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MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Damian Williams to a one-year contract, the team announced today.
“I would like to welcome Damian Williams to the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “Damian is a proven NFL player who brings with him talent and experience, both on offense and special teams, which will enhance a very talented and competitive receiving corps.”
The 6-3, 193-pound Williams joins Miami after spending the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2010-13). While with Tennessee he appeared in 54 games with 17 coming in a starting role. Over the span of his professional career, he has amassed 106 catches for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns. In 2013, he saw action in 10 games with one start recording 15 catches for 178 yards. During the 2012 campaign, Williams played in 13 games with two starts and finished the season ranked sixth on the team with 30 receptions for 324 yards. In 2011, Williams played in 15 games and ranked fifth on the team with 45 receptions. His 592 receiving yards in 2011 made up the third-best total on the squad, and his five touchdown receptions were the second most on the team. During his rookie season in 2010, Williams played in every game and recorded 219 yards on 16 receptions. Williams was originally selected by the Titans in the third round (77th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
MDC “FANTASY” MASHUP
During the 2015 Calendar shoot this year, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders created a special treat for fans with their third video lip dub, a mashup by DJ Earworm. The newest video includes a medley of songs and can be found at SoundCloud.com.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Complete 2015 Swimsuit Calendar Shoot in Dominican Republic
La Romana, Dominican Republic – A total of 25 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic to shoot their 2015 Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. Shot on location at Casa de Campo “Home of the Sporting Life” and hosted by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), this marked the fifth year that the team has traveled to the world-class destination. The swimsuit calendar will be unveiled later this year during the cheerleaders’ annual fashion show reveal party in Miami.
Expanded Finsiders Show To Debut This Afternoon At 4 p.m
March 31, 2014
Miami, FL – Starting this afternoon, an expanded version of the “The Finsiders” multimedia show will debut at 4 p.m. as the show will now air every weekday for three hours from 4-7 p.m. The Finsiders, the Miami Dolphins’ multi-media show, originates from the Doctors Hospital Training Facility.
“Our goal is to provide our fans with expanded inside access to Dolphins related content,” said Claudia Lezcano, the team’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The additional hour will give us the opportunity to increase our coverage of the rest of the NFL and all South Florida sports.”The show can be heard live in its entirety on the radio on 940 WINZ-AM (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) along with streaming online at Dolphins.com and from 5-6 p.m. on 1230 WBZT-AM (West Palm Beach). The show’s second hour (5-6 p.m.) can be watched live in high definition on Fox Sports Florida. Visit FOXSportsFlorida.com for channel listings.
March 12th Official Releases
DOLPHINS SIGN DEFENSIVE TACKLE EARL MITCHELL
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year contract, the team announced today.
“I would like to welcome defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “Earl’s production at the defensive tackle position speaks for itself. He is a productive and talented player who has a great passion for the game. The addition of a veteran like Earl will help bolster our defensive unit as a whole as well as adding another piece to the defensive front.”
The 6-3, 300-pound Mitchell joins Miami after spending the past four seasons with the Houston Texans (2010-13).
DOLPHINS SIGN PRO BOWL TACKLE BRANDEN ALBERT
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free agent Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert to a five-year contract, the team announced today. “I am pleased to announce that the Miami Dolphins have signed Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “The addition of a Pro Bowl player of Branden’s caliber to our offensive line was definitely a focus of our organization heading into the free agency period. The type of talent, skill and ability that Brandon brings will not only strengthen the offense but will be felt throughout the 53-man roster.”
The 6-5, 316-pound Albert joins Miami after spending the past six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008-13).
DOLPHINS TRADE JONATHAN MARTIN TO 49ERS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have traded offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.
“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” said Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “We wish Jonathan well.”
