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Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki's quiet preseason continues
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 10:06 AM
Mike Gesicki was held without a catch in the Dolphins' second preseason game.
Analysis: Gesicki started for the second straight week but wasn't targeted. Miami's first-team offense has been a mess under Ryan Tannehill, failing to score a touchdown in both preseason games. With Kenny Stills banged up and DeVante Parker struggling, the Dolphins need to get Gesicki more involved.
Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake rushes for 54 yards vs Panthers
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 9:04 PM
Kenyan Drake had eight carries for 54 yards in Miami's second preseason game.
Analysis: Drake started and had a featured role, racking up 11 touches. His highlight was a 34-yard run that set up a Dolphins' first-half field goal. Miami plans to use a committee of Drake and Frank Gore, but Drake remains the running back to own in fantasy. Drake's workload concerns make him a risk/reward RB2.
Tony Lippett
Tony Lippett 'still not back to 2016 form'
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 1:59 PM
Miami Herald
The Miami Herald believes Dolphins CB Tony Lippett is "still not back to his 2016 form" following his 2017 torn Achilles' tendon.
Analysis: A 2016 starter, Lippett doesn't appear to be pushing for a big role this summer, and could even be on the 53-man roster bubble after missing all of last season. Cordrea Tankersley should start opposite Xavien Howard, with Bobby McCain manning the slot.
DeVante Parker
Report: Dolphins have no plans to deal Parker
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 9:41 AM
Miami Herald
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins have no plans to trade WR DeVante Parker.
Analysis: Now wouldn't be an ideal time anyway, with Parker suffering a broken finger and in question for the start of the season. His value is at its low point right now. Parker had a dreadful 2017 season, scoring just one touchdown and producing zero 100-yard games. He also had a quiet camp before getting hurt. Expectations are lower for the 2015 first-rounder, but perhaps Ryan Tannehill being back healthy will help Parker. He's currently being picked in the 10th round of fantasy drafts.
Kendall Langford
Dolphins reuniting with Kendall Langford
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 3:47 PM
Barry Jackson on Twitter
Dolphins signed DE Kendall Langford.
DeVante Parker
DeVante Parker dealing with broken finger
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 10:22 AM
Joe Schad on Twitter
The Palm Beach Post's Joe Schad reports DeVante Parker is out with a broken finger.
Analysis: Schad reports the team is "hopeful" he will be ready for Week 1, but coach Adam Gase would not go that far in his press conference. This is a big blow for a player who was reportedly struggling in camp prior to the injury. With Parker and Kenny Stills (ankle) both sidelined, Albert Wilson should get every opportunity to climb the depth chart.
Kalen Ballage
Kalen Ballage in concussion protocol
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 10:11 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Dolphins rookie RB Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol.
Analysis: This is his first concussion in the NFL. Ballage was having a rough go even before the injury, committing a fumble in the preseason opener and getting kicked out of the huddle by Ryan Tannehill in practice, and now he will miss at least one preseason game. Ballage will likely spend his rookie season behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore on the depth chart.
DeVante Parker
DeVante Parker (hand) not practicing Monday
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 8:22 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
DeVante Parker (hand) did not practice Monday.
Analysis: Normally we wait for a player to miss multiple practices, but any missed time is a concern for a player who has reportedly struggled to this point in camp. The good news for Parker is Kenny Stills (ankle) also sat out on Monday. Parker's 10th-round ADP is palatable for a player who could be Miami's No. 1, but things have not looked promising to this point in camp.
Jerome Baker
Fins rookie LB Baker moved to starting lineup
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 5:26 PM
Miami Herald
Dolphins rookie LB Jerome Baker replaced Stephone Anthony in the team's starting lineup Sunday.
Analysis: Anthony played nine snaps in Thursday's preseason opener but showed poor tackling and physicality. It's quite the change for the Dolphins, who will now be starting a 6'1, 229-lb third-round rookie in place of Anthony (6'3, 245-lbs). Baker opened camp Sunday playing strongside next to weakside LB Kiko Alonso and MLB Raekwon McMillan.
Kalen Ballage
Ballage gets reprimanded by Tannehill Sunday
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 11:53 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Ryan Tannehill kicked Dolphins fourth-round RB Kalen Ballage out of the huddle for missing a block during Sunday's practice.
Analysis: Tannehill was furious with the rookie, sending him off the field and later ripping him on the sideline. Coach Adam Gase had Tannehill's back, telling reporters after practice that the QB was right to boot Ballage from the huddle. Ballage attempted a block later on and was leveled by one of his teammates. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald called Sunday a "Welcome to the NFL" practice for the 22-year-old. Ballage will need to improve his blocking if he wants to see playing time in year one.
