Dolphins coach Adam Gase high on QB David Fales, but remains undecided

David Fales still has quite a fight ahead of him to win the backup quarterback job. (AP)

DAVIE — The way everything has lined up for quarterback David Fales this offseason, it’ll be a surprise if anyone else claims the Dolphins’ backup quarterback job.

It’s a pivotal career opportunity for Fales after bouncing around the last four years. Miami coach Adam Gase is adamant that he’s going to pick from among Fales, Brock Osweiler and Bryce Petty rather than call a free agent veteran like he did with Jay Cutler a year ago.

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Part of the reason he’s been so confident about moving forward with this group is what he’s seen from Fales over the past several months.

“I think after that last game, I was feeling good,” Gase said Thursday, referring to Fales’ passable performance in the season finale against Buffalo.

When he brought in offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who coached Fales in Chicago, he confirmed what Gase thought. Fales looked like a much more polished quarterback than he’d been earlier in his career and appeared ready to be Ryan Tannehill’s backup.

Gase was encouraged enough by what he’d seen and what Loggains thought that he didn’t think it was necessary for the Dolphins to make any bold moves with quarterbacks in the recent free agency period.

“We felt like (keeping Fales) was a good first step for us and really we wanted to see how everything played out, because between free agency and the draft, you just never know how things are going to shake out,” Gase said. “By adding Brock and then Bryce, I think it’s been a good competition.

“That’s really what we’re going to be doing going into training camp. We’re just going to let those guys compete and see who wins out.”

As solid as Fales was last year and as well he’s performed in offseason practices, Gase isn’t installing him as the backup after the end of Organized Team Activities. He plans to keep the position battle open well into August.

“Right now I don’t even want to go in that direction yet because I don’t have a great answer for it,” Gase said. “I want to see guys play in preseason games. I want to see kind of how training camp goes. That’s a lot of time there and there’s a lot of football to be played. I want those guys all competing. I’m hoping those guys all have the same mentality that they’re the guy to beat.”

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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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Miami Dolphins G Jesse Davis makes ‘huge jump’ in offseason

Miami Dolphins guard Jesse Davis (77) has been good lately. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins are putting a lot of trust in right guard Jesse Davis, who bounced around looking for work before earning a spot as a backup last year. That trust looked a little questionable when Organized Team Activities began, but Davis snapped back strongly and has looked like a smart pick lately.

“The guy that I think has made the biggest improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 is Jesse Davis,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “He’s taken a huge jump. The first week he got beat on his hands a couple of times. He’s really drilled the right way. He’s practicing the right way.

“I’ve seen a jump in his performance to this point. I’m excited to get him in training camp and we put pads on and see what he does that way.”

Offensive and defensive line play is the hardest thing to judge in offseason practices, but Davis benefits immediately just from having a home. Last year he played some guard and tackle on both sides of the line for Miami, but the team decided to cement him at right guard this season in order to give him the best chance at playing well.

By doing that, they moved him ahead of veteran guard Ted Larsen. Miami signed Larsen to a three-year, $5.6 million contract last offseason (Davis is making $555,000 this season) thinking he’d be the answer at left guard.

Instead, the Dolphins picked up Josh Sitton to play that spot and put Davis on the right side. Larsen is training as the backup at both guard positions and center. If Miami ultimately decides to move on from Larsen, it can let him go this year or next year for less than $1 million in dead salary cap space.

That sets up for an offensive line of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Sitton at left guard, Daniel Kilgore at center, Davis at right guard and Ja’Wuan James at right tackle. Behind them, the Dolphins have Larsen at guard or center, Sam Young at either tackle position, Jake Brendel at center and a few other returning players.

Davis’ shift to right guard as his permanent position has had the intended effect, and he’s felt more comfortable already.

“It’s definitely a lot easier focusing on one spot,” he said. “It’s a lot better to be there rather than switching from left to right or vice versa.”

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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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Can new Miami Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains make WR DeVante Parker a star?

DeVante Parker has yet to live up to his draft slot. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins are still waiting for a breakout season from former first-round pick DeVante Parker, and his coaches and teammates are always quick to defend him by pointing out how much injuries have held him back.

