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“All three had really good college careers,” FIU coach Butch Davis said on Monday. “I think all three have legitimate chances to make NFL rosters.”

Davis pointed to a pair of ex-FIU players who were not drafted in 2018 — linebacker Anthony Wint and tight end Pharoah McKever — but still scored invites to training camp and took advantage. Wint played two games for the New York Jets last year and is on this season’s depth chart as a backup. McKever is listed as a fourth-stringer for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As for this year’s crop of undrafted free agents, perhaps Wilson can beat out veteran Matt Haack, who averaged 44.6 yards per punt for the Dolphins last year. Wilson averaged 44.2 yards for FIU, and now they could get matched up punt for punt in practices.

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“I told scouts that Stone might get cut a time or two, but he has the talent to stay in the league for six, eight, 10 years,” Davis said. “It’s tough because they only keep one punter.”

Also, the Dolphins are bringing in FIU punter Stone Wilson to challenge punter Matt Haack.

FIU ranked 21st in the nation in punting average last season at 44.0. Wilson had 423 punting yards against UM last season, an FIU record (and a testament both to Wilson and UM’s defense).

The Dolphins haven’t announced any of their signings, all of which were confirmed either by the players or league sources.

Undrafted UM linebacker Mike Smith – whom coach Manny Diaz has talked up in recent weeks – changed his mind and canceled plans to audition for the Dolphins at their rookie minicamp and instead accepted a similar tryout offer from the Buffalo Bills.

The 6-0 Rolle played seven games at corner as a freshman before moving to safety and has position versatility. He was used similarly to the way Alabama utilized Minkah Fitzpatrick in his final season in college.

“He had a draftable grade coming into the season but never really elevated his game,” Pauline said. “Very streaky. He’s OK.”

Among specialists, it was telling that the Dolphins gave FIU’s Stone Wilson a contract instead of simply a tryout at their rookie minicamp beginning May 10. He’s a legitimate candidate to beat out Matt Haack.

Walterfootball.com rated Wilson the fifth-best punter in this draft. Wilson averaged 44 yards per punt with a long of 63 yards; last year, he had a 71-yard punt.Davis gave the example of Phil Dawson, who was cut twice before finally sticking with the Cleveland Browns in 1999. Davis coached Dawson in Cleveland from 2001 to 2004, and the kicker went on to earn Pro Bowl status in 2012 and is still in the NFL at age 44.

Meanwhile, Worton is set up to get the chance to catch passes from Matt Ryan while learning from six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones.

It’s time we got to know punter Matt Haack a little bit better. I mean doesn’t he deserve a closer look after what he has done so far this season, the uncanny accuracy inside the 20 yard line, how he has been as consistently good as any player on this team and undoubtedly as reliable.

All of this from a player who was a receiver growing up, who didn’t even try to punt until late in his high school career and who actually didn’t even know the right way to punt until college. In fact, if not for a go-for-it moment his senior year of high school when Haack decided to take a chance at a national punting camp, he certainly wouldn’t be where he is today.

T.J. McDonald Jersey

The direction of the Dolphins’ organization has changed since last season. Thus, much of the roster has changed.

Safety T.J. McDonald has remained. Now 28 and in his seventh NFL season, McDonald is one of the team leaders.

He is not stressing about the team’s youth movement.One day after cornerback Xavien Howard was named Dolphins MVP for 2018, Head Coach Adam Gase offered one reason for Howard’s success: consistency. In answering a question about Bobby McCain’s performance this season, Gase said: “There’s nobody I can really say, ‘Hey, this guy was …’ Well, there’s one guy. He’s had consistently good games. He’s had a couple of rough ones, but I think it was like the fifth or sixth week (before that happened with) Xavien. For the most part, everybody has just had … There’s been good and then there’s been bad. On defense, it’s telling because you get exposed. Everybody knows that guy messed that up. Offensively, you might be able to screw up and get away with it and nobody will really notice.”

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“I play football,” McDonald said, via Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel. “I play defense. I play safety. I line up and play ball. Wherever they play ball, that’s where I play at.”

McDonald wouldn’t say whether he is working at linebacker, something new coach Brian Flores said in March could happen. McDonald, though, has dropped his weight 15 pounds to 215, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, which is a good sign McDonald will remain at safety.

