Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins rookie TE Mike Gesicki has ‘flashed’

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki must learn quickly. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins drafted Mike Gesicki in the second round because of his incredible athleticism.

It’s something quarterback Ryan Tannehill is excited about already.

 “He’s flashed a couple of times,” Tannehill said Tuesday. “I think it was last week, he made a great one-handed catch down the sideline on a deep pass. He’s young; he’s learning. He’s going to take his bumps along the way, but he works really hard. He’s locked in and trying to get better each and every day, and that’s what we want. He has all of the talent and the athletic ability and once he catches up to knowing what we’re doing, he’s going to be a big weapon for us.”

Gesicki can make acrobatic plays. He can split the seam. He can be a threat in the red zone.

But sometimes Tannehill will need Gesicki to run a very precise short route in which he turns around and Tannehill has already released the ball. There is a trust factor that must develop between veteran and rookie.

On an excellent video feature recently produced by the Miami Dolphins social media team, a wired Tannehill literally runs the route for Gesicki, verbalizing exactly what he needs the rookie to do.

“Sell the takeoff,” Tannehill is telling Gesicki, as he demonstrates the route. “Once you get to eight, step in the ground. The ball should be in the air.”

After they run the play successfully, Tannehill tells Gesicki: “Good work. Keep doing it. You’re getting better each and every day. Have your notes on what you want to hit. Come out here and work on it. That’s what this time of year is for, to get better. A little bit better, each and every day. Keep it up.”

Replies Gesicki: “All right, boss. Appreciate you.”

Tannehill was, of course, a very successful wide receiver and quarterback at Texas A&M.

“I was nowhere near the route-runner that any of these guys are, so I can’t say that I can do it any better; but I have been in their shoes so to speak of feeling how a practice is, feeling how the heat affects you through a practice and can kind of relate a little bit,” Tannehill said. “As far as coaching guys up on what I’m expecting in routes, I think when you get in the first year of an offense, it’s a little tougher because you’re learning the offense yourself. You’re trying to understand what the coach wants, how you see it and how that blends together. As you move to Year 2 and Year 3, you can really take ownership of it and say ‘Okay, this is what I want. I need you to be right here at this time.’”

Rookies like Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Kalen Ballage will be leaning heavily on Tannehill. Production from the tight end position would be a nice help. Due to injuries and failure to live up expectations, tight ends Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas did not provide much of a threat for Tannehill over the past two seasons.

“Guys are going to have to come in and play well,” Tannehill said. “Like I said, accountability is huge – being in the right spot at the right time. We brought in some young guys who are really athletic. We have MarQueis Gray, who has done a good job for us. A.J. Derby is athletic on the outside. It’s really up in the air right now who’s going to come out of that group and really lead the group; but we have some veteran guys, we have some young guys. We’re expecting somebody to really step up and make big plays with us.”

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‘New tradition’ needed? Miami Dolphins say White House visits can be a thrill

President Donald Trump honors the national championship team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, during a White House ceremony in April. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

DAVIE — When the Alabama Crimson Tide visited the White House after winning last season’s national championship, Minkah Fitzpatrick was nowhere to be seen.

Controversy?

Hardly.

Fitzpatrick was on a pre-draft visit with the 49ers in San Francisco.

“It was scheduled in,” Fitzpatrick, a defensive back drafted by the Dolphins in the first round, said Tuesday. “Not lined up very well.”

If not for the visit, it appears likely Fitzpatrick would have been mingling with teammates, coach Nick Saban and President Donald Trump. Fitzpatrick had been to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. once before, after his freshman season, and enjoyed meeting Barack Obama.

“It was cool,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We flew up to the White House, got a little tour of one of the wings of the White House. We sat in his library, checked it out, looked at some books and Obama came into this one room. I shook hands with him. He talked with us for a little bit, took some pictures and then there was like a little ceremony at the end. Overall, it was a great experience.”

But it’s one the Philadelphia Eagles won’t have, now that Trump canceled the traditional visit and some Eagles players indicated they weren’t going to attend anyway. It has caused a national flap over what for years had largely been a traditional, non-partisan celebration of American sports.

“I would love to do that because it’s the result of you winning a championship,” Dolphins cornerback Tony Lippett said.

“But the rest of it, I don’t really know,” Lippett added, referring to the political controversy between Trump and NFL players who kneel during the anthem to protest social injustice. Ironically, none of the Eagles was kneeling during the anthem last season.

Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris said he doubts many athletes consider White House visits motivation during a season.

“I’m trying to win each and every day,” Harris said. “So that’s not a part of anybody’s mental (approach). That’s something that comes with it. After you get to the highest platform and you win, then that’s on your mind.

