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    « on: 29 November 2019, 10:19:18 AM »
    Multiple Dolphins players [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login] , as PFT reported on Sunday evening, have instructed their agents to get them away from a team that the believe is deliberately tanking the 2019 season. One player who reportedly won’t be asking to be traded (and indeed won’t be traded) is cornerback Xavien Howard.“Dolphins have told him they value him and he said he wants to stay,” Barry Jackson of the reports.That’s not a surprise, given that Howard signed a five-year extension this summer. They could have not signed him and shipped him to a team that will. Or they could have let him finish his rookie deal and tagged and traded him in March. Besides, trading Howard now would trigger full acceleration of his $7 million signing bonus.Beyond Howard, pretty much everyone on the roster would presumably be available, whether they want out or not. Only nine days after dumping Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills and only eight after unloading Kiko Alonso, the Dolphins could be looking to send more players elsewhere — especially if players begin to clamor more and more loudly for a one-way ticket out of town.However it plays out, Brian Flores has an early-career challenge unlike any he surely thought he’d experience as a head coach. He needs to get his team to move past a 59-10 loss, he needs to get them to believe that the team isn’t tanking [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login] , and he needs to get ready to face a Patriots team that may have the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cherry in Antonio Brown ready to go by Sunday. DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Last year it often seemed Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Charles Harris didn’t have a prayer to reach the quarterback, and now he does.The first-round draft pick from Missouri turned to his faith to shake the funk he found himself in last season when he totaled two sacks, which tied for 156th in the NFL.“As a rookie, I was in a dark place,” he says. “Now I’m cool. I understand grace.”Harris says he’s optimistic he’ll fulfill his potential this season, and a week into training camp, so are the Dolphins.More Miami Dolphins newsDolphins DB Minkah Fitzpatrick will play vs. Patriots despite trade requestDolphins will try to regroup for Patriots after drubbing at the hands of RavensDolphins can’t contain Lamar Jackson, lose big at homeDolphins versatile offensive lineman Jesse Davis signs extension through 2022Dolphins trade Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills to Texans for draft picks“I actually think Charles Harris has probably had the best offseason of anybody on our team [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login] ,” four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake says. “He came back in tremendous shape. He has obviously been working on his strength; he has been working on his football. I think that’s definitely going to pay off when it comes time to put in the live bullets and get after the quarterback.”Coach Adam Gase repeatedly defended Harris last season, saying the rookie was more disruptive than statistics would suggest. But the Dolphins were hoping for a bigger impact from the No. 22 overall pick in the draft.Harris says off-the-field issues complicated his adjustment to the NFL. The Kansas City native says he struggled with the move to South Florida, and with the sudden wealth that accompanies a $6 million signing bonus.“There was a lot of confusion,” he says. “This offseason I just prayed a lot, prayed about my lifestyle, prayed about things off the field. Just like Revelation, I asked God for Solomon-like wisdom, and he blessed me with it. … I’m using my talents and not burying them. Last season I buried them.”Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch, a second-round draft pick in 2012, says he can see the 6-foot-3 [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login] , 250-pound Harris beginning to blossom.“He’s a monster,” Branch says. “He has always had talent, but it takes time. He was a rookie coming into a program where he’s expected to do a lot. He’s a high draft pick. I’ve been there. There are a lot of things on your shoulders, and you’re young. You have no clue what to do and who to go to. But he’s coming into his own.”Harris plays the deepest position on the roster. Along with Wake and Branch, two-time Pro Bowler Robert Quinn and veteran William Hayes are expected to be part of the rotation.More pressure on the quarterback is mandatory if the Dolphins are to improve on last year’s 6-10 record. They had 30 sacks last season, the team’s lowest total in a decade, which is a big reason they gave up more points than all but three other teams.Harris says he’s spending camp perfecting two or three pass-rush moves, preferring to polish them rather than add more that he doesn’t do as well.Wake and Quinn make for great mentors, he says, because their styles are so different.“They’re two different varieties [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login] ,” Harris says. “I’ve got a power rusher and a finesse rusher at the same time. I feel like I can combine both of them and be one of the greatest.”Gase is encouraged by what he has seen lately from Harris, but taps the brakes on any soaring expectations, noting limitations on contact make it difficult to evaluate defensive linemen during practice.“For me it’s hard sometimes, because we’re asking these guys to stay away from the quarterback,” Gase says. “Once we hit real games, then that’s going to be easier for us to say, `OK, here’s where we’re at with his development, and where do we need to go next?'”