Cordrea Tankersley #30 – RD 3, Pick#97

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The Dolphins made it a trifecta, 3 picks, 3 defensive players.  They went CB in the 3rd RD after taking DE Charles Harris, and then LB Raekwon McMillan.  Obviously, the Dolphins felt they needed to address to the defense, and they did.  They took the big Clemson CB, 6’1″ 200 and added yet another big CB to a stable of big CB’s, with good ole Bobby McCain as the lone small CB.

Tankersley was a 2 YR starter at Clemson, starting his Junior and Senior seasons.  The good news is Cordrea reeled in 9 INT’s in just 2 seasons as a CB.  Not known as a physical player, or  an aggressive tackler,  in his Senior year, Tankersley recorded 52 tackles (39 solo), 6 tackles for loss, along with 11 passes defensed and 4 INT’s.  The Dolphins currently have Byron Maxwell, who incidentally carries a big price tag at $8.5M this year, 4th highest on the team, and on the other end of the spectrum,  Tony Lippett ($688K) and Bobby McCain ($677K).  In the middle of those guys is 2nd year CB Xavien Howard, who had a bumpy rookie season with injuries, and poor play, as well as flashing some great potential.

So how exactly does Tankersley fit in?  He will undoubtedly be in the competition for a starting spot, as I don’t believe anyone has one locked down.  If Maxwell plays as well as he can, he should be a starter, and if Lippett continues to build on his success last season, he too should be starter.  If Xavien Howard lives up to his potential, well, you have yet another starter.  Good problem to have, because we will have 3 or 4 or 5 CB’s on the field sometimes, when teams roll out their 4 and 5 WR sets.  Tankersley is a very solid cover corner.  He may not be the man in run support, but he can cover.   All our guys will be out there on the field often enough, and the best will get the most playing time.

Mostly, you have to have good depth at CB, because injuries happen all the time, even if it’s just a hamstring, or ankle sprain, you need solid depth, and we’re getting close to having just that.  Think back to 2015 with an older Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor, Brice McCain and Bobby McCain, we’ve come a long way in improving the CB depth.

GO DOLPHINS!  Zero in!

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413 Responses to Cordrea Tankersley #30 – RD 3, Pick#97

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    Fancy Pig with tractor parking. Good for you man

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m still crushed about Cornell

    • Tim Knight says:

      Me too brother. I was just talking to my long time friend about it and we were both just remembering the days of putting a band together and how Chris and Soundgarden influenced us and brought that edge back to the rock scene along with Guns and Roses though a more L.A. based band. One of the greatest voices in rock history and right at the top for me.

      A lot of people think of Nirvana starting it but it was really Soundgarden that started that whole Seattle scene being the ones who broke out first. I remember reading an article back in the early 90s that said keep your eyes and ears open on Soundgarden, they are going to explode at some point and they did. Nirvana had the big hit first though with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirt’. That’s what drew everyone into that scene and then we all found Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, AIC and the great Temple of the Dog album that lead us to Mother Love Bone and other cool bands.

      I’ve been really sad about Chris’ death since I heard about it. I’ve been watching tributes to him all day.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        He was the best

        Just amazing

        I thought he was great in the 90s but after a long hiatus I got back into him the last couple of years

        Just a great musician

        Don’t be broken up about it
        He gave so much for us to be inspired and influenced by

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s just a really sad story and his wife knew something wasn’t right and they couldn’t get there in time.

        Great musician is right.

  3. The Flying Pig says:

    Astoria is a really cool neighborhood
    I really like it a lot

    I just had some Mexican food and a mezcal (you know I love hat stuff) cocktail and spent probably half the $ I would have spent in Manhattan

    Now I’m in an oyster bar Enjoying a duvel and some oysters

    Oink time!

