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The Miami Dolphins had quite a few options when their turn came to make a selection in this year’s first round of the NFL draft. They could have selected a quarterback, an offensive lineman, linebacker or they could have traded the pick, to accumulate more draft capital to use later.

Instead, they chose former University of Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, and I for one am very pleased with this move. From his soirées into the opposing team’s backfield to dump quarterbacks and ballcarriers for losses during his four years as a starter to his exuberant stage dive of league commissioner Roger Goodell when the Dolphins announced his selection, this is a guy who goes all out, all the time, and the kind of cornerstone type guy you use to build a team around.

Look for Brian Flores and his coaching staff to use Wilkins in a variety of ways; he does a lot of things well, and they may decide to line him up in different spots, depending on down, distance and who they want to match him up against. What impressed me about Wilkins when I looked at his college highlights was his athleticism; a guy 6’3, 315 pounds just isn’t supposed to be able to do some of the things he does. The youngest of eight children, he weighed nearly ten pounds at birth. Now, that’s a big boy!

Here’s to hoping Wilkins will be the first of many great players drafted and developed by the new regime in Miami, as the Dolphins look to return to relevance in the AFC East and the NFL.

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Our offseason long Dolphins nation nightmare is over! Reshad Jones has reported to mandatory minicamp. The safety ended his refusal to participate in organized team activities over his contract, or a trade desire, or whatever other excuse someone wanted to write.

Jones did not come to voluntary events this spring. They are...voluntary. As in, he can choose to come or not to come. There was no hold out. He chose to workout on his own and now, as we hit the first mandatory event of the year, he is there. Remember when Ndamukong Suh worked out on his own for the voluntary portion of the spring?

Jones is a two-time Pro Bowl player and believes he is the top safety in the league. Even at 31 years old, Jones is not going to come into the team in a

So, can we move on to talking about something else?

Jones reported in shape and ready to play, according to head coach Brian Flores. “I’m really looking forward to working with him,” Flores said on Tuesday of Jones “He was excited and eager to get into meetings and practice.”

Flores said the first conversation he had with Jones did not focus on his role on the defense, where there is speculation that the coaching staff will make Jones earn a starting role with the rest of the defense having a head start in practices this offseason. He told the media that he and Jones spoke about, “coming in, learning the playbook, having good communication, working on your fundamentals and technique.” He added it is the same discussion he has with every player.

“He looks like he is in really good shape,” he added.

When asked specifically about Jones’ role with the team, Flores said, “That could go a few different ways. He’s a guy who has a lot of experience, someone who could play a few different roles. He can play a lot of roles for us, quite honestly.”

The Dolphins will hold their minicamp through Thursday, then break until late in July when the convene training camp.

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And he wants to know how many retweets it will take, Mr. Ross?

With the final week of OTAs set to begin, the “dead” part of the offseason is quickly approaching. This means between now and the beginning of training camp, we will strive to bring you any Dolphins’ related news we can find.

So when the Dolphins announced their plan to release a new throwback jersey this upcoming season, we knew the team had us hook, line, and sinker.

And last night, the Miami Dolphins released stunning new pictures of their all-white throwbacks. And although the team’s official pro shop still only has two jerseys available for purchase, several pictures of Xavien Howard and Kenny Stills were released.

All in the details... Our new throwbacks are available for purchase!

>> https://t.co/Yc6lSZolZe pic.twitter.com/MrWHoHEMWS

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 3, 2019

Xavien Howard was feeling the love.

pic.twitter.com/uDmHYnrdPA

— Xavien Howard (@Iamxavienhoward) June 4, 2019

pic.twitter.com/XKLUhfTSSA

— Xavien Howard (@Iamxavienhoward) June 4, 2019

Players and fans seemed equally excited about the new look.

But one Dolphins’ player, was wondering what it would take to make the change to the throwback uniforms full-time?

Someone ask Mr. Ross how many RTs we need to make these permanent @miamidolphins pic.twitter.com/1IuPgqLZcN

— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) June 4, 2019

The NFL requires teams to wait five years before making any significant uniform changes. And since a minor tweak was made last offseason to the team’s color scheme, it is the belief that the Dolphins would now be unable to make any full-time changes until the year 2023.

So, Mr Ross...how many retweets will it take to make the throwbacks the Dolphins’ full-time uniforms?

