Miami Dolphins DB Walt Aikens warms up to ex-Patriot Danny Amendola

Walt Aikens had some nice battles with new teammate Danny Amendola. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins couldn’t stand Danny Amendola until they finally signed him.

He was a pest for years in New England, causing problems for Miami as a slot receiver and as a return man on special teams. Cornerback Bobby McCain, who got ejected for fighting Amendola last season, said he was his second-most hated player in the NFL (nobody will knock Tom Brady out of the top spot) prior to him joining the Dolphins this offseason.

Walt Aikens had a few clashes with Amendola, too. Most of those took place on special teams, where Aikens has been one of Miami’s best cover men.

“It wasn’t as personal as Bobby and Danny,” a grinning Aikens said after today’s Organized Team Activities practice. “Me and Amendola had some words every few punts or (kick returns).

“We actually ran into each other; it was like three years back. I think it was in New England. He tried to block me, and I made my presence be known. I like to joke with him about that one.”

Unfortunately, nothing turns up on YouTube when searching their names together, but it sounds like Aikens must have leveled him.

That’s all in the past now, of course, and Aikens has come to enjoy Amendola just like McCain has. He also likes the idea of what he can do for the Dolphins’ offense.

“He’s a good dude,” Aikens said. “He’s a nice asset to this team – a hard worker, goes out. You’re going to get the same person every day. Ultimately, he’s going to make this defense better being that he came from a system that can score and (had a) high-powered offense. He’s here now. We’re going to see what he’s got.”

In nine games against the Dolphins over the last five years, Amendola caught 31 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. At 32 years old, he’s coming off a season of 61 receptions, 659 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots.

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Feud behind them, Dolphins WR Danny Amendola calls Bobby McCain his brother

Bobby McCain and Danny Amendola will square off constantly in practice over the next few months. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE — Like most sports rivalries, the tension between Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain and former Patriots slot receiver Danny Amendola was rooted in begrudging respect.

McCain said Amendola was his second-most hated player in the league (Tom Brady holds the top spot) and the two got into an altercation last season that pushed McCain to the point of taking a swing at him and getting ejected. But now that Amendola is with Miami, he and McCain have formed a bond.

“We’re good,” Amendola said after today’s Organized Team Activity practice. “We’re good. We’re brothers.”

He also said that there was no heart-to-heart or anything like that once he arrived and didn’t feel like they needed to discuss what happened last November.

McCain spoke about Amendola on Tuesday and cracked that, “He’s not as bad as I thought he was.” He also praised him as a major asset for the Dolphins on the field and in the locker room.

The interesting thing about McCain and Amendola being teammates is that they’ll actually go against each other much more than when they were opponents. They should be matched up often throughout OTAs, the preseason and in practice during the year.

“I have a lot of respect for Bobby,” Amendola said. “He’s a great player. He and I are cut from the same cloth. We’re some dogs out there. We like to compete. It brings the best out of both of us out there in practice. He’s getting me better. I’m competing my tail off against him and I know he’s a great player.”

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Albert Wilson learning quickly from Miami Dolphins veteran receivers

Albert Wilson completed his first three OTA practices with the Dolphins this week. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — New Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson is coming into his own as a 25-year-old in the NFL, but he’s still eager to be mentored.

After four seasons in Kansas City, Wilson signed with Miami as a free agent and joined a wide receiver corps headed by sixth-year veteran Kenny Stills. Shortly after picking up Wilson, the Dolphins agreed to a deal with two-time Super Bowl champion Danny Amendola.

Miami coach Adam Gase is counting on Stills and Amendola to keep that group on track, and it sounds like that plan is already working.

“Kenny does a great job of letting us know what coach is looking for,” said Wilson, who was the oldest receiver on the Chiefs last year. “He’s been around it and had a lot of success here. He’s a great leader and Danny, he’s coming over and has played a ton of football. To have him on our side and to pick his brain and see how he works, it’s a great thing for us.”

Wilson said stills understands every aspect of the offense and has helped him as he’s studied the new playbook. Like Stills, Wilson is expected to know every receiver route on every play because the Dolphins can use him inside and outside.

The combination of Amendola and Stills at this position is ideal for how the Dolphins want to shape their roster.

Not only has Amendola played nine years, he spent five of them with New England. That almost automatically gives him credibility within an organization that aspires to catch the Patriots. Stills, meanwhile, is immensely talented, fully versed in Gase’s offense and is the example coaches often point to for young players.

