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The Splash Zone 9/6/17: Expect A Different Xavien Howard This Year

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Xavien Howard has been hyped up all preseason long by his coaches. When he was drafted last year, the team believed they could develop him into a premier corner and Howard has shown flashes of that during the preseason. Howard was limited to six games last year due to injury, but the second year corner has stated he has improved since last season.

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

Miami Dolphins' Howard expecting you will see a different player; Dolphins notes | Miami Herald
The Dolphins addressed questions Tuesday about two of their young cornerbacks.

Adam Gase

Gase says Dolphins practicing like they’re playing this week. But where? He doesn’t know. | Miami Herald
The Dolphins remain in limbo about the fate of their Week 1 game against the Buccaneers. Hurricane Irma has made playing it here Sunday essentially impossible.

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday | The Daily Dolphin
Here is some of what Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday: • Adam Gase does not have an update. There is not a change to the practice schedule. • Miami is practicing as though they are playing this week. But Gase is just waiting.

Jay Cutler

"Stud" Jay Cutler making different kind of impression on Dolphins | Miami Herald
Jay Cutler is making an impression on teammates. But some concerns remain in other areas.

Dolphins Linebackers

Rey Maualuga preparing as if he’ll play this week – ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins signed veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga after rookie Raekwon McMillan tore his ACL this summer, but didn't get him on the field for any of the team's preseason games.

Miami Dolphins Kiko Alonso uses combat sport to help prepare for season | Miami Herald
With the pro football season starting this week, one National League Football player trained in a different sport to help get him ready for the action. Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso is a major fan of combat sports and actually uses boxing training to help his performance on the field. He recently spoke to Rodolfo Roman of The Roman Show.

Dolphins Secondary

Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell, Alterraun Verner fight on for starting CB job | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE—A little over six months ago, Alterraun Verner was deemed inadequate to play cornerback in the NFL. The Buccaneers released him, and no one pounced to pick him up in the initial wave of free agency.

Buccaneers at Dolphins

NFL says Dolphins-Tampa Bay won't be in Miami Sunday, considers two other options | Miami Herald
The NFL is considering moving the game to a neutral site and one other option.

A Miami Dolphins plan for taking advantage of mismatches against Tampa Bay Bucs | Miami Herald
For weeks I’ve been hearing Miami Dolphins players talk about how much talent they have on offense.

The best-case scenario facing Irma-threatened South Florida: Monday night football | Miami Herald
The best case scenario for the NFL and Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they monitor Hurricane Irma’s progress and threatened landfall in Florida? That the monster storm keeps heading west on its current track, and misses or merely grazes the state.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 9/5/17: Dolphins Season Opener Could Be Moved - 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.

NFL decision on Buccaneers at Dolphins contingency for Hurricane Irma expected today - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Week 1 opening All-Florida showdown this Sunday. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma, which was upgraded to a Category 5 storm...

NFL Power Rankings 2017 Week 1: Where do the Miami Dolphins start the year? - The Phinsider
The NFL season is upon us, with the first game of the year coming Thursday night. With the return of the NFL season, we also have a return of the oft-loved, oft-hated NFL Power Rankings. Each week,...