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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tampa Bay Buccanneers quarterback Jameis Winston was hoping that his past actions would somehow get lost in mini-camp news, but that was not the case. On Thursday, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter tweeted this:
NFL is planning to suspend Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston the first three games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy, league sources tell ESPN.
ESPN’s Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron initially reported Winston was bracing to be suspended – and he will be.