Inside training camp – Miami Dolphins

Lisa Johnson
AFC South
AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

 

The Miami Dolphins opened training camp yesterday by welcoming back the fans!

For the first time in over a year, fans were welcomed back by Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores.  Coach Flores during his pre-practice press conference said he was excited that fans were back in the stands.  [He] always enjoys the fans’ support and was excited that the fans could watch practice.

It’s also worth mentioning that the fans were able to watch their beloved Fins from the team’s brand new training facility.  Baptist Health Training facility is 217,200 square feet of state-of-the-art technology.  It features two full-size natural grass fields and a full indoor practice facility as well.

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The “No Excuses” tour begins for Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa

Lisa Johnson
AFC South
AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have released their 2021 NFL training camp schedule. It will be held at their new facility, the Baptist Health Training Complex, located in beautiful Miami Gardens, Florida.

There is no doubt that all eyes will be on Miami’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who, to say the least, had some struggles during the coronavirus plagued 2020 season. Tagovailoa was benched by Dolphins head coach Brian Flores during the team’s playoff run late in December, only to have to go back to him after named starter Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19.

Now comes a brand new season. Let’s, for the sake of argument, give Tagovailoa the benefit of the doubt. I say sake of argument purely because the fans have seemingly divided, making it so you are either for him or against him. I find myself on the fence. I have spoken to many NFL experts on his play and the 2020 season. They all agreed that as unorthodox the season was, it is still too early to make a call on him. And from all that I have seen, the Dolphins agree.

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AFC East Bills vs Dolphins rivalry (Take Two?)

Lisa Johnson
AFC South
AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

 

As we move forward toward the new 2021 NFL season, two AFC East teams look to renew a decades-old rivalry.

Some of you might be too young to remember those glory days of the late ’80s/early ’90s of the  Miami Dolphins vs the Buffalo Bills.  With two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. Historic match-ups to last-minute shoot-outs.

After two decades of getting dominated by QB Tom Brady (who has moved on to the Tamp Bay Buccaneers) and the New England Patriots. The Buffalo Bills took control of the AFC East last season behind quarterback Josh Allen and head coach Sean McDermott and came up one game shy of landing them in the Super Bowl.

The Bills are looking to make it back to the AFC Championship game next season.  To help them get there, they signed free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to add some depth. Sanders should complement all-pro receiver, Stefon Diggs. Diggs, as you will remember, joined the team last season and helped the Bills get to the AFC Championship game.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Bills drafted pass rusher Gregory Rousseau out of the University of Miami. Rousseau is athletic, explosive, and can really cause problems for opposing offensive linemen.  Which the Bills will look to do with high-powered offenses like the defending AFC Champions Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Miami Dolphins shake up 2021 NFL Draft

Lisa Johnson
AFC South
AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Miami Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier wasted little time shaking up the top 10 picks going into the 2021 NFL draft. The Dolphins held the third overall pick (which they acquired from the Houston Texans) followed by the 18th pick in the first round.

In a trade that rocked the football world, Grier traded the 3rd overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their 12th pick, a 2021 third-round pick, and first-round picks in 2022 and 2013. Fans were left reeling at the master craftsmanship Grier was pulling off.

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Dolphin Fans and Coaches ready themselves for the start of a new NFL year

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores addressed the South Florida media Thursday, March 11th  to finally discuss the up-and-coming 2021 NFL season.

The season is set to begin on March 17th, highlighted by the start of free agency.

Head Coach Brian Flores

(Opening statement) – It’s good to see everyone. I hope you and your families are doing well, safe, healthy. Just kind of want to start with a little kind of, let’s call it ‘state of the union’ since we didn’t speak at the Combine this year. A couple quick updates the last couple months – the last time we talked, I want to say at the Senior Bowl and really at the end of the season, I talked about us kind of doing a full evaluation of our team and really, the entire operation – the 2020 season.

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Watson to the Dolphins?

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

As I am wrapping up the final day of the senior bowls practices, some NFL news broke which included the Miami Dolphins.

