Stability gives Dolphins TE A.J. Derby chance to win starting job

A.J. Derby is undaunted by the Dolphins drafting two rookie tight ends. (AP)

DAVIE — It is a widespread assumption that second-round pick Mike Gesicki will be the Dolphins’ starting tight end this season. He comes in with a higher pedigree than anyone else Miami has at the position, making him the most intriguing player in a room made up mostly of journeymen.

But A.J. Derby isn’t conceding anything.

After three-plus years bouncing around, Derby has gotten some stability since coming to the Dolphins on a waiver claim last November. Before the draft, when Miami took Gesicki and fourth-rounder Durham Smythe, coach Adam Gase talked about him as a candidate to start this year.

It’s a much different situation for Derby than last season, when he arrived in the middle of a game week from Denver and had little time to learn everything before the season ended a month later. Now, after spending the whole offseason in South Florida and buried in Gase’s playbook, he’s got a better chance to prove himself.

“Last year I was learning week by week the plays that were installed,” he said after practice today. “It didn’t get the full install in camp, but now I get to learn the ins and outs of the offense, so that’s awesome.”

As for the team drafting two players at his position, Derby added, “I don’t pay attention to the draft. They have their own reasoning for everything they’re doing. I don’t really look at. I’m just looking forward. I’m not worried about that.”

He has a significant edge over the rookies at this point because of his familiarity with the offense and the work he put in with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Derby said he hit the field for many offseason throwing sessions, which has already helped him play better in Organized Team Activities.

Derby is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass-catcher who, at his best, has been a viable threat. He closed out the 2016 season in Denver with 16 catches for 160 yards over the final five games. He was solid in the first half of last season, too, going for 19 catches, 224 yards and two touchdowns in nine games while playing with some of the worst quarterbacks in the league.

Those numbers aren’t amazing, but the Dolphins would gladly settle for adequate production out of that position at this point.

Derby’s run with the Broncos ended with an unspecified injury, which prompted them to waive him. When he arrived in Davie, he said he was healthy and cleared to practice. He’s not sure why he wasn’t able to stick in New England or Denver, but he’s optimistic about what he can do for the Dolphins this year after a full offseason with the team.

“Being with Coach Gase is exciting,” Derby said. “He’s done a lot of great things with tight ends in his past. That’s why as a room we’re really excited and working so hard. We want to be there for the offense and make as many plays as we can.”

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Throwing sessions with Ryan Tannehill give Dolphins TE A.J. Derby advantage

Dolphins TE A.J. Derby is battling two rookies for a starting spot. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill always likes to organize some off-site throwing sessions in the offseason, and those workouts have been particularly important this year.

Not only does Tannehill need the repetitions after being out long-term with a knee injury, there are several key skill players who have emerged since he last played in December 2016. Tight end A.J. Derby is part of that group and benefitted tremendously from working with Tannehill before Organized Team Activities began.

Derby, who came in from Denver on a waiver claim late last year, stayed in Jupiter this offseason and drove down whenever Tannehill wanted.

“That’s what that time of year is for, to get that connection and get going,” Derby said after OTA practice today. “And hopefully by the season everyone will be clicking.”

That also gave Derby a head start on fighting for his spot on the depth chart. The Dolphins drafted a pass-catching tight end in Mike Gesicki in the second round this year and took Durham Smythe, a blocking specialist, in the fourth.

This is Derby’s third team since New England took him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he’s played with a variety of quarterbacks over his time with New England, Miami and Denver.

As a former college quarterback, he prides himself on helping someone like Tannehill as much as possible. There were no monumental breakthroughs during their throwing sessions, but they hammered out some nuances that should help as they continue to work toward the start of training camp next month.

“He’s a very detail-oriented quarterback,” Derby said. “He wants you exactly where he wants you, and I was just trying to take exactly what he wanted and implement it in my game — just certain routes being in the right spot and looking at the right time.

“It’s just the timing and me being ready when he wants me to be ready, like on a little diagonal route, he wants me to look a little bit earlier, so that’s what we worked on. It’s just small details.”

