Miami Dolphins Football 2017

Miami Dolphins Football Schedule 2017

The 2017 Miami Dolphins Football Schedule with dates, times, TV network, and links to tickets. 2017 NFL preseason and regular season. Miami Dolphins NFL football schedule for the current 2017 season. Includes preseason and regular season game dates.

2017 Miami Dolphins Football Schedule

Miami Dolphins Schedule 2017

2017 Miami Dolphins Football Schedule
Date Opponent Time/TV
Thursday
Aug. 10

Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons

(Preseason)
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

7:00pm ET
WFOR-TV
Thursday
Aug. 17

Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens

(Preseason)
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

7:00pm ET
WFOR-TV
Thursday
Aug. 24

Miami Dolphins vs Philadelphia Eagles

(Preseason)
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

7:00pm ET
WFOR-TV
Thursday
Aug. 31

Miami Dolphins vs Minnesota Vikings

(Preseason)
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

8:00pm ET
WFOR-TV
   
Sunday
Sep. 10

Miami Dolphins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

1:00pm ET
FOX
Sunday
Sep. 17

Miami Dolphins vs Los Angeles Chargers

StubHub Center, Carson, CA

4:05pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Sep. 24

Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Oct. 1

Miami Dolphins vs New Orleans Saints

Wembley Stadium, London, UK

9:30am ET
FOX
Sunday
Oct. 8

Miami Dolphins vs Tennessee Titans

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Oct. 15

Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Oct. 22

Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

1:00pm ET
FOX
Thursday
Oct. 26

Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

8:25pm ET
CBS/NFLN
Sunday
Nov. 5

Miami Dolphins vs Oakland Raiders

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

8:30pm ET
NBC
Monday
Nov. 13

Miami Dolphins vs Carolina Panthers

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

8:30pm ET
ESPN
Sunday
Nov. 19
BYE
Sunday
Nov. 26

Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Dec. 3

Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

1:00pm ET
CBS
Monday
Dec. 11

Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

8:30pm ET
ESPN
Sunday
Dec. 17

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills

New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Dec. 24

Miami Dolphins vs Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO

1:00pm ET
CBS
Sunday
Dec. 31

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

1:00pm ET
CBS
Note: Game times/dates for weeks 5-17 are subject to change.

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Miami Dolphins OTA Winners and Losers

The Miami Dolphins’ Organized Team Activities have come and gone and the offseason is full steam ahead. We have heard plenty of positive storylines and reviews for many of our favorite Dolphins, and unfortunately some negative ones as well. Although it’s often unwise to put too much weight into what we hear during the summer months, you never know when a tidbit of information could foreshadow something significant for the regular season. With mandatory minicamp starting tomorrow, let’s take a look back at the past few weeks and review where a few key players on the team stand going forward.

Miami Dolphins OTA Winners and Losers

Winners

Charles Harris

Thus far, we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the 2017 first round pick. He’s reportedly looking as talented and dominant as the Dolphins had hoped he’d be, and he’s even beaten Laremy Tunsil off the edge multiple times throughout OTAs. Harris has also been very professional and confident around his teammates, looking more like a polished veteran than a nervous rookie. It looks like he might not be sitting on the bench for very long after all.

Drew Morgan

The undrafted free agent wide receiver certainly had an uphill climb to make a crowded wide receiver depth chart coming into this offseason, and while he still has a ways to go, he’s begun the climb at an unbelievably quick pace. It seems as though we can’t go one day without hearing favorable reviews from coaches and reporters about the former Arkansas Razorback. His quickness, route-running acumen, and strong hands have been on display, and are helping him make a good impression on just about everybody. Morgan is a name to watch going forward.

Ryan Tannehill

According to just about every source imaginable, Tannehill’s knee looks to be at full strength. He’s reportedly just as mobile as he was pre-injury, and despite the possibility of wearing a knee brace for the rest of his career, Tannehill himself seems content with where he’s at athletically. If all continues goes well, it appears the team made the right decision by electing to forgo surgery. Tannehill should be completely ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

DeVante Parker

Parker has received appraisal from coaches and reporters for his newfound work ethic and professionalism thus far. His coaches have specifically mentioned his dedication to a proper diet, a more regular sleep schedule, and the fact that Parker is giving full effort, something that was seemingly absent in previous seasons. Expectations are very high for him to finally “make the leap” into full-time number one receiver status. Should this upward trend continue, Dolphins fans should be excited for what Parker has in store for us this season.