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol at Mexican food in New York City. Mexican food sucks East of the Mississippi, and mostly just good in Texas and the west.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        There is some good Authteic Mexican in NYC
        But you will see some bad ones too

  4. The Flying Pig says:

    My apt is pretty empty right now

    I was in a one bedroom on the UES
    And I moved to a studio in Astoria
    But I think the studio is bigger

    Plus I got rid of a bunch of stuff before I moved

    Bc it was old

    It’s crazy how moving makes you notice how much junk you have

  5. The Flying Pig says:

    Stranger
    The Great Depression point went straight over my head
    Good catch

    That definately affected
    The way I read the stat

    But I do think there is something to same for killing the middle class
    I do beleive the cost of owning property vs salary is a higher hill to climb now

    And I’m sure that affects motivation especially with the youth

    • jetsssuck says:

      What is middle class? One of the first projects that Obama took on as president is to define what is middle class and what is poverty. This defined what is what and it increased poverty levels according to what they defined. The government now has better and defined guidelines..

    • stangerx says:

      Post WWII into say the mid-seventies or early eighties where the middle class glory years, but could not agree more that the times since have not been as good. Lots of different reasons that factor in, but a huge one is simply that say a place like a car plant only needs like one-fifth the workers these days cause of automation. Those jobs lost were real good paying ones.

      Owning property is another subject, but also a concern as well. At the same time the rising generation seems not to want to be tied to it these days. So there is that side too. Has turned more investment, corporate and rentals…..even on individual homes and units.

  6. pheloniusphish says:

    Steve you can find good texmex east of the Mississippi. Justhave to stay out of the chains. I’ve got a place in Virginia where I live that is as goodas it gets. Locally owned, just opened a second restaurant a couple years ago.

    • steveccnv says:

      I was talking in more general terms, there’s always an exception. In NV when you go to a new one you don’t have to get 400 reccomendations first. Now Cuban food here is like Mexican food in the east.

      • pheloniusphish says:

        I would like to see more Cuban restaurants where I live. Hard to get real Cuban food. Mostly I miss the colodas and cafe con leche.

    • stangerx says:

      I spent a summer in New Mexico during a school summer and didn’t eat Mexican on the East Coast for like a decade after……but you are right it is getting better if you find the right spot.

      What part of VA do you live in……spent like 15 years in Fairfax county and Arlington.

  7. stangerx says:

    Here’s one time we all should agree with PFF, when it comes to who the NFL’s best slot receiver is at least.
    —————————-

    1. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
    Landry may not be the name that first comes to mind when one thinks of great NFL slot receivers, but he’s clearly playing at the highest level in the league today. He ran 72.7 percent of his snaps last season out of the slot and found great success. In 2016, Landry led the league in both slot receptions and slot yards, catching 65 of 85 targets for 856 yards. He added four touchdowns, as well. His 2.33 yards per route run out of the slot was the second-highest mark in the league. His drop rate in the slot was 5.8 percent, below the average for slot receivers (7.1 percent). Landry was near the top of ever category for slot receivers in 2016, and is clearly the cream of the crop when it comes to the position in today’s NFL.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Plenty of good Mexican in the east.

  9. steveccnv says:

    Tankersley for being tall for a CB, takes small step, which should help in coverage.

  10. jetsssuck says:

    Here’s a funny situation I know served in vietnam sent me

    While pumping my gas one day a nice looking 19 or 20 year old female apparently noticed a veteran bumper sticker on my car (I’m an old white bearded Viet Nam vet) and she asked if I was a veteran. I said, “Yes,” and she asked, “Really? Which side, Union or Confederacy?”That girl knew how to hurt a guy!

  11. pheloniusphish says:

    Steve – I’m in Prince William (Woodbridge).

    New Mexican cuisine is good. More of the Jalisco regional influence. Same for El Paso.

    • stangerx says:

      phelon — Woodbridge is right there. Lived in Tyson’s area, Annandale and then Clarendon in my Washington time.

      And heck yeah Northern New Mexico food is good. If a civil war ever breaks out in the state it will be over Green Chili or Red…..and both sides will be right.

