Miami Dolphins name five team captains for 2017 season

Michael Thomas is one of five team captains this year. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

OXNARD, Calif.–The Dolphins place an emphasis on player leadership, something coach Adam Gase made a central component of the culture he’s establishing, and they choose their captains regardless of what those on the outside might think.

Some of this year’s choices are obvious, but there are a few surprises.

Franchise mainstays Cameron Wake and Mike Pouncey are two of the five, as well as elite defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Dolphins also selected wide receiver Kenny Stills, one of their most controversial players, and safety Michael Thomas. It’s Suh’s first time being named a captain since arriving in 2015.

Stills is polarizing because he’s been so outspoken about racial and social issues over the past year-plus, but remains one of the most respected men in Miami’s locker room. He also won the team’s community service award last season.

Pouncey, Thomas and Wake are repeat selections from last season, when the Dolphins also had Reshad Jones and Ryan Tannehill in the five. Tannehill is out for the year with a knee injury.

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