Xavien Howard

Much like his contemporary across the line of scrimmage, Howard has heavy expectations on his shoulders for this coming season. Coaches, fans, reporters, and everyone in between are waiting to see if he can emerge as a full-time elite starter. Howard, like Parker, has received very encouraging evaluations, and they are supported by the fact that he has come up with multiple interceptions and pass breakups during first-team practice reps. Like I noted above, this sort of news often has little impact on regular season production, but the confidence that Howard gains from good play during practice can absolutely help him out once live bullets begin to fly come Week 1.

Losers

Mike Pouncey

We knew coming into this offseason that we would see very little of the oft-injured star center during practices, but boy is it agonizing waiting to see if he’ll be healthy come regular season football. Gase has previously said that he was going to keep Pouncey in bubble wrap with the hopes of him being able to play “16 plus” games in 2017, but thus far we’ve seen practically nothing from Pouncey at all, and the idea of him beginning the season on the PUP list has begun float around. All we can do for now is hope that Pouncey’s hips hold up so that we can really see what Jay Ajayi and the rest of the offense can do with a completely healthy offensive line in place.

Rashawn Scott

Much like every wide receiver not named Landry, Stills, or Parker, Scott came into the offseason with no guarantee of a roster spot. Well, Scott’s task to hold onto a depth chart position became a whole lot harder a few days ago when it was announced that he suffered an injury. The Dolphins quickly replaced his pair of practice drill hands with former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Mitch Mathews, and every other wideout on the depth chart has continued to gain reps while Scott recovers. He reportedly has a chance of being ready for training camp, but he’s losing valuable time to make an impression on the coaching staff.

Bobby McCain

McCain endured a very up-and-down 2016 campaign. At times he looked like a reliable starter at the slot corner position, while other times he was thoroughly beat by bigger and stronger wide receivers, giving Dolphins fans and coaches fits of frustration. While he has taken first-team practice reps against Jarvis Landry so far, players like Michael Thomas and Cordrea Tankersley are being given the opportunity to take his starting role from him (yes Michael Thomas is a safety but the coaching staff is also trying him out at cornerback to test his versatility). McCain will have to show that he’s capable of holding down the fort if he wants to remain atop the depth chart.

Damien Williams

Williams held out from signing his RFA tender for a considerable amount of time this offseason, trying to earn a bigger contract, but he ultimately decided to put the team first and return to offseason practices. That decision may not end up helping him hold onto his number two running back position though, as Kenyan Drake has received plenty of positive reviews from the coaching staff thus far. He’s certainly in the running to take Williams’ job as the primary backup to Jay Ajayi, and Gase specifically has not held back in voicing praise for the second year runner. In a recent interview, Gase explained that he sees Drake as the type of back who can step up in virtually any situation, and that he’s liked what he’s seen during practices so far. Don’t be surprised if Drake enters Week 1 as the number two running back on the depth chart.

Source: SB Nation

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Miami Dolphins Fantasy Football Team Names for the Fans

The best, most clever and funny fantasy team names for Miami Dolphins fans

What are the best fantasy football team names for Miami Dolphins fans? Look no further. Whether you’re looking for great, funny, clever, old, new or stupid fantasy football team names to match your favorite team the Miami Dolphins we’ve got it right here.

Miami Dolphins Fantasy Football

Miami Dolphins trade for TE Julius Thomas: The Dolphins have spent the offseason raving about Thomas’ fit in their offense and, like their options at tight end before him, have nothing but optimistic projections for him. His injury track record as well as the team’s disappointing recent history with tight ends, however, cannot be ignored. Thomas is a “prove it” late-round tight end.

The best fantasy football team names are often created by looking at the team’s top players. For the Dolphins, that’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, defensive end Cameron Wake, and running back Jay Ajayi. Of course, you can always go back to former Dolphins like Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, QB Chad Henne (now with Jacksonville) or RB Arian Foster, as well as current backup QB Matt Moore, which are sure to provide some great foundations for references.

Here’s our list of Dolphins fantasy football team names:

  • Kung Suh Panda
  • Dirty Landry
  • Wake Suhperior
  • The Tannehillbillies
  • SUHcker punch
  • Tannesaurus Rex
  • Let Misi About That
  • Moore than Just a Backup
  • Reshad Are You Talking About?
  • Henne Given Sunday
  • Suh-per Bowl Bound
  • Not so Fasano
  • Orange Julius
  • All Aboard the Jay Train
  • Suh-icide Squad
  • Smoking Not Permitted
  • Let Misi Your TDs
  • Tannehill’s a Marine, No?
  • Henne, I Shrunk the Kids
  • The Tannehills Have Eyes

Miami Dolphins Tight End Julius Thomas

When the Dolphins acquired Thomas from the Jaguars this offseason, I wrote about how I loved the moved for Miami. As the OTAs move along, seeing how active he is in their camp makes me believe in his upside that much more.