“But when you’re on the bottom, you aren’t thinking about that.”

We’ll start to learn soon enough if the nixed Eagles trip is an aberration. The Stanley Cup Final is nearing a conclusion, so imagine if the Capitals close out the series with Las Vegas but aren’t invited for a crosstown celebration ceremony.

Imagine if this tradition is ending, period.

“I don’t know,” Lippett said. “Guess you’d have to find a new tradition, I don’t know.”

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Nobody is rushing Miami Dolphins CB Tony Lippett, or making any predictions

Miami Dolphins DB Tony Lippett is working his way back. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Tony Lippett it out there, running around with his teammates for the first time since tearing an Achilles tendon in a Miami Dolphins practice last August.

But it is clear this isn’t going to be an easy process. And it is clear there is no rush to get Lippett back into any competition to start with cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.

“I think he just needs to keep working on getting himself just feeling as 100 percent as he possibly can for training camp,” Miami coach Adam Gase said Tuesday. “Right now, I’m not so much worried about if (Lippett) gets beat or something physically wasn’t perfect for him. I want him to really stress himself and kind of get the kinks out.”

Lippett, asked about what he would consider his ideal role for 2018, did not say starter.

“Right now I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Lippe said. “Just getting better. Knocking off the rust. And trying my best to get to 100 percent when we get back to camp. I’m just grinding. Going out there and competing.”

As much as modern medicine has advanced, an Achilles injury is a very challenging one to return from, especially for a cornerback. But Lippett has been encouraged by conversations with former Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes, who bounced back from the same injury.

“The last thing to come around?” Lippett said of Grimes’ advice. “Probably just the long speed.”

Lippett, a former receiver, has always had the advantage of speed and athleticism. Yet he was hurt leaping on a simple play in practice. And while he say’s he’s “really close” to 100 percent and “definitely on track to be the same player I always was,” it’s going to take time.

And that’s why nobody is counting on Lippett as a starter. But Miami really does need him to recover in order to provide much-needed cornerback depth. Lippett started 13 games in 2016, had 4 interceptions, and made as much improvement as any Miami defensive player that season.

“It was really watching film and knowing your opponent,” Lippett sasid. “Knowing the game plan. Getting better one day at time. Working on technique in practice. Knowing what the team is trying to do to you. Knowing how to execute the game plan on Sunday.”

Gase is downplaying any talk of timelines or competing to start.

“It’s been since last July or August since he really rolled out there,” Gase said. “I think sometimes you worry about putting out bad tape. And we know what he’s dealing with. We know what he’s recovering from. And we just need him to stress himself as much as possible. So when we hit training camp he feels as right as he can.”

Lippett said he’s over the “Why me?” phase of injury recovery. He’s experiencing some Achilles soreness, if not pain.

“It’s just getting used to doing this again,” Lippett said. “I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned a lot about my body. I just try to put one foot forward every day. Just keep grinding and getting better every day.”

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Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill thought ‘Don’t waste the draft pick’ on QB (via MMQB)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill listens to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains at training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Ryan Tannehill knew every time the Dolphins were visiting with a quarterback draft prospect, in Davie or in their town, because coach Adam Gase kept him aware of every visit.

According to Albert Breer of MMQB, Tannehill had a clear perspective on the possibility.

“I really think his thought was—don’t waste the draft pick,” Gase said, according to Breer. “He focused on work and bringing the same intensity he does every day. He’s very competitive. He’s not going to bat an eye at any of those things. He just keeps going. If there’s some kind of internal thing going on, you’re not going to know. He’s not going to show his cards. So I never worried about it.”

Gase wasn’t worried about Tannehill’s approach. But should the Dolphins be worried about not drafting a quarterback?

Not only did Miami not land a top quarterback in the first round — Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all selected before they chose Minkah Fitzpatrick — but they didn’t take a quarterback at all.

The idea of selecting a quarterback was never just about replacing Tannehill. It was also about creating legitimate competition at the position, to push Tannehill (Gase would say he does not need pushing) and also to add depth.

As of now, unproven David Fales and underachieving Brock Osweiler are Miami’s backups. That’s not idea;. Of course, Miami’s entire season rides on Tannehill staying healthy for the first season since 2015 anyhow.

“Just being around him, this being my third year [as head coach], the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there,” Gase told MMQB.

Everyone is happy Tannehill is back. Probably even Kristin Cavallari.

Gase spoke more about culture in his conversation with MMQB, praising Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Robert Quinn and Frank Gore for competitiveness, conditioning, motor and grit. Those are all good things.

If defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami’s first-round pick, is a candidate for defensive rookie of the year, well, yeah, that won’t have been a wasted draft pick. And it will look even better, of course, if Ryan Tannehill stays healthy.

Then Tannehill and the Dolphins will have been completely right.

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5 Players to watch at Miami Dolphins mandatory mini-camp this week

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki can be a weapon. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Miami Dolphins have had outstanding participation at voluntary organized team activities this spring, unlike a certain team up north. But hey, the Dolphins have plenty of ground to make up.

For three days this week, all players are actually required by an NFL and NFLPA agreement to show up and work. And so they’ll do just that on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in Davie.

According to the agreed-upon rules, players and coaches can work together for up to 10 hours each day, instead of six. The teams can even be on the field up to 3.5 hours each day. So a lot of work can get done.

Who are us media types watching closely at the open practices?

  1. Ryan Tannehill — Coaches say Tannehill’s mobility is already up to par and he’s converting a plethora of unscheduled plays. Has Tannehill really picked up where he left off when he was playing great ball at the end of 2016? Is Tannehill now making decisions so quickly at the line of scrimmage that the Dolphins are finally ready to go at warp-speed pace? How quickly is Tannehill getting on the same page with so many new teammates?
  2. Mike Gesicki — He is a rookie. He is a rookie. He is a rookie. Tell yourself that now and in the summer and early in the 2018 season, because it’s important to remember. There will be mistakes. There will be busts. Probably a key drop or two. This will not mean that Gesicki does not have a great future. It will mean he is a rookie. But it would be a lot of fun to see flashes of explosiveness and athleticism from the second-rounder in this week’s minicamp.
  3. Raekwon McMillan — Coaches say McMillan has been building back the confidence he had soon after arriving as a rookie. McMillan is fully cleared from his knee injury. He comes across as extremely mature and composed. McMillan believes he has a responsibility to be a leader on the field, despite his inexperience. And that he can do so by knowing exactly where he and every other player on the defense is supposed to be.
  4. Minkah Fitzpatrick — It was revealed recently that Fitzpatrick has already nabbed at least two picks this spring. And that’s what the Dolphins need. Turnovers. Game-changing plays. Coaches want Fitzpatrick to focus on adjusting to the speed of the NFL game. And they want him to realize he just needs to do his assignment, not worry about everybody else’s. How much does Fitzpatrick line up alongside Reshad Jones? How much does Fitzpatrick line up in the slot, with Bobby McCain moved to outside corner?
  5. DeVante Parker — Dolphins coaches say few if any players have spent more time in the building than Parker since last season ended. He’s been focused on managing his health as well as studying film. The national and local expectations for Parker have been lowered based on disappointing 2016 and 2017 seasons, which is a good position for him to be in. I did notice Parker running extra routes with Tannehill at a recent practice. How much does Tannehill’s return help Parker?

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How new defensive backs coaches plan to fix Miami Dolphins woes

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown as Miami Dolphins defensive back Cordrea Tankersley gives chase. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Only four NFL teams were worse against opposing passers than the Miami Dolphins last season.

Too often, defensive backs were left speaking about their failures to execute, and more disturbingly, their failures to communicate.

It cost long-time defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo his job, part of a broad off-season coaching staff shakeup by coach Adam Gase. First-year defensive backs coach Tony Oden and assistant defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill have been hired to fix the problems.

And so far, their players are impressed.

“They’re both from (the Lions),” defensive back Bobby McCain said. “They’re both really good coaches. ‘Coach O (Oden) is a good coach and Coach Hill  is a good coach. They’re both proven. I know Coach Oden has a Super Bowl ring (with the Saints). Speaking of personality, don’t take this the wrong way, but we’re all not here to be friends. We’re a family and we’re here to do a job; but as a family.”

Players say Oden and Hill are going to hold them accountable, but are also stressing interpersonal connections.

“(Oden’s) going to tell you, ‘You’re doing this wrong,’ but you know it’s out of love,” McCain said. “And if you’re doing it right, he’s going to tell you you’re doing it right and it’s out of love.., He wants to tell you the truth and we’re going to get it done. If we do something out there that’s wrong, we’ll correct it when we get in the room. Boom. Done. That way the guy behind you doesn’t do the same thing.”

Too often last season, Dolphins defensive backs were exposed doing the wrong thing. Players say the new coaches are aware and are addressing it.

“Communication,” safety T.J. McDonald said. “Communication is a big thing. I think there were some instances last year where we lacked some communication. That’s the biggest emphasis that (Oden) brings. That’s what we’re doing right now, making sure that we all communicate, we’re all on the same page, we’re all making sure that we get into a contract with each other on the field through verbal communication, hand signs, whatever it is. He definitely does a good job of stressing that. I think it’ll definitely pay off, especially big plays.”