While there’s not much Parker can do about getting hurt, and there’s good reason to believe that’s his biggest problem, there are some things he can do better on the field. New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is enamored by his talent and envisions him being an explosive threat this year, but he has a few aspects he wants to work on with him.

“Just consistency, just the fundamentals here and there that he hadn’t gotten to really master because he’s been limited,” Loggains said today. “It’s been impressive to see him fight through some of the stuff that he’s overcome — being banged up, being hurt and doing those things. Once he gets healthy and plays consistent with Ryan (Tannehill), I think that his production will go up and be the player we think he can be.”

This is a crucial year for Parker’s future with the organization. The Dolphins already exercised their $9.4 million option on him for the 2019 season, the last year of his rookie deal, but that can be rescinded as long as he’s not injured. He’ll have to prove he’s worth a raise that nearly triples what he’s going to make this year and possibly show he merits a long-term investment.

Miami took him No. 14 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, and his rookie season was mostly a struggle. Parker played better in Year 2, his first with Adam Gase, and had 56 catches for 744 yards and four touchdowns.

After an overwhelming offseason and preseason, the already high expectations were heightened even more. However, the Dolphins lost Tannehill to a season-ending knee injury in training camp and Parker battled health issues of his own throughout the year.

His numbers dropped — 57 receptions, 670 yards and one touchdown — and he was the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. There were only five games in which he managed more than five catches.

What Loggains loves, though, are the things he does that are hard to coach. Parker’s natural ability, plus some finer points of the position that he’s mastered, were evident when he sat down to study his film.

“The one thing that’s really impressive about DeVante is for a (tall) guy, he can get in and out of breaks,” Loggains said. “To run those comebacks and be able to drop his hips, a lot of long-cut guys struggle with that. DeVante has the ability to do that.

“I had the advantage of seeing some of the OTAs and training camp cut-ups that we go through and the first cut-up I turned on was Day 1 of training camp and he’s playing above the rim and catching a red-area touchdown. We’ve got to make sure that we max out his potential because it’s there.”

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New Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains sees high ceiling for Ryan Tannehill

New Dolphins offensive coordinator sees a big leap coming from Ryan Tannehill. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

DAVIE — It feels like the Dolphins’ upcoming season hinges almost entirely on how well Ryan Tannehill comes back from a major knee injury, and new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains feels good about making that bet.

Adam Gase hired Loggains in January, and he’s s already 100 percent sold on Tannehill — “Absolutely, absolutely. I’m really fired up to work with him,” he said today — based on what he’s seen in throwing sessions and old film. He’s been watching a lot of Tannehill’s 2016 games, the last ones he’s played, as well as tape from last spring’s Organized Team Activities.

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“You just see the growth in the offense from Year 1 to Year 2, especially in OTAs and training camp, before he got hurt,” Loggains said. “Just his command at the line of scrimmage and his ability to fulfill Adam’s vision with the offense and getting in and out of good and bad plays.

“You start taking command because you have confidence. The first year, you’re learning the system. The second year you’re going in and you’re making the ‘Mike’ points and you’re controlling the line of scrimmage and checking and signaling and doing all of those things.”

Loggains also noticed quickly how much the offense lost in 2017, when Tannehill was out and the Dolphins relied on Jay Cutler, Matt Moore and David Fales. He said the impact was obvious.

Gase has been high on Tannehill since Day 1, and a small sample of games from 2016 suggests he has good cause to be optimistic.

Over Tannehill’s first four seasons, he completed 61.9 percent of his passes, averaged 241.6 yards per game and had 87 touchdowns against 54 interceptions for a passer rating of 85.2.

His first year with Gase got off to a rough start, but by midseason he was clicking. Tannehill played the best football of his career over his last eight games that year, completing 69.1 percent of his attempts and posting a 100.1 passer rating. “He had such a good year,” Loggains said after reviewing the tape. If he can play like that for a full season, it’ll make the Dolphins a playoff contender.