Derby came to the Dolphins in late November last season and got on the field for the final two games. He was targeted nine times and caught two passes for 20 yards.

Prior to that, he appeared in 19 games for the Patriots and Broncos, totaling 35 receptions, 384 yards and two touchdowns.

A few months ago, coach Adam Gase said the team didn’t get a full opportunity to see what Derby could do, and the staff has much better grasp of his skillset now.

“I’m really interested to see what we can do with him,” Gase said in March. “We’ll kind of see what we can do developing him. I think he’s one of those guys that has a great feel in the slot and kind of that one-on-one spot versus a safety or linebacker. We’ll see how it plays out.”

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Dolphins see strides from backup quarterbacks David Fales, Brock Osweiler, Bryce Petty

David Fales is on the rise. (AP)

DAVIE — Ryan Tannehill is the man for the Dolphins, but finding a dependable backup is imperative for the team this spring considering his injury history. And coach Adam Gase is insistent that he has the right guy already in camp.

That means Miami will be choosing from among Brock Osweiler, David Fales and Bryce Petty. Each of them has struggled over the past few years, but the Dolphins have a host of quarterback gurus working with them and have seen progress.

Petty, the Jets’ fourth-round pick in 2015, is an unknown after playing just 10 games over three years in New York. Miami picked him up on a waiver claim this offseason.

“Bryce is a guy that is extremely talented,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “He’s got talent. We’ve got to coach him hard and get that stuff out of him. He’s got some things in his footwork and those things. We’re working really hard to get consistent and create more accuracy for him.

“Every Monday when he’s off and every Friday when he’s off and on the weekends, he needs to keep working on his drops and the consistency in his footwork, because if he gets that part of it all right, he has enough talent in his upper body to play.”

Petty is the newcomer. Osweiler and Fales have both worked with this coaching staff before. Fales was in Chicago with Loggains and overlapped there with Gase as well, and Osweiler played under Gase and quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree in Denver.

Osweiler was serviceable for the Broncos in 2014, but has been a wreck ever since. Still, there’s a lot the Dolphins like about his mental makeup.

“What Brock has is unbelievable command of the offense,” Loggains said. “He was in it (in Denver). He got to learn from (Peyton Manning), and when you watch his huddle etiquette, his line of scrimmage procedure etiquette, he does an outstanding job there.”

Fales is widely thought to be the front runner for the No. 2 job and had it temporarily last year thanks to injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Moore (plus Tannehill, obviously).

He was with the team all offseason last year and got cut on the final day of the preseason. After a couple months of going unsigned, Gase brought him back when Cutler broke his ribs.

In his one extended opportunity, Fales completed 29 of 42 passes for 265 yards and had one touchdown and one interception in the season finale against the Bills.

“David has been consistent,” Loggains said. “He’s played within the system. David is a guy that if you say, ‘Hey, this is a progression, but this is an alert. If you get it versus quarters, you can take it,’ he’s taking it. He’s going to be aggressive in the timing of plays.

“He does have the advantage of being here last year and understanding those things. He’s playing at the highest level I have ever seen him play. It’s a credit to him, because he’s done a lot of stuff in the summer, in the offseason with the strength training stuff. He’s worked really hard to get stronger and be a more accurate passer with more power.”

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase pleased with 2018 NFL Draft class so far

Dolphins rookie tight end Mike Gesicki and his fellow newcomers have approached their jobs the right way. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — It’ll take months, if not a year or two, for the Dolphins to find out exactly what they have in this year’s NFL Draft class. But the rookies’ early work has been impressive.

First-rounder Minkah Fitzpatrick has gotten great reviews all around and is competing for playing time at safety with Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald. Second-round tight end Mike Gesicki is in line for a starting job, and there could be a few other major contributors from the later-round selections.

Collectively, though, this group has done well since joining the team in late April. Over the last two months, including rookie minicamp and offseason practices, coach Adam Gase has seen players with the right mentality to make it as pros.

