DAVIE–The Dolphins‘ upcoming game against the Raiders seems like a key juncture in their season. Despite so many struggles, particularly on offense, they’re still 4-3 and have a chance to stay firmly in the playoff race with a win Sunday.
That opportunity arrives at a time when coach Adam Gase is trying to rework the way the team operates, and he’s feeling increasingly confident that his players are committed getting back on track.
“There was a good sense of urgency yesterday,” Gase said. “I saw a lot of good communication.”
Here are Gase’s thoughts heading into today’s practice:
–He sees no restrictions on Jay Cutler’s throwing or mobility as he practices through fractured ribs. Gase said if you didn’t know there was an injury, you wouldn’t be able to tell that by watching him.
–On days Jay Ajayi didn’t practice this season, the Dolphins ran the same plays for Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. Gase keeps saying the run plays won’t change much, though there’s no incentive for him to reveal how that might shift.
–Williams’ career average of 3.3 yards per carry is not indicative of his ability, Gase said. Gase called him an efficient runner who doesn’t leave yards on the field. “He’s a relentless runner,” he said.
–Gase called Drake a better pass blocker than people realize. “He’s put together well and he does a good job of stepping up and meeting contact,” he said.
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