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By on May 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

101414-TannehillOn Monday, the Miami Dolphins made a investment for the future, inking quarterback Ryan Tannnehill to a contract extension through the 2020 season. A player who has consistently shown improvement in many facets of the game since being drafted by Miami in 2012 with the 8th overall pick, Tannehill has started all 48 games during his three-year career.

Here’s a few things we should take away from the Dolphins signing Tannehill to a long-term contract:

1. Best Years Are Ahead of Him

Tannehill already has made a dent in the Dolphins record books, as he sits third in team history in terms of career passing yardage (11,252) through just three seasons, residing only below two Hall of Famers in Bob Griese and Dan Marino.…

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By on May 17, 2015 at 11:43 am

051715-WeekWhile it was a busy week down in Davie that included interviews with General Manager Dennis Hickey and new Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings, the highlight of this past week with the Dolphins was Fins Weekend presented by Estrella Insurance.

This weekend many members of the  Dolphins’ organization past and present participated in the event, the team’s largest annual fundraiser for the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which included golf and fishing tournaments. Proceeds from the event, through the educational pillar of Miami Dolphins Foundation, will benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students on track to graduate.

For news on that and more, check out the week that was with the Miami Dolphins from May 11 through May 16:

Monday, 5/11

Previewing The Dolphins 50th Season

  • Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel joined Greg Likens of The Finsiders to discuss some of the organization’s plans for the upcoming, historic 50th season of the franchise.

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By on May 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

051615-MarinoIn the history of the Miami Dolphins, there have been few men more associated to this franchise than Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. 

A quarterback of Marino’s caliber ascended to his level of play with the help of a variety of talented receivers, so he knows a little something about what makes a top target in this league.

The Dolphins are hoping they added a future top pass-catcher in 2015’s top pick DeVante Parker, and while it is extremely early, the signs are that the 22 year-old out of Louisville is already heading in the right direction. Speaking to Tristin Jones of The Finsiders at Fins Weekend on Friday, he believes it will only be a matter of time until Parker, and the rest of the team’s receiving corps and quarterback Ryan Tannehill can get together, get their timing down, and we’ll start to see what he and this talented position group can do this season.…

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By on May 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

051315-JenningsLike any free agent, Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings is getting acclimated to his new surroundings. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion, he spent his entire career in the black and blue division that is the NFC North. Jennings ditched the frozen tundra to become the veteran voice inside Miami’s revamped receiver corps. For most players it takes a while to get used to a new place, but in Wednesday’s interview with The Finsiders, Jennings explained that it has already been an easy transition down in Davie.

“It’s been great,” said Jennings. “Just being able to come down and really adjust to this environment and get to adapt to the guys, learn who’s who, work with the guys, and get a good feel of just the building and the people within the building.”

Jennings will be the elder statesman alongside young talented players like Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, and first round pick DeVante Parker.

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By on May 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

051115-ParkerDolphins first round selection DeVante Parker stepped onto the field at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility for the first time in this past weekend’s minicamp looking to make a lasting first impression. And if the initial reactions of two former Dolphins wide receivers are any indication, Parker surely may have done that and more.

On Tuesday’s episode on The Finsiders, former Dolphins great O.J. McDuffie was certainly impressed with Parker’s receiving skills and expansive catch radius, but more so his workman-like attitude in just his first few days donning a Dolphins jersey.

“I was very impressed,” said McDuffie. “From the beginning, you notice his size, he’s a very big receiver. When you look at big receivers, you say no way can these guys move, there’s no way they’re fluid, there’s no way they can stop on a dime and come out of their breaks.…

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By on May 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm

051015-likens660The Dolphins held their rookie minicamp this weekend featuring four practices spread out over Friday and Saturday. There were 53 total participants, including the seven draft picks, 16 undrafted free agents, four first-year players, and 26 tryout players. Here are my observations after seeing the rookies for the first time in Dolphins uniforms:

Believe The Hype:

As the 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft, DeVante Parker joins the Dolphins with high expectations. While it’s very early, he’s already living up to his billing as a first-rounder based on his performance in minicamp. Parker is a big target who seemingly does everything with ease on the field – even in his first NFL workouts. He moves with fluidity and attacks the ball in the air with a range and catch radius that will provide a new dimension to the wide receiving corps.…

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By on May 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

050915-WeekFootball returned to the practice fields at Doctors Hospital Training Facility this week as the Miami Dolphins kicked off their 2015 rookie minicamp with 53 NFL hopefuls.

Led by Miami’s draft class of seven selections including first round pick DeVante Parker, the group of rookies also featured many undrafted free agents and tryout players, all looking to impress the Dolphins coaching staff this past weekend.

The team also announced plans for celebrating the team’s 50th season, as we heard from team CEO Tom Garfinkel, Dolphins legend Don Shula and Senior VP of Alumni Relations Nat Moore on the subject.

Check out all this week had to offer with the Miami Dolphins below:

Monday, 5/4

Draft Class Offers Real Promise

  • The Miami Dolphins are a better football team right now than they were when the 2014 season ended.

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By on May 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

050915-coverage660Over a 31 hour span this weekend, Dolphins coaches put the 2015 draft class, the team’s undrafted free agent signings and dozens of tryout players went through four practices at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie.

The practices were all conducted outside in conditions, that while somewhat mild by South Florida standards, were quite hot for some of the rookies that are new to the climate. The practices gave the Dolphins coaches their first opportunity for on-field work with DeVante Parker, Jordan Phillips and other practicing in the team’s offensive and defensive systems.

While the practices were closed to the public, many former Dolphin greats stopped by to watch the next generation of Dolphins players work on their craft. On Friday, former Dolphins wide receiver O.J.…

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By on May 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm

01.01.15_MSU FTBL VS BAYOLR (COTTON BOWL)Versatility is the word that immediately springs to mind when describing new Dolphins defensive back Tony Lippett. The Michigan State product played both sides of the football during his senior season with the Spartans, and the 6’2 192-pound athlete will now be focusing his efforts full time in the defensive backfield.

The Finsiders recently talked to Harlon Barnett, the assistant head coach and secondary coach at Michigan State, who explained how Lippett’s skill set and his experience at wide receiver will assist his full time transition to defensive back.

“I think he’s phenomenal at either (wide receiver or defensive back). He did ask me prior to the combine and texted me saying ‘Coach, should I work out at cornerback too?’ and I said ‘absolutely, the more versatile you are the better it is.’ I think he’s setting himself up perfectly for however the team wants to use him, at wide receiver or cornerback,” said Barnett. …

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By on May 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

Boise State Football vs San Diego State, Carrie Quinney photoWhen the Dolphins were on the clock at pick number 139 overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, there was a player that surprisingly was still on the board. Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, a bruising back with all the attributes of a three down back -a breed that’s found few and far between these days- was available, and the Dolphins struck quickly, selecting him with that very pick and giving Miami a powerful change up back behind starter Lamar Miller. He’s has intriguing all-around skill set, something that every team in the league looks for in a tailback.

To learn even more about him, his college coach, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin spoke with The Finsiders on Monday and shared his thoughts on what type of player the Dolphins are getting in Ajayi.…

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