DAVIE — The Dolphins have brought in a handful of longtime veterans over the past two years who proved to be way too far past their prime. Mario Williams was a useless signing in 2016, Arian Foster wasn’t much better, and last year’s additions of Julius Thomas and Lawrence Timmons were duds.
None of those players signed with another team after leaving Miami.
The Dolphins signed two players who certainly fall into the older demographic in slot receiver Danny Amendola and running back Frank Gore. The upcoming season will be Amendola’s 10th and Gore’s 14th. Both are coming off of productive 2017 seasons, but Gore is 35, and Amendola turns 33 in November.
They looked good during Organized Team Activities and minicamp, and the Dolphins have penciled both in for significant roles this season. Amendola is expected to be the starting slot receiver, and Gore will likely work behind Kenyan Drake.
After several months of workouts and offseason practices, as well as today’s training camp opener, coach Adam Gase is confident these additions won’t be reminiscent of Miami’s recent veteran busts.
“In the spring, you know where a guy really is in his career,” Gase said after practice. “Right now, Danny looks like the same guy that we played against (in New England). For us, any of our older players, they don’t look any different than what we thought we were getting when we brought them here.
“Frank is the one guy that every time I watch him, you just shake your head when you see him make some of these cuts and the acceleration through the hole. The guy is ageless.”
Gore is a total anomaly at running back, where few players remain highly productive once they reach 30. He rushed for 2,953 yards with the Colts over the last three seasons, including 961 in 2017. Amendola bounced back from a quiet 2016 season with 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns last year.
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