“That whole group, I like the way those guys are working,” he said. “I see them studying, especially here. It seems like they’re not quick to run over to the hotel. Guys are sticking around, whether it’s working out or staying in their meeting rooms and working on their own or working with somebody else or grabbing a veteran.

“I like the way this group is working and they’re trying to — They are playing a little bit of catch up. They’re lacking experience in this league. I think these guys are really pushing themselves to try to make sure mentally, especially this offseason, to catch up as much as they possibly can before training camp.”

The rookies have one week left of Organized Team Activities, which ends with four practices next week. Then they have about a month to get ready for training camp. That’s when the depth chart starts to take shape.

Of last year’s seven draft picks, only cornerback Cordrea Tankersley established himself as a full-time starter, and that took three games into the regular season. Raekwon McMillan also would have been the starting linebacker had he not torn his ACL in the preseason.

Beyond that, first-round pick Charles Harris started two games and fifth-rounder Davon Godchaux started five. Sixth-round defensive tackle Vincent Taylor appeared in 13 games off the bench.

Offensive guard Isaac Asiata (fifth round) was inactive most of the year because coaches said he wasn’t ready to play at the NFL level, and receiver Isaiah Ford (seventh) spent the season on Injured Reserve.

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Miami Dolphins believe DE Charles Harris poised for big jump in 2018

Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris will get a bigger chance in 2018. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — There’s a striking difference between the way Charles Harris’ rookie year was viewed inside the Dolphins’ building and how it was seen by the public.

On the surface, it wasn’t great. Despite Cameron Wake pushing into his mid-30s and Andre Branch fighting injuries most of the season, Harris got just 47 percent of the defensive snaps and had two starts. The basic numbers — two sacks and 19 tackles — weren’t amazing either. People usually want more from a guy who was selected No. 22 overall.

But the organization saw a guy who came in with uncommon maturity for a rookie and did everything right. Harris immediately established himself as a worker, and that track record is why Miami has high expectations for him within its remodeled defensive line.

“He’s one of the guys I’m least worried about,” coach Adam Gase said.

There was production, too, just not the kind everyone readily recognizes. According to statistics the organization tracks, Harris was among the best on the team in causing opponents to commit holding penalties, batting down balls at the line of scrimmage and registering quarterback hurries.

This year’s depth chart would seem to present even less of an opportunity for Harris now that the Dolphins have traded for Robert Quinn, but the new philosophy of rotating defensive ends to keep them fresh could work in his favor.

Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek plans to “roll guys through” each game, and Harris said they’ve got names like Alpha and Bravo groups. The top line is certainly going to be Wake and Quinn, but Harris is in line for significant opportunities in the second wave.

“We’re just rolling,” Harris said. “In practice we’re going hard, we’re going fast. It’s just crazy. There isn’t any drop off.”

Kocurek, by the way, was quickly impressed by Harris when got on the field with him this spring. He said, “It’s hard to outwork Charles,” and it’s clear he’s serious about becoming a big-time pass rusher in the NFL.

There’s also the possibility that Harris could cut into Wake and Quinn’s playing time. Wake had double-digit sacks each of the last two seasons, but he’s 36. Quinn is a former all-pro, but injuries and other struggles limited him to 17.5 sacks in 32 games over the last three seasons.

At the NFL Combine in February, days before the Dolphins struck a deal with the Rams to land Quinn, Gase made clear he and the staff believe Harris was a contributor last year and expected him to compete for a starting job this season.

“It’s always interesting that first year when d-ends come in from college, that transition from play-action passes or the run game, then have to transition to a pass,” Gase said. “It’s not as easy as you think. When it’s third down, you can see that’s really where he’s more comfortable.

“The more football he plays, the better he’s going to get. I thought he had a pretty good year this year. He did a lot of good things and we’re excited about what he showed us.”

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David Fales looks like leader for Dolphins’ backup quarterback job

David Fales has years of credibility with Adam Gase. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — When Dolphins coach Adam Gase insisted last month that he won’t be making any calls to veteran free agent quarterbacks if Ryan Tannehill gets hurt again, it might have been difficult to understand why he was so resolute about going forward with the backups already on the roster.

