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The Splash Zone 12/20/16: Young Cornerbacks Stepping Up

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Tony Lippett and Xavien Howard may just be the Dolphins future at cornerback. Both of the young bloods played some tremendous football against the Jets after Byron Maxwell left the game with an ankle injury. Lippett has really come on as as late. He's playing some good ball considering he's still a work in progress. Howard played for the first time in two months and did not disappoint as he frustrated Brandon Marshall.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins' young cornerbacks emerging | Miami Herald
The Dolphins, not so long ago, had a promising pair of young cornerbacks, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, but regrettably and somewhat inexplicably parted ways with both.

Adam Gase

Why Adam Gase should win NFL's Coach of the Year - Sun Sentinel
Nobody expected anything from the Dolphins this season. This was a franchise in the beginning stages of yet another rebuilding season. Somehow, someway, Adam Gase turned this floundering franchise into an unlikely playoff contender. Here are 10 reasons Gase deserves to be the NFL’s Coach of the...

Dwork On Sports: Adam Gase Has Found Winning Formula For Dolphins " CBS Miami
It’s been quite a turnaround for the Miami Dolphins this season.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Inside Dolphins QB Matt Moore's secret to success: Beating the blitz - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
Matt Moore handled New York's multiple pressure packages very well, hanging in the pocket and, at times, taking a hit to deliver a big play.

Matt Moore puts in storybook road performance in Dolphins' win - NFL.com
Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore put in a fine effort Thursday against the Jets to headline this week's top road performances. Who else deserves recognition for their Week 15 exploits?

INSIDE THE NUMERS: The Deep Ball
We examine Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and the deep ball in this latest statistical look at the team.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

The big play: Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry breaks the Jets with long TD | The Daily Dolphin
The Dolphins had all kinds of big plays in their 34-13 romp at the Jets on Saturday, including two turnovers forced by Cameron Wake and four touchdown passes by Matt Moore. The punch that knocked New York out, though, was quick pass that Jarvis Landry turned into a long touchdown.

Dolphins Secondary

Miami Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell's status iffy vs. Bills - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The Dolphins could be forced to rely on young cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett next week if Byron Maxwell (ankle) is unable to play.

Dolphins 2016 Season

The tape don’t lie: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, a review | The Daily Dolphin
The Miami Dolphins are 9-5 — yes, 9-5 — and in complete control of their NFL Playoff destiny. Win at Buffalo, beat the Patriots at home and the Dolphins are in. And even if they win only once, their odds are still pretty good. Dolphins coach Adam Gase says, "The tape don’t lie.

Miami Dolphins’ second-half secret? ‘We train harder,’ players agree | The Daily Dolphin
The Dolphins just won a game in frigid conditions, their reward being another important game in frigid conditions. Dolphins teams aren’t supposed to thrive in such situations, the theory went, just as surely as they can’t perform in December and can’t find ways to close out games.

Miami Dolphins enter Week 16 holding playoff spot | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins could clinch an NFL playoff berth with a win over the host Buffalo Bills on Saturday afternoon although a win won’t come easy as Miami has lost its past four against the Bills at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York.

PFF grades for Week 15; PLUS the backstory of how Matt Moore returned the Dolphins after initially being discarded | Miami Herald
New Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Matt Moore was originally told to move after the 2015 season but after both he and the team looked for other options, everyone decided the best fit for the player is Miami.

Miami Dolphins to face a different Bills team on Saturday | FOX Sports
The last time the Miami Dolphins faced the Buffalo Bills it was in sunny Miami and the Dolphins narrowly escaped with a win. A lot has changed since the Bills were beaten back in October.This Saturday the Miami Dolphins will face off against the Buffalo Bills in what could be the Dolphins tick...

Get your Miami Dolphins playoff scenarios here | Miami Herald
After a win Saturday and a few things breaking right for them on Sunday, the Dolphins stand just two steps from qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

AC In The AM: This Team Is About Overcoming
Saturday night’s 34-13 victory over the Jets was yet another indication of the "next man up" philosophy taking hold thanks to a career-best performance from quarterback Matt Moore.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 12/19/16: Dolphins Can Clinch A Playoff Spot Next Week - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Pro Football Focus puts four Dolphins players on their Pro Bowl picks list - The Phinsider
The NFL will announce their 2016 Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday, recognizing the all-stars for the season - and beginning the long period of replacements being named for the players who are injured,...

Dolphins demolish Jets: Good, Bad, Ugly - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins went into East Rutherford, New Jersey over the weekend and smacked the New York Jets in the mouth. Miami left East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium, also now known as Hard Rock...