Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 12:21pm
Dolphins wide receiver A.J. Cruz got a small taste of Adam Gase’s offense last summer during his brief time with the Chicago Bears, but it was enough to give him a head start after he signed with the Dolphins in February.
It also helped Cruz serve as a tutor of sorts when quarterback Ryan Tannehill and some of the Dolphins receivers got together in the offseason to run passing plays they might encounter in Gase’s offense.
Cruz was the only player on the Dolphins offense who had had any exposure to Gase’s offense.
Only six active NFL players have a higher career yards-per-catch average than Kenny Stills (16.5), and Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he “definitely” wants to get him involved more after he was targeted just 63 times last season (compared with 165 for Jarvis Landry).
Stills says that excites him and “the numbers don’t lie” about Gase’s offenses.
But the chemistry must improve with Ryan Tannehill. Though a bunch of Stills’ targets were difficult deep routes (and that must be taken into account with this stat), he caught only 42.8 percent of passes thrown to him, compared to 70.4 for Rishard Matthews (now with Tennessee), 66.7 for Landry, 50.9 for DeVante Parker and 50 for Jordan Cameron.
Stills had only two drops last season, so many of the incomplete passes were errant throws by Tannehill. Gase has been impressed with Stills so far this offseason.
“I think it was really frustrating, especially early on, just dealing with the foot injury and having a repeat of it,” Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said of WR DeVante Parker. “I think you saw – the last six to eight games of the year – his confidence start to build. He made more and more plays it seemed like as the weeks went on.
“He got more comfortable and more confident and was attacking the football. He’s starting at that point now. We can build from where he is at now, and the sky is the limit for him.”
That doesn’t mean he’ll immediately develop in to a star receiver.
Parker has been solid, not dominant, in early offseason practices. Cornerback Bryon Maxwell, acquired in a March trade, has been the star so far — and sometimes at the expense of Parker.
For the final six games of his rookie season, Parker played at a 59-1187-8 pace, which are solid WR2 numbers. He’ll likely play the “X” receiver in Adam Gase’s offense, a position which has yielded 6.0-90-0.44 from Alshon Jeffery and 6.9-101-0.69 from Demaryius Thomas over the past two seasons. The former 1st round pick has a big green arrow next to his name heading into the 2016 season.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. Fitzpatrick will start in Week 11. On paper, it’s a solid matchup against the Texans, though Houston has limited Andy Dalton and Zach Mettenberger to 368 combined passing yards and two interceptions in the last two games. Back in Week 7, they yielded 282 yards and four touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Fitzpatrick is expected to start in Week 11. On paper, it’s a solid matchup against the Texans, though Houston has limited Andy Dalton and Zach Mettenberger to 368 combined passing yards and two interceptions in the last two games. Back in Week 7, they yielded 282 yards and four touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb) did not practice Wednesday. Fitzpatrick is expected to start in Week 11. On paper, it’s a solid matchup against the Texans, though Houston has limited Andy Dalton and Zach Mettenberger to 368 combined passing yards and two interceptions in the last two games. Back in Week 7, they yielded 282 yards and four touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill.
“It’s tough when you lose a coach you’ve been with your entire career,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill told USA TODAY Sports. “But you have to play the hand you’re dealt. This locker room has bought in and everyone is on board.
“We love (Dan Campbell). We love the attitude and the energy that he brings. It’s contagious. You can already feel it in practice, just the energy and enthusiasm and competition. I can’t help but think that’s going to translate on Sundays.”
We'll see if the coaching shake up results in better play on the field. Lamar Miller owners are hoping that the team will emphasize the running game, but the same guy (OC Bill Lazor) is calling the plays.
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:13pm
Via David Neal of the Miami Herald, Stills has participated in less than half of the snaps through two games, with only three catches for 20 yards.
“That’s just kind of the coaches’ decision,” Stills told Neal. “He’s got the guys in he wants in to play. It’s above my pay grade to worry about those things. I’ve been preparing myself to play. I’m healthy and I feel great. That’s the way the coach is game planning. So we just go with that.”
Part of the problem could be the time needed to establish chemistry with his new quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.
As Neal notes, it took time for Stills to emerge last season; he had three catches for 25 yards though two games in 2014. As the year progressed, Stills did more. He did a lot more after then-rookie Brandin Cooks was lost for the rest of the year.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Tannehill is on track to play against the Bills. The Dolphins have gone pass-heavy in the first two weeks and are likely to do so again in Week 3.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Tannehill is on track to play against the Bills. The Dolphins have gone pass-heavy in the first two weeks and are likely to do so again in Week 3.
Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:03am
There were concerns if Cameron, who signed a two-year contract in free agency, was the right fit for Miami’s offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In addition to the preseason, Tannehill and Cameron were not making a lot of connections during training camp, either.
However, those concerns were erased in the Dolphins’ 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins in the regular-season opener. When the game mattered, Cameron performed with four catches for a team-high 73 yards.
“It felt good. Everyone was talking about that in the preseason, about not getting the touches or whatever,” Cameron said. “But that’s how it goes sometimes. Some days you get the targets. Some days you don’t. I’ve just got to capitalize when they come my way.”
Cameron was one of the few consistent bright spots for Miami’s offense against Washington. His role will be even more important moving forward considering backup tight end Dion Sims suffered a concussion and could miss time. Cameron showed some of the form Sunday that made him a Pro Bowler as a member of the Cleveland Browns two seasons ago. He averaged 18.3 yards per reception and was able to stretch the field and get behind Washington’s linebackers. The story added that Cameron and Tannehill spent extra time after practice to make sure they were on the same page and it looks like it's paying off.
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 8:47pm
Sims laid on the field motionless for a couple of minutes before eventually getting to his feet and walking to a nearby cart. Sims was carted off the field.
Losing Sims could complicate things for offensive coordinator Bill Lazor because Sims is Miami's best blocking tight end, and the Dolphins' base package is the two tight end set.
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