The Dolphins’ offseason purge has created needs at every position except tight end (still hoping for Mike Gesicki to develop and that Dwayne Allen can hold it down) and safety (unless Miami trades Reshad Jones or T.J. McDonald this offseason).

General manager Chris Grier said Reshad Jones won’t be traded and is in Miami’s long-term plans. Problem is, the past two seasons have taught us that Jones and T.J. McDonald don’t play well together because of their comparable skill-set. Minkah Fitzpatrick would complement either strong safety because of his range and intelligence, but his best position might be nickel cornerback, which puts him close to the line of scrimmage. Depth at this position should be bolstered because Maurice Smith and Walt Aikens are mainly viewed as special teams contributors.

Safety T.J. McDonald was recognized Thursday as the Dolphins winner of the 2018 Good Guy Award.

Selected by those who cover the team on a regular basis, the Good Guy Award is given to the player who best demonstrates the spirit of cooperation with the media.

“I’m definitely thankful,” McDonald said. “For me, you’ve got to be able to stand up in hard times, just like the good times, just be a man about your business and with the media be a pro. That’s how I’ve always attacked it, through the good games, through the bad games. I know you guys are going to be in here, you’ve guys got a job to do. For me, it’s just being a pro about it and going about it in a professional way.”

McDonald follows guard Jermon Bushrod in winning the award, which first was given out in 2001 when it was given to linebacker Zach Thomas. The three winners before Bushrod were DT Jared Odrick, C Mike Pouncey and S Michael Thomas.

McDonald said his approach to dealing with the media came in part from his father, Tim, who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his 13-year NFL career with the Cardinals and 49ers.

“Good game or bad game, you gotta treat them both the same,” T.J. McDonald said. “I know you guys got a job to do as well. I see you guys all the time. You just want to get an environment, you want to be able to bring good energy to your teammates and stuff like that and trying to keep the locker room together.”

Myles Gaskin Jersey

In today’s installment of our Washington Huskies NFL Draft profiles, we turn our eyes to UW’s featured running back for the last four years. Myles Gaskin was a remarkably steady force for the Dawgs during his career, in which he became the program’s all-time leader in rushing yards (5,323) and total touchdowns (62). In 2015, Gaskin was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, and in 2016, he was named to the Pac-12’s all-conference first-team. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized as an all-conference second-teamer.

Myles Gaskin was born and raised in Lynwood, WA and attended O’Dea High School. He was a two-sport star dominating both football and track and field. As a junior, Gaskin rushed for over 2,000 yards and earned all-state honors while being named League offensive player of the year. The running back followed that up with an even more impressive senior year, rushing for 1,567 yards, 25 touchdowns, an average of 14.4 yards per carry and also handled kickoff return and safety duties. Gaskin was named the league’s kick returner of the year, was named first team all-state at running back and first team all-league at safety.

Gaskin participated in six different track and field events and won the 2015 3A state title in the 100 meters with a time of 11.02. He took second in the 4×100 relay race, the 200 meters and the shot put competitions at the state finals. Gaskin was a three-star recruit, according to 247 sports, but only received two scholarship offers. The running back chose the Huskies over Washington State due to the connection he had with coach Chris Petersen.

Gaskin was good enough to start as a true freshman for the Huskies and became the first ever true freshman to rush for 1,000 or more yards in program history. He also set the program record for most rushing touchdowns as a true freshman (14) and his 1,302 rushing yards was good enough to earn freshman All-American first-team honors. 2016 was a special year for Gaskin and the Huskies. The running back rushed for 1,373 yards, nine touchdowns and was named first-team all-Pac-12 at the end of the season. Gaskin, along with Jake Browning and a stout Washington defense, led the team to the College Football Playoff semi-finals, where they eventually lost to Alabama 24-7.

A true senior, Washington running back Myles Gaskin was extremely productive in his time with the Huskies. He rushed for no fewer than 1,268 yards in any of his four seasons as the primary back, and it all began with an All-American honor as a true freshman in 2015.

He was Washington’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player winner that year, and Gaskin followed it up with a first-team all-conference selection after his sophomore campaign.

