Stability gives Dolphins TE A.J. Derby chance to win starting job

A.J. Derby is undaunted by the Dolphins drafting two rookie tight ends. (AP)

DAVIE — It is a widespread assumption that second-round pick Mike Gesicki will be the Dolphins’ starting tight end this season. He comes in with a higher pedigree than anyone else Miami has at the position, making him the most intriguing player in a room made up mostly of journeymen.

But A.J. Derby isn’t conceding anything.

After three-plus years bouncing around, Derby has gotten some stability since coming to the Dolphins on a waiver claim last November. Before the draft, when Miami took Gesicki and fourth-rounder Durham Smythe, coach Adam Gase talked about him as a candidate to start this year.

It’s a much different situation for Derby than last season, when he arrived in the middle of a game week from Denver and had little time to learn everything before the season ended a month later. Now, after spending the whole offseason in South Florida and buried in Gase’s playbook, he’s got a better chance to prove himself.

“Last year I was learning week by week the plays that were installed,” he said after practice today. “It didn’t get the full install in camp, but now I get to learn the ins and outs of the offense, so that’s awesome.”

As for the team drafting two players at his position, Derby added, “I don’t pay attention to the draft. They have their own reasoning for everything they’re doing. I don’t really look at. I’m just looking forward. I’m not worried about that.”

He has a significant edge over the rookies at this point because of his familiarity with the offense and the work he put in with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Derby said he hit the field for many offseason throwing sessions, which has already helped him play better in Organized Team Activities.

Derby is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass-catcher who, at his best, has been a viable threat. He closed out the 2016 season in Denver with 16 catches for 160 yards over the final five games. He was solid in the first half of last season, too, going for 19 catches, 224 yards and two touchdowns in nine games while playing with some of the worst quarterbacks in the league.

Those numbers aren’t amazing, but the Dolphins would gladly settle for adequate production out of that position at this point.

Derby’s run with the Broncos ended with an unspecified injury, which prompted them to waive him. When he arrived in Davie, he said he was healthy and cleared to practice. He’s not sure why he wasn’t able to stick in New England or Denver, but he’s optimistic about what he can do for the Dolphins this year after a full offseason with the team.

“Being with Coach Gase is exciting,” Derby said. “He’s done a lot of great things with tight ends in his past. That’s why as a room we’re really excited and working so hard. We want to be there for the offense and make as many plays as we can.”

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Throwing sessions with Ryan Tannehill give Dolphins TE A.J. Derby advantage

Dolphins TE A.J. Derby is battling two rookies for a starting spot. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill always likes to organize some off-site throwing sessions in the offseason, and those workouts have been particularly important this year.

Not only does Tannehill need the repetitions after being out long-term with a knee injury, there are several key skill players who have emerged since he last played in December 2016. Tight end A.J. Derby is part of that group and benefitted tremendously from working with Tannehill before Organized Team Activities began.

Derby, who came in from Denver on a waiver claim late last year, stayed in Jupiter this offseason and drove down whenever Tannehill wanted.

“That’s what that time of year is for, to get that connection and get going,” Derby said after OTA practice today. “And hopefully by the season everyone will be clicking.”

That also gave Derby a head start on fighting for his spot on the depth chart. The Dolphins drafted a pass-catching tight end in Mike Gesicki in the second round this year and took Durham Smythe, a blocking specialist, in the fourth.

This is Derby’s third team since New England took him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he’s played with a variety of quarterbacks over his time with New England, Miami and Denver.

As a former college quarterback, he prides himself on helping someone like Tannehill as much as possible. There were no monumental breakthroughs during their throwing sessions, but they hammered out some nuances that should help as they continue to work toward the start of training camp next month.

“He’s a very detail-oriented quarterback,” Derby said. “He wants you exactly where he wants you, and I was just trying to take exactly what he wanted and implement it in my game — just certain routes being in the right spot and looking at the right time.

“It’s just the timing and me being ready when he wants me to be ready, like on a little diagonal route, he wants me to look a little bit earlier, so that’s what we worked on. It’s just small details.”