  12. stangerx says:

    The best defense for Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest might not be his mug shoot.

  13. Tim Knight says:

    The key to good Mexican food is when you’re eating it you’re enjoying it and think it’s delicious. Nothing else matters. 🙂

    • D says:

      I’m key to liking the Mexican food you are eating is not thinking about other food you could be eating. I’ve had some really good Mexican food it’s just not my favorite kind of food I fact it’s o e of the last food types I consider given other options

  14. D says:

    There are almost as many illegals in Mississippi as in Texas now, our Mexican is pretty good lol. I’ve been to good places by Texan standards and some of the places here are pretty close

  15. Mike E. says:

    There’s a great little Mexican restaurant not too far from me. I love it, and so does my family. We probably go there at least once a month. We have always enjoyed it, the food is extremely consistent and always good. We’ve never left there unsatisfied.

    • Tim Knight says:

      When you say not too far, do you mean west of the Mississippi? LOL

      • Mike E. says:

        LOL – What does Steve know? 😉

      • steveccnv says:

        You guys are killing me😂 my family had Mexican food in the keys and loved it (sans me), but that doesn’t mean anything, except they don’t know much about Mexican food.

  16. Tim Knight says:

    Some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had is from my kitchen. 🙂

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Gloomy weather today on this Memorial Day. I know it’s a day to honor our fallen heroes but I always honor them. As we know, it’s also the time of year when Americans unofficially kick off summer. This is the first time my wife hasn’t gone to her parents place down the shore in over 25 years. Not only did they both pass away but as some of you know the house burnt down. It’s a really sad day for us. Then all of a sudden I thought today, oh no, and I asked her, did your grandfather’s flag burn in the house and she said yes. It was the flag we put up from the top deck on this day. It was the flag from his funeral because he was a WWI vet. We’ll never be able to fly that flag again. It was always kept right, folded properly and secured when we took it down.

    I would just like to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could fly the flag and that I can even write this on a forum such as this. Thank you!

    • stangerx says:

      So nicely said Tim. We all so much to people like your wife’s grandfather. Would like to think that I would have served if called on, but am also glad that never came up. Still makes me feel both selfish and all the more grateful for those who did risk it all.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I remember when I turned 18 having to fill out a draft card even though there was no active draft at the time. I was always nervous that someday it would happen. My friends and I always discussed how lucky we were to be living when we did because of the sacrifice of others. Then all of a sudden we now live in a time of mass terrorism. Sad that not enough humans can realize what a gift it is to have this life experience.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Thank you, Stanger.

  18. Mike E. says:

    Nice post Tim. Sad story regarding the flag, her parents, and the house.

  19. stangerx says:

    Jarvis Landry came in at #42 on the NFL Top 100 list. Good for him…..but still think Suh got robbed by only getting #55.

    Ajayi was #69 and Wake was #62. That should be the end of the Dolphins on the list, but since there are 32 teams…..4 in the top 69 ain’t bad.

    • Mike E. says:

      I told you Landry would be there

      • Mike E. says:

        Suh isn’t well liked by players of other teams, and that definitely plays into where he’s rated.

      • steveccnv says:

        Come on Mike😁 the leaked reports said he was going to be there, lots of us knew it too.

      • stangerx says:

        You called it right Mike E. Might be a sign that that slot receivers are getting respect these days or might be one that NFL players watch Sports Center and play FF too. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      Best we’ve had since they started doing it. We’ve had Suh higher, but as a group this is the best it’s been. I don’t like these polls, because it gives agents ammo when they negotiate contracts.

  20. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    I don’t watch NFLN enough to see their leaks, I just thought he belonged in the top 100, considering he’s the best slot WR in the NFL. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      I was just bustin…i don’t get NFLN either, the report came out somewhere else. I Google Dolphins news to get a lot of my stories.

  21. steveccnv says:

    Howard has been looking good during OTAs, lockdown they’ve been saying. Hes the guy we want to succeed, because hes our best tackler at CB. I guess you could also say Lippett is another guy we want on the field, because of his hands, but his coverage skills need improvement.

