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Post by mercury22nathan on Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:24 am

Jay Ajayi having a knee issue before pads even went on is not good, obviously. He's supposed to be the starting RB.

https://twitter.com/ArmandoSalguero/status/760090053737639936

then Armando later tweeted...

Jay Ajayi is on the stationary bike but not pedaling. Simply pumping the handle bars to get some conditioning. Not a good picture.

then followed by...

Jay Ajayi's knee injury is not serious.

we shall see.

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Post by DolFan 316 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:38 am

This season will rival '07 for the worst in Fins history, ga-ron-teed.

Hell, the Fins should've had 3-4 wins last season but got lucky, and this team has less talent.


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Post by white1 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:31 am

Our RB situation is looking worse daily, and you can now see why the front office was bringing in guys like CJ Anderson and others during free agency.

I don't believe we will be 2007 bad, because Gase would have to be a Jets-conspiracy level saboteur for him to even hope to approach the incompetence embodied by Cam Cameron. However, this roster is thread bare from years of turmoil and mismanagement. It may not take 3-5 years to fix it, but it certainly won't be fixed in a single offseason.

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Post by white1 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:41 am

Early good news on Ajayi. Just a bone bruise that swelled up.

He also took issue with a question on durability. In short he said "I have never missed a game in college, and no practice reps until this point. Haven't had issues in the past and don't have any now."

We'll see.

If we can get into the season with Ajayi starting and Foster backing him up, or vice versa, we have a good chance to have a viable running game this year.

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Post by JMP on Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:14 pm

Ajayi needs a lot of work.  Looked much more raw as a rookie than I had expected.  Needs to learn how to catch and block before I take him seriously as a legit starting prospect.

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Post by mercury22nathan on Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:32 pm

just providing more info in Ajayi's injury and other RB-related stuff...

Running back Jay Ajayi missed practice today. He apparently knocked knees or something with linebacker Jelani Jenkins during practice Sunday and started feeling discomfort during meetings last night.

He got with trainers and it was diagnosed as a bone bruise. Now, Ajayi has a chronic bone-on-bone issue in his right knee. But this injury is to his left knee.

"I feel like it's just going to be a couple of days before I'm back to normal. All it was was a bone bruise. We're just doing precautionary measures and letting the swelling go down. And once that happens I'll be back out with the team and getting to work."

Ajayi is day to day.

Ajayi's absence today meant Isaiah Pead started the practice as the starting running back. But he was not able to finish practice. Pead seemed to tweak his left hamstring or suffer a cramp in the back of his left leg and stopped working three or four periods before the session was complete.

That meant a lot of work today for Kenyan Drake, Daniel Thomas and even Arian Foster, who is still learning the system but got a couple of first-team snaps in two minute drills.

I have to say, the running back corps is ... interesting.

We know Ajayi has a history with the knee. We know Foster is productive and Pro Bowl caliber but is often injured. Drake was injured a lot in college. Thomas was injured a good deal with the Dolphins during his previous stints with the team.

Those are facts.

Damien Williams, who was on the physically unable to perform list the first four days of training camp, is going to be activated by practice time Tuesday and will work for the first time, coach Adam Gase said.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2016/08/tuesday-practice-notes-quotes-anecdote-from-miami-dolphins-camp.html

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Post by rightchea on Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:50 pm

that is exactly why Miami should have drafted a RB. I not understanding for the love of myself why they didn't get a RB.

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Post by DolFan 316 on Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:58 pm

rightchea wrote:that is exactly why Miami should have drafted a RB. I not understanding for the love of myself why they didn't get a RB.

Um, actually they did. But he's also injury prone too.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DrakKe00.htm

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Post by JMP on Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:08 pm

Rightchea is correct. Sure, they drafted Drake...but realistically, he's nothing more than a 3rd down back (and that's if he ever learns how to block). We needed to draft a RB that is capable of carrying the load if necessary, and we didn't.

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Post by Degarmo on Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:59 am

Isn't Drake a return specialist? If he can fill that role well and flip fields, it's worth the pick. He's also a gunner, so, again, if he can make an impact there, he's worth it. Special teams guys are overlooked, and the really good ones can impact a game.
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Post by JMP on Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:48 am

Degarmo wrote:Isn't Drake a return specialist?  If he can fill that role well and flip fields, it's worth the pick.  He's also a gunner, so, again, if he can make an impact there, he's worth it.  Special teams guys are overlooked, and the really good ones can impact a game.

Agreed...but I would argue that the Dolphins' team was not in a position to use a 3rd down pick on a guy that will play STs and occasionally see the field on 3rd down. 

And then, they drafted another STs-only player in Grant a couple of rounds later.  And no, I'm not convinced that Grant has an NFL future.  Maybe he can be a decent returner for a year or two, but the second he takes a big hit his career could be over.

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Post by mercury22nathan on Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:13 am

found these quotes interesting...

Ever since coach Adam Gase said running back Arian Foster would be "rolling with the ones" it has been clear that the Dolphins have found their starting running back. But as the team needs two running backs that can contribute because Foster has a long injury history and Gase has a long history of distributing carries among multiple backs, it is important for Jay Ajayi to get healthy and back on the field.

"He's not falling behind mentally for sure," Gase said today. "For me, the sooner we can get him back the better. He's working hard to get back. It's so day-to-day. Everyday we walk in and say, 'Alright where's he at?' ... I know he's itching to get back there because he knows his biggest thing is getting that feeling for what we're doing in the running game and looking at the line of scrimmage and understanding, 'how do I fit in with the o-line.' "

Interestingly, Foster already has that feeling after only six practices.

"That's the thing Arian has done a great job at," Gase sadi. "Right away, a couple of days in, he's got a good feel where some of his holes are popping. Jay is trying to do the same thing, it's just that some of the things we're doing is different than what he's done in the past."

"We're still developing what's best for [Jay Ajayi]," Gase said. "So right now it's real generic. As we get through the preseason and we get into the regular season, we'll have a better idea. We're going to do what he does best. We're still trying to figure that out."

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2016/08/dont-expect-offensive-line-shuffle-to-end-for-a-while.html

so Foster steps right in (based on his experience with the system) and not only does Ajayi not have a feel for the offense, but the coaches don't have a feel for what Ajayi can and can't do. i mean, i guess this is to be expected, being a new system and all, but it still doesn't sound very encouraging for Ajayi.

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