Derby came to the Dolphins in late November last season and got on the field for the final two games. He was targeted nine times and caught two passes for 20 yards.

Prior to that, he appeared in 19 games for the Patriots and Broncos, totaling 35 receptions, 384 yards and two touchdowns.

A few months ago, coach Adam Gase said the team didn’t get a full opportunity to see what Derby could do, and the staff has much better grasp of his skillset now.

“I’m really interested to see what we can do with him,” Gase said in March. “We’ll kind of see what we can do developing him. I think he’s one of those guys that has a great feel in the slot and kind of that one-on-one spot versus a safety or linebacker. We’ll see how it plays out.”

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill: Minkah Fitzpatrick is ‘what you want to see’

Ryan Tannehill likes Minkah Fitzpatrick’s play so far. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Everyone in the Dolphins organization has been impressed by rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick over his first month or so as a pro. His teammates in the secondary and Miami’s coaching staff have said he’s as good as advertised coming out of Alabama, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has taken note as well.

Fitzpatrick had two interceptions in the first two weeks of offseason practices, though he didn’t say which quarterback(s) he got, and the offense is well aware of his presence.

“He’s been good; He’s flying around at practice,” Tannehill said. “You see his mentality and his aggression. He plays what he sees and he plays fast, and that’s what you want to see out of a DB. You might make a mistake here or there but if you’re out there playing fast, you’re going to make some big plays and really change games for us.

“I’m excited with what I see so far. I can’t really speak on details because I don’t know how he’s being coached or what positions he’s being put in, but from what I’m seeing, he’s playing fast and he’s working hard, so I like what I see.”

Regardless of it still being three months before the regular season begins, the early reviews on Fitzpatrick have been encouraging. At 21 years old, he’s picking up the defense quickly and demonstrating great work ethic.

That’s a strong start toward securing a spot in Miami’s crowded secondary. Two-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones is a virtual lock at one safety spot, leaving Fitzpatrick to compete mainly against T.J. McDonald for snaps.

“We keep giving him more and he keeps taking it,” defensive coordinator Matt Burke said. “We are moving him around to some different spots and trying to play him in some different places to get a feel for sort of what his best fit is or what the best way to utilize him is, and he’s responded well.”

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Miami Dolphins minicamp practice report: Linebacker Kiko Alonso out

Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins were back to work in minicamp this morning. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins are in their second practice of mandatory minicamp this morning, and the offense is trying to bounce back from a rough day.

Miami coach Adam Gase was steaming after seeing some shaky execution and watching his offense wilt in the heat late in Tuesday’s practice, which should never happen for this team.

Here are some notes from today’s work:

— Linebacker Kiko Alonso is doing conditioning work on the side. —

— Tight end Thomas Duarte and defensive back Jordan Lucas are out with unspecified injuries.

— Veteran running back Frank Gore appears to be mostly an observer, though he is doing some individual drills, which is part of his and the team’s plan this offseason.

— Quarterback Brock Osweiler had a nice dumpoff pass to a running back for a touchdown during red zone work.

— Free agent invite Taveze Calhoun grabbed a pick-six off David Fales.

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David Fales looks like leader for Dolphins’ backup quarterback job

David Fales has years of credibility with Adam Gase. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — When Dolphins coach Adam Gase insisted last month that he won’t be making any calls to veteran free agent quarterbacks if Ryan Tannehill gets hurt again, it might have been difficult to understand why he was so resolute about going forward with the backups already on the roster.

First there’s David Fales, a 27-year-old who’s been on three teams and played in three games since being drafted in the sixth round out of San Jose State in 2014.

Then there’s Brock Osweiler. The same age as Fales, he’s on his fourth team and barely has more career touchdowns (31) than interceptions (27).

If all else fails, there’s Bryce Petty. He was a disaster with the Jets and seems highly unlikely to make the Dolphins’ roster.

So which of those three gives Gase so much confidence? The way he’s talked this offseason, it appears to be Fales.

