Adam Gase has never vocally expressed his frustration with the offense, but visually, you could see the disappointment weighing on him the past couple days when speaking to the media. But today, he said he feels “light years better” about the group.
“The last 2 days, they have come out with a different mentality. I think Ryan has done a good job of jumping in that huddle right away and being that guy chirping a little bit, getting the linemen going, and then I think the rest of those guys have really just been doing their job. The receivers have been in the right spots. I know we had some drops here and there. It happens when we throw the ball as much as we do during practice. But I think for the most part guys are -- instead of just worrying about the outcome of everything, they’re saying, ‘hey, we’re sticking with our process. We’re going to make sure we do a great job of just doing what we’re supposed to do.”
The offensive success today began with protection from the Offensive Line. We all know Miami’s starting defensive line has been unleashing a Suh-nami upon them since the beginning of training camp, but today the O-line stood their ground. DT Jordan Phillips was held up by LG Laremy Tunsil, DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Mario Williams were slowed by RG Billy Turner and RT Ja’Wuan James, and LT Branden Albert gave DE Jason Jones a hard time.
Although the Defensive Line got their plays every now and then, the Offensive Line did enough to give the offense rhythm get the ball rolling down the field.
The Fins were practicing more running plays today than of all the previous practices. RB Jay Ajayi still remained the starter, but RB Arian Foster got his work in the ground- and-pound game as well.
The 2 backs also received a decent amount of catches out of the backfield. The highlight being Tannehill throwing deep to Ajayi and him making a diving catch. Foster also broke a long run which would’ve been a touchdown.
Although Foster has looked healthy and playing well, Adam Gase said he will not play him in Friday’s game.
“There is a certain way I treat RB’s who have played that long… He is almost to the point where we can play a full practice without any restrictions.”
Foster will be 30 years old at the end of August, and already has plenty of wear and tear on him. Gase is taking the smart approach in limiting the toll on Foster’s body and keeping him fresh. There is no point in risking another injury to an already injury-riddled RB in a meaningless game.
RB Kenyan Drake was out of practice again nursing a hamstring injury. Allowing Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, and Isaiah Pead to get practice reps with the 2nd and 3rd team.
QB and WR’s
Ryan Tannehill found someone other than Jarvis Landry to throw to today. Kenny Stills was second in targets, and Parker 3rd. However, in 7-on-7, Tannehill threw an interception to Byron Maxwell on a post route to Jarvis Landry across the middle.
WR Griff Whalen got starting time as the 4th Wide Receiver behind Kenny Stills. This was surprising considering 3rd round pick WR Leonte Carroo played with the starters when Devante Parker was out with injury.
Speaking of Carroo, he was QB Matt Moore’s favorite target today. The two connected on several deep passes. One to the left side of the field, and 3 to the right. 2 of which were the same deep post route thrown to the inside. Carroo ran away with those for touchdowns. The last pass occurred in the redzone—a wide-open streak for a Touchdown.
“He is doing good, making positive things. His biggest thing is mentally, what are you going to do?”- Adam Gase on WR Leonte Carroo
Today was a sigh of relief for Dolphin Nation. The media and fans have been extremely concerned about the offense heading into this game. The Miami offense didn’t light up the world today, but it’s good to see things start to click.