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Monday, February 24, 2020

Articles tagged: Miami Dolphins

Report: Dolphins may prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa

Justin Herbert

The Miami Dolphins have the fifth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they are widely expected to target a quarterback at that spot. However, it may not be the quarterback most had in mind.

Some in the Dolphins organization are higher on former Oregon star Justin Herbert than they are on Tua Tagovailoa, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. Miami team officials do not yet view Tagovailoa as a can’t-miss prospect for the top of the draft, but they are said to have an “increasingly positive view” of Herbert.

The Dolphins are understandably concerned about Tagovailoa’s ability to stay healthy long-term, as the hip injury he is recovering from is not the only medical issue he has had. The former Alabama star also suffered more than one significant ankle injury and some other ailments during his time in Tuscaloosa. Health is the biggest reason Tagovailoa could fall in the draft.

As for Herbert, some with the Dolphins like his 6-foot-6 size and mobility. One source also told Salguero that the team appreciated the way Herbert chose to showcase his skills in the Senior Bowl even though he probably didn’t have to. That shows he is motivated to impress NFL teams and is a competitive player, as he almost certainly would have been a first-round pick even without taking part.

We probably won’t know how things are going to fall with Tagovailoa and Herbert until draft day. While Herbert may be the safer pick strictly because of health concerns, he will undoubtedly be a less popular choice than Tagovailoa. It’s also worth noting that one prominent analyst recently ranked Tagovailoa as the best QB in the draft, ahead of Joe Burrow.

With the Detroit Lions picking at No. 3 and also possibility eyeing a quarterback, it would not be a surprise if the Dolphins attempt to move up to make sure they get their guy. We just don’t know if that guy will be Tagovailoa or Herbert.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross disputes Tom Brady rumors

Tom Brady

It doesn’t sound like Tom Brady is coming to the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross threw cold water on any Brady-to-Miami chatter, suggesting that the team is “building” and any Brady rumors come from writers looking for a story.

Brady wouldn’t be part of any long-term solution for Miami, and it’s hard to believe the quarterback would want to jump down to a franchise that is clearly in rebuilding mode. Ross has close ties with the University of Michigan, where Brady went to school, but that likely wouldn’t be enough to seal the deal even if the Dolphins were interested.

Brady may ultimately opt to stay with the New England Patriots. If he does leave, a team out west may have a better shot of landing him.

Video: Larry Csonka was so fired up about Dolphins being best team ever

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The 1972 Miami Dolphins were recognized this season for being the best team in NFL history. Just don’t try to tell Larry Csonka that the squad was “named” the best team.

Csonka and his teammates from the ’72 squad were honored at Sunday’s Dolphins-Cincinnati Bengals game for being named the best team in NFL history as part of the NFL 100 series.

Prior to the game, Csonka spoke with reporters about the honor. He is very passionate about stating that his team was not “named” the best team, but rather they “took it” by being the best ever.

He’s right — based on their accomplishments, there is no alternative.

The ’72 Dolphins went 14-0 in the regular season and 17-0 as they won the Super Bowl. The 2007 Patriots went 16-0 but lost in the Super Bowl to finish 18-1.

You can’t argue with Csonka, who rushed for 8,081 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career. Based on what they did, they indeed “took” the title.

Doug Pederson offers unbelievable quote after loss to Dolphins

Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson offered a truly unbelievable quote after his Philadelphia Eagles lost 37-31 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Pederson actually tried to tell everyone that the Dolphins are a “good football team,” despite the fact that most football fans have eyes that will tell them otherwise.

The Dolphins entered the game 2-9 and had the worst point differential in the league. They were, by many metrics, the worst team in the NFL. They were built with the designed intent to lose. And Pederson is really trying to tell us they’re “good”?

Come on, Doug. You guys got embarrassed and even fooled in the game.

Just admit it: this is a lost season for you guys and you should be much better than you are. Philly has now dropped three in a row and is 5-7.

Miami Dolphins break out wild fake field goal for touchdown

Dolphins fake play

The Miami Dolphins pulled off an epic trick play to score on a 4th down against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Miami had a 4th-and-goal at the Philly 1 down 13-7 in the second quarter. They sent their kicking team on the field but lined up in a funky formation that spread linemen out to each side. Punter Matt Haack took a direct snap and ran towards the end zone. As three Eagles converged on him, he flipped the ball to kicker Jason Sanders for a shovel pass touchdown.

That could not have worked more perfectly. What a fake.

You wonder if this may be what the Colts had in mind on their 2015 debacle fake punt against the Patriots.

Credit to Miami for a well constructed play that worked to perfection.

Mark Walton waived by Dolphins in wake of suspension, police matter

Mark Walton

Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton was recently suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies, and the former fourth-round pick has now been waived by the team on the heels of a separate incident.

The Dolphins announced in a statement that they have waived Walton after they became aware of a “police matter” that arose early Tuesday morning.

Walton’s suspension reportedly stemmed from multiple arrests and incidents he was involved in during the offseason, so the latest legal issue appears to have been the last straw for him with the Dolphins. Details of the incident are unclear.

Walton, a former University of Miami star, had been the Dolphins’ featured back since they traded Kenyan Drake. He had 201 yards rushing on 53 attempts this season.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross attended LSU-Alabama to scout his future quarterback

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was in Alabama this weekend to take a look at his potential future franchise quarterback.

On Saturday, LSU and Alabama met in the biggest game to date of this college football season. No. 1 LSU coming away with a 46-41 victory over No. 3 Alabama. The game featured the presumptive frontrunner for this year’s Heisman Trophy in Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, and last year’s Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami entered Sunday with a 1-7 record and likely high draft pick on the way, making good on their plan to tank this season. Ross was one of many on hand at Bryant-Denny Stadium to see both quarterbacks firsthand, according to a report.

The Dolphins do have a former first-round pick on their roster at quarterback in Josh Rosen, but they’ve mostly been playing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick instead as the two have alternated benchings.

Ross and the Dolphins are hoping either Tua or Burrow give them their first true franchise quarterback seemingly since Dan Marino retired.