DAVIE–The Dolphins have lost five of their last six against New England, and coach Adam Gase could really use an upset Monday night. Not only would it be a tremendous morale boost for the organization, it would also keep Miami’s dwindling playoff hope alive.
Here are the latest updates from Gase:
–Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and defensive end Cameron Wake will return to practice today after getting a rest day yesterday.
–Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (ankle), quarterback Matt Moore (foot), running back Damien Williams (shhoulder), safety Michael Thomas (knee) and right guard Jermon Bushrod (foot) will not practice.
–Tankersley is particularly of interest against New England, and Gase said he doesn’t have a feel yet whether he’ll be available.
–Gase believes he’s faced New England about a dozen times, including six or seven as play caller, and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia knows his system extremely well. “That’s the challenging part: How much hasn’t he seen?” Gase said. “You’ve just gotta keep trying to find ways to move the ball. They do a good job of changing things up and showing you different looks. Every year it’s different. That’s what makes that whole organization tough to compete against. They’ve got good players and at the same time they have really good coaches… They give you enough changes year to year, and as the season goes on they evolve.”
–Kenyan Drake will get as many carries as it takes. He got 23 last week, and Gase wouldn’t be opposed to giving him more. He did, however, work in Jakeem Grant at running back to take at least one carry off Drake’s load.
–Gase enjoyed seeing the footage of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scream at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a friend of Gase’s, on the sideline last week. Gase said he had many confrontations like that with Peyton Manning in Denver and said those are very common. “It’s just whether the cameras catch it,” he said.
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