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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

euphemism <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 12 05:45PM -0500

from the Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad
 
The Miami Dolphins' three-day minicamp is Tuesday through Thursday at
the team's practice facility in Davie.
 
Unlike voluntary organized team activities, attendance is mandatory and
anyone absent is subject to fine.
 
There are still no pads worn or tackling allowed, but the length of
practices and meetings can be longer and more intense.
 
"It allows you to cover more things, watch more film, be able to really
take a deep dive into what we've done in practice," says Dolphins coach
Adam Gase.
 
Here are 10 players the media will be watching closely in the three-day
session. This will be the last time the Dolphins are on the practice
field together until training camp begins at the end of July:
 
Ryan Tannehill — These are essentially passing camps and thus no person
is more important than the passer. Tannehill has a better command of
Gase's offense in Year 2 and his mobility seemed fine in OTA's. While
keeping an eye on how Tannehill moves in his knee brace is important,
this is a good window to assess his ball placement and timing.
Julius Thomas — Speaking of timing. Both Tannehill and new tight end
Julius Thomas have acknowledged it will take some time to build required
chemistry before the start of the season. As Tannehill put it, "We're
really just trying to build that relationship right now, build that
comfort zone…"
DeVante Parker — Until Parker becomes a Pro Bowler or washes out of the
league, he's going to be on lists like this. Because he is so talented.
Because his ceiling is so high. It annoys players when they are asked
questions about Parker that contain the word "potential" and "ceiling."
So the Daily Dolphin will attempt to limit such questions.
Charles Harris — No, they haven't put on the pads just yet. But in four
open OTA's, Harris exhibited the first step and quickness required to be
an effective pass rusher from Day 1 in the NFL. "Honestly, probably the
biggest thing with Charles is his work rate. He's non-stop," defensive
coordinator Matt Burke says.
Xavien Howard — Oh, the places X will go. If X stays healthy. It will be
a great show. Or something like that. Look, teammates have been calling
out X-avien (Yes, we pronounce the X) for his excellent work in those
organized team activities. He is gaining a better understanding of NFL
offenses and as he likes to explain, what they're trying to do to him.
All the physical tools are there to be a legitimate No. 1 NFL corner.
Drew Morgan — Wait, what? An undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver
from Arkansas? Well, yeah, why not? All Morgan did when we watched him
at OTA's was catch everything. What if he is continues to do that in
minicamp and training camp? Look, all he's done is open eyes. So we'll
keep Morgan on the Daily Dolphin radar.
T.J. McDonald — Now this one is interesting, because McDonald is going
to miss the first eight games of the season with a suspension. But it
looks to us like McDonald was borrowed from the movie Avatar. He's
gigantic and can run and has some ball instincts. We know he can hit.
This could be a very important under-the-radar signing that pays
dividends for Miami late in the season.
Raekwon McMillan — We suppose how many snaps McMillan plays this season
will be based on several factors. The health of Kiko Alonso and Lawrence
Timmons. How quickly he learns the Dolphins' playbook and scheme
concepts. How much he flashes in training camp and the preseason. How
often Miami plays three linebackers at the same time. McMillan is
capable of playing inside and out although the key here will be how does
his inside play compare and contrast to the veteran Timmons?
Jordan Phillips — Jordan Phillips seems to have had an epiphany about
how much he still needs to prove in his fledgling career and what he
needs to do to achieve it. Words are great, but… Miami coaches at least
are saying they see a different guy right now lining up next to
Ndamukong Suh at defensive tackle. If Phillips can continue to be
"unblockable" in practice, that bodes well for his chances to improve in
2017.
Jay Ajayi — Perhaps we too easily brushed by the recent remark by
offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, who said Ajayi may be the most
improved player on Miami's offense. It's evident to all those around
Ajayi that he is carrying himself differently this offseason. Wouldn't
you? In order to become a dominant all-around back, Ajayi will continue
to work on pass-catching (knowing of course, he's looking ideally at
20-plus carries a game come September).
Stoobz <stoobz4@comcast.net>: Jun 12 05:58PM -0500

On 6/12/2017 5:45 PM, euphemism wrote:
> you? In order to become a dominant all-around back, Ajayi will continue
> to work on pass-catching (knowing of course, he's looking ideally at
> 20-plus carries a game come September).
 
I just hope they come out of this with no injuries.
 
Baltimore (I think) lost a DB in OTAs already.
J Lunis <lunis.j@gmail.com>: Jun 13 08:32AM -0400

On 6/12/2017 6:45 PM, euphemism wrote:
> you? In order to become a dominant all-around back, Ajayi will continue
> to work on pass-catching (knowing of course, he's looking ideally at
> 20-plus carries a game come September).
 
