A six-pack of Miami Dolphins notes, prematurely of Tuesday’s first full-team offseason observe open to the media (however closed to followers):
▪ Followers normally measure cross rushers, operating backs and receivers by their statistics. However within the case of recent Dolphins edge participant Melvin Ingram, there is a huge disparity between what the stats say and superior metrics recommend.
The stats say Ingram had two sacks and 25 tackles in 15 video games for the Steelers (six) and Chiefs (9) final season.
However the metrics paint a distinct story. By Professional Soccer Focus’ Ryan Smith, Ingram produced 51 pressures on 460 cross speeding snaps final 12 months, or one each 9 snaps. That is similar to Emmanuel Ogbah’s 61 pressures in 524 cross speeding snaps, or one each 8.6 snaps.
And Smith tells us this, too: In PFF’s win share stat for cross rushers — a sophisticated components which takes under consideration pressures and different issues — Ingram was tied for fortieth amongst 200 qualifiers (minimal 200 cross speeding snaps) at 16.2 %.
PFF additionally gave him excessive marks in opposition to the run.
The web site was so enamored of Ingram that it rated him 18th amongst all free brokers this offseason, with this remark: “Accidents have began piling up for Ingram, however his energy and method make him efficient in opposition to the run and as a cross rusher. He won’t be an 800-plus snap participant any longer, however he has lots to supply in a complementary position. Ingram remains to be an efficient all-around participant, however he is seemingly finest as a part of a rotation at this level in his profession. He can play the run on the sting or rush from any alignment.”
After requesting a commerce from Pittsburgh final season, he was dealt to Kansas Metropolis “and supplied a lift to a protection that was struggling mightily, with eight quarterback pressures in his first three video games,” as PFF famous.
“Maybe most significantly, his arrival helped the Chiefs get star inside defender Chris Jones again on the inside the place he thrives as a cross rusher. Whereas Ingram is on the improper facet of 30 years outdated, he continued a streak of 70.0-plus cross rush grades that dates again to 2013.”
Ingram, 33, began all three of Kansas Metropolis’s playoff video games and had two sacks. However he has missed time in the course of the previous three seasons with hamstring, knee and groin accidents.
With the Dolphins, he’ll present depth on the sting behind Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel. He might problem the latter two for snaps if he is at his finest.
▪ New Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith was New Orleans’ assistant offensive line coach in 2013, when Professional Bowl left sort out and new Dolphins addition Terron Armstead was a rookie for the Saints. And he has a novel approach of describing Armstead.
“The most important factor that attracted us to Terron as a rookie is he is a hybrid athlete who’s a freak present,” Smith mentioned. “[In a workout]he outran a operating again!”
▪ Smith, on his early observations of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa:
“One, attending to know him as an individual has been superior,” Smith mentioned. “Simply his humorousness, how aggressive he’s, simply the make-up, what he is been capable of get by means of to get thus far you are like, wow, what a powerful basis as an individual as a result of that is drastically vital.
“After which, two, simply his capability like at minicamp, and what he was capable of do play in, play out, his communication expertise, his command of the offense, have been all nice up to now. We’re actually inspired. And you then simply see his capability to course of and his accuracy.”
The Dolphins opened a proverbial can of worms by posting on Twitter — with out context and oddly sufficient, in sluggish movement — video of Tagovailoa throwing a deep ball that Tyreek Hill wanted to cease to catch.
The view right here is that no conclusions ought to be drawn from the video, although NFL Community analyst Steve Smith criticized Tagovailoa’s arm power on nationwide tv after watching it.
“I would not say that we’re limiting ourselves in something,” Smith mentioned, with regard to Tagovailoa’s arm. Quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell mentioned final week that Tagovailoa could make each throw.
▪ Two Dolphins coaches expressed pleasure about what they’re getting in Sony Michel, who will battle for a backup job.
Smith known as the Dolphins/Michel marriage “an ideal match for what we’re attempting to do,” noting he wished to play in South Florida (the place he grew up) and noting that Miami’s new offensive system “actually incorporates a operating again’s ability set .”
Smith put it this manner: “The best reward that we’ve got is the resume of the system speaks for itself for operating backs.”
Barring accidents, there will not be sufficient room for all 5 veteran backs: Chase Edmonds, Michel, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed.
Gaskin and Ahmed seem most in danger.
“Having as many good gamers as you may in that place isn’t a nasty factor in any respect,” Smith mentioned.
▪ New tight ends coach Jon Embree has the one unit on offense with no single new veteran addition.
The room returns intact, with Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen, Hunter Lengthy and H-back Cethan Carter.
Regardless that Embree’s new right here — he coached 49ers tight ends final season — he indicated he is glad the 2021 group was retained.
“All these guys have distinctive ability units,” Embree mentioned. “What I used to be actually happy, apart from protecting them collectively, is how properly these guys all get alongside. I took all of them to Topgolf, perhaps a month in the past to hang around and get to know them. There’s plenty of competitiveness in that room however good friendships as properly. Generally guys are like, ‘I wish to do what he is doing’ and there is not that vibe or relationship. However they actually do pull for one another.”
▪ Gesicki is among the league’s finest receiving tight ends; final season, he was fifth amongst tight ends in receptions with 73 and eighth in yards with 790. However blocking has by no means been thought of a power, although Gesicki has labored to enhance.
Take into account that Gesicki was requested to cross block on simply 11 of his 827 snaps final season. Amongst tight ends, solely Baltimore’s Mark Andrews performed extra snaps (934) with fewer cross blocking assignments (9).
Conversely, 49ers Professional Bowl tight finish George Kittle — who labored with new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel in San Francisco the previous a number of years — cross blocked on 70 performs final season.
What’s extra, Kittle had the second-most run blocking snaps amongst all tight ends final season, with 449. Gesicki ranked thirty fourth with 234.
So Gesicki’s blocking can be value monitoring on this offense, as a result of it might affect his taking part in time to a level. (He is clearly nonetheless going to play quite a bit.)
Requested about Gesicki and blocking, Embree mentioned: “There’s room for development in all areas, not simply blocking however as a cross catcher. I really feel Mike and all these guys wish to get higher. The factor that has impressed me about Mike is how aggressive he’s. He does not simply settle. You’ll be able to inform when guys are comfy the place they’re at. No one is comfy being 1 or 2 or 3. All of them hold pushing to have extra success.”