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Dolphins lock up QB Ryan Tannehill through 2020

Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:50pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Miami Dolphins announced Monday they've signed Ryan Tannehill through the 2020 season.

It’s a four-year, $77 million extension on top of the two years and $18.255 million Tannehill had remaining on his rookie deal, a person informed of the contract's details told USA TODAY Sports.

The deal includes $45 million in guarantees, said the person, who was not permitted to speak publicly since the team did not release financial details of the contract.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to offset that loss. If healthy, Cameron should also be an upgrade on the departed Charles Clay. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

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Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:27am

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall on 5th-round-pick WR Stefon Diggs:

Diggs seemed to have a nice camp. What stands out the most to me with him is how smooth and natural he looks when he operates, on top of the fact that he’s very quick. He was a special player for the University of Maryland, particularly once the football was in his hands. Watching his college tape, he had outstanding acceleration and change of direction ability, plus he seemed to have a natural feel for finding creases and running lanes. Now, it’s no surprise he looks good in a highlight tape because it is, after all, a highlight tape, and this was just one three-day rookie minicamp. But it’s easy to like Diggs so far and it’ll be fun to see him develop within Norv Turner’s offense.

Fantasy Impact:

This year, Diggs will struggle to find playing time in Minnesota behind Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson, unless Cordarrelle Patterson dissipates further into nothingness. He does have enough talent and playmaking ability to provide some potential in the Vikings offense, but ultimately it will be hard for him to crack the rotation in any kind of significant way.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson working on route-running

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12:35pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

After catching 45 passes for 469 yards as a rookie in 2013, many were expecting Patterson to have a breakout season in '14. Instead, he had just 33 catches for 384 yards while losing his starting job.

"This year is going to make me or break me, and I hope I step up and have a good role in this offense," Patterson said.

"Just route running. Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that."

The newly-acquired Mike Wallace, a former Pro Bowl selection, hopes he can help Patterson bounce back from his disappointing season.

"Definitely, I'm going to," Wallace said. "We're going to work together a lot."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson was a big disappointment in fantasy circles in 2014, and expectations will be tempered heading into the season. He's no longer expected to play starter's snaps, so the pressure will be off and he can (hopefully) grow as a route runner and all-around receiver. He's going very late (14th round) in early fantasy drafts.

Vikings say that WR Cordarrelle Patterson has 'grown up a lot'

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:14am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

At the league meetings last month, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tried his best to reason with a fan base clamoring for more of wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.

"There's no question he is, again there's another young guy that came out early and made a splash his rookie year because of his unique speed and his unique athletic traits," general manager Rick Spielman told The Star Tribune. "Sometimes you have to go through some growing pains where you have to realize it's more than just that. It's more than just relying on your athletic skill set and what it takes to be a great receiver in this league."

On the bright side, Spielman thinks Patterson has turned a corner in that respect.

"I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson will likely play behind Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace, at least. He didn't crack the 15 percent mark in snaps played over the final five weeks of the season.

'Good chance' that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a breakthrough season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:12pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer Chris Perkins believes that WR Jarvis Landry is the player most likely to have a breakthrough season in 2015:

A breakthrough season would be improving on the 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 TDs he had last year as a rookie. There’s a good chance that happens now that TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are gone. Tannehill is familiar with Landry, and Landry showed he’s got good NFL skills. He’s got good hands and can get YAC (Yards After Catch).

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62 percent of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

Vikings release WR Greg Jennings

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:43pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings announced they have released WR Greg Jennings.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings became expendable when the team traded for Mike Wallace. Jennings was the #42 WR in PPR formats, posting 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in his second season with the team. He'll turn 32 in September and still has some gas in the tank.