The Dolphins were 24th in the NFL in opponent completion percentage. Too often, opponents were completing passes with great ease. Players say they believe they’ll be playing tighter coverage.

Oden believes in the talent in the defensive backs room. And really, there’s no reason this group shouldn’t be much, much better.

“Compete and get better,” Oden said. “Every day, all of these guys, we talk about every day is an interview. We can get better tomorrow or today, and keep the arrow pointing up. That’s on each person to keep working hard and let the chips fall where they may.”

Oden knows the Dolphins must find a way to allow fewer completions. But also create more turnovers. The Dolphins had only nine interceptions last season, 28th in the NFL. Miami forced only 15 total turnovers, 29th in the NFL.

“The things we talk about are if you line up behind people doesn’t mean we have to be behind them,” Oden said. “We can lead them by our actions and it all starts in the meeting room, being accountable, knowing what we need to do on defense, communicating how we need to communicate, anticipating how we need to anticipate and if we do those things, everything else will fall in line.”

Jones is a Pro Bowler. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a first-rounder. Howard is a second-rounder. Cordrea Tankersley and McDonald are third-rounders. McCain just became the NFL’s highest-paid nickel corner.

Miami needs, and should receive, better production from its secondary than it has been getting.

“We just agreed to come in there and we’ve just got to finish,” Howard said. “We’ve got to finish strong and study stuff that we had put on film and stuff last year, that again, people have seen. (Oden’s) really just telling us (to) finish and try to make plays out there.”

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Miami Dolphins make Bobby McCain NFL’s highest-paid nickel back

Bobby McCain has hit it big, cashing in before his contract season. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

Bobby McCain has a 4-year deal worth $27 million, including $13 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid nickel back in the NFL, according to a source.

McCain was often Miami’s best cornerback in 2017, outperforming teammates Cordrea Tankersley, Xavien Howard and released Byron Maxwell. McCain was so good the team will even consider giving him some outside repetitions this season.

McCain is only 5-11, 192 pounds, but coaches cite his diligence on and off the field. McCain is also one of the most fiery Dolphins, both during games and practices.

“I need him outside and I’m going to need him inside,” Dolphins defensive backs coach Tony Oden said. “If he’s in the game, it’s going to happen. If we don’t practice that, I can’t expect him to compete and excel at an elite level if we haven’t practiced it.”

Miami coach Adam Gase has been a fan of McCain since his arrival. Gase has pushed back on any criticism of McCain citing him as a player who always does things right.

“The spot that he plays, there’s so much nickel personnel that’s being played that he probably played 600-plus snaps last year,” Gase said. “That’s just the way the game is. If he had to play outside, then slot inside and do things like that, it’s a lot of plays.”

McCain was a fifth-round draft choice from Memphis in 2015. McCain has 3 career interceptions, 17 passes defended and has played 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons.

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What big-money guard Josh Sitton is bringing to Miami Dolphins

Dolphins guard Josh Sitton can apparently kick field goals, too. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Josh Sitton had an idea at a recent Miami Dolphins organized team activity practice.

Sitton decided the offensive lineman should participate in a pass-punt-kick competition.

“He’s very competitive, a very competitive guy,” Dolphins offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said. “He’s just a natural athlete.”

Anyone who’s been around a Dolphins practice has seen how well offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James can throw a football. For such big men, they really are nimble, all-around athletes.

“Yes,” Washburn said. “I have seen them throw it and I’m just going to tell you right now, I’ve got video evidence that they both lost to (Josh Sitton), so absolutely. They have to work on their field-goal kicking in the offseason.”

The biggest reason Miami’s offensive line is expected to be better this season is the addition of a guard. Now, historically, Miami hasn’t really felt doling out much dough to a guard is the best way to spend.

But for Sitton, the Dolphins ponied up a 2-year, $13.5 million deal. It’s because he’s tough, physical and proven.

“He’s very competitive but he’s got a really calm demeanor, which is great for an offensive lineman, particularly an interior lineman,” Washburn said.

Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler, including three of the past four seasons.

“He’s just a really good guard,” Washburn said. “He’s really productive in what he does. I was in Detroit for seven years so we watched him non-stop. He was kind of our guy in that room, as well, as just a guy that was really good in the zone game. He’s a natural pass blocker and he’s just a smart football player and a good guy to have in your room. All of those qualities made it pretty easy for us.”

Guard Jesse Davis said he had studied Sitton even before he signed with the Dolphins.