Wilson, from Port St. Lucie, made the Chiefs’ roster as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and progressed to the point where he earned a three-year, $24 million contract from the Dolphins. He had career highs in catches (42), yards (554) and touchdowns (three) last season. The team is also exploring whether he can be an option as a punt returner.

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2018 Dolphins schedule: Predicting wins, losses for every game

What are the Dolphins’ chances in 2018? (Getty Images)

The Dolphins’ season is five months away, but with the schedule being released tonight, it’s time to get a jump start on predicting how they’ll do.

At the moment, the 2018 slate looks like a major challenge for a Miami team that saw top-shelf talent in Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry and Mike Pouncey depart this offseason.

Based on how the upcoming season stacks up, Miami has a chance to get some early momentum since that half of the schedule looks lighter than what lurks in November and December.

Here’s admittedly optimistic prediction for each game as the Dolphins try to surprise the NFL with a bounce-back season:

Week 1 vs. Tennessee: Loss (0-1)
The Titans, who look like one of the stronger non-Patriots teams in the AFC, are too much too soon for the Dolphins. Tennessee is rough opener.
Week 2 at New York Jets: Win (1-1)
This looked like a gimme last year, but Miami staggered around in a 20-6 loss at MetLife Stadium. It’s still hard to buy that the Jets are definitively better than the Dolphins.

Week 3 vs. Oakland: Win (2-1)
The Raiders edged Miami last year, but it’s going to be a big disadvantage for them playing a 1 p.m. game on the East Coast.
Week 4 at New England: Loss (2-2)
The Patriots’ dominance at home against Miami has to end eventually—maybe—but it won’t be this year.

Week 5 at Cincinnati: Loss (2-3)
For some reason this already feels like it’s going to be a really ugly game. The Bengals aren’t anything special, but they’re playing at home against what figures to be a so-so Dolphins team.
Week 6 vs. Chicago: Win (3-3)
The big, bad Bears are still bad. Adam Gase pounded on one former team in the Broncos last year and will do the same against Chicago this season.

Week 7 vs. Detroit: Win (4-3)
The Lions are a little unpredictable, but the Dolphins should be able to handle them at home.

Week 8 at Houston: Loss (4-4)
Every team has to play one Thursday night game, and this is the fourth straight time the Dolphins will do it on the road. That means they get three full days between games, one of which includes travel to Houston, and won’t be able to have a single normal practice.
Week 9 vs. New York Jets: Win (5-4)
Maybe the Jets have Baker Mayfield and he’s setting the world on fire for them by this point in the year, but more likely, they’re probably still the Jets.

Week 10 at Green Bay: Loss (5-5)
As long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, there’s not much to say about the Dolphins’ chances in Green Bay in November.

Week 12 at Indianapolis: Win (6-5)
Remember how bad the Dolphins’ minus-112 point differential looked last year? The Colts were even worse at minus-141.

 

Week 13 vs. Buffalo: Win (7-5)
Were the Bills actually good last year? Are they good now? Is A.J. McCarron an upgrade over Tyrod Taylor? With all the uncertainty, the Dolphins get the benefit of the doubt at home.

Week 14 vs. New England: Loss (7-6)
Last year’s Monday Night Football surprise was fun, but it’ll be nearly impossible to duplicate.

Week 15 at Minnesota: Loss (7-7)
The Dolphins’ great ambition for 2018 is to sneak into the playoffs. Minnesota’s is to win it all.

Week 16 vs. Jacksonville: Win (8-7)
The Jaguars have a terrific defense, but they’re a shaky team to believe in with Blake Bortles at quarterback. This will be a winnable game for Miami.

Week 17 at Buffalo: Loss (8-8)
The stadium in Orchard Park might look like something out of bad sci-fi movie this late in the year. There could be 3 feet of snow. There could be sub-zero temperatures. There could be unbearable wind-chill. Good luck, Dolphins.

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2018 Dolphins schedule: Game-by-game look at Miami’s season

A visit to Minnesota might be the toughest game on Miami’s 2018 schedule. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins have known their opponents for the upcoming season for months, leaving only the question of when those games would take place.

Timing and sequence matter quite a bit in NFL scheduling. Miami would much rather make road trips to northern venues before winter hits, and teams visiting from those climates often struggle with the heat and humidity in South Florida.

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Now that everything is settled and the Dolphins know the exact path they must navigate in their quest to get back to the playoffs, here’s a game-by-game look at their 2018 schedule:

Week 1: Sun., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. vs. Tennessee Titans
If all goes according to plan and this isn’t wrecked by a hurricane like last season, the Dolphins will open at home for the first time since 2014 and just the second time in the last seven years. This is a very difficult opener for a Miami team with a retooled lineup that might need time to find its way.

