Dolphins Survive Wild 30-24 Overtime Win Over Browns

Cleveland Browns v Miami Dolphins

Jay Ajayi got a second chance, and so did the Miami Dolphins.

They made the most of both.

Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and the Dolphins escaped with a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday — the first victory for first-year head coach Adam Gase.

“We come out here in our first game and showcase to our home fans what we’re about, and offensively we’re out there flopping it around,” said Gase, who was in no celebratory mood afterward. “It irritated me a little bit.”

Ajayi’s game-winner came one play after Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill found a wide-open Jarvis Landry for a 32-yard gain, as the Dolphins (1-2) avoided what would be their first 0-3 start since 2011.

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Browns vs Dolphins NFL Week 3 Inactives

Browns

QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, DB Joe Haden, DB Ibraheim Campbell, OL Shon Coleman, OL Cameron Erving, DL Carl Nassib

Dolphins

WR Justin Hunter, DB Jordan Lucas, RB Arian Foster, LB Spencer Paysinger, C Mike Pouncey, G Dallas Thomas, DL Terrence Fede

Dolphins Safety Michael Thomas and LB Jelani Jenkins Organize Town Hall Following Death Threats

Michael Thomas

Concerned about the way race relations are going in America, a couple of Dolphins are stepping up and organizing a town hall to have a discussion about it.

The AP has the story about Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who claim they both received death threats through social media following their national anthem protest.

The town hall with the players will include both police and youth leaders.

“It’s great a lot of people in our community, including our law enforcement, have the mindset of yes, there is something wrong,” Thomas said Wednesday. “Something needs to change, and we’re just looking for solutions and working together to find them.”

Thomas, Jenkins, running back Arian Foster and receiver Kenny Stills knelt together during the anthem at the Dolphins’ opener to protest social inequality. Reaction to the gesture by the four black players was mixed and sometimes ugly.

“Racism is alive and well — ‘You should go back to Africa,’ or the n word,” Thomas said. “That doesn’t matter. I know what I’m standing for is right.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the anthem protest that other NFL players have since joined. He said he also received death threats.

Jenkins said he won’t kneel during Sunday’s game against Cleveland and wants to move the conversation about race relations in a more positive direction, which the town hall helped to do.

“We all want to focus on solutions and actual actions to make actual change,” Jenkins said. “The protests, if you want to call it that, are kind of on the back burner. We want to reach out and get into the community with police officers and youth and do everything we can to create a great environment in our community.”

The town hall took place in the Dolphins’ team meeting room with the support of the organization and RISE (The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), a nonprofit organization founded by team owner Stephen Ross to promote understanding, respect and equality.

Browns at Dolphins NFL Week 3 Capsule

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BROWNS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER Series tied: 8-8  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-1 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 25-20 vs. Baltimore L 31-24 at New England
LAST GAME 9/8/11: Dolphins 23 at Browns 10. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill throws for 272 yards & TD. Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has 9 catches for 114 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/10: Browns 13, Dolphins 10. Cleveland QB Jake Delhomme throws for 217 yards & TD.

TE Benjamin Watson has 10 catches for 100 yards & TD.

REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 138 (Cle), 121 (Mia). XM: 385 (Cle), 231 (Mia).

STATS

PASSING Cody Kessler (Pre.): 19-28-92-1-0-84.2 Ryan Tannehill: 48-74-575-2-2-86.3
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 30-195 (3L)-6.5-2 Arian Foster: 16-47-2.9-0
RECEIVING Corey Coleman (R): 7-173-24.7-2 Jarvis Landry: 17 (1L)-196-11.5-0
OFFENSE 337.5 336.5
TAKE/GIVE -1 -1
DEFENSE 392.5 408.5
SACKS Christian Kirksey, Carl Nassib: 1 Jason Jones: 1.5
INTs Joe Haden: 2 (T1L) Isa Abdul-Quddus: 1
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 47.7 Matt Darr: 47.8
KICKING Patrick Murray: 6 (3/4 PAT; 1/2 FG) Andrew Franks: 10 (4/4 PAT; 2/3 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER was drafted in 3rd round (No. 96 overall)…RB ISAIAH CROWELL rushed for 133 yards & TD (career-long 85 yards) last week, his 2nd career 100-yard game. Has 5 rush TDs in past 6 & aims for 3rd in row with TD. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has catch in 16 consecutive games…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 146 games in career…Rookie WR COREY COLEMAN had 1st 2 career TDs last week (31 & 11 yards) & had 5 catches for 104 yards, his 1st 100-yard game. TE GARY BARNIDGE has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, 4th most by NFL TE…Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD. Haden had 2 INTs & 4 PD last week. LB DEMARIO DAVIS leads team with 16 tackles…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL won only start vs. Cle. & passed for 272 yards with TD. Has 679 pass yards (339.5 per game) in past 2 at home…RB ARIAN FOSTER had 150 scrimmage yards, incl. 124 rush yards & TD in only game vs. Cle. (11/6/11 with Hou.). Is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,262), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,237). Rookie RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 1st career TD last week…WR JARVIS LANDRY had 10 catches for 137 yards last week and leads NFL with 17 catches. Has 24 catches for 282 yards (94 per game) in past 3 at home. WR DE VANTE PARKER aims for 3rd consecutive 100-yard game…Since 2010, DE CAMERON WAKE has 64.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. Has 4 sacks in 3 meetings. DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 92.5 sacks since 2007, 3rd most in NFL. Has 3.5 sacks in past 3 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 43 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. Since 2015, S RESHAD JONES is only NFL player with 150+ tackles (156), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ sacks (2).