First there’s David Fales, a 27-year-old who’s been on three teams and played in three games since being drafted in the sixth round out of San Jose State in 2014.

Then there’s Brock Osweiler. The same age as Fales, he’s on his fourth team and barely has more career touchdowns (31) than interceptions (27).

If all else fails, there’s Bryce Petty. He was a disaster with the Jets and seems highly unlikely to make the Dolphins’ roster.

So which of those three gives Gase so much confidence? The way he’s talked this offseason, it appears to be Fales.

“He just keeps getting better,” Gase said of him Tuesday, three weeks into the team’s offseason practices. “He’s making a lot of plays. I think he’s utilizing the guys he’s working with and I think getting to go with Albert (Wilson), Jakeem (Grant) and Isaiah (Ford) and Drew (Morgan), they’ve all been in this offense now – expect for Albert – for two or three years, so guys know what to do.

“He doesn’t have to worry about telling anybody what to do or dealing with any rookies at wide receiver. You’re able to just do you job. I think he’s doing a good job of finding the open guy and completing passes.”

Fales was with the Dolphins last offseason, too, and never had much chance at making the final cut. Miami was prepared to go into the year with Tannehill and Matt Moore as the only quarterbacks on the roster, and when Tannehill blew out his knee, Gase was content with Cutler and Moore.

He kept in touch with Fales, though. He worked out in California hoping someone would call, but went unsigned. When Cutler suffered broken ribs last October, Gase brought Fales back as the No. 2 behind Moore.

Miami kept him the rest of the season as a contingency because of Cutler’s age and Moore being battered by injuries. He played mop-up minutes against the Broncos in early December and took over for Cutler in the first quarter of a meaningless season finale against the Bills.

Gase would dispute labeling that game meaningless, actually. From his standpoint, Buffalo certainly wasn’t treating the game that way, so whatever Fales accomplished in that afternoon was worthwhile to him.

His line: 29 for 42, 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 83.9.

There’s nothing amazing about that, but it’s certainly above the line of what’s expected from a backup quarterback.

“It was definitely encouraging,” said Bo Hardegree, his position coach. “He did some things that you don’t get to see in practice with pocket presence. I wasn’t surprised at some things that he did, making some plays with his legs. He does a really good job of getting the ball out fast because he is a very smart person.

“It’s good for Adam Gase to be able to call plays knowing, again, that he’s not going to put us in a losing situation. He’s going to get the ball out of his hands and we’re going to stay on schedule – first down, second down, first down, second down. That’s what we try to do.”

The question on Fales, then, is why has he been a journeyman if he’s got such a promising makeup? He spent his first two years on Chicago’s bench (Gase was his offensive coordinator there in 2015), then had a brief stop with the Ravens before coming back to the Bears in 2016.

What’s held him back?

“Overthinking,” Gase said.

It was a puzzling answer considering how often Gase credits Fales’ intelligence and ability to make prudent decisions in pressure-packed situations that would rush other quarterbacks into mistakes.

Thinking is good, but thinking too much can be costly. The balance is so delicate that it’s the difference between being an NFL starter and bouncing from team to team as Fales has.

“He can process a lot in his brain, and (we’re) just making sure that he just sticks with what we’re doing and don’t go too far outside the box,” Gase said. “Sometimes he’ll take a couple of extra steps that those other guys aren’t ready for. Sometimes he just (needs to) run the play and execute it.”

If Fales can find the sweet spot Gase is describing, it sounds like it’s his job to lose.

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Miami Dolphins believe they’re rich with passing targets

The Dolphins are counting on Kenny Stills to be a homerun threat, but they have other weapons. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said a few times that this roster is built the way he wants it, particularly when it comes to receivers, and he’s brimming with confidence about how the passing game will look this season.

With Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker staying on as starters, plus the addition of Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson, the receiver room has undergone significant change. The team is also intent on using running back Kenyan Drake as a pass-catching threat and has a potentially dynamic tight end in second-rounder Mike Gesicki.

Those are six quality options without mentioning the threat of Jakeem Grant, rookie running back Kalen Ballage and tight end A.J. Derby.

