Adam Gase: Miami Dolphins aren’t moving safety T.J. McDonald to linebacker

Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald won’t be wearing a linebacker number in the 50s this season. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE — Safety T.J. McDonald is going to remain safety T.J. McDonald.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase swatted down speculation that McDonald could be moved to linebacker Thursday, a move that had been speculated to make way for first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick to team with Reshad Jones at safety.

Such a move, in theory, would have not only enabled the Dolphins to get three of their best defensive players on the field, it also could have plugged a hole at linebacker.

“T.J. is playing safety,” Gase said in his first comments since the draft. “If we have to make adjustments somewhere. … He’s not moving to linebacker. He’s going to be a safety and then we’re going to figure out a way to get our best 11 players on the field.”

How?

One way would be to go with three safeties, which some teams including the Patriots have done.

Another might be more subtle. McDonald and Jones are aggressive tacklers who thrive assisting in run support, so even potential hybrid duties for either player likely wouldn’t produce glaring differences to the naked eye compared to the way they played last season.

And the harder it is to figure out what McDonald, Jones and Fitzpatrick are up to before any given snap, the more likely they are to cause hesitation or confusion for quarterbacks.

In such a pass-happy league, the Dolphins often line up with only two linebackers anyway. If things go according to plan, those two would be Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan.

“How it all plays out, I can’t tell you right now, because what you think right now and what it ends up being in the first week of the season can change quickly,” Gase said. “We learned that last year on both sides of the ball. You keep working guys at the positions that you think fit them best and then when things start sorting themselves out and you have to make an adjustment, you make it then.”

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