DeVante Parker
Gase not worried about Parker and Tannehill
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 10:50 AM
Adam Beasley on Twitter
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he's not concerned about DeVante Parker's chemistry with Ryan Tannehill.
Kenny Stills
Stills (ankle) absent from practice Sunday
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 8:12 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Kenny Stills (ankle) won't practice on Sunday.
Analysis: Jake Brendel (calf), William Hayes (hamstring), Mike Hull (knee) and Jordan Phillips (shoulder) will also be on the sidelines Sunday. Stills is dealing with a left ankle issue. It's likely he suffered the injury in Thursday's preseason opener against Tampa Bay. Stills caught both of his targets for 20 yards in that contest.
Mike Hull
Mike Hull out indefinitely with sprained MCL
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 8:10 AM
Barry Jackson on Twitter
Dolphins LB Mike Hull is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL.
Analysis: He suffered the injury in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Bucs. No timetable has been given for Hull's return, though beat writer Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald believes he'll be back this season. Hull logged 183 snaps as a backup linebacker for the Fins in 2017.
Kalen Ballage
Ballage loses fumble in preseason opener
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 9:04 PM
Kalen Ballage rushed 10 times for 37 yards while losing a fumble in the Dolphins' preseason opener.
Analysis: Ballage added three catches for 23 yards. The No. 131 overall pick showed some impressive athleticism, but made an awful rookie mistake, attempting a hurdle and kneeing the ball out of his own grip for a fumble. Ballage impressed in pad-less practices during the spring, but has had a quiet training camp. Right now, he's a distant No. 3 on the depth chart.
Mike Hull
Dolphins LB Mike Hull carted with knee injury
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 7:56 PM
Dolphins LB Mike Hull was forced from Thursday's preseason opener with a left knee injury.
Analysis: Hull was carted from the game and immediately declared out. Not good. Hull is fighting to maintain his 53-man roster spot as a reserve and special teamer.
Andre Branch
Andre Branch listed with Dolphins' 3rd-team D
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 10:10 AM
Dolphins DE Andre Branch was listed with the third-team defense on the initial unofficial depth chart.
Analysis: The Dolphins gave Branch one of the worst free-agent contracts in 2017, guaranteeing him his salaries of $2.9 million and $7.9 million in 2017 and 2018 on top of a $6 million signing bonus. Branch answered with a mere 4.5 sacks last season, and Miami made a point to upgrade on him with Robert Quinn. Miami would surely love to trade Branch, but his contract is an albatross.
Albert Wilson
Albert Wilson expects snaps at running back
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 6:21 PM
Miami Herald
Albert Wilson expects to be used all over the field, including at running back.
Analysis: Unsure where to use Wilson, the Dolphins will apparently feature him everywhere. That includes both the boundary and the slot in addition to the backfield. According to reporter Barry Jackson, "several gimmicky, creative plays involving Wilson have netted substantial gains in practice." Wilson carried the ball 10 times in four years in Kansas City, turning one of them into a 55-yard touchdown. Despite, or perhaps because of, his varied role, Wilson is unlikely to come into fantasy value.
Jeremy Langford
Jeremy Langford resurfaces with Dolphins
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 6:05 PM
Dolphins signed RB Jeremy Langford.
Analysis: The 2015 fourth-rounder of the Bears opened 2016 as Chicago's starter but face-planted before getting hurt and then losing his job. He was released at final cuts last summer and bounced around on the Ravens' and Jets' practice squads. Langford will have an uphill battle to win a spot in Miami.
Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola listed with Dolphins' starters
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 10:53 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Danny Amendola was listed as a starter on the Dolphins' initial training camp depth chart.
Analysis: DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Amendola were named as starters with Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo listed among the team's backups. This depth chart would suggest Amendola is the current favorite to start at slot receiver. While it's unlikely Amendola will carve out the same role once occupied by Jarvis Landry, the former Patriot is still a name to keep in mind for PPR leagues.
Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki not listed with starters
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 10:31 AM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Dolphins second-round TE Mike Gesicki was listed fifth on the Dolphins' tight end depth chart.
Analysis: The rookie was listed behind MarQueis Gray (the nominal starter), A.J. Derby, Gavin Escobar and Thomas Duarte. Training camp depth charts should always be taken with a major grain of salt, especially this early. Gesicki has reportedly drawn rave reviews at camp, impressing with his trademark athleticism while also making strides as a blocker. Despite this conservative listing, the Penn State alum still warrants consideration as a TE2 in most formats.