Week 2: Sun., Sept. 16, 1 p.m. at New York Jets
For the second consecutive year, the Dolphins get a reasonably warm trip to New York. Last season’s stop at MetLife Stadium was a nightmare for Miami, which limped out with a 20-6 loss against a squad assumed to be tanking. The Jets ended up 5-11, one game behind the Dolphins, and the two teams look like they’re on equal footing this year.

Week 3: Sun., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders
One great thing for the Dolphins in this year’s schedule: They don’t make a single trip to the West Coast. For the second straight season, they get the advantage of hosting a Raiders team making a cross-country journey. It will be Jon Gruden’s first time coaching against Miami since 2005.

Week 4: Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. at New England Patriots
The AFC East schedule turned out pretty well for the Dolphins. Two of their stops are in September, when the weather can’t possibly be that bad, and the other is one they basically requested. Still, there’s never an easy time to play at New England. Miami hasn’t won there in a decade.

Week 5: Sun., Oct. 7, 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals
This promises to be a nondescript game in every way. The Bengals and Dolphins are both mired in mediocrity, and they produced some forgettable football when they met in Cincinnati on a rainy night two years ago.

Week 6: Sun., Oct. 14, 1 p.m. vs. Chicago Bears
Dolphins coach Adam Gase hasn’t faced Chicago since working as the offensive coordinator there in 2015. The Bears are working with a new head coach and a young starting quarterback, but could prove to be a challenging upstart. This is a game Miami has to win if it has any thought of being competitive this year.

Week 7: Sun., Oct. 21, 1 p.m. vs. Detroit Lions
This sets up as one of the more manageable games on the Dolphins’ schedule. Detroit’s a dome team coming off 9-7 season and could run into some scorching, swampy weather in South Florida. It’s another game with history for Gase, who got his start in the NFL with the Lions in 2003 and has a longtime rivalry with coach Matt Patricia.

Week 8: Thu., Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. at Houston Texans
After some dreadful performances on national television last year, the Dolphins are scheduled for one primetime game this year. Unfortunately for them, it’s a visit to an up-and-coming Texans team on a short turnaround. Assuming DeShaun Watson is healthy and playing like he was last season, this will be a rough one.

Week 9: Sun., Nov. 4, 1 p.m. vs. New York Jets

Even when they’re bad, the Jets are tricky for the Dolphins. That said, Miami has beaten them twice in a row in South Florida and should be able to make it three straight this year. New York doesn’t have a quarterback, and its defense isn’t great either. This is another one the Dolphins can’t afford to throw away.

Week 10: Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m. at Green Bay Packers
The Dolphins rarely make it to Lambeau Field. This will be their seventh appearance there in franchise history and first since winning 23-20 in 2010. They’re 4-2 all-time in that stadium. It would’ve favored Miami to play this game as early in the season as possible given how brutal conditions can be in Green Bay late in the season.

Week 11: Bye
The Dolphins always want their bye week near the middle of the season, but this year they’re probably happy simply to have one at all. Last season, the team declined an option to have its bye after the game against the Saints in London and originally had it slated for mid-year. That fell apart when Hurricane Irma wiped out the opener against Tampa Bay and the NFL rescheduled it for their mutual bye week.


Week 12: Sun., Nov. 25, 1 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts

A rare supposedly easy road game. Heading north is always less daunting for the Dolphins when they’re playing indoors, and they’ll be taking on one of the few teams that had a worse point differential than them last year. The Colts are betting big on a strong return by Andrew Luck. Otherwise, they’ll be at the bottom of the league again.

Week 13: Sun., Dec. 2, 1 p.m. vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills are a mystery team this season. They went 9-7, including a sweep of the Dolphins, to make the playoffs last year, then made serious moves in the offseason. They’ll have a new quarterback after shipping Tyrod Taylor, always a problematic matchup for Miami, to Cleveland and rebooting with A.J. McCarron and possibly newcomer from this year’s loaded draft class.

Week 14: Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m. vs. New England Patriots
The Patriots came down to Hard Rock Stadium this time last year and were dealt a stunner as Miami played its best game of the season. If the Dolphins can get this series to a point where New England feels trepidation about going on the road against them, that’s a big step for this franchise.

