Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

October 04, 2018 at 1:09 am.

–Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain, who had started all four games, will miss the Bengals game due to a knee injury.

–Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso has 46 tackles this season, which ranks second in the NFL. He is on pace for his fourth 100-tackle season in the past five years.

–Since 2011, Miami is second in the NFL in blocked kicks.

–Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson has caught 70.6 percent of the passes thrown his way this season, which would be a career high if he continues this pace.

–Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, a rookie first-round pick, is second on the team with 29 tackles. Despite starting just two of his four games, he also has one interception.

–Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was waived. A second-round pick in 2015, Phillips has never lived up to expectations. He played 48 games, with 26 starts, and he produced 5.5 sacks, one interception and 11 passes defensed.

On his Instagram page, Phillips wrote the words “free at last” following his release. He also said: “No longer a Miami Dolphin … don’t take it personal … Sometimes, you’ve got to put your future in your own hands.”

Phillips, a backup this year, had a sideline tirade during the Patriots game in which he was apparently unhappy with his lack of playing time. But Dolphins head coach Adam Gase supported the playing-time decisions made by Dolphins defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. “There was a reason why we were subbing like we were subbing against that team,” Gase said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 — That’s the total rushing yards – on eight carries – produced by Kenyan Drake the past two weeks. Drake became Miami’s starter late last season, when he averaged 4.8 yards per rush, which ranked fifth in the NFL among ball-carriers with at least 100 carries. But his touches have diminished each week this season: 17, 15, 7, 4.