Statement from Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross
“I have made clear I want the stadium modernized because it’s right for our fans and it’s right for Miami-Dade and South Florida. I have decided the best way to get this done is to pay for the project with private funds. All we ask in return is that we are treated the same as all franchises in the state of Florida. A world-class city needs a world-class stadium.We haven’t won a Super Bowl bid in Miami-Dade in far too long, and we know that with the stadium as an issue, we never will unless it is modernized. The Super Bowl Committee will have to decide if they want to compete for the next two Super Bowls so time is of the essence. It is time to move forward.This privately funded project will create more than 4,000 local jobs. We can bring back the Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff Championship and world-class soccer matches — and all the revenue those big events generate for the local community. I am going to make the commitment and provide the resources because Miami deserves the economic benefits of a modernized stadium.
DOLPHINS RELEASE DIMITRI PATTERSON
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have released cornerback Dimitri Patterson, the team announced today.
DOLPHINS SIGN LOUIS DELMAS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent safety Louis Delmas to a one-year contract, the team announced today.
“I am happy to announce the addition of safety Louis Delmas to the Miami Dolphins and I would like to welcome him back to South Florida,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “He is leader on and off the field and has a proven track record of playmaking that will benefit the entire defensive unit.”
The 5-11, 202-pound Delmas joins Miami after spending the past five seasons with the Detroit Lions (2009-13).
DOLPHINS RE-SIGN PRO BOWL CORNERBACK BRENT GRIMES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have re-signed Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a four-year contract, the team announced today.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to reach an agreement with Brent to keep him as a member of the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “Brent is a two time Pro Bowler who has been a valuable piece to our organization as a player on the field, a leader in the locker room as well off the field in the South Florida community.”
The 5-10, 183-pound Grimes joined Miami in 2013 after spending six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2007-12).
NYU White Paper Proposes Initiative to Promote Civility and Respect in Sports
New York, February 25, 2014 – The NYU Sports and Society program, headed by University Professor Arthur R. Miller, issued a white paper today examining the phenomenon of bullying and other intolerant behavior in sports, and proposing a comprehensive range of initiatives focused on youth athletics to combat them. While these issues have been central to the Sports and Society program, work on this latest project began after NYU Law alumnus Stephen M. Ross (LLM ’66) approached NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison in December 2013 to discuss ways to increase civility and respect in sports, and thus, in society at large.
Ross is a majority owner of the Miami Dolphins. Last fall, the organization was thrust into the public spotlight of issues regarding harassment and hazing in sports. Working with Morrison, Miller, one of the nation’s most distinguished law professors and founder of the Sports and Society program at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), assembled a team of NYU Law faculty, alumni, and students, as well as faculty affiliated with NYU-SCPS, to work on a range of linked projects examining the issue.
“We must work together towards a culture of civility and mutual respect for one another,” said Ross. “Something needs to be done so that every man and woman, young and old, can participate in sports on all levels and find a positive and meaningful experience. We will use this opportunity to make a positive change.”
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 General Manager Dennis Hickey
(Opening statement) – “If I counted correctly, this is my 19th (NFL) Combine. I’m very excited. This is my first time as a GM. I’ve very excited to be the GM of the Miami Dolphins. I’ve been there a short time my three weeks, but it’s been a great experience getting to know the people, the organization, the players. It really is an exciting time. This is the next part of the process in teambuilding. Obviously the process and building a 53-man roster starting from the previous year at the end of May as the evaluation of these draft prospects begins and then leads on into the season, the bowl games, all-star games, and the combine is the next part of the process. It’s an exciting time. You get 350 of the best college football players in the same setting where you get to evaluate them from an athletic standpoint, get verified measurables on them as well as getting to know the player themselves as well as getting detailed medical information. It’s an exciting time for the Miami Dolphins, and I’ll open it up for questions.”
(On the biggest adjustment being a general manager) – “It really wasn’t that much different. We went through our college draft meeting for about 10 days with our college staff. Preparing that way I already had a pretty good feel for most of the country that way. Those preparations weren’t, it’s the ancillary, this type of preparation. Obviously the different duties of the job that are outside of the strictly evaluation which I was accustomed to previously.