“He just keeps getting better,” Gase said of him Tuesday, three weeks into the team’s offseason practices. “He’s making a lot of plays. I think he’s utilizing the guys he’s working with and I think getting to go with Albert (Wilson), Jakeem (Grant) and Isaiah (Ford) and Drew (Morgan), they’ve all been in this offense now – expect for Albert – for two or three years, so guys know what to do.

“He doesn’t have to worry about telling anybody what to do or dealing with any rookies at wide receiver. You’re able to just do you job. I think he’s doing a good job of finding the open guy and completing passes.”

Fales was with the Dolphins last offseason, too, and never had much chance at making the final cut. Miami was prepared to go into the year with Tannehill and Matt Moore as the only quarterbacks on the roster, and when Tannehill blew out his knee, Gase was content with Cutler and Moore.

He kept in touch with Fales, though. He worked out in California hoping someone would call, but went unsigned. When Cutler suffered broken ribs last October, Gase brought Fales back as the No. 2 behind Moore.

Miami kept him the rest of the season as a contingency because of Cutler’s age and Moore being battered by injuries. He played mop-up minutes against the Broncos in early December and took over for Cutler in the first quarter of a meaningless season finale against the Bills.

Gase would dispute labeling that game meaningless, actually. From his standpoint, Buffalo certainly wasn’t treating the game that way, so whatever Fales accomplished in that afternoon was worthwhile to him.

His line: 29 for 42, 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 83.9.

There’s nothing amazing about that, but it’s certainly above the line of what’s expected from a backup quarterback.

“It was definitely encouraging,” said Bo Hardegree, his position coach. “He did some things that you don’t get to see in practice with pocket presence. I wasn’t surprised at some things that he did, making some plays with his legs. He does a really good job of getting the ball out fast because he is a very smart person.

“It’s good for Adam Gase to be able to call plays knowing, again, that he’s not going to put us in a losing situation. He’s going to get the ball out of his hands and we’re going to stay on schedule – first down, second down, first down, second down. That’s what we try to do.”

The question on Fales, then, is why has he been a journeyman if he’s got such a promising makeup? He spent his first two years on Chicago’s bench (Gase was his offensive coordinator there in 2015), then had a brief stop with the Ravens before coming back to the Bears in 2016.

What’s held him back?

“Overthinking,” Gase said.

It was a puzzling answer considering how often Gase credits Fales’ intelligence and ability to make prudent decisions in pressure-packed situations that would rush other quarterbacks into mistakes.

Thinking is good, but thinking too much can be costly. The balance is so delicate that it’s the difference between being an NFL starter and bouncing from team to team as Fales has.

“He can process a lot in his brain, and (we’re) just making sure that he just sticks with what we’re doing and don’t go too far outside the box,” Gase said. “Sometimes he’ll take a couple of extra steps that those other guys aren’t ready for. Sometimes he just (needs to) run the play and execute it.”

If Fales can find the sweet spot Gase is describing, it sounds like it’s his job to lose.

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Miami Dolphins believe they’re rich with passing targets

The Dolphins are counting on Kenny Stills to be a homerun threat, but they have other weapons. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said a few times that this roster is built the way he wants it, particularly when it comes to receivers, and he’s brimming with confidence about how the passing game will look this season.

With Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker staying on as starters, plus the addition of Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson, the receiver room has undergone significant change. The team is also intent on using running back Kenyan Drake as a pass-catching threat and has a potentially dynamic tight end in second-rounder Mike Gesicki.

Those are six quality options without mentioning the threat of Jakeem Grant, rookie running back Kalen Ballage and tight end A.J. Derby.

“I feel right now that we legitimately have two groups of receivers that can play at a high level for us,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said today. “So if we want to sub somebody out and keep fresh legs in there, or if someone goes down — whatever the case may be — I don’t feel like there’s really going to be much of a drop off (in) production or ability with the group that we have.

“We have a really deep room right now. They work really hard. You see them every day out there grinding. Nobody’s complaining. They’re trying to get better each and every day and that’s what we want.”

Last year, with Miami enduring trouble at quarterback and on the line of scrimmage, plus Parker struggling, Jarvis Landry was by far the most targeted receiver. Almost 27 percent of the Dolphins’ pass attempts went his way, and the trio of him, Stills and Parker accounted for 60.1 percent.