Rumors have been circulating for weeks about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s unhappiness with the Texans front office and possibly wanting out. He’s named the Miami Dolphins team as one of the teams he would like to play for.

No big surprise there. Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores is very well respected around the league. And Dolphins GM Chris Grier has started to build a solid future for this team.

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Dolphins coaching staff kicks off Reese’s Senior Bowl

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson// @LJ1303

As the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl got underway, Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores and his coaching staff got things started.

After a week of testing and quarantine coach Flores and the National team finally got to see some daylight. Due to strict covid protocols, all regular Senior Bowl activities had been canceled prior to both team arrivals.

Day one did however get off to a rocky start. Due to inclement weather, the Senior Bowl staff sent out a mass email that day 1 practice had been moved inside, so no media attendance was to be expected.

Soon after, the skies parted and the weather pattern changed.

The staff quickly reversed the inside order and moved the practice back out on the field. Clearing the way for media to converge back to Handcock Whitney Stadium.

Once we got inside and settled, the team had just taken the field. As teams split into groups, I noticed that Alabama’s top wide receiver and projected first-round pick, DeVonta Smith, was sporting a finger brace on his right hand. Smith has taken part in all team meetings.

When asked by the South Florida media about Smith and his smaller thinner body frame, Coach Flores was pretty quick to snap back that Smith is a tough player. The staff didn’t seem to be bothered by his size, they just wanted it to be known that he had some great college performances, especially in big games. Coach Flores also spoke to the fact that he thought Smith was a good kid.

It’s no secret that the Miami Dolphins are in need of a true #1 receiver. And if you watched any of Smith’s highlights, he is no doubt on the Dolphins draft board.

Another player that Coach Flores and this staff will have an opportunity to take a look at, is Alabama running back Najee Harris. Harris put on a show during the College National Championship game. He showed great athleticism in the running back spot.

As I watched him today, I noticed that he was an attentive young man. He was talking to coaches while seemly taking everything in. Looks like he would be a great fit in the Dolphins’ backfield. Just putting that out there!

With one day of practice in the books, Coach Flores and this Dolphins team have a great opportunity to get an edge up on the 2021 NFL draft class. Scouting is something that Coach Flores knows all too well. Before starting his rise into the coaching field, Coach Flores was an assistant in scouting.

I also got the chance to speak to Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy.  Nagy told me how Flores excelled in the scouting world. He would even write up Nagy’s scouting reports for him.  So according to Nagy, if there is one thing Coach Flores knows, it’s evaluating talent.

So not only is Coach Flores evaluating talent, he is coaching in it. Seems to have come full circle.

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Loss leave Dolphins fans with many questions

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

As Miami Dolphins fans watched their playoff hopes get squashed by the surging AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills, not only did the Dolphins miss the playoffs, but they also seem to have opened themselves up for some tough decisions ahead.

Following a 56-26 loss, Dolphins fans were left wondering if Miami’s first-round draft choice, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is indeed the chosen one. Many fans have already seemed to have thrown in the towel, especially since the Dolphins hold the 3rd and 18th picks in this year’s NFL draft, which is likely to hold 3 quarterbacks that are worthy of a first-round selection.

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Miami Dolphins run for the playoffs

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By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

With only 4 weeks left in the 2020 NFL season, the Miami Dolphins find themselves in the hunt to secure a playoff spot. According to the New York Times, the Dolphins have a 58% possibility of making it to the postseason.

The Dolphins will start this run against the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. With Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes having another MVP type season, the Dolphins will send out first round pick rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who is 4-1 as the Dolphins starter.

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Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores “Yes, we are starting, “Tua”

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Late afternoon Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Miami Dolphins fan received the news that Ryan Fitzpatrick would take a seat. News broke through team sources that Dolphins first-round pick, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, would get the start moving forward.

So it is official…it’s “Tua Time” here in Miami.

Fans’ reactions went from excitement to the not so excited crowd. Many fans questioning the timing of the decision. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Dolphins to back-to-back wins. We started to hear early rumblings about playoffs or possibly winning the AFC East. So why now?

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