Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker still out with hamstring injury

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches practice from the side at Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches practice from the side at Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — DeVante Parker is listed as a starting wide receiver on the Dolphins’ first depth chart of 2016 released Monday morning.

But Parker did not start the week on the practice field.

The Dolphins’ second-year wide receiver was held out of Monday’s practice with a sore hamstring. Parker has now missed five consecutive practices with the injury and has not practiced since Aug. 1. Continue reading “Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker still out with hamstring injury”

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker misses fourth straight practice with hamstring injury

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on July 30, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on July 30, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — DeVante Parker is still nursing a hamstring injury.

The Dolphins’ second-year wide receiver was held of Saturday’s practice with a sore hamstring. Parker has now missed four consecutive practices with the injury and has not practiced since Monday. Continue reading “Dolphins WR DeVante Parker misses fourth straight practice with hamstring injury”

2016 training camp preview: How good is the Miami Dolphins 2016 draft class?

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Carroo (88) at Dolphins mini camp in Davie, Florida on June 15, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Carroo (88) at Dolphins mini camp in Davie, Florida on June 15, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Note: With Dolphins training camp set to begin today, the Palm Beach Post used the past week to take a look at the five biggest questions surrounding the team. We conclude our training camp preview with a look at which rookies can make an immediate impact for Miami this season. For a look at the other questions we discussed this week, check the bottom of this post.

It’s never wise to rely on rookies.

But the Dolphins are hoping a few first-year players can make an immediate impact this season. Miami’s 2016 draft class is made up of eight players, including six on offense. Continue reading “2016 training camp preview: How good is the Miami Dolphins 2016 draft class?”

2016 training camp preview: Will Dolphins running backs overcome inexperience, injuries?

Dolphins running backs coach Danny Barrett punches at a ball carried by Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during organized team activities in Davie, Florida on June 9, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins running backs coach Danny Barrett punches at a ball carried by Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during organized team activities in Davie, Florida on June 9, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Note: With the start of Dolphins training camp set for Friday, the Palm Beach Post will take a look at the five biggest questions surrounding the team. Today, we focus on whether Miami’s group of running backs can overcome their inexperience and injury concerns this season. We’ll shift to a different question each day leading up to the start of training camp.

As usual, the quarterback will get most of the attention. But the Dolphins’ running game is a big question mark. Continue reading “2016 training camp preview: Will Dolphins running backs overcome inexperience, injuries?”

Report: Running back Arian Foster to work out for Dolphins on Monday

Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks on as the Texans play the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter on October 8, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks on as the Texans play the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter on October 8, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Dolphins are in need of a veteran to help lead a young group of running backs. Free agent Arian Foster could be the answer.

The 29-year-old Foster will work out for the Dolphins on Monday, according to ESPN. Foster also met with Miami in March. Continue reading “Report: Running back Arian Foster to work out for Dolphins on Monday”

Where does each player in Dolphins 2016 draft class stand entering training camp?

Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Dolphins No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil holds his jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Training camp begins in less than a month — July 29 to be exact.

[Miami Dolphins release full training camp schedule]

Where does each player in the Dolphins’ 2016 draft class stand entering training camp? Here’s a look … Continue reading “Where does each player in Dolphins 2016 draft class stand entering training camp?”

Dolphins rookie RB Kenyan Drake suffers injury in Wednesday minicamp practice

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) at Dolphins mini camp in Davie, Florida on June 15, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) at Dolphins mini camp in Davie, Florida on June 15, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

With the start of training camp about a month away, NFL teams are just looking to avoid injuries at this point of the year. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Wednesday’s minicamp practice included an injury.

[Dolphins safety Reshad Jones ends holdout]

Rookie running back Kenyan Drake limped off the field during a special teams drill toward the end of practice. Drake did not return to practice and was seen holding his right hamstring. Continue reading “Dolphins rookie RB Kenyan Drake suffers injury in Wednesday minicamp practice”

‘Of course not’: Drake didn’t fear getting stuck in Henry’s shadow in draft

Alabama's Kenyan Drake scores on a 95-yard kickoff return against Clemson in the 2016 national title game in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Alabama’s Kenyan Drake scores on a 95-yard kickoff return against Clemson in the 2016 national title game in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kenyan Drake points out he hasn’t played since January, so it’s to be expected that he feels fresh.

Except … even if Drake played last week, he might still have fresh legs.

Drake, the Dolphins’ third-round draft pick out of Alabama, wasn’t burdened with a heavy workload under coach Nick Saban. Take a look at the Tide’s leading rushers for 2015:

Derrick Henry: 395 carries, 2,219 yards, 5.6 average, 28 touchdowns.

Kenyan Drake: 77 carries, 408 yards, 5.3 average, 1 touchdown.

(Drake also returned 19 kickoffs for a 26.6 average and one TD.)

This comes after Drake was given 22 carries for 112 yards in 2014.

Drake considers himself “the best back in the draft,” so it’s natural to wonder if he feared getting stuck behind so much talent at Alabama would hurt him making the leap to the NFL.

“Of course not,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, GMs and everybody, they look at specific abilities. Just because you didn’t get the play doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not a great player. Obviously, the Dolphins proved that with drafting me.”

Miami took him with the 73rd pick, the seventh selection from the Crimson Tide. Tennessee took Henry 45th overall. At least while Drake was a teammate of Henry’s, he never had a problem with egos getting in the way.

“I don’t necessarily look at anything in that sort, because I played behind a multitude of backs at Alabama from the Eddie Lacys to the T.J. Yeldons to Derrick Henry,” Drake said. “We didn’t necessarily see it as playing behind each other — playing in front of each other — because we were all in one room trying to obtain one goal, and that was to be the best we could be. Anytime they made a play, I was happy for them. We were together anytime I made a play, and vice versa. That’s what I’m going to bring here to this team is selflessness and a willing to go out and win in any way possible.”

Drake did leave one aspect of his college experience to the imagination. He was asked his feelings about Saban, and asked to share one or two of his favorite Nick Saban stories. Instead, he just smiled.

“Next question,” he said.

How would you grade the Miami Dolphins’ second-, third-round picks?

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, left, head coach Adam Gase, center, and Mike Tannenbaum, executive vice president of football operations, right, talk about the Dolphins' top draft pick Laremy Tunsil at a news conference, Friday, April 29, 2016 in Davie, Fla. Tunsil was selected 13th overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, left, head coach Adam Gase, center, and Mike Tannenbaum, executive vice president of football operations, right, talk about the Dolphins’ top draft pick Laremy Tunsil at a news conference, Friday, April 29, 2016 in Davie, Fla. Tunsil was selected 13th overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In Thursday’s first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins made arguably the biggest splash of the evening, selecting tackle Laremy Tunsil with the 13th pick overall.

While many have lauded the Fins’ boldness in adding the Ole Miss star — who came under fire after a photo of him smoking out of a bong surfaced just before the draft — others, like ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, have voiced their concern.

(RELATED: 6 factors in the Tunsil situation the Dolphins need to be considering)

But we’d rather hear from you. How would YOU grade the Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil … and their second- and third-round selections, respectively, of Baylor defensive back Xavien HowardAlabama running back Kenyan Drake and wideout Leonte Carroo from Rutgers?

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