  22. Mike E. says:

    Stanger

    It would be great if Tanny could crack that list. I’d have to think we’ll be in the playoffs if that were the case

    • steveccnv says:

      I agree Mike, and we hear stuff like this often, including from the networks, when talking about keys to the game, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle.

  23. steveccnv says:

    Last year we were somewhat of an explosive team, with lots of big plays, something we haven’t seen since the Marino years. The problem, just like the Marino years, is the D pays the price, because the O isnt on the field long enough.

    • steveccnv says:

      Running the ball more consistent, having a TE, and the coming of age finally of RT is going to help the D immensely.

    • Tim Knight says:

      That’s the #1 focus on offense this year. The coaches say they had good numbers on a lot of plays, just not enough of them.

  24. wyoming85 says:

    Has anyone heard from OD?

    • stangerx says:

      I talked to him this morning, but only cause was setting up that Brian NY would get his normal seas for the Fest…..he loved that Brian’s kid would be getting seeing his first game in his normals.

      His daughter’s surgery is in “early June”….don’t think the exact date has been set yet. She’s had multiple Grand Mal seizures for more than a decade. And even when the surgery is done they won’t know if it worked for a number of weeks based on what happens.

  25. Mike E. says:

    Wyo

    Stanger said he won’t be on until June, which of course is right around the corner.

  26. D says:

    What i saw in regards to Lippett, Howard and Tankersly was that each of them are playing well, and stats wise you would think that Tankersly and Lippett were having a better OTA, because each has a pick 6, and have made some nice plays on other balls, and jumping routes, etc. They said however, overall Howard has been sticking to people like glue, and is has been breaking up almost everything thrown to his guy, if they even bother throwing to that guy. I think this bodes well as it seems that competition is really pushing all of them to fight for those spots.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing all three on the field, either rotational with one another, but also have them out of the slot too when they aren’t on the outside. Slot corner doesn’t mean small speedy corner, its just normally what ya have to combat the small speedy slot receivers, but good instincts, and decent speed are just as good, and Lippett isnt slow, nor is Tankersly, and they have size on top of that so when a TE or RB is moved out to the slot, they can still cover those guys as well. I want to see our best players on the filed as much as wel can and hopefully that means some of those guys flow in and out of each of those positions with little drop off when they do.

    • steveccnv says:

      The best compliment you can give to a CB is to call him a lockdown CB, so if balls aren’t going to his man he’s doing his job.

  27. wyoming85 says:

    thanks for the info Stanger

  28. D says:

    If you go back and watch some of Gase’s interviews he tels you why the D had such a hard time. Our O has so many 3 and outs it was rediculous, i think we were the worst TOP offense in the NFL or pretty close according to what i remember from what he said. If Ajayi returns to play like he did last year, the threat of chunk yardage from Thomas, same WR’s we had fro Tanny last year, improved OL play, especially if they can all stay healthy and we can get Pouncey back sooner than later. We dont really have to reinvent ourselves for the first time in a long time, we just need to get better production from a couple of positions to change that whole thing around.

    The D though, still has to play better as well, it cant start out as flat as it did before, it cant let us find ourselves in holes like it did last year. The offense had nothing to do with those failures, even though it didn’t help much either. Phillips emerging as a player that can stay on the field for majority of snaps, good rotational depth from Taylor and Godchaux to keep our starters fresh, pure rush packages with Harris and Wake, solidified LB corps with proven leadership and athletes capable of shutting down the outside, and Jones back to help anchor the secondary. We could have a very good defense if people just live up to their expectations right now, and not the crazy fan expectations, just the coach and FO ones.

    I see us as just needing to live up to who we are, away from really solid success, a return to the playoffs and being able to do this year after year.

    • steveccnv says:

      Do your job and don’t loaf.

