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Leonte Carroo – April 29, 2016 Download PDF version

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wide Receiver Leonte Carroo

(On what he does well as a receiver) – “I catch the ball very well. I’m a very confident receiver that’s very physical. I rely on my speed a lot and I go up and make plays. I had 29 career touchdowns and I only had three career drops in my whole entire career. I take a lot of pride in the way I catch and also the way I block as a receiver.”

(On his ankle injury last season and whether it is okay now) – “Yes, sir. My ankle is 100 percent healthy and I’m ready to go.”

(On whether he had conversations with the Dolphins prior to the draft) – “Yes, sir. I actually went on a visit that went really well. I really enjoyed my visit. It was an awesome visit. I got to meet with all the coaches and now I’m happy to be a Dolphin.”

(On what it was like to see himself get drafted) – “It’s been a long process. I’m a very confident guy and I feel like I’m a guy who put in a lot of hard work throughout college. (I am) definitely a guy who felt that he was first-round talent and I’m just blessed to be in this position of being drafted and especially getting drafted to a great organization like the Miami Dolphins. I’m just happy for my family right now and all my friends and all the people that sacrificed for me to be in the position that I’m in today.”

(On if there was a receiver in the NFL that he compared himself to and looked up to) – “My favorite wide receiver growing up was Marvin Harrison. That’s the reason why I like to catch the ball the way I do because I’ve never seen him drop a pass. But as far as a receiver that I think I am, I’m a much faster Anquan Boldin, someone that has the ability to stretch the field and go deep and also be a possession receiver that’s very physical, as well. ”

(On how exciting it is for him to be playing alongside with WR DeVante Parker and WR Jarvis Landry) – “I’m very excited. As a sophomore, I got to play against DeVante when he was at Louisville, and I got to see what type of great, physical receiver he is. I’m a huge fan of Jarvis Landry. The accomplishments he’s made in the past two seasons … watching him at LSU, it’s an honor to play against those guys. I’m going in to have the mindset that I’m going to be as hungry as can be and learn from those guys. But at the same time, I’m going in to compete and try to win a starting spot as well.”

(On if he knows any players on the Dolphins personally) – “No, actually.”

Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Gase and Laremy Tunsil – April 29, 2016 Download PDF version

Friday, April 29, 2016

Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum, Head Coach Adam Gase and Tackle Laremy Tunsil

Mike Tannenbaum:
(Opening statement) – “We appreciate everyone’s patience. We’re back here to introduce Laremy Tunsil as the next member of the Dolphins. As we said a few minutes ago, we’re really excited that Laremy is here. (We) thought it was a great opportunity for the organization. We expect Laremy to come in and contribute. Where he plays, again as we said, Coach (Adam) Gase will decide that. But we’re excited that Laremy is here. Congratulations.”

Laremy Tunsil:
“Thank you. I’m excited to be here. It’s a blessed opportunity just to be in the NFL, just to be a part of the Miami Dolphins organization. ”

(On if he has had a chance to put his night into perspective) – “Like I said, (I’m) just excited to be a part of this organization.”

(On what he would say to Dolphins fans that think he has character issues) – “Just know they got a good guy that puts everything on the line for the team.”

(On what the past 24 hours have been like for him) – “It’s been good to me. I’m drafted. I’m in the NFL. So I’m happy.”

(On if he can clarify who hacked into his account) – “I don’t know (anything) about that. I’m here to talk about the Miami Dolphins.”

(On what happened today to make him ill) – “I don’t know what happened. I had an allergic reaction. The doctor took care of me so I’m good.”

(On if he felt woozy or fainted) – “No. I just had an allergic reaction.”

(On if it was something he ate) – “Probably.”

(On whether an allergic reaction has happened to him before) – “Yes, it has.

(On whether the text messages posted to his Instagram account were accurate) – “I’m here to talk about the Miami Dolphins.”

(On where he anticipates playing on the offensive line)  – “Anywhere they put me would be fine. If coach wants me to play quarterback, coach wants (me) to play receiver, tight end – hopefully tight end – but whatever he wants me to play.” (laughter)

(On whether he has previously played guard) – “Like I said, whatever position he puts me in will be fine.”

(On how much he knew about the Dolphins prior to the draft) – “I’m from Florida, actually, so I know a lot about the Miami Dolphins. Being from Florida, I knew a lot about the Dolphins.”

(On whether he grew up a Dolphins fan) – “No, I grew up a Saints fan.” (laughter)

Mike Tannenbaum:
“We just found that out.” (laughter)

Laremy Tunsil:
(On the Dolphins’ history of left tackles and where he hopes to fit into that lineage) – “Like I said, wherever you put me will be great. I heard a lot of good things about the tackles.”