Dolphins trade WR Mike Wallace to the Vikings

Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:26pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings traded 5th-round pick to Miami for WR Mike Wallace and 7th-round pick, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Starting with the Dolphins, this news is good for Jarvis Landry and the newly acquired Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron since Wallace's 7.2 targets per game are now up for grabs. In Minnesota, Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Greg Jennings serving as the team's WR3. (Fantasy owners should not expect much from Cordarrelle Patterson in 2015.) We're wary any time a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case here with Wallace. The acquisition is good news for Teddy Bridgewater, who averaged a solid 15.0 FP after his Week 10 bye. Those are QB2-type numbers, so with a year under his belt and Wallace in the mix, Bridgewater should be a good QBBC/streaming option in his second season.

Dolphins acquire WR Kenny Stills

Friday, March 13, 2015, 1:46pm

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Saints acquire Dannell Ellerbe and a 3rd round pick for WR Kenny Stills.

Fantasy Impact:

Stills has been extremely efficient in his short career, posting the #1 FP/target (in both formats) as a rookie. He followed that up with a #9 (PPR) finish in the same category last season. Some of this has to do with the productivity of the Saints’ passing game, but Stills was by far the most productive wideout in New Orleans the last two seasons. He joins a Miami receiving corps that is in transition. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are gone, so there are starter’s snaps available opposite Jarvis Landry. It’s definitely a quarterback downgrade, though he should see an uptick from the 5.5 T/G he averaged in 2014.

Dolphins release WR Brian Hartline

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:43am

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

With all the talk of whether the Dolphins will bring back receiver Mike Wallace, Miami has cut its other starting outside receiver.

Brian Hartline has been released, the Palm Beach Post has confirmed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's clear that the Dolphins are intent on upgrading or at least changing the look of its WR corps. Jarvis Landry was the #30 WR in PPR formats (#42 in standard) and should be able to improve on those rankings with additional playing time likely to be available.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Change is coming for the Dolphins at the receiver position. Miami was ranked 17th in passing with 233.1 yards per game last season, and the immediate futures of several veterans are in question. Starting receiver Brian Hartline and slot Brandon Gibson could be salary-cap casualties due to their $5.95 million and $3.26 million salaries, respectively. The Dolphins must also decide what to do with No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, who is due $9.9 million. Wallace was benched in the second half of Miami’s Week 17 loss to the New York Jets due to venting his frustration. It remains to be seen if both sides stay together or part ways. Either way, the Dolphins need to have a strong group of receivers around quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his fourth season.

Mike Wallace unsure of future with Dolphins

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:14am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Whether he was benched or benched himself on Sunday, Mike Wallace left a bitter taste with the Miami Dolphins heading into this offseason.

Fellow wideout Brandon Gibson told reporters that Wallace was frustrated with "not being involved as much as he wanted" in the offense. But will he be involved at all going forward?

Wallace told reporters Monday that he wants to return after signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013, but he isn't certain the team wants him around.

"I'm not the general manager or anything, or the head coach," Wallace said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I'm not sure."

Coach Joe Philbin -- who will be back -- was noncommittal about the future of his top pass-catcher, saying Monday: "Nothing has changed right now. I haven't spent one second thinking about 2015 yet."

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace enjoyed his best season in Miami under play-caller Bill Lazor, piling up 73 catches for 930 yards with five touchdowns. He went out of his way, though, to voice displeasure with the scheme after calling out Mike Sherman's attack the previous season.

Mike Wallace 'no longer wanted to play' in Week 17 game

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 8:37pm

Jeff Darlington on Twitter - [Full Article]

After Dolphins TE Charles Clay scored with 2:49 left in first half, Mike Wallace came off the field and told HC Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace was seen on the sidelines by himself in the second half. This turn of events put a question mark on whether he'll be with the Dolphins in 2015. Wallace finished 2014 with 67 catches for 862 yards and 10 TDs.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Wallace will be available for a nice matchup against the Jets.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (chest, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14. The probable tag means that Wallace is good to go for a nice matchup with Baltimore.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (chest) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Wallace is expected to play in a nice matchup against the Ravens.

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