 
I'd remove JA from the list (I know what he can do) and add James. It
was reported he played much better the last 4-6 games but I want to see
it game 1 THIS season before I'm convinced.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 13 07:06AM -0700

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:32:04 AM UTC-5, J Lunis wrote:
 
> I'd remove JA from the list (I know what he can do) and add James. It
> was reported he played much better the last 4-6 games but I want to see
> it game 1 THIS season before I'm convinced.
 
 
We get bombarded with "happy talk" stories this time of the year. All the new players, rookies and free agents and no real way to judge what the team or any individual player will bring. These writers still have deadlines, so they conjure up stories from nothing, like Rumpelstiltskin might spin straw into gold.
 
This piece is clearly just filler material - but we do like to read something while on the head.
 
I would agree with the projection that Tannehill will be the object of greatest scrutiny. He has a maturing corps of talented receivers, he's coming off what was arguably his best season though it ended with the injury. By most accounts he is showing greater leadership and making demands on his teammates. We shall all be interested to see if that translates into true command and control. Maybe it's just camp-hype or happy talk?
 
The individual stories are all interesting, but the big question is whether the Dolphins improve or regress. Vegas expects they'll regress. Arguments abound regarding their 2016 luck in close games and the 2017 #2 Toughest NFL Schedule.
 
In the end, they may be favored to wind up at #2 in the AFCE, but the distance between the #2 AFCE team and the #1 AFCE team may be a vast divide - even greater than it was last year.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 12 10:01AM -0700

Last year, Olivier Vernon signed a 5 year, $85,000,000 contract with the New York Giants, including a $20,000,000 signing bonus, $52,500,000 guaranteed... and he was a no-show for the Giants voluntary OTA's. I call that shameless.
Stoobz <stoobz4@comcast.net>: Jun 12 05:51PM -0500

> Last year, Olivier Vernon signed a 5 year, $85,000,000 contract with the New York Giants, including a $20,000,000 signing bonus, $52,500,000 guaranteed... and he was a no-show for the Giants voluntary OTA's. I call that shameless.
 
So basically, the Dolphins did the right thing.
 
I can get used to this change for the better.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 12 09:56AM -0700

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed former Giants and Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysinger.
 
The move Friday fills the roster spot that was vacated when the Jets cut linebacker David Harris on Tuesday after 10 seasons with the team.
 
The Jets also announced that they have waived linebacker Randell Johnson, who played in one game for New York last season after being claimed off waivers from the Rams.
 
Paysinger spent the last two seasons in Miami, where he had 83 tackles in 29 games, including three starts.
 
The 28-year-old linebacker was signed by the Giants in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oregon. Paysinger has 227 career tackles, including 70 on special teams, in 91 games over six seasons.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 12 11:35AM -0700


> The Jets also announced that they have waived linebacker Randell Johnson, who played in one game for New York last season after being claimed off waivers from the Rams.
 
> Paysinger spent the last two seasons in Miami, where he had 83 tackles in 29 games, including three starts.
 
> The 28-year-old linebacker was signed by the Giants in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oregon. Paysinger has 227 career tackles, including 70 on special teams, in 91 games over six seasons.
 
 
I know some of you track these things... it's interesting to note that David Harris was ranked #15 last year, Paysinger checked in at #171. Who said the Jets are tanking?
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jun 12 12:47PM -0700


> > Paysinger spent the last two seasons in Miami, where he had 83 tackles in 29 games, including three starts.
 
> > The 28-year-old linebacker was signed by the Giants in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oregon. Paysinger has 227 career tackles, including 70 on special teams, in 91 games over six seasons.
 
> I know some of you track these things... it's interesting to note that David Harris was ranked #15 last year, Paysinger checked in at #171. Who said the Jets are tanking?
 
 
Accidently Omitted: Those rankings are for linebackers, per CBS Sports.
 
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/playerrankings/regularseason/LB?&print_rows=9999
bob@bob.mail: Jun 12 06:51PM -0400

On Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:35:01 -0700 (PDT), "euphemism@mindspring.com"
 
>> Paysinger spent the last two seasons in Miami, where he had 83 tackles in 29 games, including three starts.
 
>> The 28-year-old linebacker was signed by the Giants in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oregon. Paysinger has 227 career tackles, including 70 on special teams, in 91 games over six seasons.
 
>I know some of you track these things... it's interesting to note that David Harris was ranked #15 last year, Paysinger checked in at #171. Who said the Jets are tanking?
 
I was surprised Paysinger even had a ranking.
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