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Dolphins WR DeVante Parker Dealing with Broken Finger

Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is dealing with a broken finger middle finger on his right hand according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post.

Schad reports the team is “hopeful” he will be ready for Week 1 but head coach Adam Gase would not go that far in his Tuesday press conference. Any time lost is a big blow for a player who was already struggling in camp but Parker’s draft pedigree assures his spot on the roster. A guaranteed spot in the starting lineup is not such a sure thing, however, as Parker’s injury couple with Kenny Stills’ ankle injury should give wideout Albert Wilson every opportunity to climb the depth chart.

Breaking Down the Dolphins in Fantasy Football in 2018: Should You Draft Gore, Parker or Amendola?

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell examine the fantasy value of Kenyan Drake, Frank Gore, DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola.

Dolphins Expected Soon to Choose a New Training Complex Site

The Dolphins are soon expected to choose one of two sites for a new training complex after the Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to subsidize a move to suburban Miami Gardens.

Commissioners voted in support of a proposed site next to the Dolphins’ stadium in north Miami-Dade County. The Dolphins are also considering a site in Miramar, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

The Dolphins’ training headquarters have been at Nova University in Broward since 1993. The team wants to build a larger complex expected to cost up to $75 million.

Construction would be privately financed. But the county commission voted to increase by more than $50 million the maximum amount of tax money the Dolphins receive for large sporting events held at their stadium over the next several decades, with the higher subsidies contingent on the complex being built in Miami-Dade.

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was among the Dolphins officials on hand for the commission vote.

A decision by the Dolphins regarding relocation is expected soon. The new complex is projected to open before the start of the 2020 season.

Dolphins Waive Offensive Tackle Sean Hickey

The Dolphins today announced they have waived tackle Sean Hickey, who spent all of last season on the teams practice squad.

Hickey originally joined the Dolphins on Aug. 15, 2017. Throughout his NFL career, he’s also spent stints on the practice squads of Minnesota (2016), N.Y. Jets (2016), New England (2015) and New Orleans (2015). Hickey originally joined the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with New Orleans on May 4, 2015 after starting three seasons (2012-14) at Syracuse.

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