Miami Dolphins: Does Adam Gase want to draft a QB every year?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Even if the Miami Dolphins don’t select a quarterback in the first round, it seems to make total sense that they’ll draft one at some point in this year’s draft.

And it sounds like coach Adam Gase is a fan of that philosophy, one legendary general manager Ron Wolf made famous.

“I’d love to draft a quarterback every year,” Gase said Wednesday, at the NFL Scouting Combine. “It doesn’t always work out that way. We’ll see how the board falls for us. That first year, we felt like Brandon (Doughty) was a guy that there was a lot of us were very interested to see what we could do with him, and he had a lot of success in college. We’re still working through things to try to help him get better and we’ll see how this year goes. It’s hard to predict.”

Though starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is returning from a season-ending knee injury, backup Matt Moore seems unlikely to return. Doughty and David Fales are still in a developmental phase.

And it should not be ruled out that the Dolphins may choose a long-term quarterback in the first round.

If Gase has a special connection and special belief in a player like Josh Rosen or Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield, and he pushes for that player to be chosen, it could certainly happen.

If so, how does Gase think Ryan Tannehill would react?

“Ryan would never shy away from anybody coming in at that position,” Gase said. “Ryan is going to be our starting quarterback. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. And I think that when we get back out there in spring and get going, I just know it’s going to be really good to have him back.”

The Dolphins did not draft a quarterback last season. It is also possible Miami could select a player such as Mike White, Luke Falk or Mason Rudolph in the second round, if they were to impress Gase, Dan Marino and Chris Grier here at the Scouting Combine.

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Miami Dolphins sign LB Rey Maualuga

The Miami Dolphins added veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga on Saturday, according to a league source.

Maualuga, 30, played eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, recording 343 career tackles.

With the loss of rookie Raekwon McMillan to a season-ending knee injury, Maualuga could be counted on to play alongside Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons in some run-stopping situations.

Maualuga may not possess the footspeed he had early in his career, or at USC, but he is tough, physical and salty.

Mauluga, 6-feet-2, 258 pounds, played for Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke in Cincinnati.

The Bengals cut Maualuga in the offseason because his cap hit was to be $3.7 million.

Maualuga’s deal with Miami is for one year.

At the time, coach Marvin Lewis said: “Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision. It’s one of several we have made to transition to a younger group at linebacker as we continue to shape our 2017 roster. We wish Rey and his family the very best.”

The Dolphins needed linebacker depth as Mike Hull and Neville Hewitt are the top reserves.

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Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill returns to practice; surgery future uncertain

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is chased out of the pocket by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on December 11, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is chased out of the pocket by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday, taking a few reps on scout team.

Tannehill is not going to play Sunday in a playoff game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But he was walking without a limp and Miami coach Adam Gase said Tannehill would have an increased chance to practice in full next week.

“It’s exciting to be back out there,” Tannehill said after practice. “I have put in a lot of work to try to get myself ready to go. So taking the first step and getting back out there is huge.”

Matt Moore is still going to start and T.J. Yates is expected to be the backup on Sunday.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Tannehill was not in full uniform. He was observed making a few passes.

Tannehill said he is working through the risk factors with doctors. Tannehill said he does not know if he will require surgery this offseason.

“We’re being smart with it,” Tannehill said. “If there is a huge risk of doing further damage than Adam has made it clear that they’re not going to let me back out there.”

Gase said this week it was a close call to not have Tannehill practice.

Tannehill has not been ruled out of a possible second-round game at New England.

On Friday, Gase said these are “baby steps” but that Tannehill is “a little bit ahead of schedule.”

“(My mobility) is getting better every day,” Tannehill said. “And that’s what we’re working towards. Protect myself. Be able to move in the pocket and evade the rush and things like that. So that’s what we’re working through, range of motion and strength, to make that possible.”

In other news, the Dolphins waived defensive end Jason Jones, who was not expected to play on Sunday in a coaching decision. This increases the chance Mario Williams will make his NFL playoff debut.

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