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The Splash Zone 12/30/16: Ryan Tannehill Walking Well At Dolphins Practice

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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.

Ryan Tannehill, who is wearing a brace, was seen at Dolphins practice yesterday. Reports are he was walking really well with the brace on and the team remains hopeful that he will be able to play in the playoffs. The team will continue to lean on Matt Moore, who hasn't done that bad of a job. Tannehill will rest one more week and will see if he is able to go against the Steelers or Texans.

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

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill walking well with brace at practice | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was walking well at practice on Thursday, moving around with a knee brace and actively coaching teammates.

Stephen Ross

Hyde: Steve Ross ends big 2016 with a bang-up weekend | Commentary - Sun Sentinel
Steve Ross has a big New Year's weekend with alma mater Michigan in the Orange Bowl and the Dolphins hosting the Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium before heading to the playoffs.

Adam Gase

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday | The Daily Dolphin
• Ryan Tannehill is using his information and his experience in the offense to help teammates at practice. He has a lot of opportunity to watch a lot more film and coaching guys up on the field. He's helping correct mistakes. He's another coach on the field.

Have Miami Dolphins found a "younger, nicer" Nick Saban? Gase influenced by former boss | Miami Herald
Ten years ago last week, Nick Saban told Dolphins reporters: "I’m not going to be the Alabama coach," then, well, did just that after two unremarkable years as Miami’s coach.

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase: we mismanaged some time early in season (via MMQB) | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Two of the best traits of first-year Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase are candor and humility. Gase demonstrated both during a podcast this week with Peter King of The MMQB.

Dolphins Offense

What Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said | The Daily Dolphin
What Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said Thursday: It's interesting to look at our numbers (team stats, which don't usually add up to a 10-5 team): I don't know how we do it. We just keep throwing blows. It hasn't been the conventional way.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Adam Gase cites two ‘imImpressive traits about Matt Moore’s time as Dolphins’ starting QB; PLUS Tannehill back for playoffs? | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins have gotten outstanding quarterback play from backup Matt Moore even as fulltime starter Ryan Tannehill is trying to heal from a knee injury quickly enough that he might play in the team’s first playoff game.

Dan Marino has been in Miami Dolphins QB room "almost every day." | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Dan Marino is special advisor to the President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins. But according to one Dolphins quarterback, he's been involved in quarterback meetings — every day.

Dolphins Running Backs

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi: ‘I consider myself one of the best’ | The Daily Dolphin
You’ve had 270 touches now this season, 32 carries on Saturday. How’s the body holding up? "It’s feeling good. I was sore right after the game. Now, I got back into my routine of the week, so it’s starting to feel a little better.

‘Dependable’ Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake ‘more in the game plan’ | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Kenyan Drake leads the Miami Dolphins with 5.8 yards per carry and that would lead the NFL if he had enough qualifying carries. When Drake was told he had one game left to reach the required total, he asked how many carries he needed. "Maybe fifty eight?" a reporter responded.

Ajayi Is A Fourth-Quarter Back
The Dolphins running back’s rushing average of 6.1 yards in the fourth quarter easily tops his production for the first (4.7), second (3.8) or third quarter (4.6).

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills exceeded all his 2015 stats
Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills exceeded all his 2015 stats

Dolphins Tight Ends

MarQueis Gray announces extension with Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins made a move to shore up their depth on the offensive line on Wednesday by signing tackle Sam Young to an extension through the 2017 season and now they've done the same with a member of their tight end corps.

Dolphins Defense

Miami Dolphins without five defensive starters vs. Patriots | Miami Herald
A six-pack of Dolphins nuggets off Thursday’s session with the coordinators

What Miami Dolphins coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday | The Daily Dolphin
Here is some of what Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday: • I would hope for better numbers, but obviously that's not the case. Takeaways, sacks, red zone are key. The yardage stats can tell you a lot of things. We played 94 snaps.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Exclusive: Cameron Wake’s most unusual look at playoff berth, Miami Dolphins’ season | The Daily Dolphin
There wasn’t even a muted celebration in the Wake household Sunday night when the Dolphins clinched a playoff berth. That’s because Cameron Wake didn’t know he was headed to the playoffs. He was asleep.

Miami Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh: I came here to be part of ‘something special’ | The Daily Dolphin
Highlights of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's huddle with the media Wednesday: You all gave up some yards on Saturday but when you needed those stops late in the game, you got them. That seems to be the pattern for this defense.

Dolphins Secondary

Safety Michael Thomas is Miami Dolphins' next man up before playoffs - NFL Nation- ESPN
Miami has overcome several injuries at key positions to reach the playoffs, and safety Michael Thomas is the latest reserve who will be asked to start.

Dolphins Special Teams

What Miami Dolphins’ Darren ‘Rocky’ Rizzi said (including head-butt incident) | The Daily Dolphin
Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins' assistant head coach and special teams coach, met with media Thursday morning. Needless to say, the discussion began with a lighthearted look at the incident late in the Buffalo game in which he was head-butted by the Bills' Jerry Hughes.

Dolphins 2016 Season

Dolphins have established a home-field advantage this season with fans' help - Sun Sentinel
The Miami Dolphins are 6-1 at home and coach Adam Gase thinks crowd noise is one reason for their success.

Top Miami Dolphins stories of 2016: Nos. 1-2 - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The only story that could top coach Adam Gase reaching double-digit wins in his first season was the Dolphins returning to the playoffs.

AC In The AM: Last Two Drafts A Key To This Team
Almost one third of the starting lineup last Saturday in Buffalo comprised of players selected in the 2015 and 2016 drafts.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 12/29/16: Dolphins Place Isa Abdul-Quddus On Injured Reserve - 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.

Patriots coaches heap praise upon Dolphins during media availabilities - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins will host the New England Patriots on Sunday in a season finale, AFC East showdown. The Dolphins are 10-5 on the year and heading to the Playoffs for the first time since 2008,...

Dolphins going ‘all out’ against Pats - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins clinched a playoff berth in Week 16 thanks to Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs, but don't expect the team to rest their starters. Adam Gase has had a ‘1-0’ mentality all...