Speedy, versatile receiver Albert Wilson brings intrigue to Miami Dolphins’ offense

Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson during organized team activities. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2018.)

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WR Albert Wilson

Height, weight: 5-9, 200

College: Georgia State

Age: Will be 26 this season

Experience: Entering fifth season, first with Dolphins

Acquired: Signed as unrestricted free agent from Chiefs in March

Contract: In first year of a three-year, $24 million contract

Pro Football Focus rank: 33rd of 116

In 2017

Stats: Started seven of 13 games in which he appeared; had career highs of 42 receptions for 554 yards and three TDs

New Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Notable moments: Caught 63-yard TD pass vs. Raiders. … Caught 10 passes for 147 yards vs. Broncos for his first 100-yard game.

Straight talk: One of the more intriguing Dolphins acquisitions is Wilson, who gives the offense four players who have been timed at 4.45 or better (along with WRs Jakeem Grant and Kenny Stills and RB Kenyan Drake).

It will be up to coach Adam Gase, who loves to create mismatches, to maximize both the breakaway speed and versatility of these players.

Although Wilson grew up in our midst, attending Port St. Lucie High, what he brings to this mix is somewhat unknown. Is he the player who had just 279 receiving yards for Kansas City two years ago? The guy on the ascension after a 554-yard season last year? Or the one who reached his ceiling simply because it was a contract year?

Wilson can assume some of the Jarvis Landry duties, catching short passes from Ryan Tannehill and letting his yards-after-catch ability take over.

“He’s a guy that can take a throw behind the line of scrimmage and he can create a 70-yard touchdown,” Gase said.

Johnson said he was impressed by how quickly Wilson picked up Miami’s system when “he wasn’t really doing the same thing in Kansas City.”

Wilson had only three rushing attempts for 6 yards last season. That’s about to change.

“His speed is hard to ignore,” Gase said. “We saw first-hand how fast he is and what he can do, how he can stretch the field vertically. When you put the ball in his hands, he makes plays. I don’t think I’ve seen too many wide receivers where a team is actually handing the ball off to him and he’s running between the tackles.”

Prospects for 2018

If the spring is any indication, Wilson should make a seamless transition to Miami and be a nice complementary piece alongside the aforementioned receivers plus Danny Amendola and DeVante Parker. Doubly so, if defenses overcommit to any of the others when Gase throws a four-receiver set on the field.

During the spring, receivers coach Ben Johnson pointed out the versatility Wilson provides.

“It’s really triggered us to say he’s not limited in the slot, he’s not limited outside,” Johnson said. “He can line up in the backfield. He can do so many different things for us. His versatility is really, really showing up.”

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase more confident than ever that he’s got a winning roster

Kenny Stills and the Dolphins’ offense are looking to snap back from a low-scoring 2017 season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase emerged from free agency defiant amid widespread criticism of the team’s offseason and claimed he had a winning roster.

Miami had just finished unloading Mike Pouncey, Ndamukong Suh and Jarvis Landry, as well as their massive salaries, and didn’t make any flashy signings to replace them. Still, particularly on offense, this group of personnel was closest to what Gase envisioned when he took the job in January 2016.

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He’s had a while, including the last four weeks of offseason practices, to reevaluate whether he was right about that and he’s now more confident than ever. Watching Ryan Tannehill work behind a remodeled offensive line with several new skill players confirmed for Gase that his offense is on track for a big comeback this season.

“I think so,” he said. “I see a lot of the guys doing things the way we need them done. I like the way that we’re handling the mental game of it as well. Things are moving fast. We’re reacting very quickly.

“Really, it’s going to come down to how we handle training camp when it starts to get hot (and) the preseason games. You’re always going to have an injury. Who’s going to step up and fill those voids? We’ve still got a long ways to go. The season is a long ways away. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and we’ll just keep grinding.”

Tannehill is the biggest difference, taking command and making plays that were simply beyond the capacity of Jay Cutler and Matt Moore. Nothing makes Gase more confident than that.