Would you like to see the Dolphins switch to the throwback uniform full-time?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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The Miami Dolphins will begin their mandatory minicamp today, the first under Brian Flores. There are quite a few things to watch for, but the biggest is the competition at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen will be dueling all summer to see who will lead week 1 of the regular season. We will also have to see if Reshad Jones will show up as the safety is not too happy, which started last year during the 2018 season.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

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Tonights Phinsider Question Of The Day is based on something that I have seen on Miami Dolphins sites, including this one for years, that we are disrespected by the media. I for one think that you earn respect and if we were winning, like really winning at any point in the last how every damn many years it’s been we would have received more respect and coverage from the national guys. Of course we also have our local reporters like Omar that seem to hate the team he covers but what are you going to do about that? So the question is do you really feel as if the Miami Dolphins have been disrespected over these last several years or are you on the opposite side of the fence and you think we get what we deserve given our play and record on the field? Please make your argument for or against below.

As well as this almost nightly post serving as the Phinsider Question Of The Day post it will also serve as a live thread meaning that pretty much anything is up for discussion so long as you to follow all of the site rules. If you are, for whatever reason, not aware of or need a refresher of the sites rules please check the “library” tab under the “more” tab at the top of the front page. The page not only has all of the sites rules but also has a ton of good tips to make your blogging experience here much more enjoyable or at least more smooth.

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I think it might be safe to say, Sports Illustrated/Monday Morning Quarterback’s Jonathan Jones does not have high expectations of the Miami Dolphins for 2019. At the end of last week, Jones published an “AFC East Offseason Reports” article, looking at the Dolphins along with the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. Those reports took a look at the 2018 performance for each club, their key offseason additions and losses, areas where the team improved, areas they still need help, and the biggest question mark for the team heading into the regular season.

Jones’ write-up about the Dolphins was headlined by the team’s biggest question mark: “How much losing can one team take?

Yeah, it does not see the Dolphins as a very good team.

In fact, he writes, the Dolphins are “probably the worst team, on paper, in the NFL.”

Well, okay then.

Jones highlights the Dolphins additions of quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, defenisve lineman (first-round pick) Christian Wilkins, cornerback Eric Rose, tight end Dwayne Allen, and offensive lineman (third-round pick) Michael Deiter in his “new players” list for Miami. In the “players lost” section, he lists defensive end Robert Quinn, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, offensive lineman Josh Sitton, wide receiver Danny Amendola, linebacker Cameron Wake, offenisve lineman Ja’Wuan James, and running back Frank Gore.

Then them in the “what areas did the team improve” section, he writes:

As I’ve written many times this offseason, the Dolphins are destined to tank in 2019. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But Miami has not improved at any position since they last played. The area the team did improve is a more focused direction of the franchise, though. With Adam Gase out, and Chris Grier and Brian Flores in lockstep, the Dolphins have a clear vision of the future. They got a quality young quarterback in Rosen for peanuts and should be bad enough this year to get one of the top-tier QBs in the 2020 draft. Now Miami needs to lose a lot in order for this tank job to be successful.

First, why is a “tank job” required for the team? If they got a “quality young quarterback in Rosen” would that not remove the need to “get one of the top-tier QBs in the 2020 draft?” If Rosen pans out, the need for the “tank job to be successful” seems unnecessary. So, either the Dolphins did not get a quality quarterback in Rosen, or they do not need to tank to find a quality quarterback. Having two young, talented quarterbacks would be nice - either with Rosen as the backup or Rosen as trade bait, but it feels like the idea of tanking is creating the need for tanking, rather than the Dolphins need to find a “quality young quarterback” creating the need to tank.

Second, the Dolphins did not improve upon any position since they last played. Seems a pretty clear statement that the Dolphins are tanking, right?