Week 15: Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m. at Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay and New England are tough, but this might prove to be the Dolphins’ hardest game of the year. Minnesota was one game shy of reaching the Super Bowl last year and goes in as one of the favorites to win the NFC this season now that Kirk Cousins is on board. The Vikings have a realistic goal of going undefeated at home, and Miami’s going to be a massive underdog.

Week 16: Sun., TBD vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
This is one of four games the Dolphins play against teams that were in the conference championship round last year (two against New England, one at Minnesota). The Jaguars are out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke and they go into the upcoming season looking well ahead of Miami.

Week 17: Sun., Dec. 30, 1 p.m. at Buffalo Bills
The Dolphins asked to close the season on the road because they’re hosting a college football national semifinal with the Orange Bowl the day before, and the NFL obliged by sending them to Buffalo. Last year, the Bills and Dolphins ended the year against each other in South Florida, with Buffalo winning and earning a playoff berth.

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2018 Dolphins schedule: Miami hoping for ‘normal’ season after last year

The Dolphins are hoping for a “normal” season in 2018. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

The travel won’t be as brutal as last season, but the Dolphins’ degree of difficulty will still be high in 2018.

The NFL released their schedule for the upcoming season tonight, and it includes no games outside of the Eastern and Central Time Zones, no international games, no crazy road swings and, wonderfully, an actual bye week.

Now Miami just hopes the plan doesn’t get reshuffled like it did last year, when Hurricane Irma’s approach changed the course of the season.

“We’re just looking forward to, hopefully, just having a normal season,” team president Tom Garfinkel said recently.

The upcoming campaign begins with a rarity. The Dolphins will host the Titans on Sept. 9 for their first home opener since 2014. Thanks to last year’s Week 1 game against Tampa Bay being moved to November and the team starting with trips to Los Angeles, New York and London, Miami opened on the road in five of the last six seasons.

This season the team gets its bye in Week 11, giving it a rest before the final six games.

It’s a balanced schedule in terms of home and away, with the Dolphins playing only one stretch of back-to-back weeks on the road.

Seven of their first nine games are against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year, which could be important for a roster that needs time to solidify itself. The flip side is that Miami faces a three-game run in December against teams that were in the conference title round last season: home against the Patriots in Week 14, at Minnesota in Week 15 and home against Jacksonville in Week 16.

The exact date of the Jaguars game is yet to be determined. The Dolphins will host Jacksonville on Dec. 22 (a Saturday) or Dec. 23 depending on television considerations.

The opener is usually the No. 1 concern when the schedule comes out. After that comes the fretful search for cold-weather games.

The Dolphins’ three AFC East road games set up reasonably well for them with a visit to the Jets in Week 2 and Patriots in Week 4. Likewise, those teams don’t come to Miami Gardens in the first half of the season when the local weather is at its muggiest.

Their annual trek to Buffalo comes in the season finale, Dec. 30, in part because Miami asked to close the season on the road. The Orange Bowl is a college football national semifinal this year and will take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 29.

Last season, the stadium hosted the Orange Bowl the night before Miami’s Week 17 home game against the Bills, and the tight turnaround is something the organization would like to avoid if possible—especially it being part of the college playoffs this year.

The Patriots come to South Florida on Dec. 9, the Jets arrive in Week 9 and the Bills get off easy with a Week 13 trip.

Then there’s the rare appearance at Lambeau Field, which falls in Week 10. The Dolphins will play at Green Bay in mid-November, which isn’t the worst outcome, but it’s certainly late enough in the year for it to be nasty up there. The average low in Green Bay that time of year is 29 degrees.

The only other outdoor road game is Week 5 at Cincinnati, which should be comfortable. When the Dolphins play at Minnesota (Week 15) and Indianapolis (Week 12), both of those are dome teams. The Houston game in Week 8 will also be indoors.

The matchup with the Texans is also the Dolphins’ only planned primetime appearance. They’ll play in front of a national audience as part of the NFL’s mandate that each team does one Thursday night game. Their Sunday games can be flexed based on how compelling the matchups are late in the season.

Miami gets some nice perks at home with Oakland having to travel cross-country in Week 3 and a back-to-back against the Bears and Lions (Weeks 7 and 8). Chicago and Detroit will learn the hard way that October is still considered summer down here.

If South Florida has hurricane issues in September and October, it won’t be as easy to reschedule as last year. None of the four teams the Dolphins host in the first half of the season share their bye week.

