New WR Danny Amendola’s Work Ethic Impressing Dolphins Coach Adam Gase

Dolphins coach Adam Gase is raving about veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola’s impact on the team, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Apparently, Amendola’s work ethic has been quite impressive so far.

“It’s one of those values that I don’t think you can put a price on,” Gase said on Pro Football Talk Live on Wednesday morning.

“He’s been great in our locker room. I think the guys watch him work on the field and in the weight room and they understand why he’s played as long as he has, why he’s had success in big situations.”

Amendola was undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2008 but worked his way into a prime role with New England the last five years, becoming a postseason standout.

Gase said Amendola, a 32-year-old, nine-year veteran, is setting an example for others.

“Any time you can get a guy who can not only produce for you but can be a great example for other guys in your locker room, he’s making other guys better,” Gase said. “He makes 24 other offensive guys better if they watch him work.”

Dolphins Chatting with Former Redskins Defensive Tackle Terrell McClain

The Dolphins are hosting another veteran defensive tackle on a free-agent visit despite Thursday’s trade that delivered Akeem Spence, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

According to a league source, Terrell McClain, who was released by the Redskins this week one season after signing a four-year, $21 million deal, is visiting the Dolphins this weekend.

McClain, a University of South Florida product who contributed 20 tackles and two sacks as a rotational player in Washington, is searching for a new home for his eighth season.

McClain, who has recorded 110 tackles, 6.5 sacks and forced three fumbles throughout his career, has moved around a lot during his NFL career, playing for five different teams. He spent three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before joining Washington, and has started 29 games during his career.

Dolphins Acquire Lions DT Akeem Spence for a 7th Round Pick in 2019

The Lions on Thursday traded defensive tackle Akeem Spence to the Dolphins for a 2019 seventh-round draft choice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Spence, 26, had a career-high three sacks for the Lions last season and started the final 11 games of the year after Haloti Ngata suffered a season-ending injury.

Spence, 6-foot-1 and 307 pounds, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

In Miami, he’ll be reunited with former Lions defensive line coach, Kris Kocurek, who accepted the same position with the Dolphins in January.

Dolphins Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Dolphins, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

This has been an interesting offseason of change for the Dolphins, who have parted ways with several important players, including Ndamukong Suh, Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry, Jay Cutler and Julius Thomas. Yes, they’ve added Robert Quinn, Josh Sitton, Danny Amendola, Frank Gore and Albert Wilson, but there are still some sizable holes on the roster. I hear “culture” blamed, but at some point you have to be accountable for what’s on the field. I put the entire offensive line on my list of questions because no spot outside left tackle Laremy Tunsil should be set, and they needed depth at several other positions.

Snagging Minkah Fitzpatrick at No. 11 is a great value. I thought he was a top-five player in this class, but teams got a little scared because he doesn’t have a true position. He’s a little bit of a tweener who doesn’t have true safety measurables. The Dolphins just need to get him on the field. This is one of Nick Saban’s favorite players ever. Mike Gesicki (pick 42) is going to slot straight into Thomas’ spot, but he’s not going to block anybody. He’s a slot receiver with a big — and super athletic — frame, and he has good body control.

Jerome Baker (73) is a true cover linebacker with range who will be a core special-teamer and help out on third downs. As McShay pointed out, the defense has been shredded by tight ends, and Fitzpatrick and Baker help. Durham Smythe (123) is a better blocker than receiver. Kalen Ballage (131) is the guy to watch in this class. Surely Adam Gase doesn’t expect to play Gore on every down, and Ballage caught 82 passes in his career.

The one big question coming out of this draft: where was the quarterback? Miami is really going to go into the 2018 season with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler as its top two QBs. I can’t give a “B” here.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/11 Minkah Fitzpatrick S ALABAMA
2/42 Mike Gesicki TE PENN STATE
3/73 Jerome Baker OLB OHIO STATE
4/123 Durham Smythe TE NOTRE DAME
4/131 Kalen Ballage RB ARIZONA STATE
6/209 Cornell Armstrong CB SOUTHERN MISS
7/227 Quentin Poling ILB OHIO
7/229 Jason Sanders K NEW MEXICO

Dolphins Snag Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The Dolphins got a player they probably never felt would be there at 11 on Thursday night, grabbing Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with their first pick of the NFL Draft.

Dolphins Tell Ryan Tannehill He’s Their Starter at QB in 2018

The Dolphins haven’t ruled out trading up tonight if a QB slides in tonight’s NFL Draft, but they’ve also made clear to Ryan Tannehill that no matter what, he’s their starter for 2018, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

That news basically means that if they do draft a QB at some point in the first few rounds, he will likely sit back and watch what Tannehill does for at least the first season.

Dolphins Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on Wide Out DeVante Parker

The Dolphins have picked up the fifth-year option for wide receiver DeVante Parker, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

It’s a move that’s mildly surprising considering Parker, the 2015 first-round pick, has been inconsistent over his previous three seasons.

Parker, who will earn about $9.3 million for the 2019 season, has 139 receptions for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns for his career. He totaled 57 receptions for 670 yards and one touchdown last season.

Parker, tremendously talented but afflicted by injury and professionalism issues, has been somewhat of an enigma with Miami. Prior to last season former offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson both predicted big things for Parker, including a Pro Bowl appearance.

But Parker didn’t deliver, instead taking a backseat to fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, who was traded to Cleveland recently, and Kenny Stills. Landry had a career-best and league-leading 112 receptions while Stills had 58 receptions for 847 yards and six touchdowns, each registering as the second-best totals of his five-year career.

Dolphins One of Three Teams Who Have Reportedly Contacted Denver About the 5th Overall Pick

All the predictable suspects have called the Broncos about trading into their No. 5 overall slot in the NFL Draft, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports.

The Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 11 pick, have called. The Buffalo Bills, who have the No. 12 selection, have checked in. The Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 15 pick, have phoned.

All three teams need a quarterback and they know the Broncos, with their No. 5 draft selection, may well be in a position to have the last of the Big 4 quarterbacks available.

The Big 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen. Perhaps in that order, perhaps not.