While I have no idea what “going to be a thing” translates to in the fantasy world, it can only be positive.

Thomas’ best two seasons came for the Broncos when current Head Coach Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver. As PFF points out, Thomas was the seventh-best TE in 2013 and the ninth-best in 2014. With OC Clyde Christensen adding that Thomas could score “10 plus TDs” this season, it would not surprise me if he was able to return to the Pro Bowl caliber player he was out in Denver.

After the struggles he experienced in Jacksonville, he sounds like a much more mature person off the field.

The best medicine he took this offseason, in my humblest of opinions, was getting away from Blake Bortles.

Ryan Tannehill isn’t exactly Peyton Manning in his prime, be he’s a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback playing in Adam Gase’s system which is built to help quarterbacks thrive. Outside of DeVante Parker, the Dolphins don’t have a lot of redzone threats, so even if Thomas doesn’t accumulate a ton of yards, he will be a touchdown threat each and every week.

Miami Dolphins mixing linebackers, maintaining mystery

Adam Gase says the Dolphins aren’t being unnecessarily secretive about their plans at linebacker for the upcoming season. According to him, it’s not that the staff is hiding something, it’s that they don’t know yet.

Miami Dolphins mixing linebackers

But he’s certainly not doing anything to clear up the mystery or give any hints as to which way he’s leaning. He’s stuck by the refrain that all the linebackers will play inside and outside and it appears the players have been instructed to keep quiet as well.

When newcomer Lawrence Timmons was asked simply what spot he was at for his first snap of an Organized Team Activity practice this week, he dodged it with a non-answer of, “We don’t know. I’m being interchangeable and just trying to get to know everything and get adjusted, taking it day by day.”

With that as a starting point, it might be months before the Dolphins reveal anything about where they intend to play Timmons, Kiko Alonso, Raekwon McMillan and others. All of them rotated in Thursday’s open practice. The only thing Gase was willing to say about it was, “We’re just moving guys around.”

Gase would likely argue that it doesn’t matter much who plays where because the Dolphins want all of their linebackers trained to play multiple positions, plus they will frequently be in nickel coverage with one linebacker being scrapped in favor of an extra defensive back. Timmons and Alonso both have experience playing outside and have said they’re willing to do so.

“We’ll go through the process and see what happens,” Gase said. “It’s hard for me to say who’s playing where. I know they’re all going to play linebacker, so that’s the best I can give you right now… There’s a lot of moving pieces we’ve got to figure out.”

One reason for that is the overhaul. No position changed as much for the Dolphins as linebacker did this offseason, which seemed inevitable after they set a franchise record for most rushing yards allowed and were third-worst in the NFL. They let starting outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins leave in free agency, and former backups Donald Butler and Spencer Paysinger remain unsigned.

At this point, Miami’s top two linebackers are Alonso and Timmons. It signed Alonso to a four-year, $28.9 million contract and brought Timmons in for $12 million over two seasons on a deal that’s almost fully guaranteed. Alonso was asked in March about moving to outside linebacker because of Timmons’ arrival and said he was fine with it.

“It’s a little different; you play some different techniques,” he said. “At the end of the day, linebacker is linebacker. You run and hit.”

McMillan, a second-round pick from Ohio State, will battle for playing time with Neville Hewitt, Mike Hill, Trevor Reilly and possibly Koa Misi. The Dolphins have four other linebackers behind them hoping to make the roster.

Misi, who exited with a neck injury after three games last season, isn’t ready to practice even in the non-contact environment of OTAs.

“We’ve still got some time before we get him out there,” Gase said. “We’re going through the proper medical procedures with him. We’re not going to rush a guy that had the type of injury he had.”

Miami isn’t counting on Misi this year, but it’s hoping he can be a contributor. After seven years with the team, he restructured his contract this offseason to keep from being cut. In those first six seasons, he started 70 games and averaged 55 tackles. That was promising enough for the Dolphins to build special packages for him going into last season, but didn’t get many opportunities to use them before he went out.

This season, Miami Dolphins Football the plans won’t be as concrete. The Dolphins want to have as much flexibility as possible at linebacker, which is a big part of why they’re mixing things up so much in OTAs.