Here’s the Dolphins’ full 2018 schedule:

Week 1: Sun., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 2: Sun., Sept. 16, 1 p.m. at New York Jets

Week 3: Sun., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 4: Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. at New England Patriots

Week 5: Sun., Oct. 7, 1 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6: Sun., Oct. 14, 1 p.m. vs. Chicago Bears

Week 7: Sun., Oct. 21, 1 p.m. vs. Detroit Lions

Week 8: Thu., Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. at Houston Texans

 

Week 9: Sun., Nov. 4, 1 p.m. vs. New York Jets

Week 10: Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m. at Green Bay Packers

Week 11: Bye

Week 12: Sun., Nov. 25, 1 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts

 

Week 13: Sun., Dec. 2, 1 p.m. vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 14: Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m. vs. New England Patriots

Week 15: Sun, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. at Minnesota Vikings

Week 16: Dec. 22 or 23 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 17: Sun., Dec. 30, 1 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

The Dolphins also have a tentative schedule for the preseason:

Week 1: Aug. 9-13 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: Aug. 16-20 at Carolina Panthers
Week 3: Aug. 23-26 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: Aug. 30 or 31 at Atlanta Falcons

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2018 Miami Dolphins schedule: What requests did they make?

Just a normal day in Green Bay. (Getty Images)

All teams are welcome to submit scheduling requests to the NFL before it finalizes its plan for the season, but it’s unpredictable whether any of those can be accommodated. Mapping out 256 games in 32 cities (plus international games) is difficult enough without taking into account any potential conflicts with baseball or other events, let alone team preferences.

Understanding that, the Dolphins generally try to ask for as few considerations as possible, saving their requests for when they’re really necessary.

“Competitive factors come in first,” team president Tom Garfinkel said. “You want to have a bye week in the middle of the season. You want the games equal so you don’t have to play all your games in the snow in December and you don’t to miss out on the chance to play at home in September.

“If it’s an equal distribution and a fair schedule, you just go play the games.”

With that in mind, here are some notes on the Dolphins’ 2018 schedule, which will be released in two weeks:

–They’ve asked for a few years to open at home, something they haven’t done since 2014. Miami has started out on the road five times in the last six years.

The Dolphins were supposed to open at Hard Rock Stadium last season, but the game was postponed to November because of Hurricane Irma.

–The Dolphins asked that their Week 17 game, the final one of the season, be played on the road. That week is designated for divisional games, meaning Miami could play a significant AFC East road game in cold weather to close the year.

The reason for they asked for that is because the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium is a college football national semifinal Dec. 29. Last year, the Dolphins hosted the Orange Bowl on a Saturday night and the Buffalo Bills the next afternoon, which put some constraints on them.

“With a college football semifinal, you don’t want back-to-back games at 8 o’clock at night and one the next day,” Garfinkel said. “Those are the situations you try to save the big requests for.”

–Miami doesn’t have any away games west of the Central Time Zone, so there was no need for the organization to ask for any grouping on its road schedule. In the past, the Dolphins have tried to pair West Coast trips together in consecutive weeks so they could stay out west in between games.

–The Dolphins didn’t make any specific requests on their potential cold weather games. In addition to the annual visits to New England, Buffalo and the Jets, Miami will play outdoor games at Cincinnati and, most importantly, Green Bay. Garfinkel said the team didn’t ask for anything as it pertains to the timing of the Packers game.

This will be the seventh game the Dolphins have played at Lambeau Field, and the only times they’ve gone there late in the season were November 2002 (30 degrees) and December 1985 (18 degrees).

The non-division road schedule also includes dome games at Houston, Indianapolis and Minnesota.

–No matter how the schedule plays out, it can’t be tougher than last year. The 2017 season began with the displaced Dolphins opening in Los Angeles, then playing in New York and London the following two weeks.

“A lot of challenging things took place starting with the hurricane,” Garfinkel said. “We’re just looking forward to, hopefully, just having a normal season. No trips over the Atlantic. No big West Coast trips. Hopefully no hurricanes.”

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ESPN’s post-free-agency NFL power rankings crush Miami Dolphins

The national outlook on the Dolphins isn’t positive. (AP)

The most compelling part of free agency is finished at this point, and the remaining signings will be from teams trying to fill bit parts here and there. The Dolphins, for example, would still like to find a tight end, linebacker and maybe some depth for their secondary and defensive line.

As it continues to search for those pieces and prepare for next month’s NFL Draft, Miami believes it has a viable roster for the upcoming season. Adam Gase said this morning that the current version of the team looks closest to what he envisioned when he took the job in 2016.

Most of the media isn’t so optimistic. In fact, in ESPN’s latest power rankings, the panel of 80 voters had the Dolphins dead last.