“I feel right now that we legitimately have two groups of receivers that can play at a high level for us,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said today. “So if we want to sub somebody out and keep fresh legs in there, or if someone goes down — whatever the case may be — I don’t feel like there’s really going to be much of a drop off (in) production or ability with the group that we have.

“We have a really deep room right now. They work really hard. You see them every day out there grinding. Nobody’s complaining. They’re trying to get better each and every day and that’s what we want.”

Last year, with Miami enduring trouble at quarterback and on the line of scrimmage, plus Parker struggling, Jarvis Landry was by far the most targeted receiver. Almost 27 percent of the Dolphins’ pass attempts went his way, and the trio of him, Stills and Parker accounted for 60.1 percent.

The distribution should be a little more widespread this season. Gase believes he has more maneuverability, too, and has been enjoying the chance to move Wilson all over the place in offseason practices.

He’s a multi-talented threat. Stills has versatility. Amendola is one of the most trusted slot receivers in the league. Drake is the fastest running back Miami’s had in a while. Gesicki is the highest-drafted tight end on this team since the 1970s. Parker, the No. 14 overall selection in 2015, likely still hasn’t peaked.

“If we stay healthy,” Gase said, “we should have a lot of guys that can make plays.”

The other benefit to Gase is that he believes he’s reshaped the receiver corps into a group that won’t be derailed by ego. If no one has a great year statistically, but most of them have a good year, he doesn’t see that being a problem.

That takes some pressure off Tannehill, too.

“They’re not complaining,” Tannehill said. “They’re not griping about not getting the ball.

“But when you do have talented guys, you want to get them the football. I think it’s a balancing act… trying to get guys involved, finding them rhythms in the game and help them be productive.”

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill ready to use his legs as weapon again

Ryan Tannehill has too much natural ability as a runner to be purely a pocket passer. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — If everything goes the way the Dolphins intend, the new version of Ryan Tannehill will take the same aggressive approach he showed in 2016. That includes taking advantage of opportunities to use his running ability, regardless of him coming off major knee surgery.

Miami coach Adam Gase has often said he believes mobility and the threat to take off is essential in the modern NFL, unless a team has a generational talent like Tom Brady, and that’s part of why he believes in Tannehill. If this ends up being a great comeback season, his agility and speed will be a factor in it.

“I feel like I’m moving well,” Tannehill said today. “I’m able to escape, able to get up field, when the window’s there. It’s still going to be a weapon for me. When the defense presents an open spot, I can make them pay by getting through with my legs.”

He’s looked comfortable on his knee so far in offseason work and said he did much more strenuous testing on it in physical therapy than it will endure playing football. He said he’s fully cleared for everything his position requires.

Tannehill, a former collegiate wide receiver, has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his pro career and scored at least one touchdown each year. His career highs as a runner came in 2014, when he took off 56 times for 311 yards (5.6 per attempt). He also averaged 6 per rush the year before.

In his lone season playing for Gase, he rushed 39 times for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Gase has indicated at times he’d like to use that threat more often, and based on what Tannehill has shown this offseason, there’s a good chance Miami will be able to do so this year.

“I’ve seen him move around just as well as he ever has,” Gase said.

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Looks good, sounds good: The Ryan Tannehill comeback season is fully underway

Ryan Tannehill looks poised for a big season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The initial thrill of getting back on the practice field has faded for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and while there’s still a heightened appreciation after missing a year and a half, he’s settled into a businesslike routine.

That’s good for Miami.

As the team gets into its third week of offseason practices, Tannehill has fully reestablished himself as the director of the offense and one of the leaders who sets the tone for how the Dolphins approach each day’s work.

“It just feels normal,” coach Adam Gase said. “It feels like we’re just back to where we were. It didn’t take us long to get going again.”

This normal isn’t quite the same as the old normal, though. There hasn’t been a drastic change with Tannehill, but he’s a bit more grown up and emboldened than earlier in his career.

His impact has been evident in Organized Team Activities and minicamp, where he’s been actively helping make sure players know the offense and has made himself known to the defense with big plays and some occasional trash talk.