Dolphins 2018 Week 17 starters:

WR - Kenny Stills
TE - Mike Gesicki
TE - Nick O’Leary
LT - Laremy Tunsil
LG - Ted Larsen
C - Travis Swanson
RG - Jesse Davis
RT - Ja’Wuan James
WR - Danny Amendola
QB - Ryan Tannehill
RB - Kenyan Drake

DE - Cameron Wake
DT - Akeem Spence
DT - Davon Godchaux
DE - Robert Quinn
LB - Kiko Alonso
LB - Raekwon McMillan
LB - Jerome Baker
CB - Torry McTyer
CB - Bobby McCain
S - Reshad Jones
S - Minkah Fitzpatrick

Injured reserve: Chase Allen, Jake Brendel, A.J. Derby, Luke Falk, Frank Gore, Jakeem Grant, MarQueis Gray, William Hayes, Daniel Kilgore, Josh Sitton, Cordrea Tankersley, Vincent Taylor, Albert Wilson

Dolphins 2019 Week 1 Starters (projected):

WR - Kenny Stills
WR DeVante Parker
TE - Mike Gesicki
LT - Laremy Tunsil
LG - Michael Deiter
C - Daniel Kilgore
RG - Jesse Davis
RT - Jordan Mills
WR - Albert Wilson
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick (Josh Rosen)
RB - Kenyan Drake

DE - Vincent Taylor
DT - Davon Godchaux
DE - Christian Wilkins
LB - Charles Harris
LB - Kiko Alonso
LB - Raekwon McMillan
LB - Jerome Baker
CB - Xavien Howard
CB - Bobby McCain
S - Reshad Jones
S - Minkah Fitzpatrick

Maybe the Dolphins did not go out and add big-named free agents this year, but that does not mean the team did not upgrade from the end of 2018 to the start of 2019. They did in a big way - health. Miami has been crushed by the injury bug each of the last two years. They had 13 players on injured reserve at the end of the year, with Brendel starting the year on IR then being activated and landing back on IR, and that does not include players like Xavien Howard who missed time due to injury but did not land on IR. In 2017, the Dolphins had 16 players on injured reserve at the end of the season.

Health is the biggest improvement the Dolphins can make to their roster in 2019. Keeping their starters on the field will move the team forward no matter if you do not think they are quality starters or not.

Losing players like Ja’Wuan James and Cameron Wake will hurt, there is no way around that. But, having the starters in Week 1 also available in Week 17 would be a huge improvement for the Dolphins. Not every starter will make it, but 13 and 16 players - and a large number of them starters or key reserves - on IR the last two seasons is too many for a team to overcome.

The Dolphins may not be contending for the Super Bowl this season, and they could end up being the team with the worst record in the league, but to say they did not improve at any position is a little hyperbolic.

Of course, Jones still had other issues with the Dolphins - including the “worst team, at least on paper,” line. In areas where the team still needs help, he wrote:

Take your pick. Again, this isn’t a good team. It’s probably the worst team, on paper, in the NFL. You could go with pass rush but at least the Dolphins addressed that in a big way by drafting Christian Wilkins in the first round. We’ll go with offensive line here. Miami lost Ja’Waun James in free agency and Josh Sitton retired. The only player brought in was Michael Dieter (sic) in the third round of the draft and a few guys along the way in free agency. I don’t know how a quarterback is going to be successful behind this line, and that’s sort of the point in tanking.

Again, losing James hurt. Sitton played one game for the Dolphins. One. He tore his rotator cuff and was out for the season. It is hard to say the Dolphins are going to have a hard time replacing Sitton when basically they did not really have him on the field. Deiter essentially becomes the replacement for Sitton and Larsen at left guard. That leaves a right tackle replacement as a need, and the Dolphins are hoping Jordan Mills, Zach Sterup, Isaiah Prince, Jaryd Jones-Smith, or Michael Dunn can play their way into that position.

And, if they point of tanking is to have a quarterback not be successful behind an offensive line, why would the Dolphins use the second-round draft pick this year to add Rosen? If you know the quarterback is not going to be successful, why get the quarterback? Seems like a waste of a draft pick to select someone who you know will not succeed.

Finally, in asking the biggest question remaining for the Dolphins, “How much losing can one team take?” Jones writes:

Of course Flores is going to coach to win games. And of course the players are going to play to win. But they’re at a severe disadvantage from a talent perspective in almost every game they’re going to play. That has to weigh on a team’s psyche. That’s why it was important for the Fins not to draft a rookie quarterback in April’s draft, so that he wouldn’t get beaten up—physically and mentally—by all the losing. This isn’t throwing shade at all on tanking. I believe it’s a great thing to do for one year to serve as a hard reset, but it’s going to be very tough on the 53 players this season.