The distribution should be a little more widespread this season. Gase believes he has more maneuverability, too, and has been enjoying the chance to move Wilson all over the place in offseason practices.

He’s a multi-talented threat. Stills has versatility. Amendola is one of the most trusted slot receivers in the league. Drake is the fastest running back Miami’s had in a while. Gesicki is the highest-drafted tight end on this team since the 1970s. Parker, the No. 14 overall selection in 2015, likely still hasn’t peaked.

“If we stay healthy,” Gase said, “we should have a lot of guys that can make plays.”

The other benefit to Gase is that he believes he’s reshaped the receiver corps into a group that won’t be derailed by ego. If no one has a great year statistically, but most of them have a good year, he doesn’t see that being a problem.

That takes some pressure off Tannehill, too.

“They’re not complaining,” Tannehill said. “They’re not griping about not getting the ball.

“But when you do have talented guys, you want to get them the football. I think it’s a balancing act… trying to get guys involved, finding them rhythms in the game and help them be productive.”

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill ready to use his legs as weapon again

Ryan Tannehill has too much natural ability as a runner to be purely a pocket passer. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — If everything goes the way the Dolphins intend, the new version of Ryan Tannehill will take the same aggressive approach he showed in 2016. That includes taking advantage of opportunities to use his running ability, regardless of him coming off major knee surgery.

Miami coach Adam Gase has often said he believes mobility and the threat to take off is essential in the modern NFL, unless a team has a generational talent like Tom Brady, and that’s part of why he believes in Tannehill. If this ends up being a great comeback season, his agility and speed will be a factor in it.

“I feel like I’m moving well,” Tannehill said today. “I’m able to escape, able to get up field, when the window’s there. It’s still going to be a weapon for me. When the defense presents an open spot, I can make them pay by getting through with my legs.”

He’s looked comfortable on his knee so far in offseason work and said he did much more strenuous testing on it in physical therapy than it will endure playing football. He said he’s fully cleared for everything his position requires.

Tannehill, a former collegiate wide receiver, has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his pro career and scored at least one touchdown each year. His career highs as a runner came in 2014, when he took off 56 times for 311 yards (5.6 per attempt). He also averaged 6 per rush the year before.

In his lone season playing for Gase, he rushed 39 times for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Gase has indicated at times he’d like to use that threat more often, and based on what Tannehill has shown this offseason, there’s a good chance Miami will be able to do so this year.

“I’ve seen him move around just as well as he ever has,” Gase said.

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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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Miami Dolphins retooling QB Brock Osweiler’s mechanics in offseason work

Brock Osweiler’s mechanics are getting a makeover this offseason. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins didn’t bring beleaguered quarterback Brock Osweiler on as a favor, or to be merely a “camp arm.” There is belief in the organization that they can salvage a player who’s been discarded by Houston, Cleveland and Denver in the last two years, and they’re already seeing some strides.

Osweiler is just 27 and has made 25 starts, leaving room to be optimistic that he’s not fully formed as a quarterback yet. The first step for Miami has been to rework his form.

“We’re doing some things mechanically with him to kind of make everything consistent, which he’s doing a really good job,” quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree said. “I think he’s throwing the ball really well and he’s really fun to be around. It’s a good that we have right now, that we’re working with this offseason.”

If the Dolphins can turn him into a viable backup, it’ll be an impressive accomplishment.

Osweiler overlapped with coach Adam Gase in Denver from 2012 through ’14 and filled in extensively for Peyton Manning in the 2015 season. He posted an 86.4 passer rating and had 10 touchdowns against six interceptions, and it didn’t hurt that the Broncos went 5-2 in his starts.

That run earned him a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans, but he was a disaster in his lone season with them. After watching Osweiler through more interceptions than touchdowns, complete under 60 percent of his passes and put up a passer rating in the low 70s (even 2017 Jay Cutler cracked 80, for comparison), Houston gave up a second-round pick just to get Cleveland to take the contract.

The Browns hoped Osweiler would give them something as a backup, but ultimately cut him before the season began. He returned to Denver and had five touchdowns, five interceptions and a 72.5 passer rating in six games (four starts).

