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.
Dolphins beat writer James Walker: I expect second-year receiver Jarvis Landry to do a lot of damage in the red zone. He had only five touchdowns in 2014, but I wouldn't be surprised if that number doubles this season. Landry runs precise routes, has the best hands on the team and the trust of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. With so many new receivers, I expect Tannehill to stick to what's most familiar (Landry) on “money” plays such as third down and in the red zone, especially early in the season.
Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so unless his touchdown rate increases, 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, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62% 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 22nd WR off the board in PPR drafts.
Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry caught 84 passes to lead the team in receptions as a rookie in 2014. He is clearly quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s go-to receiver, so there are questions whether he might eclipse the team record of 90 catches in one season.
Except Landry doesn’t seem to care about any team record except the wins and losses.
“Honestly, the focus right now is on winning,” he said. “Things like [the catch record] come. But It’s about this team. It’s about overcoming I wouldn’t say a couple of bad years but it’s about overcoming what the Dolphins standards are and redefining them.”
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, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should still expand. He only played 62% 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.
A controlled-climate atmosphere with no pass rush, no secondary and receivers running at half speed isn't quite the same as going deep in New England in December. So we won't know for a while whether Tannehill has improved his accuracy on long passes, a glaring weakness in his first three NFL seasons.
But two weeks into training camp, Tannehill senses progress.
"Not only am I better at it, but our receivers are doing a great job of adjusting to the football and making plays on it when it's in the air," he said. "I'm excited about that and the potential that we have. It's something that's going to be a factor for us."
To support his contention, Tannehill's success rate on deep throws in practice has been higher than in past years. He caused a stir Sunday with three long completions during team drills.
A breakthrough? Nah, veteran receiver Greg Jennings said.
"You can't put so much into it," Jennings said. "I'd love to say we're going to complete deep balls this year at a high percentage. But none of this now means anything if we can't translate it into games."
While Tannehill has steadily improved overall since he became a starter as a rookie in 2012, his grade on throwing long remains incomplete. Last year he connected on 24 percent of his passes thrown more than 20 yards (10 for 41), which was even worse than his career figure of 27 percent. Aaron Rodgers, by comparison, hit 51 percent last year (20 for 39). In 2014, Tannehill threw one touchdown pass that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. Andrew Luck threw 11 and Rodgers nine. Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo threw eight each, the story said. A revamped group of WRs should also help Tannehill improve, which will make fantasy owners happy.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who struggled with the deep ball throughout camp last year, has improved his touch dramatically. He completed two more vertical throws today, including a 50-yarder to Rishard Matthews, who beat Louis Delmas.
This bodes well for all the Dolphins receivers and Tannehill himself. A good deep ball has been the one glaring deficiency in Tannehill's game thus far. 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 and let Charles Clay walk, but that group (along with the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. 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.
OC Bill Lazor, who took over play-calling duties last year and elevated Miami’s offense to 11th in the NFL at 24.3 points per game.
He oversaw a faster offense that made space for playmakers and took advantage of mismatches.
But he could do only so much with the personnel he inherited. This season, the Dolphins have brought in bigger red-zone threats in 6-foot-5 tight end Jordan Cameron and 6-3 rookie receiver DeVante Parker, who is recovering from foot surgery.
It’s a lot of new faces for Lazor, but he said it all starts with his quarterback and center, who already have a year of experience in the offense.
“We’re gonna go as fast as Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey can go,” Lazor said. “The other guys got to keep up.”
Expectations are high for the Miami offense but a lot will depend on the offensive line too the story said. Like the Eagles, the team wants to move fast at times and the hope for them is Tannehill now has the weapons around him. Tannehill comes in 10th on our QB list this year so fantasy expectations are high too. He's among a tier of QBs owners who wait on the position will be thinking about when it comes to the mid-to-late rounds. His ADP is the ninth for 12 team leagues.
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