    • stangerx says:

      D — couldn’t help but notice that we put a lot of the chips into next season’s pot on D….so to speak. I’m right with you ton TOP though. Also guessing we won’t see much hurry up next year. Our Defense just tires out in the 4th Q.

  29. Mike E. says:

    Steve – D doesn’t get paid to blog here. Stop picking on him!

  30. Tim Knight says:

    Adam Beasley‏Verified account @AdamHBeasley 2h2 hours ago
    Phillips said he was at 336 last year. Wants to play at 320.

    • steveccnv says:

      Why not 310? Find the weight you can be most effective at. Suh must really being laying it on. You want to be the best, come train with the best.

  31. Tim Knight says:

    Omar Kelly‏Verified account @OmarKelly 2h2 hours ago
    “I’m a second round pick who hasn’t done what I’m supposed to do. Time to step up,” Dolphins DT Jordan Phillips.

    • stangerx says:

      And that is good news. He understands…….even if cause 2nd contract time is coming up. He plays at 320 and our line on passing downs could look fearsome.

    • steveccnv says:

      Gase and Suh are getting into his head. They may need to get into his ass with their foot. Accountability is something we haven’t seen since Parcells was carting himself around the field, and then not so much, really back to Shula.

  32. Tim Knight says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 1h1 hour ago
    Xavien Howard says he never really felt 100 percent after second injury.

    • steveccnv says:

      I assume he means until now?

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah, he said he spent a lot of time working on his legs this offseason to not have knee issues and that the doctors told him he’s good to go. They say he’s looked really good so far in OTAs.

      • steveccnv says:

        Most CBs take the big srep in year 2, he seems prined to do it too.

  33. steveccnv says:

    Some good nuggets Tim, now lets hope these guys play like they talk.

  34. Tim Knight says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 2h2 hours ago
    Jordan Phillips says he’s trying to find tricks to keep his “hot and cold motor you guys see” going.

  35. steveccnv says:

    Its also been a long time since the locker room has been this happy, and yet some wanted to bring in Richard Sherman.

  36. mf13ss says:

    I think we’re going to see more GAME-PLANNING on both sides of the ball this year. There’ll be teams we’re going to consistently run a hurry-up Offense against if it exploits their weaknesses. There’ll be teams we’re going to grind it out against, trying to win time of possession if they are difficult to score upon (early lead helps, here).

    If we can shore up our run-Defense, I think we’ll be seeing more 3-and-outs… thus naturally keeping them fresh. We’ve got FOUR 3-down LBs now in Timmons, Kiko, McMillan, and Koa (POSITIONAL VERSATILITY). We’ve got some BALL HAWKS in our Secondary. And we’ve got dual pass-rushing DEs in Wake and Harris (buh-bye, Mario Williams).

    The key is for the Offense to do it’s job and for the Defense to do it’s job. I don’t think it’s correct to blame our Defensive woes and fatigue last year on the Offense and vice-versa. Unless there is a MASSIVE disparity in time of possession [ie: Offense averaging 15:00 TOP (which wasn’t the case last year)], it’s on YOUR given unit to play better football in order to get off the field more quickly.

    Now… I DO realize our Offense was horrific in 3-and-outs themselves. HOWEVER, our TOP tells a different story. What does that mean? We were too streaky on Offense: when we were on we were ON… when we were off we were OFF. For every 3-and-out we had, we had a drive that was sustained and successful. We were relatively balanced in TOP (28:60-32:18 is not a MASSIVE disparity).

    With the heavy investments we’ve made on the Defensive side of the ball this year, it should be expected they play MUCH better (especially against the run). This demonstrates that the FO recognized our Offense wasn’t the problem with our Defense. The problem with our Defense was, in fact, our Defense.

    We’ve chosen to stop the run… and stop the run we shall. And in the meantime on Offense, we replaced Jordan Cameron with Julius Thomas, and Dion Sims with the best run-blocking TE in the business: Anthony Fasano (who is a sure-handed receiver, to boot).

