Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

November 01, 2018 at 1:38 am.

–Wide receiver Albert Wilson, who is out for the year due to a hip injury, might be Miami’s mid-season MVP. Out of Miami’s four first-half wins, Wilson had a major impact on three of them. His two fourth-quarter touchdown receptions – 43 and 75 yards – led to an overtime win over the Chicago Bears. He also threw a 52-yard touchdown pass in a win over the Oakland Raiders, and he had a touchdown catch in a win over the New York Jets.

–Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami’s first-round pick, has made a quick transition to the NFL, getting four passes defensed, one tackle for loss and one interception in his first eight games. He also ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 43.

–Tight end Mike Gesicki, Miami’s second-round pick, has 16 catches in eight games and three starts. Gesicki, though, has yet to score a touchdown. On draft day, his height, hands and leaping ability were touted for reasons why he would be a major red-zone and third-down threat. So far, that has not been the case.

–Outside linebacker Jerome Baker, Miami’s third-round pick, is third on the team with 45 tackles, and he also has two sacks. With 4.53 speed, Baker is faster than most linebackers, and he has shown the ability to burst through small openings to find the ball. The former Ohio State star arrived in the NFL with the reputation of a big-game player who can defend the run and pass. So far, the Dolphins are thrilled with his performance.

–Kicker Jason Sanders, Miami’s seventh-round pick, has made 9-of-10 field goals and 19-of-20 extra points. He has a strong leg and has improved his accuracy since his senior year at New Mexico, when he made 25-of-35 on field goals.

–Dolphins head coach Adam Gase: “The past two weeks have not gone as we had planned. We’ve got to get a lot of things corrected and get the right guys on the field.”

Gase on Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweilger: “He’s done a great job. There are a lot of things he’s done that are positive.”

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 — That’s how many incompletions Miami forced last week against Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson, who buried the Dolphins’ secondary with five touchdown passes.