Last year, the Dolphins home opener was rescheduled due to Irma. This year’s season opener turned into a marathon of lightning delays.  Some of the fans that stayed enjoyed naps.  Some just stayed in their seats.  Others just got up and walked around the stadium.

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Grading the Dolphins 3rd preseason game vs Ravens

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Dolphins 10 – 27 Ravens

In preseason game #3 we saw the starters play the entire first half.  Earlier in the week, Head Coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if we would see running back Frank Gore or not.  It was announced shortly before the game that Gore would dress for the first time this season.

Gore saw very limited action.  He only carried the ball 1 time for -2 yards. Then he caught a short pass out of the backfield for 1 yard.  The rainy conditions and wet field probably made up Gase’s mind to end Gore’s night after that.

The offense started out slowly, which was a disappointment considering Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sat all of his starters.   Later in the second quarter, however, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense put together some nice drives.

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Quick Questions

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

The Dallas Cowboys used to be “America’s Team.” With great names like Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith in the not-so-distant past, and disappointing seasons from the likes of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the pressure is definitely on for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to lead the team back to glory.

I took some time to talk about the upcoming Cowboys season with Michelle Jinks // @TheSportsJinks who is a huge Cowboys fan and, well, She Knows Routes!

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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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