    Reporter: General Gase, what keeps you awake at night?

    General Gase: Nothing, I keep other people awake at night.

  37. D says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/report-lavar-ball-turned-10-million-shoe-contracts-son-lonzo-183900817.html

    Someone should knock the taste out of this dudes mouth…. He is frigging killing his son’s earning potential early on. I wouldnt be surprised if most the major market teams dont pass on this guy just to keep from having to deal with his dad.

  38. D says:

    steveccnv says:
    May 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Tell him to picture the guy across from him beating his mother.
    ————————————–
    That would work for Tunsil…..cept Tunsil doesnt have that problem.

  39. D says:

    320 is probably a good number for him, obviously he will replace fat with muscle so dropping 16 lbs of fat while adding muscle means he probably lost 26 lbs of fat and gained 10lbs of muscle in its place.

    Phillips problem i think is that someone previously had told him that snickers were his “tackling fuel” and he just wanted to be great…. They should have just coached him like Mr Henry Winkler did for Bobby Boucher…

  40. son of a son of a shula says:

    I guess Nolan Carroll got busted for DWI in Dallas.
    Ireland pick.

  41. D says:

    Not trying to stir the Tannyhate, but i was looking at some “crazyiest of all time” NFL plays and came across this one as the last on the list. I then searched for it as a stand alone video. Ill say i must have blocked this one out in memory because i cannot remember seeing that live.

    It made another list of 5 worst plays of all time lol, have to admit, between that one and the one they call the pinball play, thats got to be two of the worst dolphins plays i have ever seen.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I remember that. LOL

      Wasn’t that the bad weather game with crazy rain where Arians made comments that the weather was better when we had the ball?

  42. Rockphin says:

    Uhg, I remember that play.

  43. Rockphin says:

    What I would like to see for a change this year is an end to the “slow starts” I’m tired of the other team always scoring first. Many times on the opening drive. I want to see first quarter punts by the other teams and first quarter TD’s by ours this year!

  44. manitobafinfan says:

    Thoughts and prayers to ODs daughter and the entire OD family , hope to toast a full turnaround at the Fest.

  45. manitobafinfan says:

    Holy Crap I Broke it well this time..

    • Phindog says:

      Toba !!

    • stangerx says:

      Toba — ‘Tis the deadest time of year, but we all have agreed not to post after you show up. There are exceptions to that…..but the P-Dog showing up cancels them all out. 🙂

      • manitobafinfan says:

        I have had it go quiet for a while right after I post, but I think 12 hours is a new record for me !!!

      • stangerx says:

        Toba — way it works this time of year is people wait for the chatty ones (like Mike E, Tim, D, me etc) to come on to start talking about stuff. Guess there is a critical mass for BS. Much as a Fest warrior that you are…..you get the idea.

  46. steveccnv says:

    Phinphinatic still thinks RT needs some work on his long ball. You just have to wonder, if these guys are really paying attention or do they just research old articles, and since someone once said it…

  47. stangerx says:

    Landry on why he did not skip OTAs. Talk about the dude that fits into the whole “we play the game cause we love it” theme going on in Davie.
    —————–

    “It didn’t cross my mind at all. My whole objective is to help my team get to the Super Bowl. That starts with me being here. I’m not worried about any contract. I’m focused on helping my team get to the Super Bowl. Playing hard. Playing well. Playing together.”

  48. manitobafinfan says:

    yes Stanger , I am well aware of my Lowly status in the Hierarchy 🙂

    • stangerx says:

      LOL — just means you have better things to do than a bunch of the rest of us do when it comes to the Tanny 48.0 convo.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        I read daily.. just have nothing to add that has not already been covered.. I am looking forward to an uptick in wins and hopefully a play off VICTORY this year..

      • stangerx says:

        Was not going at you at all…..if anything giving you credit for being smarter than most of the rest of us. And yeah the team is looking like it has an up bullet on it. Even if we will see how the season goes, seems a V at the Fest is more sure than usual. We lose that one and not going to be a lot of happy faces in the parking lot after.