He also seems lighter, maybe happier, than he has in the past, and a big part of that is the unwavering support he’s gotten from Gase. Throughout their two-plus years together, Gase has defended him at every turn and reiterated that he’s the right guy to lead the Dolphins.

Tannehill has taken those words seriously and at 29 seems to be growing into the coach-on-the-field Gase is asking him to be.

More than anything, that starts with his own performance.

It’s hard to lead when you’re not playing well, but that’s not an issue for Tannehill right now. All the work he put in to keep himself as connected to the team as possible while he wasn’t playing appears to be paying off. He was in team meetings, at practice and on the sideline all last season, and that’s produced the effect Gase had hoped.

“It’s just — You can tell he has got a total grip of the offense,” Gase said. “Everything just moves smoother. That’s just experience, whether it’s this offense or football in general. He’s been in the league a little bit. When the defense throws something different at him, he has a way to solve the problem faster than what he probably did three or four years ago.”

One of Tannehill’s main responsibilities at this point in the year is to build rapport with new players in the offense, and he’s been working on that for about three months with Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and others.

That’s more necessary with a younger player like Wilson than it is with Amendola. In Wilson’s case, he’s a 25-year-old adjusting to new offense and terminology after four years with Kansas City, and the Dolphins are working him in a wide variety of ways this offseason.

“I took (Wilson) off the site and just threw and got to learn his body language and coached him up on what I’m expecting on certain routes,” Tannehill said today. “Over time, you develop that chemistry and get comfortable and see his indicators: ‘OK, when I see his hips lean this way, I can let it go to that spot.’ That just takes reps.

“Right now he’s getting more comfortable in the offense, knowing exactly where to line up. We do a lot of the formations with moving guys around, and it’s tough on those guys. There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of things to learn. They’re doing a good job now, especially Albert, of moving around and being in the right spot.”

Miami’s array of skill players has undergone a substantial remodeling since Tannehill’s last game, which was December 2016.

Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi and whoever played tight end that season are gone. Kenyan Drake played sparingly that year, and now he’s expected to be the featured running back. Amendola and Wilson are new, along with Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage, and the Dolphins drafted two tight ends in Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe.

Some of those guys don’t need Tannehill to worry about them, but the younger ones will benefit from someone other than the coaches yelling at them. With his leadership fully backed by Gase, Tannehill’s voice rings loudly.

“I try to be patient,” Tannehill said. “Sometimes I might be a little short-tempered on expecting guys to do what they’re supposed to do. I hold guys accountable and I think that’s the way we’re gonna win here is by everyone being accountable, myself included.

“You can’t look past it. If a guy makes a mistake once, you might let it go. If he makes it again, that’s when I have a problem. If we’ve already that mistake, it should be corrected.”

That sounds a little different and a little better.

Each time we see Tannehill, he looks increasingly ready to meet expectations that have never been higher. The Dolphins are banking on his return to be a season-changer for them this year, and that idea seems less crazy by the day.

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What Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said at minicamp Tuesday

Dolphins coach Adam Gase is running his third offseason program with the team. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins are into mandatory minicamp, and the best news for coach Adam Gase is that the entire roster showed up for this morning’s practice.

Here are some other updates from Gase:

— He was unhappy with the offense, which struggled today. “It was not one of our better practices,” he said. The Dolphins put some new things in schematically, and the new stuff didn’t look smooth. “The defense practiced well today,” he said. “We didn’t execute.”

— Gase has been pleased with backup quarterback David Fales during his work in Organized Team Activities and minicamp. “He keeps getting better,” he said. “He makes a lot of plays in practice.”

— First-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick has been very active in practices and gotten his hands on a lot of passes.

— Defensive end Charles Harris is one of four or five players at the position, and Gase says the plan continues to be that the Dolphins will cycle guys through in order to keep them fresh.

— Receiver Jakeem Grant has been running the most go routes in offseason practices, per Gase.

— Receiver Leonte Carroo is out until training camp, and cornerback Jordan Lucas is out day-to-day. Gase did not specify their injuries.

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