A nose for the end zone and sustained ground success, Gaskin was tremendously successful in college. There’s a major question to be answered regarding how well his game will translate into the pros. His style of running looks upright at times but is mostly due to a long torso and shorter lower body.

It’s not easy to be the all-time leader in both rushing yards and total touchdowns, especially when you play at a program like Washington.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Myles Gaskin is capable of.

A do-it-all back who is pound-for-pound one of the best runners in the 2019 NFL draft class, Gaskin recently spoke exclusively with Draft Wire about his incredible career with the Huskies, his experience at the NFL Scouting Combine, and what kind of impact he’ll make at the next level.

I’ll always look back at it as a blessing. I had a lot of fun at Washington. I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Washington. I’m thankful for the great coaching staff that I had in my time there. That community had my back for the past four years. I’m just really thankful.

Absolutely. I had more than just my closest friends and family in my corner. There were so many people in those stands who came to watch me score touchdowns every week. I’ve had people watching me in that area since I was seven years old. There are some people that have been with me since I played my very first football game. That community feeling, it’s special.

Chandler Cox Jersey

The Dolphins, who poached Brian Flores from New England to be their coach and Chad O’Shea to be their offensive coordinator — want exactly that from Chandler Cox, the Auburn fullback they took in the seventh round Sunday.Chandler Cox has the James Develin feel to him, and I think he will end up being a solid contributor, as well.

The Miami Dolphins also made some really nifty UDFA signings, such as Terrill Hanks, Nik Needham, and Preston Williams. I think those three will all end up making the final roster.

As I said, this isn’t the flashiest draft class in the world. But it was meticulous, well-thought-out, and was done with a purpose. The players were selected for a rebuilding team that needed certain roles filled, and that’s what they achieved. I’m giving the Dolphins a round of applause for what they did during the 2019 Draft.

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The Chilton Auburn Club honored former Tiger H-back Chandler Cox during its 53rd annual Unsung Hero banquet on April 30.

The idea behind the Unsung Hero banquet is to honor someone tied to Auburn University who has been an integral member of a group but may not have been highlighted as much as warranted.

Cox was a four-year starter at Auburn from 2015-2018. His roles as both fullback and H-back meant he spent more time blocking for teammates than amassing his own numbers.

Seventh round draft picks are hard to predict when it comes to successful NFL careers but for the Dolphins, the running back situation was needing depth and the 7th round was the perfect place to find that depth.

Clicking on the Miami Dolphins roster you will see that only three runners are listed. Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, and Kenneth Farrow. The two new runners have yet to be signed. There is an obvious depth issue and this is where Myles Gaskin comes in.

The quick runner should have gone much higher in the draft. Some speculated as high as the 5th round. His falling was nothing more than teams lack of need at running back and some minor hiccups in his game. Gaskin tends to jump around too much before hitting the holes but he doesn’t fumble often and is really good creating space once he is through the line.

While not a traditional running back, Chandler Cox will assume the role of fullback. A position the Dolphins have not had in a long time. Cox is a bruising front line blocker who can also pick up the tough yards. Think of Lousaka Polite with a little more polish.The draftnetwork.com said he’s an “economical runner who maximizes what’s available to him. Has great hands working out of the backfield and from the slot; runs a bevy of routes for a running back.” On the flip side, that web site said Laird “has no open-field speed and can be chased down by all 11 defenders. Not particularly effective as a pass protector. Lacks a positive pro projection.”

Though Farrow has the most experience of the three, he hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, when he averaged 3.2 yards on 60 carries for the Chargers.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins filled their need for a fullback with Auburn’s Chandler Cox. Miami didn’t use one under Adam Gase but will at times in this new offensive system.

“I love the position,” Cox said Saturday. “I know it’s a dying breed but I want to be one of those guys to bring it back because it’s one of those things that teams need a guy that can be physical and do a lot of things and just help the energy of the team. That’s why I love playing it so much.”

