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Dolphins’ Run Defense Showing Signs Of Improvement In Training Camp

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It is no secret that one of the reasons the Miami Dolphins faltered last season was an inability to stop the run.

Miami, who tied for last in the NFL in yards allowed per carry (4.8), focused their offseason on revamping the defense both in the draft (Charles Harris, William Hayes, Raekwon McMillan, Vincent Taylor) and in free agency (Lawrence Timmons).

While it’s hard to determine just how much a team has truly improved, in any area, during training camp, Dolphins head coach has seen some positive things in regards to the run defense so far in camp.

“I’ve noticed a difference with the d-line,” coach Adam Gase said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

“They’re so sound right now. They are closing things down in the running game very quickly. It’s been very difficult running the football, especially in the edge.”

Miami knows that improving their run defense is critical to sustaining their success from the 2016 season.

So far, so good.

“They are hammering it good – those second, third groups,” Gase said.” It’s all about consistency.”

Gase is taking last season’s failures on the defensive side of the football as a tool to improve this offseason.

“We learned a lot what we needed to improve on schematically,” Gase said.

“There are times everyone was on the same page [last season] and sometimes we would be way off and gashed in the running game and passing game. We added some guys with veteran presence.”

It will be interesting to see just how much the Dolphins improved in the run defense department but it’s unlikely that the improvement won’t be seen until the regular season is underway, when players are officially “on”.

For now, the Dolphins are feeling pretty good about what’s going on in camp.

 

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Jags’ Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Others Remain Questionable

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a number of players on the mend, and running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Fournette and Ramsey aren’t alone, as running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback D.J. Hayden, and right guard A.J. Cann are all questionable as well.

Fournette will likely be a gametime decision.

“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Players are doing the best job they can to get themselves ready to go, but we played a home opener in New York. We played a home opener here. Now we’ve got a divisional opponent.

“When you look at it a lot of teams are going through the same thing, just trying to keep everybody as healthy as they possibly can.”

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Bengals’ Billy Price Out with Leg Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without rookie center Billy Price as he is dealing with a lower left leg injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr.

“Finally figured out what it was this morning,” Price said. “Last couple days was just trying to figure out what it is and what’s the plan going forward. They thought it was an ankle now turned to a foot, there wasn’t any swelling and it wasn’t Lisfranc, so just thankful for that. That’s great news.”

Price will be re-evaluated in two weeks by doctors.

 

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Patriots Sign Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

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The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad earlier this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster last week, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Pats then opted to add Coleman to their practice squad.

Coleman is close to being out of the NFL completely after his cut from the Buffalo Bills, following his bottoming out with the Cleveland Browns.

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