While those outside the building have always had doubts about Tannehill, who has yet to produce an above-average season since being picked No. 8 overall in 2012, Gase has been unwavering in his belief that this is a winning quarterback.

He immediately bought into Tannehill’s ability as a dual-threat playmaker and thought all he needed was to be emboldened by a coach who pushed him into being more of a leader. He appears to have adopted some of Gase’s personality, and his past year and a half on the sideline made him fully fluent in Gase’s system as well.

Watching him operate that offense over the last four weeks heightened Gase’s optimism about the upcoming season.

“He’s gotten better,” he said of Tannehill. “We’ve been working (on) a lot of pocket movement things and getting him comfortable in that aspect. It doesn’t seem like he’s really changed much as far as worrying about bodies around him. He’s out there playing. He’s throwing the ball well. You can tell he’s spent a lot of time with these skill guys in the offseason.”

Almost everyone Tannehill will be throwing to is new to him. Among the main pass-catchers, only receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker were playing a significant role in the offense when Tannehill went down in 2016.

He worked frequently with Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola, A.J. Derby and rookie tight end Mike Gesicki in player-run passing sessions this offseason.

“I feel right now that we legitimately have two groups of receivers that can play at a high level for us,” Tannehill said. “So if we want to sub somebody out and keep fresh legs in there, or if someone goes down, I don’t feel like there’s really going to be much of a drop off.”

Amendola and Wilson were both as good in Organized Team Activities as Gase anticipated, and Gesicki was a breath of fresh air at a position that’s hurt Miami for a long time. That said, there’s no certainty they’ll be able to perform like that against live defenses.

Is Wilson prepared to be used all over the field? Is Amendola going to be another overpriced, past-his-prime signing like Julius Thomas, Lawrence Timmons and Mario Williams? Are there ever any certainties when it comes to rookies?

Kenyan Drake has to prove himself as a versatile, every-down running back, something hasn’t done as a collegian or pro. Even if Drake thrives in that role, the Dolphins still need something out of 35-year-old Frank Gore or fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage (preferably both of them).

On the o-line, San Francisco castoff Daniel Kilgore takes over for Pouncey, Jesse Davis is a new starter at right guard and Laremy Tunsil looks to rebound from a frustrating season in which he was beaten or blocked the wrong man too many times.

And that’s just the offense.

With more than a month between now and training camp, and another month-plus until the season begins, Gase isn’t fretting over any of those things. For now, he likes what he sees.

“We’re gelling pretty good,” he said. “They like to practice against each other, they like playing together. You can tell there’s a lot of energy out there. I think that’s really one of the things that’s going to be improvement for us. We kind of lost that a little bit last year. This year we’re looking like we’re headed in the right direction.”

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Latest on the progress of Miami Dolphins’ backup quarterbacks

David Fales is the favorite to win the backup quarterback job. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins still have ample time to sort out their quarterback situation, but it continues to look like David Fales is the man to beat for job of being Ryan Tannehill’s backup.

Fales, who was with the team last offseason and the back half of the regular season, is getting significant snaps with the second-string offense, with Brock Osweiler and Bryce Petty behind him.

“We’re just going to keep, really, just pushing those guys and keep opening up the offense to do as many things as possible,” coach Adam Gase said this week. “They’re trying to get used to the guys that they’re practicing with. I know even for David it’s a different group than he was last year.”

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Fales took third-string reps last offseason behind Tannehill and Matt Moore, but Gase said he’s spent more time second unit this year. He’s had a lot of plays with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant, both of whom are borderline starters.

“Those guys are really good receivers and they challenge those DBs.,” Gase said. “It’s been good for both David and Brock and Bryce to get to work with a lot of the guys they’re working with right now.”

Fales, Osweiler and Petty have not been available to the media this offseason.

Tannehill is the clear starter and takes the majority of his reps with DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Danny Amendola.

Gase is out to back up his claim that he has a dependable No. 2 quarterback on the roster and won’t need to call a veteran free agent if Tannehill gets hurt again. Fales and Petty have limited playing experience, and Osweiler hasn’t been viable since 2015.