At Auburn, Cox ran only 11 times for 18 yards (1.6 per game) with three touchdowns but caught 26 passes for 237 yards (9.1 average) and a touchdown. He also threw two passes as a WildcatDraftanalyst.com said Cox is “explosive at the point, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit. Does enough to get a pad on defenders and disrupt their angles of attack. Stays with assignments, sees the blitz and squares into defenders. Effective pass catcher out of the backfield who snatches the ball away from his frame with his hands and turns it upfield to pick up extra yardage.”

Isaiah Prince Jersey

The NFL draft has one more round to go as the sixth round is coming to an end. The Dolphins have added tackle, Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State.

The team needed to add some offensive line depth and maybe Prince can replace Ja’Wuan James at right tackle. Prince has played his whole career on the right side of line and it is something the Dolphins sorely needed.With the second to last pick, the Big Blue View community decided to address the New York Giants offensive line one more time by selecting OT Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State with the 232nd overall pick.

Prince is a long tackle at 6-foot 6 inches and with 35 1⁄2 inch arms, as well as plenty of experience blocking at Ohio State. He is not a natural knee bender and might always have to work around issues with leverage. However, if he can get those sorted out, he has some physical traits which could be worth developing. He played well at Ohio State and should get a chance to prove he can do the same at the NFL level.

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The Dolphins are likely to turn to the veteran offensive line market as well, Jackson writes, adding only four players — Laremy Tunsil, Daniel Kilgore, fellow starter Jesse Davis and third-round pick Michael Deiter — are true locks to make the roster. Although Jackson adds that sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince and UFA signing Chris Reed will likely make the Dolphins as well, he notes that Miami appears ready to explore some additional help. Jared Veldheer, Donald Penn, Jermey Parnell, Mike Remmers, Andy Levitre and Stefen Wisniewski are some of the notable vets available.

Giants’ sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine did not show for their rookie minicamp this weekend. Big Blue wants the recent gunshot victim to stay in Kansas and be with family, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano (on Twitter). The Washburn-developed cornerback is expected to make a full recovery and attempt to make Big Blue’s 53-man roster — one without many surefire answers at corner.

In case you missed it, the 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away. From an Ohio State perspective, defensive end Nick Bosa looks like an all-but lock as a top-five pick, while rumors continue to fly about quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ draft position which should, regardless, still place him as the highest Buckeye quarterback taken since Art Schlichter.

However, 10 former Buckeyes in total have entered the 2019 NFL Draft. Beyond Haskins and Bosa, last season’s favorite trio of wide receivers — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — are all on the board. And if any more offensive weapons needed to be in the fray, running back Mike Weber is also in the mix. Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who anchored the defensive line after Bosa’s season-ending injury against TCU last season, looks to be an early-round pick himself, while defensive back Kendall Sheffield hopes to get picked up and bring his super-speed to the next level.

Rounding out the group of potential draftees are two offensive linemen who have started continuously for the past three seasons: Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince. Ohio State is losing most of its line due to graduation and the draft, but the biggest loss looks to be Jordan, who moved from right guard to center this past season. Jordan is foregoing his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes, which makes sense given that he looks to be the fourth-best guard in the draft according to ESPN.

The simplest answer is no. Unfortunately the Miami Dolphins did not do enough to improve their offensive line but that may not have been the immediate goal from this years draft.

The addition of Michael Dieter and Isaiah Prince are both solid additions with Dieter likely to be a day one starter. He will need to improve for the next level but he has the tools and the athleticism to be a solid guard.
For now he will be penciled in to play the left side but he has experience at both guard positions and at center. A physical player with a lot of upside, Dieter just needs to take the next step and he should under good coaching.

Isaiah Prince on the other hand has a lot of work to do to get to an NFL level at right tackle. He has serious problems in his game from balance and leverage issues but he has the talent to be good once he gets coached up and learns the NFL level.

For the Dolphins, aside from a couple of undrafted free agent signings, the offensive line is going to be pieced together in 2019. Jesse Davis will anchor the right side and while he has a lot of potential, he needs to be more consistent. The Dolphins believe he can handle the right side and if he can, the problem on the right side could be solved.

The Dolphins are rebuilding and the draft didn’t exactly lay out the way it could have for the team. The addition of Josh Rosen took up a draft selection spot that could have been used on an offensive lineman but passing on the value that Rosen could give the team was hard to do.