“We watched a lot of Chicago film with (coach Adam) Gase, so seeing him and his game reps from previous years, he’s a great athlete,” Davis said. “You wouldn’t expect it as a big guy, but he’s a hell of an athlete. He can move. He can do it all. You kind of want to take some of his aspects of games and say, ‘Maybe I can use this on a certain play,’ or if you’re struggling or something, because he has a lot of good things and good qualities.”

Gase said Sitton’s knowledge of the game is as important as his strength.

“He brings confidence with that group,” Gase said. “He’s got something about him that’s probably different than a lot of guys I’ve been around. He’s very confident, very knowledgeable.”

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Frank Gore, 35, helped by skipping some OTA “flag football”

Dolphins running back Frank Gore speaks to the media Thursday. (Miami Herald)

DAVIE — When Frank Gore goes, he goes hard.

But at the age of 35, Gore has his ways of reserving strength and still getting himself ready for the season. That means passing on many spring football organized team activity reps.

“I haven’t done OTAs in seven years,” Gore said Thursday. “My second year with (49ers coach Jim) Harbaugh. Once he understood who I was and who some of the vets who were on our team were, and what we bring to the table, as long as we come in here, work out, do individuals and help the young guys, he knew that we were going to be ready for training camp. I think that kind of helped me with my career – not doing flag football.”

There is value for Gore in being around the facility and learning his new teammates and a new offense. But at this stage of his career, with 3,226 NFL carries under his belt, there is little reason to push the pedal now.

“Frank is not going to do a whole bunch in the spring,” coach Adam Gase said recently.

Gore is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. But he seems to understand he’s likely to have a reduced role on this team.

“Whatever my teammates want me (to do) and whatever my coaches want me to do,” Gore said. “We have a great young back in ‘K.D.’ (Kenyan Drake), who I think has special talent. He can run and catch the ball. I’m just going to come in here every day, especially during training camp, and just try to be me and compete. Whatever my coaches want me to do, I’ll do.”

Gore could easily call it a career and merit Hall of Fame consideration. But he’s still playing because he wants to.

“Especially at my position getting hits. If I didn’t love it and I didn’t work hard, I wouldn’t be here right now,” he said.

Gore has played on turf for Indianapolis Colts home games the last three years, and feels playing on the grass surface at Hard Rock Field will also be a big boost.

“I like grass,” Gore said. “Turf is tough on your body and it’ll have you swollen. Playing on turf, I wouldn’t get my body back until that Friday. But when I’m playing on grass, I’m good after the game. I’m happy that I’m on grass.”

Gore said he would publicly reveal his training secrets for longevity only after he’s done. Though he’d share them with his teammates. He added that he doesn’t feel 35.

“I still feel good,” Gore said. “I think about it sometimes. I think about how blessed I am to still be playing a game that I love since I was a kid. I always hear it every year: ‘When you turn this age, you can’t do it anymore.’ Especially with what it took me to get here, to play in this league, with the injuries that I had, and still to be blessed to play this game and have pretty good years, I think that’s a blessing.”

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Confirmed: Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki can jump high. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins tight ends coach Shane Day spent two days meeting with rookie Mike Gesicki before the NFL Draft.

“You get a really good feel for what kind of guy he is, how he learns and all those type of things,” Day said. “He did a really nice job.”

Day knew all about Gesicki’s athleticism from the film.

“And he’s really good at volleyball,” Day quipped. “Multiple skills. You’ve seen him jump really high. He’s definitely got the vertical leap for sure.”

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But Day has also been encouraged by Gesicki’s potential as a blocker.

“He doesn’t have any bad habits,” Day said. “He’s kind of new to blocking and he’s really willing to do it. It’s been really good so far.”

Asked about Gesicki, Day went out of his way to include fourth-rounder Durham Smythe in his reply.

“Both of the rookie guys, we’re really impressed with just how hard they work,” Day said.

Smythe is living up to his reputation as a skilled blocker.

“He’s a physical guy, he’s going to hit you,” Day said. “It’s the same stuff that we saw at Notre Dame. He’s a real physical tight end and he’s got a good blocking style.”

Smythe has said he would like to emulate former Dolphins and Notre Dame tight end Anthony Fasano.

Day shared that he and Smythe FaceTimed with Fasano before the draft.

“It’s really good to have a role model like Fasano,” Day said.

Day said Smythe is showing promise a receiver.

“He didn’t get targets a lot at Notre Dame, but we saw the hands on tape,” Day said. “Everybody saw that. We felt like in our offense with our situation he’d have a chance to be a very productive player and he’s working to do everything that we ask and everything we thought he’d do.”

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