Loggains thinks it’s possible for Tannehill to make that kind of jump, and the continuity in coaching should help, even with the change from Clyde Christensen at offensive coordinator. Christensen didn’t work with quarterbacks, and Gase has been the play-caller his entire time as head coach. He and Loggains have described themselves as identical in terms of philosophy, so Loggains doesn’t represent much of a change.

Since being drafted No. 8 overall in 2012, Tannehill has played for Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell and Gase as head coaches. He’s also had Mike Sherman, Bill Lazor, Zac Taylor, Christensen and Loggains for offensive coordinators.

The fact that Tannehill has worked through all the turnover and played decently, as well as his overall personality and work ethic, won Loggains over quickly.

“He’s a really intelligent guy,” Loggains said. “He works his tail off. The one thing that I didn’t know about Ryan until I got here is how much he loves football. He throws the ball really well. I was excited to see that. You see the tape and you’re like, ‘Hey, this guy can sling it around a little bit.’ He’s done a really good job of overcoming that stuff.”

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Five new ideas from Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains

Dowell Loggains is here to save the day. (The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins’ offense has been one of the worst in the NFL the last two years, which is maddening for coach Adam Gase since that’s his specialty.

After two choppy seasons and a significant reworking of the roster, he’s looking for a breakthrough this year. As part of that effort, he opted to bring in former colleague Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator to help get this right.

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Loggains spoke to the media this morning for the first time since Gase hired him in January, and here are five notes about what he intends to do here:

1. His job is to coach Monday through Saturday.
Loggains was a curious hire because he’s got experience as an offensive coordinator, yet he comes into a situation where Gase calls the plays. He’s fine with that. Loggains sees his role as a deputy who helps Gase through “the process of getting to game day.” He said they have a common offensive philosophy and a great working relationship.

“Just the process of game day and getting through game day and going through the game-planning process,” he said, describing his role. “Help clean up and get to game day with some of those things and obviously helping the quarterback room as much as I can.”

2. He wants to run no-huddle, uptempo offense.
Gase has talked about it since he arrived here, but Loggains is determined to finally get this team running a fast-paced offense that includes some no-huddle. Ryan Tannehill’s return is essential to that plan, but it also helps that Loggains believes he has fast, smart, well-conditioned skill players like Albert Wilson, Kenny Stills and Kenyan Drake.

3. He likes the player leadership on offense.
The Dolphins already had Stills as a perfect example of how they want players to approach practice and they’ve kept Tannehill completely involved in everything they do despite him being out the last year-plus with a knee injury. They also brought in Danny Amendola, a 10th-year veteran, and Loggains has already noticed younger receivers trying to mimic some of the small things he does.

4. He sees a wealth of speed, which is exciting.
Not only has the Dolphins’ offense struggled, it’s been uninteresting. Loggains doesn’t see why that should be the case this year with weapons like DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Kalen Ballage, Stills, Drake and Wilson. “The thing that showed up was speed,” he said of his initial assessment of the skill players. He also thinks he has a quarterback in Tannehill who is capable of maximizing those pieces.

“When I walked in … the thing that got me excited was the skill guys,” Loggains said. “All of a sudden you’ve got these skill guys that can run. They all have different traits and different qualities. I think they’re a fast group that, as their knowledge of the offense grows and going back to no huddle, they’ll play faster. Knowledge builds confidence, confidence allows you to play fast.”

5. New left guard Josh Sitton is running the offensive line.
Loggains coached Sitton for two years in Chicago and loves him. “He’s surly, he speaks his mind and he’s really intelligent,” he said. “You guys are going to have a lot of fun with him.” He’s the new leader of the line, replacing Mike Pouncey. Loggains is energized by seeing talented young linemen like Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James learning from him already in the short time he’s been here.

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase gets much-needed help from Dowell Loggains

Dowell Loggains is the Dolphins’ new offensive coordinator this season. (Getty Images)

ORLANDO—There were points during the recent Dolphins season when coach Adam Gase knew he was in over his head.

It’s not that the job was too difficult for Gase or he was unprepared, but he realized he was handling too many parts of the offense. He needed a deputy to take some off that off his schedule, and he needed someone who wouldn’t hesitate to argue with him.

