The Miami Dolphins have traded for Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence from the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed 2019 draft pick. Spence's contract will pay him a base salary of $2.575 million in 2019. The 29 year old Spence had 39 tackles and 3 sacks for the Lions last year.
TALK ABOUT IT IN THE PHINZONE FORUMS!
The Miami Dolphins did not land the QB of the future, however, they did address a large need with a top talent. The Miami Dolphins drafted DB Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama to improve a shallow secondary that was ranked near the bottom of the league. Fitzpatrick is a versatile defender who was regarded by many as a top five talent in this year's draft. With teams jockeying for the four highly desired QBs, it left a number of top players thus creating great value in the middle of the round. Miami clearly benefited and Fitzpatrick was not expected to be there at #11. Alabama Coach Nick Saban calls him the "Best player I have ever coached" and Ray Lewis says he is a "culture changer". Fans in general appear to feel positive about the choice, however, with linebacker Tremaine Edmunds also on the board, many wonder if they missed on a bigger need. As always, only time will tell.
DOLPHINS BEAT FALCONS 23-20 BUT LOSE PRIZED ROOKIE
INJURY BUG BITES HARD IN 2017
The Miami Dolphins pulled out a come frombehind victory in their first preseason game, but the news of the game was the injury to star rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillon. McMillon was hurt on the first series of the game during punt coverage. He never played a defensive snap. The reports are unconfirmed, but several sourcesincluding Sports Illustrated here are stating the team believes it is a torn ACL which would end his season.
This season, looked like it was going to be just another wasted year. A 1-4 start. The one victory, an overtime win against the worst team in the league right now. Didn’t actually see that once proud torch, shining any brighter in Miami. Fast forward to week 16, and Gase has completely turned this team around.
Phinzone's Forum member FtlDolfan breaks down how Cam Wake and YOUR Miami Dolphins can make it to the playoffs this year.
Here is how I think the Dolphins could make the playoffs as the #6 seed in the AFC.
I think a minimum of 3-1 is required. Ideally we would win all remaining Conference games but lets say we beat the Cardinals and go 2-1 against our division rivals. That would get us to 10-6 and a 7-5 Conference record.
If the Broncos go 2-2 and also finish at 10-6 then the Dolphins and Broncos would both be 10-6 with a 7-5 Conference record. The problem is with the next tiebreaker which is common opponents with a minimum of 4 games. We have 5 common games which are the Chargers, Patriots, Titans and Bengals. Right now they are 2-1 and we are 1-3. The only way we can even finish tied with them at 2-3 is if they lose to the Titans and Patriots and we beat the Patriots. Then we would be screwed on the next tiebreaker which is strength of victory. Since we already have 2 wins against the Browns 0-12 and the 49ers 1-11 and we need to beat the Jets who are now 3-9 we won't be winning this tiebreaker. So we are going to have to finish with a better record than the Broncos so we either need to go 4-0 and hope they go 2-2 or go 3-1 and hope they go 1-3.
We want the Steelers to beat the Bills which would end any chance they have to reach 10 wins. We can figure out who we would rather win the game against the Ravens when they play each other based on what their records are.
We want them to lose to the Patriots which would basically ensure that both the Ravens and Steelers can't reach 10 wins so if the Steelers beat the Ravens they can't finish any better than 9-7 and if the Ravens beat the Steelers they can't finish any better than 10-6 and we own the tiebreaker over them.
We want the Steelers to beat the Bills which would eliminate any chance of them reaching 10 wins.
Here is what to root for next week:
Dolphins beat Cardinals
Titans beat Broncos
Steelers beat Bills
Patriots beat Ravens