They are behind some teams that were shockingly bad last year, including the 4-12 Colts and winless Browns. Cleveland might be a surprise team this year despite going 1-31 over the last two seasons, and Jarvis Landry is likely to be a big part of that turnaround if it happens.

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The AFC East is always going to be a challenge for Miami with the Patriots looming at the top, and they’re No. 2 in the rankings. The Bills (23) and Jets (26) are at least in reach.

The Dolphins will play six games against teams in the top 10 on this list, including visits to No. 3 Minnesota and No. 9 Green Bay.

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ESPN’s Bill Barnwell crushes Miami Dolphins’ free agent signings

Danny Amendola will officially become a Miami Dolphin this week. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins’ first two acquisitions in free agency this year are slot receivers Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola. They needed at least one of those guys to replace Jarvis Landry, but perhaps not both.

Perhaps not either of them, actually, according to ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell. He graded both signings a D+.

“Maybe we’ll be sitting here in 12 months remarking on how the Dolphins changed their culture, mustered up most of an offensive line out of thin air, and managed to overcome giving away their best offensive and defensive player to add Robert Quinn and a bunch of wide receivers,” Barnwell wrote. “It’s more likely we’ll be sitting here watching them burn through another pile of money.”

Wilson, 25, is a high-potential player coming off the best season of his career with 42 catches, 554 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas City. The Dolphins will sign him to a three-year, $24 million contract.

Barnwell panned that deal, citing a drops issue and calling him a generally inefficient receiver. He also said Miami’s contract “truly seems beyond any possible expectations of what Wilson might have been offered elsewhere.” One of his main objections was that the team could’ve better spent that money to bolster the offensive line.

While adding Wilson, or someone like him, was certainly logical for the Dolphins after losing Landry, it was a little surprising to see them go after Amendola as well.

Miami typically plays with three receivers, and Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker are the clear options on the outside. Maybe Adam Gase is planning to go with more four-receiver sets in 2018.

If he is, was Amendola the best choice?

He turns 33 during the upcoming season, which will be his 10th in the league, but hasn’t shown signs of decline. His 61 catches and 659 yards both ranked among the top four single-season marks of his career, and he was on the field for 49.9 percent of New England’s offensive snaps.

The issue here could be the contract. Amendola reportedly is signing for two years, $12 million with $8.3 million of that guaranteed.

“Good organizations establish their own culture and draft and develop solutions at positions like slot receiver… Bad organizations are unable to trust their development abilities and pay premiums to go after players on the downside of their careers out of the hope that they can bring some magic success dust from their old homes,” Barnwell wrote.

“In reality, the Dolphins should be looking at what the Patriots do instead of who they are. How often do the Patriots pay $6 million to the fourth wideout on their depth chart? How often do you hear New England leaking stories to the media about how their culture’s a mess to justify bad financial decisions?”

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2018 NFL free agents: Dolphins signing Patriots WR Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola (80) appears to be headed to Miami. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins are bringing in longtime Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola as a free agent signing.

Amendola, 32, will be the second receiver acquisition for Miami this offseason after agreeing to a three-year deal with former Chief Albert Wilson. Those two are coming in as the Dolphins try to replace the production of Jarvis Landry, whom they traded to Cleveland last week.

Like Wilson, he is primarily a slot receiver.

The fact that Amendola was actually available was a bit of a surprise considering he’s twice taken less money to stay with New England. NFL Network reported that he will sign for two years, $12 million with $8.25 million guaranteed.

He caught 61 passes for 659 yards and two touchdowns with the Patriots last year.

One of his more memorable moments of the season, to Dolphins fans, was an altercation with Miami cornerback Bobby McCain when the teams met in November. McCain was ejected for appearing to throw a punch at Amendola after what he described as a lot of “extra stuff” by Amendola like grabbing his neck and facemask.

Amendola is a nine-year veteran who broke into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2008. After a year-plus on practice squads in Dallas and Philadelphia, he got his chance with the Rams in ’09.

He’s had five seasons of at least 630 passing yards and four of 60-plus catches. He was part of New England’s Super Bowl champion teams in 2014 and ’16.

The Dolphins now have a clear top four of Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Wilson and Amendola at receiver. That leaves little room for backups Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo and Rashawn Scott to carve out playing time.

Grant still has value as a return man and showed flashes of potential as a receiver late last season with 10 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns over the final four games.

Carroo’s roster spot is far more tenuous at the moment. The Dolphins traded up to get him in the third round of the 2016 draft, but he has 10 catches in 28 games.

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