(On having to potentially rebuild the offensive line) – “Every day that I wake up I think about how can I get the Miami Dolphins to the best 53 man roster. That encompasses all positions. I believe that it all starts up front, on both sides of the ball but everyday we’re constantly looking. Meeting with our scouts and talking with Coach Philbin, watching film together and trying to detail what’s the best plan. We’re putting together that strategic plan and we’re going forward with that.”
What Head Coach Joe Philbin SEZ…..
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS QUOTES
(Opening statement) – “I remember the first day I interviewed for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job with Steve Ross, and we talked a lot about the type of program I wanted to run in Miami. One of the things I told Steve was it’s important to me that any player we have or any staff member we have, I wanted to create an atmosphere where their experience as a Miami Dolphin, whether it was for three weeks, three months, three years, 10 years, was the best professional experience they ever had. And if they left Miami and went to another organization or left and went to work for General Electric, Goldman Sachs or whatever great company in America, they would look back on their time as a Miami Dolphin and say, ‘That organization was committed to helping me reach my full potential. They committed the resources, the time and invested in the individuals to make us a great football team,’ so they can look back and say they had a tremendous experience. Any time that isn’t accomplished, anytime one of our players and staff members has an experience contrary to that, it requires my attention, it needs to be corrected, it needs to be looked at (and) it needs to be fixed. I want everyone to know, I’m the one responsible for the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins facility. I’m the one who sets the schedule. I’m the one who decides when the practices are. I decide what time the players eat, how they meet, how they lift, everything that they do in the facility. When they leave the facility, we have kind of a message board, TV board, and it says on it 24/7/365 every day. I walk out there every day, they walk out there every day, as a reminder that we all represent one another. Everything that I do impacts everybody I work with at the Miami Dolphins on a daily basis, and everything that they do impacts me. So I think you could imagine when I read the report that you have, and I got the report the same minute you got it, some of the facts, the behavior, the language that was outlined in the report is inappropriate and is unacceptable, and I’m the one as I mentioned earlier that is in charge of the workplace. I can tell you, I can tell our fans, I can tell you sitting here, I can tell our players, we are going to do things about it. We are going to make it better. We are going to look at every avenue. We are going to uncover every stone, and we are going to have a better workplace. I promise you that. I’m going to make sure that happens. So I’ll take any questions you have.”
(On what in the Wells Report that he didn’t know about before it was released) – “There were some little details that I didn’t know about. As you could imagine I met with the investigators, I believe it was November 18th. It was in the midst of the season. We were still coaching. We were still playing games, so there wasn’t time for me necessarily to do a lot of personal investigating into some of these claims. A majority of these things I knew about.”
(On what he can personally do to make sure that his message of promoting integrity and accountability throughout the organization gets through) – “Like I said, I have to do a better job. I’m going to look at every way, the way we educate, the way we communicate, the way we talk to one another. I’m going to look at every avenue. We have a lot of dedicated, committed people in our organization, in our building, that make a lot of sacrifices every single day when they go to work. I have to make sure that we create a better atmosphere and a better environment.”
Miami Dolphins and Brian Gaine Mutually Agree to Part Way
MIAMI, FL – Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey announced today that the team and Brian Gaine have mutually agreed to part ways. Gaine served as Miami’s Assistant General Manager last season and originally joined the team in 2008.
Courtesy Miami Herald
BREAKING NEWS!! January 26, 2014
STEPHEN ROSS NAMES DENNIS HICKEY AS MIAMI DOLPHINS GENERAL MANAGER
Miami, FL – Miami Dolphins Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner Stephen Ross announced today that Dennis Hickey has been named the team’s General Manager. Hickey brings 18 years of scouting and personnel experience to his new role with the Dolphins. He will oversee all aspects of football operations, reporting directly to Mr. Ross. Head Coach Joe Philbin will continue to oversee his coaching staff and report directly to Mr. Ross as well.