The advantage for Fales and Osweiler is their experience with Gase prior to this year. That’s especially true for Fales after playing in the offense last season and impressing Gase with extended playing time in the season finale. Dating back to January, Gase has repeatedly indicated Fales is a strong candidate to be Tannehill’s backup.

“Last year we felt really good about how David was coming along,” Gase said three months ago. “Letting him move on (to another team) was not going to be an option for us.”

Gase also said at that time he would “probably” keep three quarterbacks on the active roster in 2018, compared to two each of the past two seasons, though that was factoring in the possibility that the Dolphins would draft one. It’s unclear whether he still intends to go that route, and he doesn’t have to decide until the cut from 90 to 53 players at the end of the preseason.

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Dolphins’ Jakeem Grant faces long odds in quest for snaps at receiver

Jakeem Grant faces serious competitors as he tries to earn snaps at receiver. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Jakeem Grant didn’t blink when the Dolphins went out and signed two expensive slot receivers to replace Jarvis Landry, rather than move him into that vacancy. Honestly, he probably saw it coming a mile away.

Grant has been trying to prove himself as more than merely return specialist since coming to Miami as a sixth-round pick in 2016, and it hasn’t been easy. Just getting the opportunities has been a struggle, and it’ll be no different now that he’s fighting for snaps against up-and-coming talent Albert Wilson and former Patriots mainstay Danny Amendola.

“Whenever we did that, I was happy, actually,” Grant said after today’s practice. “I’m a guy that like to compete.”

“When they brought in Albert and I saw him for the first time, I was like that’s a guy that’s almost the same height as me. So I’m like, ‘OK, I’ve got to compete.’ That just added fuel to my fire, not just because those guys came in, but because I want to get out there and show (Adam Gase) that I have the big-play ability and I am a receiver.”

Even with the addition of 5-foot-9 Wilson, Grant remains the shortest player on the team at 5-foot-7.

That isn’t necessarily what’s held him back, though. The biggest hurdle for Grant has been establishing himself as a reliable pass catcher — the same issue that looms for him on punt returner.

Last year, finally, there were signs that he could add an electric element to the offense. His breakout performance came in the memorable Monday night win over New England, when he had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The score was a 25-yard grab against former Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm Butler. Grant also let a would-be 55-yard touchdown slip through his fingers in the fourth quarter.

He followed two weeks later with four catches, 107 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs a week later and had 26 yards on three receptions in the season finale. It was enough to show the Dolphins that he’s worth real consideration for a role in the offense.

“The potential that he has as a playmaker, I think he has done a really good job continuing to grow that way,” Miami offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “You keep expanding his route tree. He’s short in stature, but he does not think he’s short. He does not play short. He plays like a big person. He’s had a really good camp so far.”

Grant’s been running more deep routes than anybody else in camp, according to Gase, but that’s something the Dolphins did last spring as well. Whether Grant can actually turn that into a bigger role hinges on how dependable his hands are and how he stacks up against two players with a lot more on their résumés.

“I look to perfect everything,” Grant said. “In previous years, I didn’t have it all down. Now that my head is all the way in the playbook, I feel a lot smoother and I feel a lot of confidence.

“This is going into my third year. I’ve got to make the most of it. I’m just improving all the way around. Hands, route-running, being able to get in and out of breaks and just becoming a threat and being available so the coaches can put me in the game knowing I can make that big play.”

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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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New WR Albert Wilson playing everywhere for Miami Dolphins

Albert Wilson offers the chance for a big play every snap. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — One thing Adam Gase and the Dolphins love about their reconstructed group of skill players is how pliable it is. The offense can move pieces wherever it wants them, opening up limitless creativity for Gase, and it’s likely no player embodies that more than new receiver Albert Wilson.

Wilson became a prime target for Miami in free agency primarily for his speed, and he’s expected to get a more prominent role in the offense than he ever had in Kansas City. He’s been all over the place during Organized Team Activities.

“He’s really done a nice job the past two weeks,” receivers coach Ben Johnson. “It’s really triggered us to say he’s not limited in the slot, he’s not limited outside. He can line up in the backfield. He can do so many different things for us. His versatility is really, really showing up.”