(On how his conversations with Head Coach Adam Gase have gone) – “Pretty good.” (laughter)

Mike Tannenbaum:
“Adam was really disappointed we took an offensive player.” (laughter)

Laremy Tunsil:
(On whether there is a player he admires) – “I liked Tyron Smith from the Dallas Cowboys.”

(On why he admires Tyron Smith) – “His game. The way he plays is nice.”

 (On whether he was able to sleep last night) – “Like I said, I’m blessed just to be here. It’s a great opportunity.”

(On handling adversity with an upbeat attitude) – “Like I said before, it’s a blessing just to be here, just to be in the NFL and to be a part of this organization.”

(On if he can shed light on his comments from last night) – “I’m just here to talk about the Miami Dolphins.”

(On the Dolphins’ willingness to draft him) – “They gave me a chance and (I’m going to show them) why. I’m the best player and I should be in the draft.”

(On the dangers of social media) – “Like I said, I’m blessed.”

(On whether he has seen QB Ryan Tannehill play much) – “No, but he texted me yesterday, so that’s a sign of (knowing) he has my back.”

(On what he would say to people about his character) – “No character issues at all.”

(On if he can help protect QB Ryan Tannehill) – “I’m coming here to help the team anyway I can.”

Mike Tannenbaum, Chris Grier and Adam Gase – April 29, 2016 (on Laremy Tunsil) Download PDF version

Friday, April 29, 2016

Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum, General Manager Chris Grier and Head Coach Adam Gase (on G/T Laremy Tunsil)

Mike Tannenbaum:
(Opening Statement) – “Good afternoon. Thanks everybody for coming. We’re obviously very excited that we’re able to draft Laremy Tunsil last night. We thought it was a great moment for our organization. Again, I want to thank Chris Grier and all the hard work him and the entire personnel department has done. We’re really excited that he was there when he was available at 13. We have a great vision for him moving forward. Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon so right now he’s with our medical staff. And hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing. But with that, we’d be happy to answer any questions.”

(On any questions or worries that were raised after a video surfaced of Tunsil last night)  – “As Chris mentioned last night, we were very thorough in our process, starting with Matt Winston, our area scout. (We) felt good about his character. Obviously there were some mistakes that were made in his past. We were comfortable with that. All the research we had done; we’re very comfortable with his character. The decision was made by the entire organization, including Steve Ross, our owner. And we’re very comfortable with Laremy, the player and the person.”

(On the team’s current philosophy regarding high-character players)  – “We remain committed to that. And I think Adam (Gase), Chris (Grier), myself, Steve Ross – all the decision makers were in the room last night. We feel good about Laremy, again as a player and as a person. Obviously there had been some bumps in the road, but we’re comfortable with that. Moving forward, we’re excited that he’s here and think he has a bright future on the field, as well as off (the field).”

(On how much additional information Tunsil was able to share about the video) – “Again, as Chris alluded to, we looked at the entire body of work, the person going all the way back to high school. We were familiar with all the information. We were comfortable with making the decision that at 13, he was available. We were very excited. We’re comfortable with him and his character, his work ethic. We were obviously familiar with the video, but for us it was still the decision we felt was right for us.”

Adam Gase:
(On how Tunsil fits into the offensive line) – “We’re going to play the best five, so however that works out. We’ve got a long ways to go before we really have to make any kind of decision like that. Right now he looks like he fits in pretty good with that offensive line room.”

(On who would be most likely to play guard) – “We’ll see how it plays out. Like I said, we’ve got a long ways to go. I’m not going to make any predictions on anything and say what we’re going to do and give away what we’re going to do quite yet. We’re going to see how it plays out. We’ve got three more weeks of Phase 2, and then we’re going to have OTAs and a minicamp, and then we’re going to get through training camp. I think our first game is about four-plus months away, so we’ve got some time.”

(On what he sees in Tunsil as a football player) – “I see a guy that’s played at an extremely high level in a very good conference and a guy that’s going to be able to transition to our league very quickly. Obviously this is a guy that we felt like was one of the better players in this draft class, if not the best guy. And for him to fall to us at 13, it was a no brainer.”

(On Tunsil’s current ability as a run blocker) – “He’s going to be good enough as a run blocker. I know in this league, you better be able to pass pro(tect). If people don’t think he’s a good enough run blocker, we’ll figure out a way to coach him up on that one.”

(On if he has potential as a guard) – “We’ll figure out a way to get him on the field, whether it’s (at) guard or tackle. We’re going to play the best five.”

Mike Tannenbaum:
(On whether they anticipate Tunsil to be begin his career in the NFL’s substance abuse program) – “We’re comfortable with his eligibility. We expect him to be ready to go for rookie minicamp. Anything beyond that would be a league matter. Our expectations are (that) he’ll be ready to go.”

Chris Grier:
(On the gap between Tunsil and the next highest rated player on their draft board) – “Not to get into specifics, (but) there was a big gap. This is a player that … It was an opportunity for us to add a good player to our roster that we’re happy to have. This guy is … You’ve seen all the things. There was talk about (how) some people were saying this guy was the best player in the draft. For us, it was an opportunity. We were comfortable. We talked to everyone from his high school coaches, college coaches, and we met with them. We had all the information on this player from February on.”

Adam Gase:
(On whether there was a specific point where they believed drafting Tunsil was a possibility) – “I think it was when Tennessee traded up to (No.) 8 and then they didn’t take him. That’s kind of where a couple of us sat up, got a little interested. (laughter)”

Adam Gase:
(On whether there was any hesitation about the decision) – “None. I’m pretty sure … Was I yelling at you to turn the card in?” (laughter)

Mike Tannenbaum:
“We were comfortable. Again, being in the draft room, all those scenarios are laid out. When he’s there – and it’s our turn – we were ready to go.”

Adam Gase:
(On what Laremy Tunsil had an allergic reaction to) – “We’re trying to find that out right now.”

(On whether Laremy Tunsil is OK following an allergic reaction) – “He’s with our medical people right now.”

Mike Tannebaum:
(On what caused the allergic reaction) – “He had been in the building for a number of hours. He’s with our doctors now. As soon as we have more information, we’ll let everyone know.”

(On whether South Florida can be a distraction to prospects and the potential dangers of social media) – “(To answer) the first part of your question, I think we fall back on an incredible process led by Chris (Grier), (Director of Player Personnel) Joe Schoen, (College Scout) Adam Engroff. Our college guys do such a great job (of) having information on all these prospects going back to high school. We’re very comfortable that when we select a player, that in our environment – on the field and off the field – that they’re going to be here and have a chance to be successful. As it relates to social media and how other teams make their decisions, I can’t speak for them. I can speak for us to say that we were comfortable knowing that, look, there are things out there that I’m sure he’s going to learn from. Obviously, mistakes were made. But again, our decision was based on the player and a big body of work. We fell back on a great process and felt like it was a tremendous opportunity for us. What he does moving forward is what’s really most important.”

Adam Gase:
(On how rare it is to have three first-round draft picks on the offensive line) – “It’s rare, but we’ll figure out a way to make it work. We’re excited as an organization. I’m sure our offensive line coach (Chris Foerster) … He’s going to be okay.”

Chris Grier:
(On whether drafting a cornerback will be a priority going forward) – “Again, we’re not one player away. We’re just going to follow the board again. Whoever the best player is for the Miami Dolphins, we’ll make that selection.”

Laremy Tunsil – April 28, 2016 Download PDF version

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tackle Laremy Tunsil

(On what was going through his mind prior to being drafted) – “It’s just a blessing to be in the green room, just to be a part of the NFL, just to be part of the Miami Dolphins organization. It was a solemn moment, but hey, I’m happy for everybody that went above me. Like I said, I have a chip on my shoulder, and I can’t wait to play football.”

(On how long ago the video was taken) – “That video was (taken) years ago. It was years ago. Like I said, people (are) hacking my account. I don’t know what’s going. I can’t control nothing (about that). The only thing I can control is what’s going on.”

(On whether the video was taken two years ago) – “Right.”

(On why someone would try to sabotage his draft night) – “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why they hacked my account. Hey, I’m just as clueless as you all.”

(On whether there are similar videos out there) – “No, sir. Not at all.”

(On whether his Instagram account was also hacked in addition to his Twitter account) – “Yes, they both were hacked. Like I said, I can’t control it. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s just crazy. It’s a crazy moment right now. I wish I (could) control it, but I can’t. I don’t know how they (are) hacking my phone. I don’t know how they (are) hacking my social media.”

(On whether the posts to his Instagram account were accurate) – “I don’t know what’s going on. Like I said, people are hacking my account. They’re hacking my Instagram account. They’re hacking my Twitter account. Like I said, I don’t know what’s going on. I’m new to this.”

(On whether he has a drug problem) – “I do not have a drug problem. You can check all of my college tests. I never failed one.”

(On who he believes hacked his social media accounts and why they would do that) – “Like I said, I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why they hacked my account. I don’t do (anything) to (anybody). I’m harmless.”

(On if he is angry about his accounts being hacked) – “I’m ready to play football. It’s the love for the game. It’s not all about the money. Like I said, I have a chip on my shoulder and I can’t wait to play for the Miami Dolphins organization.”

(On whether he would press charges against whomever hacked his accounts) – “No, I don’t want to press charges.”

(On what he would say to those who question his character) – “Don’t question my character. You can’t judge a book by its cover. I’m a good person, I’m a laid back guy. I don’t do much.”

(On whether the Dolphins knew about the video prior to the draft – “This video was launched like minutes before I got into the green room, and it’s crazy how somebody just hacked my account. And it’s crazy how they post videos like that.”

(On whether he can be a left tackle for the Dolphins) – “Whatever position they want me to play, I’m going to give it my all.”

Chris Grier – April 28, 2016 (on Laremy Tunsil) Download PDF version

Thursday, April 28, 2016

General Manager Chris Grier (on G/T Laremy Tunsil)

(Opening Statement) – “Just quickly, we’re excited to add Laremy (Tunsil) to our roster. It was a great opportunity for us. We’re very comfortable with all the information we have on the situation that you guys will probably address. I’ll just open it up for questions because, obviously, the draft is still going on (and) I have to get back upstairs.”

(On how long the Dolphins have known about the video) – “We had heard rumors, but we had done work. We had known about it. The video is two years old. So, from all the information we had, we were comfortable with it.”

(On how old the video is) – “Two years old.”

(On what makes him believe this move will be a positive one) – “We’ve done a lot of work. (Director of Team Security) Stu Weinstein – as you guys know – is one of the best security guys in the league, security directors. (We have) done a great job of researching (Laremy Tunsil’s) background. We spent time with him at the combine. Our area scout, Matt Winston, has done a great job in terms of researching him, spending some time with him at the pro day. This is a guy … He has done personality tests, all the stuff we do. This is a guy … He loves football at the end of the day. This is a guy who’s ultra-competitive (when) you watch him play. This is a different situation from that. This guy’s different. He’s built different.”

(On whether they believed Tunsil would be available at No. 13) – “No. This is a guy … He was No. 2 ranked on our board. We did not expect him to be there.”

(On how he anticipates using three quality tackles) – “This happened … Obviously, we weren’t expecting this, but it was an opportunity we had to take. (Head) Coach (Adam) Gase … We’ll play the five best players (on the offensive line). At the end of the day, injuries happen. We went through that last year, last season. But this guy is going to be, probably, one of our top five players playing.”

(On the time they spent with Tunsil and if they thought about trading up to select him)   – “You do that because you talk about other things that have happened in the past. You never want to assume that ‘Oh this guy is going to be the first pick in the draft,’ and you never spend any time with him. We did that with (San Diego Chargers first-round pick DE) Joey Bosa last weekend. We wanted to make sure you always spend time and do your research on players, so we were comfortable with where he was and taking him.”

(On his understanding of the circumstances surrounding the Tunsil video and if he thinks it was a one-time thing) – “We know the story behind (the video). We’d rather leave that for maybe the kid to address, but we know the story behind it and we’re comfortable with what it is.”

(On the personality and character traits he likes about Tunsil) – “He’s a smart kid. He’s very football intelligent. We talked to the coaches and the staff there and when you go watch this guy practice and play, he loves ball. This guy is one of those grinders. There’s no doubt that this guy loves football and football is very important to him. So for us, we are very comfortable. And once you talk to him and spend a little time with him … I mean the coaches upstairs, the scouts, the room was jacked we got him.”

(On if Tunsil loves football more than he loves drugs) – “Yes.”

(On if Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross was consulted before the selection of Tunsil and if Ross had to sign off on it) – “He doesn’t have to sign off. We told him who we wanted to pick and he was all on board, and he was as excited as we were when we got him.”

(On if he sees Tunsil playing tackle right away, specifically left tackle) – “I’ll let the coaches figure that out, where he’s going to play. Like I said, they’ll put the five best guys on the field for us.”

(On if he made calls between the time the Tunsil video was released and selecting him or if he already had that information ahead of time) – “We had some information. But obviously once it happened, we called some people we know to check and just triple check and make sure. And obviously before you take anyone when a guy falls like that, we went back and we dug into the research again and just made sure.”

Adam Gase – April 28, 2016 Download PDF version

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Head Coach Adam Gase

(On his overall thoughts about the voluntary veterans minicamp) – “It was good work. It was good to see our guys in person. I thought everybody was flying around. They were playing fast. We had fewer mistakes than I expected, as far as mentally. Guys were on it. I think the last two weeks of having our meetings … They (the players) stayed in it. (They) just didn’t blow that off. They took it serious and came out here and it felt like the guys were on it.”

(On if there was a play or moment that stood out to him) – “Not really. There were quite a few good things that were happening. The best part about when you go through a camp like this is trying to just make sure guys stay on their feet. And I thought our guys did a good job of making sure … (It was) kind of our first time of practicing together, and understanding that they are still our teammates to make sure we protect each other. And play fast but at the same time, protect each other.”

(On having C Mike Pouncey and LB Koa Misi return to practice today) – “Anytime guys are out there, that’s what we are looking for. This being a voluntary minicamp, anytime they show up, that’s great.”

(On LB Jelani Jenkins and CB Jamar Taylor not practicing today) – “Jamar is here and I know where Jelani is at. They’re both fine, if you guys are worried about them.”

(On if he is excited about the NFL draft tonight and what is going through his mind) – “I don’t know. We have like 10 more hours (before the draft), it feels like. We’ll see. I don’t know. I’m going to transition here probably in the next couple of hours. We’ve been meeting on this since February, so we’ll be ready to go.”

(On what he learned about his team during this voluntary minicamp) – “I think the No. 1 thing I learned about is I feel like there are a lot of guys that want to win. Just watching them practice, they’re not talking about it. (But) just watching them go through what they need to go through – individual (and) team periods – and seeing how fast they play. The fact that they’ve picked up what we asked them to learn in the playbook, I mean actions speak louder than words. Right now I like where our guys are at. We’ve got three weeks of Phase 2 and then we’ll get into OTAs and that’s … Phase 2 being our next step, and we’ll see how much better we can get in the next three weeks.”

(On what he is looking for in the offensive line when there is no contact in practice this time of year) – “It’s tough. But the hardest thing to do in the NFL is to be a great pass protector and that’s why we are leaning on a lot of … (We’re) doing a lot of passing game things right now. It’s a tough position for them with no pads. Our d-line is coming off the ball. It’s a great experience for (the offensive line) because it’s almost unrealistic for these guys right now. Their footwork, their hand placement, just making sure they’re in the right position … That’s our biggest evaluation going on right now.”

(On if there are two or three guys that surprised him this week) – “I don’t know if anybody has surprised me, necessarily. I think just seeing guys practice live, it just gives you a better feel of who our guys really are.”

(On if there is a position group that he feels really good about after practicing this week) – “I guess I feel good about all of our positions. You’re always looking to add depth. You want competition, that’s the thing. You just don’t want to be thin. So when you go into (training) camp and you’re sitting there, you want to be able to make hard cuts. You want to make sure you go ‘Wow, I can’t believe we are going to let this guy go because he’s a good football player,’ and then somebody else comes and picks him up. You just want to create depth at every position.”

(On whether it is a priority to find a backup center either now or in training camp) – “That’s why we have so many guys that are always … If you ever watch our quarterback-center exchange, there’s four guys going, and you’re always looking for, ‘Who’s our next best guy?’ Then you’re looking for the third best guy. When a center goes down, it can be devastating to your team if you don’t have a backup plan. (General Manager) Chris (Grier) has done a great job of figuring out who our guys are that we can target. We have to keep giving them reps, throwing (in) some awkward situations where all of a sudden, maybe we get in camp, and we pull (Mike) Pouncey out of there and throw the next guy in there and say, ‘Hey, you got to go. There’s no time to react.’”

(On how he would describe his offense) – “I think it’s such a combination of so many different influences. For myself, having (Offensive Coordinator) Clyde (Christensen) here and getting back to some of the things that he did in Indy early on with Peyton (Manning) and Tom Moore and then some of the things he has learned in the West Coast (Offense). And (then having) my influences coming from (Mike) Martz and doing what we did in Denver and developing a different deal in Chicago. It’s just so many things combined. It’s hard to put your thumb on what exactly it is. I just know that we always look to be able to adapt from week-to-week and do what’s best for that game that marries up with our defense and special teams.”

(On the makeup of his ideal player) – “The guys that we’re looking for are those guys that (are) looking to win. They’re tough. They’re competitive. They’re selfless. They really have a love for this game. You want to find those guys that (think) there’s nothing else for them but this, and they just live and die by what happens with football. When you’re around guys like that – and the more guys you can get like that on your team – the better chance you’re going to have.”

(On how he identifies players with those ideal characteristics) – “It’s tough. You can do all the research you can. You talk to as many people, especially coming into the draft. You talk to every person you can. (If) you got a guy targeted in that school, talk to the equipment guys, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, other players. (You) might grab some guy on campus. You try to find as many ways as you possibly can to figure out what kind of person that guy is. It’s hard to do, because you got to collect the information and sort through it. It’s a very hard thing to identify when you don’t know that person. When you get around somebody, you can figure it out really fast when you actually get in the heat of the moment.”

(On what scares him the most about this draft) – “I don’t know if anything scares me about the draft. I don’t have a good answer for that one. That’s the best answer I can give you right there.”

(On this being his first draft as a head coach) – “It’s football, man. This isn’t rocket science or anything. It’s football.”

(On whether first-, second- and third-round picks have to be immediate starters for a team) – “I think anytime you can … When you hit on those picks, that’s nice. We’ll see how this thing plays out. I can’t predict how this is going to shake out.”

(On whether the team can afford to draft depth players in the first three rounds) – “I don’t know. I’ll let you know when we get there.”

(On his involvement in the draft preparation) – “I was pretty involved. The staff was hired in January and we started draft meetings in February. I’ve heard about the same guys for it seems like forever now. I got a pretty good grip of it.”

(On if his involvement in the draft process this season will be the same as future seasons) – “Yes.”

(On possibly moving up in the draft) – “I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens when … What time does the draft start?” (Reporter: “Eight o’ clock”) “OK, so we’ll figure it out then.”

Adam Gase – April 27, 2016 Download PDF version

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Head Coach Adam Gase

(On if he gets a better feel when he’s out on the field re-routing guys on plays and getting into player’s faces) – “For me, it’s … I kind of got a little bored standing by the defense so I went over and bugged the quarterbacks a little bit. (It’s) just my way to jump in there and get something going … For myself to get involved in what’s going on with their routes versus air.”

(On C Mike Pouncey not being at voluntary minicamp today) – “Yeah, I know where he is. But he’s fine.”

(On if C Mike Pouncey not being at voluntary minicamp is excused) – “It’s voluntary.”

(On if WR DeVante Parker looks like a rookie or if he’s had a year of seasoning) – “Yeah it looks like he’s … That year, just being in the program and getting to play some games, he seems to be a quick study. I know he was well coached in college. We did a lot of homework on him when we were in Chicago. I think I’ve said it before, we were looking at him and WR Kevin (White) and WR Amari (Cooper). So you can tell, I mean he’s pretty sharp. He’s picking up what we’re doing really, really quickly. I’ve been really impressed with the fact that it seems like every day he comes in, he’s on it and he knows what to do. And he’s very attentive in the meetings.”

(On the potential and the youth of the wide receivers group) – “I think our whole team’s young. I don’t know how many, what do we got… 35 guys that are under 25 right now? It’s fun. I told them the other day the great thing about receivers is you get paid to run. I don’t think I’m going to have anybody complaining about their legs are tired or anything. They’re too young to complain right now. It’s fun to watch those guys work and (Wide Receivers Coach) Shawn Jefferson and (Assistant Wide Receivers Coach) Ben (Johnson) have done a great job and Shawn’s (Jefferson) got an obstacle course out there every day so he’ll keep them engaged for the most part. It’s going to be awhile before they get tired of doing individuals. Those guys have really brought an energy level that’s exciting to be around.”

(On the analysis that WR DeVante Parker had trouble selling his routes last year and if that’s something that he has noticed) – “I haven’t noticed that. I mean its two days out there working, so we’ll see. You always try to keep an eye on all those type of things with offensive line. Same thing on defense to see if guys are tipping off what they’re doing. We’ve got so far to go. Once we get into OTAs and you have a chance to go back and look at things in the summer heading into camp, then you at least have a game plan of ‘Okay, when you run this certain route you may be tipping off what you’re doing.’ So you make those corrections going into training camp and then you give them a few tools to use to help them expose something else that a defender might be looking at.”

(On what he thinks of the cornerback group aside from CB Byron Maxwell) – “I think the guys are competing right now. And that’s all we can ask for. I just always look back in (2011 with the Broncos), we come out of the draft and no one knew who CB Chris Harris was. Everybody knows who he is now. He’s a $2,000 undrafted college free agent and now he’s one of the best corners in the league. So you let these guys go out, they compete, and then you’re going to find somebody that’s scrappy and figures out a way to get it done. And that’s what we’re looking for. And that’s why we have that large group out there. Somebody is going to step up. It’s the NFL. That’s the way it is. We’ll find somebody to play. I mean they’re not going to cancel a game. I know that.”

