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Dolphins Make a Couple Deals at the NFL Trade Deadline

It was mostly quiet as the NFL Trade Deadline passed at 4pm EST, with most teams staying put instead of investing their future with draft choices or other players being on the move.

The Dolphins were not one of those teams, as they made two moves prior to the deadline for the future and also to shore up their run game.

The first move was shipping off slot receiver Isaiah Ford to the Patriots in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round pick.

The Pats have been desperate for wide out help, and are no longer the threat they have been over the last 20 years.

With Ford gone, Antonio Callaway’s role in the Miami offense should expand and he should get more chances, and if not him Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden Jr. could get more shots as well.

The other move saw Miami trade for running back DeAndre Washington from the Chiefs.

Miami sent the Chiefs a 2021 sixth-round pick in exchange for Washington and a 2021 seventh-round pick.

Washington could be the answer to fill in for Miles Gaskin, who is expected to miss three games with a sprained MCL.

The running back has been active for just one game this season, taking three carries for five yards and catching one pass for two yards.

Dolphins Place DT Davon Godchaux on IR

The Dolphins announced Friday that the team has placed defensive tackle Davon Godchaux on injured reserve, meaning he’s going to miss some time moving forward.

Godchaux has been a leader on defense over the last four years, starting 42 of 56 games. He also has 16 tackles from the defensive tackle spot thus far in 2020.

“We’re still talking through our options on this one. I don’t have a concrete answer for you as far as any moves we’re going to make,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores stated Wednesday about Godchaux.

One option for Miami is to start giving a chance to Raekwon Davis, picked in the second round of this past April’s draft from Alabama.

Godchauxwas a fifth-round pick (178th overall) by Miami in the 2017 NFL draft, totaling 179 tackles (100 solo), three sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

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This film is part of Fox Sports Films’ MAGNIFY series and will delve into the past year of Tua Tagovailoa’s life. Motivated by family support and critical pundits alike, the former University of Alabama quarterback works to overcome a career-threatening injury ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.

While focusing on the past year’s injury comeback during one of the greatest college football careers ever, the documentary also chronicles Tua’s evolution from childhood in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Dolphins to Stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the QB Spot – For Now

The Dolphins have decided not to go away from Ryan Fitzpatrick at the quarterback spot for now, and will stick with the vet this week against the 49ers.

That means, at least for the moment, rookie Tua Tagovailoa will continue to sit and learn.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Monday that he wouldn’t be pressured into starting Tagovailoa. Another reason the team isn’t making the move to the rookie is the fact that the QB’s past hip injury remains a factor.

Fitzpatrick has the Dolphins sitting at 1-3 a quarter into the season.

The 37-year-old has produced a 69% completion rate, six total touchdowns and five interceptions so far.

He threw for 315 yards and ran for 47 more and a touchdown, along with throwing two interceptions, during Sunday’s 31-23 loss to Seattle.

Tagovailoa will stick as the team’s number two QB, but for now he’s not taken a snap in a game.

While that will at some point be changing, it won’t be this week – that is unless Fitzpatrick comes down with some type of injury.

Dolphins Release List of Inactives for Thursday’s Matchup with Jacksonville

The Dolphins and Jaguars are set to do battle to officially kick off week three in the NFL, and the two team’s list of inactives has been submitted.

Cornerback Byron Jones (groin, Achilles) was already ruled out for the game, as is safety Clayton Fejedelem, who was doubtful with a pectoral injury, also is inactive.

Here’s the Dolphins Complete list of inactives:

Running back/receiver Malcolm Perry
Receiver Lynn Bowden Jr.,
Defensive end Jason Strowbridge
Offensive tackle Adam Pankey
Cornerback Byron Jones
Safety Clayton Fejedele

Receiver DeVante Parker will play in the Thursday night affair.

The Jaguars will be minus one of their big playmakers for Thursday’s showdown, as the team has announced wide receiver DJ Chark is out for the game with chest and back injuries.

Taking Chark’s place is expected to be Keelan Cole.

The complete Jaguars list of inactives include:

Quarterback Jake Luton
Cornerback Josiah Scott
Cornerback Luq Barcoo
Defensive lineman Doug Costin
Center Brandon Linder
Wide Receiver DJ Chark

Rookie Brandon Wright will handle the kicking duties against Miami, as Josh Lambo (hip) is on injured reserve,

Tyler Shatley will start for Linder.

Dolphins Defense Had Better Make Some Quick Adjustments Prior to Thursday’s Showdown in Jacksonville

The Miami Dolphins week two home effort against divisional rival Buffalo was better than what they produced in week one on the road in New England.

The problem is, the results were the same.

The Fins are at 0-2, which maybe isn’t a complete shock to fans that knew with such a young team there would again be growing pains in 2020.

The issue though is that this team has shown resolve already that they can play with anyone, and now they have to put four quarters together, but won’t have much time to do it.

The Dolphins will be in action before anyone else this week, as they will make the short trip to Jacksonville to play the AFC South’s Jacksonville Jaguars on “Thursday Night Football,” at 8:30pm ET Thursday.

Miami opens as a three-point underdog, which isn’t a shock based on the fact the Jaguars come in at 1-1 after a week one home win over the Indianapolis Colts which many felt was an upset.

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Credit the Dolphins for hanging tough with the team that many have picked to win the AFC East in 2020 in the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and nearly pulling out a win.

The Dolphins worked their way back into the game and led 20-17 after a short Jordan Howard touchdown run with 10:11 left to play.

It was the Dolphins defense that had a letdown though Sunday, as Bills young starter Josh Allen marched Buffalo right down the field for two touchdowns at 5:59 and 3:09 of the quarter to put the Bills up for good at 31-20.

If there has been something that’s been disappointing for the Dolphins in two games it’s their ability to put heat on the opposing quarterbacks.

Week one they saw a reborn Cam Newton and the Patriots, and Newton didn’t look like he had lost much from his good years with the Carolina Panthers.

Allen on Sunday helped the Bills pile up over 500 yards of offense, and was only sacked one time for minus four yards.

He also carved up the young Dolphins secondary, throwing for 417 yards on 24 completions with four touchdowns to boot, the last two the critical ones with the game on the line.

Adjustments will have to be made on the fly, as Miami only will get one day of practice before they meet up with Gardner Minshew II, who threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-30 last second loss to the Titans.

We will see if that one day of practice and adjustments are enough for the Fins, but no matter a better overall effort is needed or this team will sit 0-3 come Friday morning.

Dolphins Announce They Will Stay in Locker Room for Both National Anthems

A lot of things are going to be watched closely come opening day Sunday around the NFL, but maybe none more closely than how teams now treat not one – but two National Anthems.

The Dolphins have announced that they will NOT be on the field for either one – and that they will wait each one out before taking the field Sunday in New England.

It’s an interesting move, but likely they won’t be the only team that follows suit and doesn’t come out for either anthem.

Wednesday’s Dolphins and Patriots Injury Report

MIAMI DOLPHINS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Mike Gesicki (glute), CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Byron Jones (achilles), WR DeVante Parker (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (hand), WR Preston Williams (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip)
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Yodny Cajuste (knee), LB Cassh Maluia (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR Gunner Olszewski (foot), DE Chase Winovich (shoulder)