Coach Adam Gase confirmed that Stills has his back lock up. It was a scary scene as Stills was lying on his back in apparent serious pain on Monday. But one day later, Stils was jogging with little apparent discomfort. Stills has emerged as quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s second-favorite target in the preseason.
Gase didn’t say specifically what was troubling Parker, but his continuous bout with nagging and seemingly minor injuries have become frustrating for him and the team. Parker has all the physical tools to become an upper-echlon receiver, but Gase noted that his propensity for injury is starting to remind him of what Demaryius Thomas experienced early in his career in Denver.
Good news for both receivers. A report yesterday speculate that Parker's injury was a re-tweak of his hamstring but the Dolphins don't appear to be commenting on that.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is doing his job. Now it’s up to the people who catch his passes – the tight ends and wide receivers – to do their jobs.
The Dolphins’ wide receivers and tight ends have too many dropped passes so far, the bulk of those coming in the last two games against Dallas and Atlanta.
“I think we have to clean up the drops,” coach Adam Gase said Sunday.
Here’s the way you have to look at this situation: the wide receivers and tight ends must make Tannehill better, not the other way around.
The Dolphins have waited four years for Tannehill to make the receivers better and it hasn’t worked.
The notable exceptions here have been wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has been outstanding, and tight end Dion Sims, who has met expectations. The other starting-caliber pass catchers have been shaky. Unofficially, tight end Jordan Cameron has three drops (two in the end zone), wide receiver Jarvis Landry has three (two in the end zone), wide receiver DeVante Parker has two (one in the end zone), the story pointed out.
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The man who can change that is veteran back-up Matt Moore, who has been out since sustaining a concussion Aug. 19 at Dallas. Moore has not been cleared to return to practice yet, but is progressing. Miami believes he’ll be back in time for the season opener.
“He looks like everything’s on track,” coach Adam Gase said. “I know he’s itching to start getting back out there and doing things, but obviously we have the procedure that we follow, which for us makes everything nice and clean. We know where we’re at on that procedure.
Ryan Tannehill earned high marks for his passing in the preseason game at Dallas on Friday night, but he also provided a reminder of the impact he can make running the ball.
Tannehill’s performance against the Cowboys will be remembered more for his two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills along with a 55-yard strike downfield to the same Kenny Stills, but his two runs for 16 yards played a big role in the Dolphins’ second touchdown drive in the second quarter.
Tannehill had runs of 9 and 7 yards on consecutive plays to move the Dolphins from the Dallas 49-yard line to the 33. Four plays later, Tannehill threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Stills.
Having a quarterback with Tannehill’s kind of mobility is something new for HC Adam Gase, who spent his three seasons as an offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, the story said. It also added Gase seemed reluctant at first to use Tannehil in the read-option. But Tannehill was quoted in the story that it will be used more as a change of pace, but something the team will do from time to time this season.
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The hit occurred late in the second-quarter when a scrambling Moore, who has served as Ryan Tannehill's primary backup since 2012, clearly began his slide at the end of a 9-yard run. Cowboys linebacker James Morris drove at Moore’s helmet, and hit Moore in the head with his shoulder. Moore's head violently bounced off the field turf and the nine-year veteran stayed on the ground for a couple minutes while Morris was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Ryan Tannehill has proved he’s athletic enough to be used in the read-option offense.
But the Dolphins quarterback might not be using his legs as much in Adam Gase’s offense. Gase, who most recently coached offenses that featured Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning, said he’s not sure how much read-option Miami will run this season.
“We’ll see how it goes with that,” Gase said. “I haven’t had great success in the past because I haven’t had a ton of mobile guys. But we have some things that we can use. We’re just going to kind of take it a little bit at a time. It’s hard to run against our defense. … We’ll probably focus on things like that more in walkthroughs and things like that. There will be a time and place for it, but once again when you’re putting the quarterback out there especially in the zone-read game, you just better make sure you’re right because you don’t want him taking unnecessary shots.”
Tannehill, who played as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, has run for 901 yards on 177 rush attempts (5.1 yards per carry) over his four NFL seasons. In Gase’s offense with the Bears last season, Cutler ran for 201 yards on 38 rush attempts. One of Tannehill’s strengths as a quarterback has been his ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. But the Dolphins’ wide-nine defense featuring defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams has made it difficult for Tannehill to escape the pocket in training camp, the story said.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:14pm
That’s one way to describe how the Dolphins’ offense began team drills Monday.
Here’s another: It was a continuation of the malaise on display in Saturday’s scrimmage, which led coach Adam Gase to criticize the unit in ways we haven’t heard since his arrival in Davie.
With a day off Sunday, it was two straight practices of the offense often going nowhere but backward. Yes, there were occasional positive plays, but they were as spaced apart as extended touchdown drives for this team the past few seasons. Gase said he saw improved effort Monday, perhaps unwilling to beat up on his offensive line the way his defensive line has.
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:03pm
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has a strong offensive pedigree. Therefore, it was no surprise that Gase was very unhappy with his offense’s performance and the way it was dominated in the team’s intra-squad scrimmage Saturday night.
Miami’s defense was dominant. All three levels, which included the first, second and third string, shut out the offense, holding it scoreless in eight drives.
There were no touchdowns, no field goals and no energy. On top of that, Miami’s first-team offense couldn’t move the ball against its second-team defense. All three levels got just one first down total, when quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed a pass to receiver Griff Whalen.
“Offensively, there was just no juice whatsoever,” an irritated Gase said. “It was almost like a walkthrough.”
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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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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.
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