There were times last season when Gase felt somewhat constrained by having to keep DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry on the field without a ton of flexibility, but he seems intent on opening things up more this season. Stills can play inside or outside, running back Kenyan Drake can line up at receiver, he’s got a very promising tight end threat in Mike Gesicki and wide-ranging versatility with Wilson.

The most common way he’s likely to be used is on short passes, like bubble screens, that present opportunities for big yards after the catch. That won’t be it, though. At 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Wilson is a shade on the small side, but he showed great athleticism down the field last year with the Chiefs.

“When we looked at Albert on film, we were intrigued, obviously with the speed,” Johnson said. “We were intrigued with the run-after-catch ability. I think all of that has been there. It’s been impressive to me to see him come in, pick up this system and learn these fundamentals (when) he wasn’t really doing the same thing in Kansas City.”

He posted career highs in Kansas City with 42 receptions, 554 yards (13.2 per catch) and three touchdowns. That tracked with the steady progress he’s made since breaking into the league as an undrafted free agent from Georgia State in 2014. He was a multi-talented threat there, too, after playing quarterback at Port St. Lucie High School.

Wilson has eight rushes in his career, and the Dolphins seem particularly drawn to that untapped part of his game.

“When you have the kind of athletic ability he does, the speed he does, the playmaking ability, you just try to find ways to get the ball in his hands and let him do his thing,” Gase said.

Wilson is also one of a few candidates to work at punt returner.

The Dolphins needed a slot receiver once they traded Landry to the Browns and they opted to replace him with Wilson and Danny Amendola. Landry would’ve cost about $16 million this season, and Wilson came in at half that price.

Miami picked him up on a three-year, $24 million deal with $14.5 million guaranteed. The team can get out of the contract after the 2019 season for a small dead cap hit of $1.3 million.

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Dolphins’ return man Jakeem Grant still in plans offensively

Jakeem Grant made a major contribution in last year’s win over the Patriots. (AP)

DAVIE — There’s always been an allure for the Dolphins when it comes to Jakeem Grant’s speed, and that’s kept him from becoming solely a kick and punt return specialist.

That finally started materializing into a weapon for the offense in the final month of last season, and even though the team signed two slot receivers in Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, Grant still has a shot at being a regular part of the passing game.

“We had some nice packages for him at the end of last year, and it certainly helped us out offensively to get the ball moving and explosive plays,” wide receivers coach Ben Johnson said this week. “He’s the same guy. He’s just trying to get better every single day right now. I think we’ll continue to include him going into next season as well.”

The biggest thing working against Grant is that he’s 5-foot-7, but he’s overcome his height disadvantage throughout his football career. He had 90 catches for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year at Texas Tech and has been dangerous for the Dolphins at times as well. He is in the conversation for fastest man on the team.

His breakout game with Miami was in last season’s memorable Monday night win over the Patriots. Grant had two catches for 42 yards including a huge touchdown and nearly hauled in another long reception but couldn’t hang on to the ball. Hands have been an issue for him at times, but he’s improved over the last two years.

Grant followed the New England Game with four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown two weeks later at Kansas City.

New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains mentioned Grant a few times in a press conference last month and indicated he’s examining the best way he can factor into the offense.

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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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Ryan Tannehill laments losing Jarvis Landry, likes new receivers

Tannehill might miss Landry more than he realizes. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Jarvis Landry was Ryan Tannehill’s most popular target over the last few years, and seeing him go to Cleveland in the offseason couldn’t have been fun for the quarterback.

In four years with the Dolphins, all but last season being with Tannehill, Landry piled up 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns on 400 catches. No player in NFL history has caught that many passes in his first four seasons, and Landry was always Tannehill’s emergency option.

From 2014 through ’16, he was targeted a team-high 409 times, and last year’s quarterbacks threw 161 of their 602 attempts (27 percent) his way.

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“Losing Jarvis is tough,” Tannehill said today. “He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s one of the most competitive guys on the football field. He loves the game. He loves playing. He loves competing. He loves winning. I think everyone saw that.