  49. manitobafinfan says:

    yeah we lose to the J-E-T-E once this year will be a horrid thing..

    • stangerx says:

      You never know what might happen though. NFL can make no sense at times, and more so when it comes to the puke greens.

  50. steveccnv says:

    Lol, at my co worker. His wife makes his lunch, and he doesn’t know what he has until he opens it, so he always says what’s for lunch. To which i asked today, whattayagot. He says chicken salad.

  51. stangerx says:

    Couple interesting points from Gase via Perkins from today.
    ———————————–

    * Defensive back Walt Aikens, who has been a safety for the vast majority of his career, has gotten looks at cornerback during OTAs. “We’re just trying to find the right fit for him,” Gase said of Aikens.

    * Gase on third-year defensive tackle Jordan Phillips: “I’d say he’s very difficult for us to block right now.” …

  52. getterdone says:

    Aikens getting looks @ CB might be a clue to his not being long for this team. I’m all for the cross training and all, but…..

    • Mike E. says:

      He’s valuable on ST’s though, but that may really be all he’s valuable for

    • Tim Knight says:

      He’s been worked that way since he’s been here. Aikens could be on the bubble but he’s also been a dynamic ST’s player and has versatility as a big DB with speed. He’d be a difficult cut. But maybe because we saw something more in another player.

      I’m hoping for staying healthy for the most part more than anything. I think this team has talent and hopefully more depth this year. I like the competition. Not borderline players pushing other borderline players, but backend pushing backend talent because cracking the starting lineup will be difficult. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this. 🙂

  53. steveccnv says:

    What Gase is saying is, we don’t want Rambo type of guys coming off the street to play for us, if you’re going to be on this team you have to play a position.

  54. Mike E. says:

    Tim said bubble but. lol

  55. getterdone says:

    Yes Aikens is a solid ST’er. However he better start really flashing in camp @ more than ST drills. We gots us some more groceries to now add to the secondary stew.
    I’ll be quite happy if better talent quickly surpasses him causing his cut down. After all, we’s buildin a Championship team here.

    Go Phins!

  56. Phindog says:

    Great interviews on Miami dolphins.com if you got time to watch them.

  57. pheloniusphish says:

    We’ve never needed players to challenge for the AFC East. We’ve needed a coach that count challenge Belicheck. I think we have that now.

    • steveccnv says:

      I agree, and we’re starting to see it unfold, right before eyes, player by player. Gase has command of the ship, and knows what he’s doing. How did Stills like playing for Gase compared to Philbin?

    • getterdone says:

      Tim, I’m really looking fwd to seeing Drake develop in his 2nd year under Gase. I think he’s gonna be a stud used in different ways. We saw just a dew glimpses of his home run hitting ability last year. Now he just needs to become more consistent, let the game come to him.
      If our OL can be a better than average unit, and sustain a solid unit all season, then lookout, this offense can become scary!

      • steveccnv says:

        I don’t agree that Drake needs to let the game come to him, that’s something Philbin would say to him. Don’t you guys see what’s happening? Country club life is over for the foreseeable future. Last year it was Ajayi and Damien that got stronger and tougher, this year it’s Phillips and Drake, so far…

      • steveccnv says:

        Add Parker to this list of young guys that has seemingly taken the next step in becoming a pro. Sure we’ve seen this in the past, but not to the magnitude Gase is applying it, he doesn’t take slacking as being ok. You wanna play put in the work.

    • steveccnv says:

      Drake does look bigger, and it appears he got the message from Gase. Get your body ready, learn situation football… how many times have we seen guys try to make a play instead of just getting a 1st down on 3rd down?

  58. steveccnv says:

    Gase seems to be at least imitating what the cheats have been doing. Why hasn’t another team copied them, with any success before? The best candidates to do it are within the division, and they’ve either been to lame or stubborn (rex).

  59. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG IS UP!

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