He found someone for both roles by hiring offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. While Gase will retain play-calling duty, Loggains will be more than a sounding board. That’s how former coordinator Clyde Christensen was portrayed, even by himself, and Gase sought to find someone who would be more of a partner than an advisor.

“We have a very easy-working relationship to where he knows me well enough to where he was doing a lot of the things that I needed him to do,” Gase said. “I don’t really have to say anything. He just goes and he does it. He knows how to organize and he knows how to manage the staff. It’s a very smooth transition.”

There were times last season when there didn’t seem to be total cohesion within the staff, particularly with the offensive line and all the turmoil it faced, and Gase believes Loggains will clean some of that up.

He will be instrumental in developing Ryan Tannehill, too, which is a change from Christensen. He said last season he didn’t work much with the quarterbacks.

Christensen, by the way, will remain part of the staff. He agreed to stay on as Director of Football & Player Development. He will remain part of the team’s daily practices and meetings, and his new job description seems fairly similar to the role he served as Gase’s coordinator. Gase said keeping him in the fold is “extremely helpful.”

At 37, Loggains comes in as more of a peer. Gase, 40, was his boss in Chicago in 2015 as well, when he was the offensive coordinator and Loggains was the quarterbacks coach. They clicked that year, and that relationship has continued over the past two and a half months as they’ve dissected what went wrong with Miami’s offense last season and how to get it firing this year.

“Dowell knows exactly what he needs to do, what he needs to get done and where I kind of fit into this whole equation,” Gase said.

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Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase explains why he needs new OC Dowell Loggains

Adam Gase intends for Dowell Loggains to make his workload lighter. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS—It turns out being a mind reader is an essential qualification for being the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator.

Adam Gase didn’t necessarily go into the offseason thinking he needed help running the offense, his specialty, but when former co-worker Dowell Loggains became available, he saw a great benefit in adding someone who knew him so well.

“Dowell can really jump ahead,” Gase said at the NFL Combine today. “He seems to have a good knack for knowing what I’m thinking before saying anything. That’s always something that is a good thing to have when you’re a head coach and you have a lot of things you have to accomplish.”

The translation is that Loggains is familiar enough with Gase’s thought process that he can handle some things for him, making Gase more efficient in his broad responsibilities.

Gase also illustrated some of his rationale for the hire when discussing what first-year Lions coach Matt Patricia will encounter as he makes the transition from coordinator to the head job, as Gase did two years ago.

“The hardest thing in that first year is just managing your time, because you want to be involved in the side of the ball that you’ve been working on for your entire career,” he said. “You’re trying to manage your time between offense, defense and special teams. It depends on if you’re calling plays or calling a defense. That’s going to occupy more of your time. You’re more involved in personnel and more involved in so many decisions, and then you’re dealing with a lot of managerial-type things. You have to manage your time extremely well, because next thing you know, you’re not hitting things you need to hit.”

Gase will retain play-calling duty, which he has had since coming to the Dolphins in 2016, but Loggains will have a meaningful voice in the game plan. He is expected to have more input than former offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, who described himself as more of a sounding board for Gase.

Christensen is remaining on staff in an advisor role that doesn’t seem drastically different from what he was doing the last two years.
Loggains was the Bears’ quarterbacks coach when Gase was their offensive coordinator in 2015. He took over for Gase in Chicago and was the coordinator the last two seasons before being dismissed when the team fired coach John Fox.

Loggains, 37, was also the Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2012 and ’13.

“Dowell knows how I think and we’re able to communicate very easily,” Gase said. There is just something about our connection that it works well, me and him.

“As soon as I heard that he was moving on and I knew that he was interviewing… I knew that was really the fit that I was looking for. Being back around him has been great for me… You’re around guys that you’ve worked with before and they know the system. It felt like he never left.”

Gase also brought in offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, who worked for him in 2016, and running backs coach Eric Studesville. Studesville was an assistant with Gase in Denver for five years.

The new staffers are charged with helping Gase fix an offense that has been “garbage” for most of his time running the team. The Dolphins were 29th in yards rushing last year, 18th in passing and 28th in points scored.