Source : www.palmbeachpost.com

Miami Dolphins: Realistic Expectations for NFL 2017

After a surprisingly strong 2016 campaign, what are fair and realistic expectations for the Miami Dolphins NFL 2017 heading into next season?

Expectations for the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 NFL season seem to be all over the spectrum. Many believe 2016 was a fluke and that the Dolphins will plummet back into the lower tier of the NFL next season. They look at the winning streak as an anomaly, see an easy schedule and a blowout playoff loss and write them off. The past decade and a half of mediocrity hasn’t helped either.

Miami Dolphins NFL 2017

Miami Dolphins NFL 2017

Those with a negative outlook will focus on a tougher schedule next season, but we really don’t know how tough a schedule is until the season plays out. There is so much turnover and are so many injury issues in the NFL that anything can happen.

Two of the top Super Bowl favorites in the NFC this season were the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals. Both were pretty bad and the defending champion Denver Broncos couldn’t even make the playoffs in the AFC thanks to these Dolphins. So don’t buy into the schedule in February. No matter what, you’re going to have to beat good teams to make the playoffs.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have rabid fans. While they are passionate, they aren’t necessarily the most realistic group. Then again, most fans aren’t. Aside from the regime of anti-Ryan Tannehill enthusiasts, many fans are hoping to be in the Super Bowl next season. That is the goal and blind loyalty is one of the great joys of being a fan. I mean look at the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons coming out of nowhere to make the Super Bowl the past two seasons.

Still, the experts appear too negative and the Super Bowl is a long shot to say the least. A realistic expectation for the Dolphins next season is to take the next step and hopefully win a playoff game. There is no reason the new regime in Miami can’t build off an outstanding first season. The Dolphins have a lot of talent and can establish themselves next season as a perennial playoff contender and a playoff victory would be huge for this franchise.

That leads to the obvious question: What do they need to do to take that next step? It all starts with a third-straight strong offseason. They need to make smart signings in free agency and have another good draft. Sometimes the best moves in the offseason are the ones you don’t make. Miami has a long history of being paper champions in the offseason and falling flat come game time. Hopefully they learn from past mistakes and continue this upward trend.

They also need to continue to develop Tannehill in Gase’s system. This is a talented quarterback with an intelligent coach that gets the best out of his signal callers. The defense should improve as should the surrounding pieces on offense. The key to taking that next step will simply be adding a few pieces to fill holes and their leaders, Gase and Tannehill, lifting them to that next level.

The Miami Dolphins 2017 were expected to be among the worst teams in the NFL this past season. And that prediction looked accurate after an ugly 1-4 start to the season. However, they then turned around and won nine of their next 10 games and snagged the AFC’s final Wild Card spot.

Miami Dolphins Football 2017: Draft Picks, NFL News Preview

Miami Dolphins Football 2017 Draft Picks, NFL News Preview. Coming off an 10–6 campaign, the Dolphins are looking to take another step forward going into the 2017 season. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.

Here’s the full list of picks the Dolphins hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.

Miami Dolphins Football 2017

Miami Dolphins Football 2017

Round 1, Pick 22 (No. 22 overall)

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: When one thinks of the “ideal” size for a 4-3 defensive end, a guy like Cameron Wake doesn’t necessarily fit the bill. Neither does Harris, but that did not keep the Missouri product from creating havoc off the edge as a college star. Outside of Wake, there simply was not enough meaningful depth at defensive end on the Dolphins’ roster, so Harris should find himself with an ample shot at playing time. Of note is that Miami also passed on Reuben Foster, as well as on Forrest Lamp, who could have slotted in as a starting guard for them out of the gate. GRADE: B

Round 2, Pick 22 (No. 54)

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: Applaud the thinking here by the Dolphins, who knew they still needed an infusion of athleticism at linebacker despite how satisfied they seem to be with Kiko Alonso. McMillan is a three-down guy, whether Miami opts to use him in the middle or on the outside. The surprise, if there is one: Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham’s still available. GRADE: B+

Round 3, Pick 33 (No. 97)

Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson: Another in-your-face cornerback with size joins a secondary that’s suddenly chock full of them. Tankersly might remind Dolphins fans of veteran Byron Maxwell or 2016 draft pick Xavien Howard—he has that same physical (to a fault) approach. He could be a very good cornerback, or he could be a guy teams attack.​ GRADE: B–

Round 5, Pick 20 (No. 164) Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah

Round 5, Pick 35 (No. 178) Davon Dochaux, DT, LSU

Round 5, Pick 41 (No. 184) Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska

Round 6, Pick 10 (No. 194) Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

Round 7, Pick 19 (No. 237) Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech