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The Splash Zone 5/9/17: How Many Passes Will Jay Ajayi Catch In 2017

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As fans and the NFL learned last season, Jay Ajayi is a tough man to bring down out of the backfield. Ajayi had a breakout season running the ball and was rewarded with a Pro-Bowl appearance. Ajayi believes he is a third down back and would love to prove himself in the passing game also.

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

Miami Dolphins: Will Jay Ajayi catch more passes in 2017? | The Daily Dolphin
There was a play in the final Miami Dolphins preseason game of 2016 that Jay Ajayi would like to forget. Actually there were a few plays Ajayi may still not have forgotten, including a fumble and a dropped pass. But for the moment here, we'll focus on the dropped pass.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Rookie Ford will have chance to win Dolphins' No.4 receiving job | Miami Herald
The Dolphins drafted Virginia Tech’s all-time leading receiver, and they were able to get him in Round 7. Isaiah Ford is out to prove his 40 time is nothing but a number.

Dolphins Tight Ends

Peyton Manning helped sell Miami Dolphins on Julius Thomas | The Daily Dolphin
When the Miami Dolphins were considering acquiring tight end Julius Thomas, offensive coordinator Clyde Christiansen reached out to a former pupil, retired quarterback Peyton Manning. Christensen was Manning's offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010.

Dolphins Defense

Depth, not high-priced talent, is focus of building Dolphins' defense - Sun Sentinel
The Miami Dolphins targeted depth over high-priced talent to build their struggling defense during the offseason.

Dolphins Linebackers

Versatility Is Key At Linebacker
They all have diverse skill sets and we’re going to utilize them week to week the best way possible to help us win.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Dolphins' Harris plans to use part of his salary on MS-stricken mom | Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris learned life’s cruelties at a young age, with his mother suffering from multiple sclerosis since he was a grade schooler. It built up his character, and the Dolphins rewarded that on draft weekend.

Dolphins' defensive tackle spots 'up for grabs,' coordinator says | Miami Herald
The Dolphins’ young defensive tackles look up to Ndamukong Suh. Here’s how he welcomed one rookie teammate to the NFL.

Miami Dolphins rookie Vincent Taylor: My giant hands block kicks | The Daily Dolphin
Vincent Taylor was holding up his hands at a Miami Dolphins rookie news conference last week and there is no doubt. They are enormous. "At the Combine, they measured my hands at 10½ (inches)," Taylor said with grin. "(I) blocked five field goals (and) my hands played a huge part in that.

Dolphins Special Teams

Miami Dolphins ironman John Denney, 36, could face most serious challenge yet | The Daily Dolphin
When long snapper John Denney arrived in Davie, George W. Bush was president and Nick Saban was settling in as Dolphins coach. Denney not only outlasted Saban, but he survived Cam Cameron and four others (including interim coaches) before Adam Gase arrived.

Dolphins Roster

Miami Dolphins: Who's in, who's out and who's better? - Sun Sentinel
Omar Kelly takes a look at the Dolphins' newcomers and how they compare to the 2016 players they are likely replacing based on their position and expected role:

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 5/7/17: Dolphin Coordinators Meet With Media - 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.

Why Ryan Tannehill Can Be a Franchise Quarterback - The Phinsider
Ryan Tannehill has proven that he has what it takes to be considered a franchise quarterback, and here’s why...

New author! - The Phinsider
That’s right, we are back with another new author joining the site! And, this time, it is someone that you all know, and someone who should have been brought on as a contributor a while ago, but...

Charles Harris: ‘Pretty exciting to meet the legend’ Cameron Wake - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins held their annual rookie minicamp over the weekend, using the three days as a chance to get the newly drafted prospects and the signed undrafted free agents into the team...

Raekwon McMillan talks tackling, learning from everyone - The Phinsider
If there is one thing that can be said about the Miami Dolphins’ 2017 draft class, it is that they all seem to recognize their need to learn before they can excel. Earlier today, we took a look at...