Loggains comes in from a Chicago offense that actually gained fewer yards and scored fewer points. His job could get even more difficult, too, if the Dolphins do not hang on to leading playmaker Jarvis Landry.

He’ll also be working with a rebuilt quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who has never been better than league-average but showed promise under Gase in 2016 before suffering a season-ending knee injury that season and another one in the ensuing training camp.

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2018 NFL free agents: Who can Dolphins get to replace Jarvis Landry?

The Dolphins will almost certainly look at Kendall Wright if Jarvis Landry leaves. (Getty Images)

The question for the Dolphins isn’t whether they’ll miss Jarvis Landry if he leaves in free agency. They absolutely would.

The issue, really, is how they would replace one of the most productive receivers in franchise history. It’s hard to pull 100 catches and 1,000 yards out of thin air.

On the current roster, the next in line at slot receiver would be Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo or Rashawn Scott. Grant is the only one of that trio to show flashes in games and he’s still viewed firstly as a return man and gadget player.

The good news for Miami is that there are decent contingency plans available via free agency and the draft. None of them are as wise as retaining Landry, who set an NFL record with 400 catches in his first four seasons plus 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns, but there are options.

The first four months of the offseason are devoted mainly to the draft, but free agency comes first. The Dolphins will have a delegation at the NFL Combine next week, and the free agent market opens March 12, about a week after the staff returns from Indianapolis.

One name that will certainly be on Miami’s list is Kendall Wright, a 28-year-old coming off a solid season for the Bears.

Wright had the best year of his career—94 receptions, 1,079 yards and two touchdowns—in 2013 when he played for the Titans under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. When the Bears needed a stopgap at slot receiver last season, when Loggains was their offensive coordinator, they signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal.

Wright rewarded that faith by putting up 614 yards and a touchdown on 59 catches. That might not sound like much, but it was significant considering Chicago had a dreadful passing offense with rookie Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback and Wright’s numbers were the best on the roster. Pro Football Focus ranked him the 40th-best receiver in the league.

With Loggains now the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator and Wright a free agent again, he’s a logical choice if the team needs to fill Landry’s spot. Whatever Wright costs, it will be far less than Spotrac’s projected market value for Landry of a five-year, $69 million contract.

Any free agent slot receiver Miami considers likely won’t be expected to play as prominent a role in the offense as Landry has. Letting him walk would theoretically be based, in part, on a belief that Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker will up their production. Stills is in the prime of his career and has been good the last two seasons, but banking on Parker’s breakout is risky. More than anything, he’s had trouble staying healthy.

Wright and Kansas City’s Albert Wilson make the most sense on paper. Beyond those two, the Dolphins would have to see if they can lure Danny Amendola away from New England (high unlikely), look at Buffalo’s Jordan Matthews or sift through a bargain bin that includes Michael Campanaro, De’Anthony Thomas, Bruce Ellington and Harry Douglas.

Wilson, 25, was a terrific quarterback at Port St. Lucie High School and clawed his way into the NFL as an undrafted receiver out of Georgia State. He’s 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, which would make him the team’s smallest offensive player after Grant at 5-foot-7, 169.

He averaged a little over $800,000 per year in four modest seasons with the Chiefs and is looking at his first real chance at an impressive contract.

He won’t be one of the top receivers in free agency, but he will draw interest after catching 42 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns last season. PFF had him 33rd among receivers.

The alternative for the Dolphins is to look for a slot receiver in the draft, but executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum is averse to any plan that hinges on a rookie being an immediate starter. His general philosophy is to have a solid starting 22 in place before the draft.

Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk is someone who looks like he could thrive at slot receiver in the pros, but it’s possible he’ll be picked late in the first round. Barring a trade, he’d have to slide to No. 42 overall for Miami to have a chance. The Dolphins could also consider Memphis’ Anthony Miller as a mid-round pick.

Again, though, none of those moves seems smarter than sticking with Landry. The Dolphins can franchise or transition tag him beginning Tuesday and they still have three weeks to work out a new deal that would keep him in South Florida long term.

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