“Obviously he’s not the easiest guy to replace and he’s tough to replace, but I’m really excited about the guys that we brought in. I think we’ve brought in veteran guys, guys that have played at high levels, guys that have played for championships and can really help us.”

While the Dolphins still have Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, they’ve replaced Landry with the duo of up-and-comer Albert Wilson and veteran Danny Amendola. They combined to go for 103 receptions, 1,213 yards and five touchdowns last year with Kansas City and New England, respectively.

Tannehill referred to that receiver group as “stacked” and said he’s confident in the weapons around him.

Miami also has running back Kenyan Drake looking like he’s poised for a breakout season and some potential sparks in the draft class. Mike Gesicki, a second-rounder out of Penn State, presents the best threat the offense has had at tight end in years, and running back Kalen Ballage was electric in college.

Of the receivers, Tannehill’s gotten extensive work with Amendola this year. They did some passing workouts away from the facility in March, and Tannehill found that he lived up to his reputation as a worker.

“That’s the first thing that impressed me is just how hard he works day in and day out,” he said. “He’ll just keep going, keep going, keep going and he’ll never question, look tired or anything. He just keeps going. He’s been a lot of fun to play with so far and we just have to keep building that relationship and get fully on the same page.”

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NFL bans kneeling on field during anthem; Miami Dolphins can adopt additional rules

New Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson said he’ll wait until he hears from coach Adam Gase before saying how he’ll react to the NFL’s new anthem policy. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The NFL has spoken with a policy designed to end the bitter controversy over national anthem protests.

Now it’s up to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and coach Adam Gase to enforce the new rules and add a wrinkle or two of their own.

NFL owners, meeting in Atlanta, voted Wednesday to require all team and league personnel who are on the field during the anthem to “stand and show respect” for the flag and the song. Those who choose not to stand for the anthem can stay in the locker room or away from the field, although each club can adopt its own additional rules, provided they don’t conflict with the overall policy.

Violators can be fined by the league.

The Dolphins have had multiple players kneeling during the anthem over the past two seasons to protest social injustice. Of those players, only receiver Kenny Stills remains on the roster. But the Dolphins have added receiver Albert Wilson, who kneeled in the past as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Stills was not made available to the media Wednesday.

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“I’m pretty sure coach is going to have his say-so on it,” Wilson said shortly after leaving the practice field.

Wilson was reluctant to say much more because he hadn’t had a chance to read the entire statement from the league, and he wanted to hear from Gase.

“Once coach gets with us on it it, I’ll pretty much have something else to say after that,” Wilson said.

Dolphins players kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Carolina Panthers last season. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Appearing at a news conference as the meetings wound down, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We want people to be respectful to the national anthem. We want people to stand, that’s all personnel, and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. We have been very sensitive in making sure we give players choices, but we do believe that that moment is important and one we are going to focus on.”

Ross and the Dolphins did not issue an immediate statement Wednesday.

The NFL Players Association did have something to say, pointing out that it was not consulted by the league as it formed the policy.

“Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA said in a statement.

New York Jets co-owner Christopher Johnson said he’ll pay any fines his players may receive because of the anthem policy.

The Dolphins have largely given players freedom to express themselves, except for a brief period in which players were told if they wanted to protest, they had to do it in the locker room or tunnel — much like the new policy states. That stance didn’t last long because players said shuttling back and forth from the field to the locker room during pregame created logistical issues within a short period of time.

At the height of the controversy, President Donald Trump advocated firing any player who didn’t stand during the anthem, which angered some kneeling players, including Michael Thomas, now of the New York Giants.

“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” the NFL wrote. “This is not and was never the case.”

The league said it would continue to work with players “to strengthen our communities and advance social justice,” citing a “unique platform” the NFL enjoys in this country.

Colin Kaepernick, then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, launched the controversy by becoming the first to kneel during the anthem. He was joined by safety Eric Reid, and both remain unsigned today. Reid recently filed a collusion grievance against the league.

Former Dolphins players who protested have also included tight end Julius Thomas, running back Arian Foster and linebacker Jelani Jenkins.

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