“I am excited that Dennis Hickey is our new General Manager,” Ross said. “When we started the search, I outlined qualities that I was looking for in this position. These included a collaborative team-first person who can work with Joe, demonstrated player evaluation expertise, and someone who is open-minded and creative. Dennis fit all of these criteria and I’m looking forward to having him get started.”
Jan 7, 2014
Miami Dolphins Make Change To Coaching Staff
Head Coach Joe Philbin has announced that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been relieved of his duties. Sherman served as Miami’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.
“I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins,” Philbin said. “Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career, dating back to 1979. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”
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16 DEC 22 1:00 PM EST * AT BILLS
17 DEC 29 1:00 PM EST * JETS
What Coach Joe Philbin SEZ
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WHAT COACH PHILBIN SEZ…..
Friday, December 13th, 2013
(Opening statement) – “I thought our guys had another good day of practice. I think our preparation, a vast majority of it, is done for this game. I told the team we are going to have to play extremely well. When you play the New England Patriots, you are going to have to play a complete game for 60 minutes and possibly beyond. That’s the job that we have in front of us”
(On what the energy level was at practice today) - “We told these guys, we told them since day one really that aside from the performance that they have on any given Sunday the next most important thing that they do is practice field. We told them that in the team meeting that this is an important practice. There are a lot of situations that we have to cover and we have to get exactly right. I thought overall the practice was good.”
(On if Mike Pouncey missing practice Wednesday was a distraction) – “Things happened. You coach the guys that are here. That’s the philosophy we’ve had since day one. Things happen in life. Things happen in football. You coach the guys that are here.”
(On what he has learned through the process of the unique circumstances of this season) – “You just have to stay true to yourself, who you are and what you believe in with your core beliefs, why you got into coaching, all of those things. You have to have confidence in your players and your staff. You keep working. There’s no magic to football. There’s absolutely zero. You keep working, and you keep plugging away and coach and teach. That’s what you are.”
(On if the linebackers or front four are more responsible for stopping the run game) – “I think it’s all eleven. It’s team defense for sure because on a number of plays we have defensive backs responsible. In any good defense, you have people who are responsible for containing the football. That changes on whatever the call is, but you have to have contain element. You have to have pursuit. You have to have guys that tackle, and that falls on every single player on the defense.”
Miami, FL – On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will kick off the NFL season with their annual Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling and Fashion Show at the Fontainebleau’s LIV nightclub in Miami Beach. The evening’s events will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will feature the ladies in a high-energy swimwear fashion show.
Tickets to the event are limited but can be obtained by making a $25.00 donation to the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Also included with a ticket, the donation includes one 2014 Swimsuit Calendar. Fans can go to DolphinsCheerleaders.com/Unveiling to reserve tickets to this exclusive private event.
DOLPHINS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp College Hometown
31 De’Andre Presley DB 5-10 188 1/10/90 1 Appalachian State ’12 Tampa, Fla.
44 Jordan Kovacs S 5-10 210 6/12/90 R Michigan ’13 Curtice, Ohio
65 Sam Brenner C 6-2 310 4/27/90 R Utah ’13 Oceanside, Calif.
76 Jason Weaver T 6-5 305 4/12/89 R Southern Mississippi ’13 New Orleans, La.
78 Al Lapuaho DT 6-2 301 8/4/91 R Utah State ’13 West Valley City, Ut.
85 Brian Tyms WR 6-3 204 2/21/89 1 Florida A&M ’12 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
86 Kyle Miller TE 6-5 262 4/18/88 2 Mount Union ’11 Elida, Ohio
87 Marvin McNutt WR 6-2 215 7/4/89 1 Iowa ’12 Florissant, Mo.
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed defensive end Antwan Applewhite, the team announced.
Applewhite has appeared in 48 NFL games with 17 starts while spending time with the San Diego Chargers (2007-10) and more recently with the Carolina Panthers (2011-12). During his six year NFL career, he has amassed 99 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He was originally signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft.
Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown
Antwan Applewhite DE 6-3 258 12/31/85 6 San Diego State Torrance, Cal.
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of kicker Dan Carpenter, the team announced.
“On behalf of the Miami Dolphins, I would like to thank Dan for his contributions he has made as a member of the organization,” said General Manager Jeff Ireland. “For the past five seasons Dan has been a tireless worker on the field while devoting countless hours of his time off the field to the betterment of the South Florida community. He has been a productive player and an outstanding citizen and we wish him and his wife Kaela all the best.”
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Aaron Corp, the team announced.
Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown
Aaron Corp QB 6-4 215 3/6/89 1 Richmond Villa Park, Cal.
Sunday August 11 What Coach Philbin SEZ…
“I thought that we had a really good practice today. We decided to change up the practice schedule a little bit. As you probably noticed, we didn’t do 11-on-11 today. We felt like one of the primary identities we want to have on this team is a fundamentally sound team, so we devoted a lot of time to fundamentals today and a lot of time to one-on-one competition, so to speak, in all three phases. I think, initially, obviously I have to go in and watch the tape, but I think we accomplished our objective.”
August 6th Roster Update
DOLPHINS SIGN RESHAD JONES TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have extended Reshad Jones’ contract through the 2017 season, it was announced today. The 6-1, 215-pound, Jones enters his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Miami Dolphins. In his career, he has played in 45 games with 30 starts.
July 31 Roster Alert
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed wide receivers Keenan Davis and Julius Pruitt, the team announced. To make room on the roster for Davis and Pruitt, the team waived/injured wide receivers Armon Binns and Jasper Collins.
Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown
Keenan Davis WR 6-3 215 1/30/91 R Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Julius Pruitt WR 6-2 212 12/30/85 3 Ouchita Baptist Newport, AR
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed wide receiver Andrell Smith and waived quarterback Aaron Corp, it was announced today.
Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown
Andrell Smith WR 6-3 217 4/2/90 R Louisville Miami, FL
First day of training with full pads
NFL Enhanced Public Safety Policy Starts Saturday in Miami at Dolphins-Buccaneers Game
Miami, FL – The NFL has instituted a new safety policy for all stadiums this year that will make the security process more efficient and effective. The Miami Dolphins are committed to ensuring the fan experience is second to none, and the safety of our guests at Sun Life Stadium is essential to maintaining this experience.
The NFL policy starts in Miami with Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium and continues throughout the season. It affects the type and size of bags that are permitted into the stadium — not the items that fans normally need to bring to a game. Fans may continue to carry pockets items such as keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards. As part of this initiative, all Season Ticket Members will receive NFL approved bags which they may use at their convenience. One (1) bag will be sent for every two seats in an account. Additionally, fans wishing to purchase Miami Dolphin branded approved bags can visit the team store at Sun Life Stadium.
Below are the NFL approved bags fans may carry into the stadium:
- One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” by 6” and 12” or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.Diapers and wipes can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse, providing ample storage capacity.
- An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at Gate E designated for this purpose.
Fans will continue to be able to tailgate with their usual items in the parking lots. Items such as smart phones, binoculars and cameras will still be permitted into the stadium. This policy is meant to speed up the process of entering the stadium along with increasing security measures.
The NFL and the Miami Dolphins are committed to protecting public safety at Sun Life Stadium. This is an important step in achieving that. For more information on the policy please visit NFL.com/allclear.
A photo gallery from practice can be found at the following links:
- PHOTO GALLERY: Fans Are Back To Football At Opening Day Of Training Camp
- PHOTO GALLERY: The Dolphins Are Back To Football
- The Dolphins practiced in front of one of its largest crowds in recent history with 2,700 fans attending Sunday morning’s open training camp morning session for the 2013 season.
- DE Dion Jordan was placed on the active NFI/Non-Football Injury List.