(On if he has had any conversations with RB Jay Ajayi about his role amidst speculation the team may draft a running back this week) – “I don’t think he’s worried about it. I think he’s focused on what he’s trying to do right now. I mean he looks out there right now and he knows he’s a starter. We’re going out there (and) he’s getting better every day. He’s showing me a lot of great things. I like his skill set. I liked him coming out (of college). He’s impressed me more both days, from the first day to the second day. We’ll just keep learning and we’ll just keep giving him opportunities.”

(On what he likes about RB Daniel Thomas) – “For me, I had a different exposure with him last year. He came in on a tryout and he impressed everybody there. We signed him and he was actually having a really good camp and then he got hurt. Right now, I think he feels really comfortable because he’s coming into this thing and he knows the terminology. He knows what we expect out of him and he’s playing fast. When I see him in meetings, he’s really engaged in those things because he’s a step ahead of everybody in those things. He knows what we’re doing. He knows how I like calling a preseason game, at least. And I feel like I know his strengths of what he likes to do and when he gets his opportunity in the preseason, we’re going to try to use those to his advantage.”

(On his early impressions of QB Ryan Tannehill on the field) – “I guess I’m still trying to figure out a few things; but, I guess I didn’t realize how live his arm was. The more I watch him throw, it’s effortless. That ball travels down the field pretty good and he’s hit some big plays, and then just underneath having some touch. It’s been good to kind of just get out here and see things live. When you watch it on tape, you don’t get a great feel for on tape compared to when you see a guy throw live.”

(On how he sees TE Jordan Cameron’s pass-catching potential) – “I feel like he does a really good job. I mean he’s done well, at least today. I know yesterday we walked off there and I was like, ‘How many balls did you catch?’ And it wasn’t a great answer. We peppered him in the walkthrough, though. So I feel like he felt better about it. But he did a good job today and got more involved. We had a lot of third down situations going on today so he was really involved in that and made a lot of plays.”

(On General Manager Chris Grier) – “I feel like our personalities, we’re different; but, I feel like every day it’s my job to make sure he’s laughing. He’s very serious and he’s grinding right now because of the draft, trying to make sure he goes through all the scenarios. I know there are a lot of people looking at what we’re doing right now and he’s making sure that we’re prepared and making sure that we’re all on the same page. I mean the communication with him has been off the charts and it’s easy in my position to be around a guy like that, that’s constantly communicating. (He’s) making sure we’re all on the same page and between him and (Executive Vice President, Football Operations) Mike (Tannenbaum) and myself, I just feel like every night when we finish up, we’re all on the same page when we leave the building.”

(On whether the returning starters will pick up his system quickly because of their experience) – “I said this yesterday, and the thing that people don’t understand about NFL players is since they’ve been playing football, you have no idea how many playbooks these guys have learned over time. This is kind of what they do. This is their profession. So, when you bring in a new playbook, the terminology changes, but nobody is running anything groundbreaking. And a lot of these guys have run all these same routes, they’ve used the same blocking schemes, they’ve played the same coverages, they’ve played the same front. It’s just a few different things that we do here and there. It’s not necessarily anything that’s out of this world. It’s just different terminology for them.”

(On motivating the players with intensity) – “I think it started more in Denver, when I was the wideout coach there. I had a group between Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Lloyd (and) Brandon Stokley. Those guys, they never stopped. I think they rubbed off on me. Once we got (CB Aqib) Talib and Chris Harris and those guys going, it was just a nonstop battle. It was fun. It made practice feel like it was so short, because it was just constantly … Everybody was talking, but everybody was working hard. When you have that kind of atmosphere, you love being out there, you love competing. Just get as many guys like that as possible on the field.”

(On whether keeping up the intensity is easier for a younger coach) – “I don’t know. I’ve never been old yet.” (laughter)

(On whether he relates to players because of his young age) – “I don’t know. I watch some of our other coaches that have been doing this a little longer than I have, and I’ve seen their interaction with players. Some guys are the same as what my personality is. The guy that I learned under a lot was Coach (Mike) Martz, and probably, people didn’t realize how much he talked in practice. He talked about as much trash as I’ve ever seen – as far as a coach goes – to defensive players.  I think being around him, that kind of fueled my fire a little bit too to know that, ‘Hey, a coach can talk a little junk to opposing players.’”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill

(On what intrigues him about the offense) – “A lot of things. I think just the mindset of Coach Gase and the way he wants to attack the field; the multitude of things we can do – whether it’s on the ball, in the huddle, moving guys around, creating matchups – he focuses a lot on that. And that’s what this game is; it’s a game of matchups. So I’m excited for that – to be able to get on the ball, work with him, get us in a good play and create those matchups where we can have an advantage.”