Again, we have the quarterback will not be successful there, with the Dolphins not drafting a rookie quarterback in order to protect his psyche and not put him in a position where the team is going to lose. Instead, they used a draft pick on a second-year quarterback who is coming from a team that lost their way in 2018 to clinch the first-overall draft pick this year. What was the point of that move if the team is planning to tank, lose as many games as possible, and draft a quarterback?

I am not trying to say Miami is winning the Super Bowl this year. I am not trying to say they are a playoff team. I am not even trying to say they will not be the fourth-place team in the AFC East this year. I am just saying the “tanking” theme and that the Dolphins “did not improve any position” storyline seem a little like overkill.

This is a reset year for the Dolphins. They are getting younger. They are fixing their salary cap after years of chasing the talent and spending big on players. They are not looking to win it all this year.

But it feels like there is more talent on this roster than people realize or want to credit. The Dolphins are not fielding a team of scrubs. They are not heading into 2019 looking toward the 1-15 2007 team as their inspiration. This team wants to win games. They have the ability to win games. And they are going to win games. Maybe it will not be a lot of wins, but they will get some - and somewhere along the line, people will start to realize this team has talent.

Next year will be a huge step forward for Miami with double-digit draft picks and being among the teams with the most salary cap space available, but they do not have to take three-steps back this year just to make 2020 great.

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Mandatory minicamp will start on Tuesday and Reshad Jones is expected to be there after skipping the voluntary OTA’s. The Pro Bowl safety has been in the doghouse since last season after refusing to go back into the game as a rotational player. Jones is 31 and the new coaching staff does not view him as a player they want long term. Brian Flores wants team players and obviously doesn’t believe Jones is one.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

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Tonights Phinsider Question Of The Day is which of the two top quarterbacks on the roster do you think will be the teams starter for the Miami Dolphins this season? Do you think one will start with another eventually taking over? Do you consider either of the two the “answer” that we have been looking for at the position all these years? Will it be Josh Rosen, the second year guy who showed flashes but never lived up to his full potential (few do in one season) or Ryan Fitzpatrick who flashes in some games and then vanishes in others?

As well as this almost nightly post serving as the Phinsider Question Of The Day post it will also serve as a live thread meaning that pretty much anything is up for discussion so long as you to follow all of the site rules. If you are, for whatever reason, not aware of or need a refresher of the sites rules please check the “library” tab under the “more” tab at the top of the front page. The page not only has all of the sites rules but also has a ton of good tips to make your blogging experience here much more enjoyable or at least more smooth.

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Brian Flores heads back to New England as a Patriot one last time.

Head coach Brian Flores has been a Miami Dolphin for a few months now, but the long time New England Patriot will don the red, white, and blue one last time this Thursday.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is hosting a private ring ceremony that will bring together the now-scattered 2018 Super Bowl champion team. Despite now being the head coach of the division rival Miami Dolphins, Flores is scheduled to attend the party.

Last season, Flores was the defensive play caller and de facto defensive coordinator of the Patriots. He called the defensive plays for one of the most impressive defensive performances ever seen on the NFL’s biggest stage, as the Patriots defense smothered a high powered Los Angeles Rams offense that set records during the 2018 regular season.

Flores was also New England’s linebackers coach from 2016-2018. Prior to holding that title, he was an assistant coach at numerous positions, as well as a scout for the Bill Belichick’s personnel department back in the early 2000s. In other words, before moving to Miami, Flores was a Patriot through and through, so it’s not surprising that he’s returning to his old stomping grounds for one last celebration of the greatest achievement of his football career.

Flores now has four Super Bowl rings from his decade-and-a-half long career with the Patriots, something most coaches and players in the NFL can only dream about. Now rebuilding a long beleaguered Dolphins team, he’ll attempt to add to that impressive collection in his trophy cabinet and hopefully reach the pinnacle of NFL achievement once more, only next time, he’ll be wearing aqua and orange.

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Josh Rosen has only been with the team for a little over a month now, which gives Ryan Fitzpatrick the advantage cause he has been her a tad longer and has picked up multiple offenses during his career. Brian Flores has praised Rosen during OTA’s but says he also has a lot of room for improvement. The quarterback battle is going to be a fun one to watching during training camp and preseason.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

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Dolphins Defensive Line

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Miami is giving a clean slate to the 2017 first-rounder with just three sacks, trying to get the best from a player it desperately needs to succeed.

Dolphins Offseason

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