Dolphins Rally Falls Short; Lose to Patriots 31-24

at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The New England Patriots have a brand new quarterback issue.

Jimmy Garoppolo had three touchdown passes before leaving in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury as the New England Patriots outlasted the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Sunday.

It was the Patriots’ eighth straight home victory over Miami (0-2). It came at a price as New England (2-0) was dealt another blow at quarterback with Tom Brady already out his four-game “Deflategate” suspension.

Garoppolo’s injury came on third down with less than five minutes left in the first half. He was chased out of the pocket and got off a completion to Malcolm Mitchell and driven into the ground on his shoulder by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Garoppolo initially got up, before going down to one knee and being attended to by the training staff. He ended his day 18 of 27 for 234 yards and the three scores.

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Dolphins at Seahawks NFL Week One Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  DOLPHINS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 8-3  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Adam Gase: 0-0 Pete Carroll: 3-6
LAST GAME 11/25/12: Seahawks 21 at Dolphins 24. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill throws for 253 yards & TD. Dolphins K Dan Carpenter kicks GW 43-yard FG as time expires.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Seahawks 24, Dolphins 17. Seattle RB Shaun Alexander rushes for 96 yards & TD. Seahawks S Michael Boulware has 63-yard INT-TD with 0:56 remaining in 4th quarter.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 81 (Mia), 113 (Sea). XM: 381 (Mia), 225 (Sea).

2015 STATS

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 363-586-4208-24-12-88.7 Russell Wilson: 329-483-4024-34-8-110.1 (1L)
RUSHING Arian Foster (Hou.): 63-163-2.6-1 Thomas Rawls: 147-830-5.6-4
RECEIVING Jarvis Landry: 110-1157-10.5-4 Doug Baldwin: 78-1069-13.7-14 (T1L)
OFFENSE 331.7 378.6
TAKE/GIVE -3 +7
DEFENSE 376.2 291.8 (2L)
SACKS Cameron Wake: 7 Michael Bennett: 10
INTs Reshad Jones: 5 Earl Thomas: 5
PUNTING Matt Darr: 47.6 (3L) Jon Ryan: 45.7
KICKING Andrew Franks: 72 (33/36 PAT; 13/16 FG) Steven Hauschka: 127 (40/44 PAT; 29/31 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: 1st game as head coach for ADAM GASEQB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 3rd consecutive 4,000-yard pass season. Tannehill & HOFer DAN MARINO are only QBs in franchise history with 4,000-yard pass season…RB ARIAN FOSTER makes Mia. debut. Is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,215), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,175)…WR JARVIS LANDRY had franchise-record 110 receptions in 2015. Has 194 career catches, most by any NFL player in 1st 2 seasons. WR KENNY STILLS averaged 16.3 yards per catch in 2015 (27 catches for 440 yards). WR DE VANTE PARKER has 13 catches for 286 yards & TD in past 3…Since 2010, DE CAMERON WAKE has 64.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 91.5 sacks since 2007, 3rd most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 42 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. S RESHAD JONES was only player in NFL last year with 100+ tackles (135), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ sacks (2)…SEAHAWKS: Advanced to playoffs for 4th consecutive season in 2015. Have won 10+ games in each of past 4 seasons…QB RUSSELL WILSON led NFL with 110.1 rating last season. In 2015, became 1st QB in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards (4,024), 30+ pass TDs (34) & 500+ rush yards (553) in season…RB THOMAS RAWLS led team with 830 rush yards & 4 TDs last season. Has rushed for 756 yards (108 per game) & 4 TDs in 7 career starts. Seahawks are 6-1 when Rawls starts…WR DOUG BALDWIN tied for NFL lead with 14 TDs last season & led team with career-high 78 catches & 1,069 yards. KR-PR-WR TYLER LOCKETT joined HOFer GALE SAYERS (1965) as only rookies in NFL history with 5+ rec. TD (6), KR-TD & PR-TD…DE MICHAEL BENNETT led team with career-high 10 sacks last year. Has recorded 7+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. LBs K.J. WRIGHT (116) & BOBBY WAGNER (114) led team in tackles in 2015. Wagner has 100+ tackles in all 4 NFL seasons. CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 26 INTs since 2011. In 2015, S EARL THOMAS led team & tied career-high with 5 INTs.

Dolphins Claim Former Titans WR Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter

The Dolphins have claimed former Titans receiver Justin Hunter, adding him to a receiver unit that has been thinned by injuries, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Hunter, 25, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by Tennessee, has started 13 games in his three seasons in the NFL.

The former University of Tennessee standout, who is 6 feet 4, 203 pounds, has caught 68 passes for 1,116 yards and scored eight touchdowns in his NFL career.

He caught eight passes for 87 yards in the preseason and phased out of the Titans’ depth chart after they added Harry Douglas, Andre Johnson and former Dolphin Rishard Matthews this offseason.

Hard Rock International Buying the Naming Rights to the Dolphins Stadium

Sun Life Stadium

Hard Rock International has bought the naming rights to the rebuilt Dolphins stadium in a multi-year deal, a source confirmed, meaning Hard Rock Stadium will kick off the football season in September, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The Dolphins will announce the deal at a Wednesday news conference.

The 29-year-old stadium already had six names, beginning as Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1995) after the former Dolphins owner got the privately-financed venue built for $115 million. Since then it has been Pro Player Park/Stadium (1996-2004), Dolphins Stadium (2005), Dolphin Stadium (2006-2008), Land Shark Stadium (2009), and Sun Life Stadium (2010-2016).