(On if it feels different with a new coach and system) – “Well, it’s always exciting this time of year. We’re excited to be out on the field and excited to work together. It’s a little strange not having OTAs before you jump into a minicamp. It’s my first experience with that. But yeah, there is a lot of excitement and a lot of buzz. Guys are soaking up the information in the meeting rooms a lot. They’re really challenging us with what they’re throwing in and making us learn. Guys are jumping in and retaining the information and coming out and playing well.”

(On who he was throwing to in the offseason and how often they were doing that) – “We threw twice a week. We had a bunch of guys here. Most of our receivers and a few of our tight ends were here working from the end of February/early March until we started (the offseason program). (We) had a lot of guys here, got a lot of work in and I think its showing now.”

(On if they were throwing more than they had in previous offseasons) – “It was the same. We had a good turnout, though; a lot of guys (were) here. That’s the great thing about being in South Florida. You have a lot of guys in the area that are here for the offseason, or a good part of the offseason, and you can get everyone together and work.

(On if he is bothered by DT Ndamukong Suh not attending the voluntary minicamp) – “No, no. This is a voluntary camp. We’re out here getting better and I’m sure he’s working to get better doing his own thing so no hard feelings. It’s the way things go sometimes and we’re all working in our own way to get better.”

(On if it would help if DT Ndamukong Suh was present for the voluntary minicamp) – “I don’t know. I don’t know. I think that he has done things a certain way throughout his whole career and he has a process that he goes through both mentally and physically. Sometimes you have to go through your own process to feel fully prepared in your own way and I think that’s what he’s doing.”

(On what he expects from himself in his fifth season) – “(I expect) to be better. Just improve. Obviously, I want to compete for a championship, be in the playoffs and ultimately win a Super Bowl. (I’m going) to take it one step at a time and win games.”

(On if it is unfair to expect the offense to click right away) – “It’s tough. There’s a learning curve. It’s a real thing to have a learning curve but that’s what we’re here for right now. We want to speed that thing up and get it going when we get around to camp. (We want to) progress quickly through camp and be ready to go Week 1. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the 10th year of the offense or the first year, you have to be able to go out and perform Week 1. And that’s what we look to do”

(On if he has baby-proofed his house) – “Not yet. (laughter) We’ve got a few months. I don’t think he’ll be moving around until after the football season so I have a few months for that.”

(On if he is excited that his family is expecting its first baby) – “I’m excited. It’s an exciting process. You can feel him kick now and move around. My wife has had a great pregnancy – no sickness and no side effects. It’s really been great.”

(On when the baby is due) – “July.”

(On the perfect timing of the baby) – “Yes. I’ll be around to see the birth and have some time with the baby and then off to (training) camp to focus for a month and hopefully he’s sleeping by then.”

(On his first thoughts when he saw Head Coach Adam Gase diverting routes and running around with the players) – “It’s cool. He’s a hands-on coach. You see him … when I’m throwing, he’s rushing me and making me move around the pocket and just creating those habits. He’s giving receivers leverages. He’s hands on. He wants to have a hand in the offense and that’s important because when the guys see the head guy out there running around and breaking a sweat, moving, doing things to make us better, it creates even more of a level of respect.”

(On how active Head Coach Adam Gase is throughout the building) – “He’s around. We see him all the time. He does the offensive installs. He pops over to the defense. You talk to him, he’s around. He’s easy to communicate with and relate to so I think we’re off to a great start here.”

(On if he can take his career to higher levels with the guidance of Head Coach Adam Gase) – “I think so. I believe in myself and my preparation and the offense that we’re putting in, the guys that are around me. I think that it’s a process. We’ll all come together. I’ll play better. The guys around me will play better. And we’ll ultimately win a lot of games.”

(On the primary objective for him and his teammates at this minicamp) – “Right now we are learning the system, competing and just learning the ins and outs and the details of what we are doing. We’re taking it from paper inside and putting it into action out here. It’s a process. The bullets are flying. Things are moving fast and you have to be able to translate it from inside to on the field.”

(On if anything has surprised him thus far about Head Coach Adam Gase) – “He’s not nearly as good at golf as I thought he would be. (laughter) Tell him I said that. Actually, don’t tell him I said that because I think he would beat me.”

(On what has impressed him about Head Coach Adam Gase) – “I’m just impressed all around with him – the way he goes about things, the way he thinks of the game, the way he is progressive in the offense and challenging us. I just think he’s really in tune with his players and how we need to be challenged each and every day.”

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