DAVIE — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee) is on a “good track” to play in the season-opener at Seattle. Jenkins was seen running at the start of Dolphins practice Monday.
Gase said wide receiver DeVante Parker has actually had injuries to both hamstrings and he did not dispute the notion that Parker may not play this week. Gase has not decided who Miami’s third receiver would be.
“It’s tough,” Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Monday. “You’d like to have the guy on the field. He’s a heck of a talent.”
One option would be to move Jarvis Landry outside and utilize Jakeem Grant in the slot. Another option would be to use Dion Sims as a frequent in-line blocker and split tight end Jordan Cameron as a receiver.
Of Parker, Gase said: “We keep working with him. I know he’s trying to make steps to do things better outside the football field.”
Even newly-signed Justin Hunter could be a consideration, if the decision were made to go with the veteran over rookie Leonte Carroo.
Gase said center Mike Pouncey is still week-to-week. Pouncey was seen riding a exercise bike and does not appear close to returning. Anthony Steen would make his first career start at Seattle.
Gase said Pouncey is still in the “evaluation” and “rehab” stage.
The Dolphins released their depth chart before Gase’s availability and the most jarring change was the promotion of Arian Foster to starter, ahead of Jay Ajayi. Gase said the decision was based on Foster’s experience, knowlege of the offense. And consistency.
“He had a really good camp,” Gase said of Foster. “He did everything we asked him to do.”
Rookie left guard Laremy Tunsil and rookie cornerback Xavien Howard are also slated to start the opener.
“Mentally, he knows exactly what’s going on,” Gase said of Howard.
Veteran Jermon Bushrod, who has played at tackle throughout his long career, will start at right guard.
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