He lingered on the free agent market long enough for the Dolphins to consider adding him to a quarterback corps headlined by Ryan Tannehill and featuring David Fales as the likely backup.

To Osweiler’s credit, he’s shown humility and been realistic about where he’s at in his career at this point. Battling Fales for the backup job wasn’t beneath him.

“I probably took longer than everybody else,” Gase said. “When we started the free agency process, guys were talking about the fact that, ‘He’s 27-years-old. He’s played for you before and you were part of the guys that drafted him. You know him well. He wants to be here.’ They were almost selling me. I really had to go through things and just make sure that he was good getting back with me and understanding the situation we were in and kind of what he was going to be competing for.

“Hearing him and where he was mentally and what he wanted to accomplish and how he kind of wanted to get his career rolling again, after we had that conversation and we got him in the building, everybody really liked him. I felt good about it. We ended up making that move and ever since then, I’m seeing the same guy that I saw in his younger years.”

Hardegree worked with Osweiler in Denver, too. He was an offensive quality control assistant when Gase was there in 2014, went on to the Bears as one of Gase’s assistants in 2015 and got hired as the Dolphins quarterbacks coach in 2016.

What he’s seen right away from Osweiler is a good grasp of Gase’s offense and, equally important, an ability to make sure everyone else knows how the plays are supposed to work.

“He’s really strong with it,” Hardegree said. “He understands what we’re looking for. He gets the ball out of his hands and he’s a good communicator as far as for a coach too. He’ll come right back to you and say, ‘I should’ve done this,’ or ‘What do you think about this?’ He wants to learn on every play and you love that as a coach.”

Tannehill is the unquestioned starter, and the Dolphins did not draft a quarterback this year. Fales, whose history with Gase goes back to Chicago, played some due to injuries last season. Gase’s comments about him have hinted that he’s the man to beat for the No. 2 job.

Osweiler will get his shot, but also must compete with New York Jets castoff Bryce Petty. Petty was a fourth-round pick in 2015 and has 10 career NFL appearances. He struggled tremendously for the Jets (53.1 percent completions, four touchdowns, 10 interceptions) and was waived after they drafted Sam Darnold.

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Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill thought ‘Don’t waste the draft pick’ on QB (via MMQB)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill listens to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains at training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Ryan Tannehill knew every time the Dolphins were visiting with a quarterback draft prospect, in Davie or in their town, because coach Adam Gase kept him aware of every visit.

According to Albert Breer of MMQB, Tannehill had a clear perspective on the possibility.

“I really think his thought was—don’t waste the draft pick,” Gase said, according to Breer. “He focused on work and bringing the same intensity he does every day. He’s very competitive. He’s not going to bat an eye at any of those things. He just keeps going. If there’s some kind of internal thing going on, you’re not going to know. He’s not going to show his cards. So I never worried about it.”

Gase wasn’t worried about Tannehill’s approach. But should the Dolphins be worried about not drafting a quarterback?

Not only did Miami not land a top quarterback in the first round — Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all selected before they chose Minkah Fitzpatrick — but they didn’t take a quarterback at all.

The idea of selecting a quarterback was never just about replacing Tannehill. It was also about creating legitimate competition at the position, to push Tannehill (Gase would say he does not need pushing) and also to add depth.

As of now, unproven David Fales and underachieving Brock Osweiler are Miami’s backups. That’s not idea;. Of course, Miami’s entire season rides on Tannehill staying healthy for the first season since 2015 anyhow.

“Just being around him, this being my third year [as head coach], the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there,” Gase told MMQB.

Everyone is happy Tannehill is back. Probably even Kristin Cavallari.

Gase spoke more about culture in his conversation with MMQB, praising Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Robert Quinn and Frank Gore for competitiveness, conditioning, motor and grit. Those are all good things.

If defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami’s first-round pick, is a candidate for defensive rookie of the year, well, yeah, that won’t have been a wasted draft pick. And it will look even better, of course, if Ryan Tannehill stays healthy.

Then Tannehill and the Dolphins will have been completely right.

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