2017 Miami Dolphins season

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2017 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachAdam Gase
General managerChris Grier
OwnerStephen M. Ross
Home fieldHard Rock Stadium
Results
Record6–10
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersS Reshad Jones
WR Jarvis Landry
Uniform
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The 2017 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 52nd overall and the second under head coach Adam Gase. The team came off from a 10–6 record and a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008. They were seen as potential playoff contenders and looked to make consecutive playoff seasons for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. However, the team was affected by the loss of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who tore his ACL during practice and was ruled out for the season. The team turned to former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who came out of retirement to become Tannehill's replacement. After Tannehill got injured, coach Adam Gase called former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about possibly coming out of retirement and taking Tannehill's place. However Manning later declined the idea of coming out of retirement. Gase was the QB coach and offensive coordinator of Peyton's Broncos between the 2012 and 2014 seasons.[1] Additionally, the Dolphins were also one of the teams Peyton considered signing with following his release by the Colts in 2012. Later during the season, the team traded starting running back Jay Ajayi to the eventual champion Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2018 fourth round draft pick on October 31.

The team's Week 1 game against the Buccaneers was rescheduled to November 19 due to Hurricane Irma. Week 11 was originally the two teams' bye week. Week 1 would become the bye week for both teams and they wouldn’t play until Week 2.

The Dolphins struggled during the season and failed to improve on the previous season’s record after losing to the Patriots on Week 12 and were eliminated from the postseason after losing to the Chiefs in Week 16. They finished with a reverse record from the previous year, going 6–10. This was the Dolphins's fourteenth season missing the playoffs since the league's realignment in 2002.

Roster changes[edit]

Trades[edit]

Pos. Dolphins Receive Jaguars Receive Ref.
TE Julius Thomas 2017 7th Round Draft Pick [2]
Pos. Dolphins Receive Rams Receive Ref.
DE William Hayes & 2017 7th Round Draft Pick 2017 6th Round Draft Pick [3]

Free agents[edit]

Signings[edit]

Pos. Player Age 2016 Team Contract
OLB Lawrence Timmons 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 years, $12 million
G Ted Larsen 29 Chicago Bears 3 years, $5.6 million
FS Nate Allen 29 Oakland Raiders 1 year, $3.4 million
TE Anthony Fasano 32 Tennessee Titans 1 year, $2.75 million
FS T.J. McDonald 26 Los Angeles Rams 1 year, $1.3 million
QB David Fales 26 Chicago Bears 1 year, $690K
QB Jay Cutler 34 Chicago Bears 1 year, $10 million

Unrestricted[edit]

Position Player 2017 Team Notes
TE Jordan Cameron Retired
DE Andre Branch Miami Dolphins
G Jermon Bushrod Miami Dolphins
LS John Denney Miami Dolphins
LB Spencer Paysinger New York Jets
QB T. J. Yates Buffalo Bills
LB Donald Butler None
CB Chimdi Chekwa None
S Bacarri Rambo Buffalo Bills
LB Jelani Jenkins Oakland Raiders
TE Dion Sims Chicago Bears
S Reshad Jones Miami Dolphins

Restricted[edit]

Position Player 2017 team Notes
C Anthony Steen Miami Dolphins
LB Mike Hull Miami Dolphins
TE Thomas Duarte Miami Dolphins
CB Lafayette Pitts Miami Dolphins

Exclusive rights[edit]

Position Player 2017 team Notes
LB Kiko Alonso Miami Dolphins
S Michael Thomas Miami Dolphins
TE Dominique Jones None
DE Nick Williams None
RB Damien Williams Miami Dolphins

Departures[edit]

Pos. Player Age 2017 Team
DT Earl Mitchell 29 San Francisco 49ers
DE Dion Jordan 27 Seattle Seahawks
OLB Jelani Jenkins 25 Oakland Raiders
TE Dion Sims 26 Chicago Bears
QB T. J. Yates 28 Buffalo Bills
DE Mario Williams 32 TBD
LB Spencer Paysinger 28 New York Jets
LB Donald Butler 28 TBD
S Bacarri Rambo 26 Buffalo Bills
TE Dominique Jones 29 TBD
TE Jordan Cameron 28 Retired
FS Isa Abdul-Quddus 28 Retired
CB Byron Maxwell 29 Seattle Seahawks

Draft[edit]

2017 Miami Dolphins Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 22 Charles Harris DE Missouri
2 54 Raekwon McMillan OLB Ohio State
3 97 Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
5 164 Isaac Asiata G Utah
5 178 Davon Godchaux DT LSU
6 194 Vincent Taylor DT Oklahoma State
7 237 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech

Notes

  • The team traded their third- and fourth-round selections as well as their sixth-round selection in 2016 (186th) to Minnesota in exchange for Minnesota's third-round selection in 2016 (86th). If Miami receives a fourth-round compensatory selection, that pick will go to Minnesota. If they do not receive a compensatory selection, Minnesota will receive Miami's original fourth-round selection.[4]
  • The Dolphins were awarded three compensatory picks by the NFL, one in the third round (97th) and two in the fifth (178th and 184th).[5]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player College
S Maurice Smith Georgia
DE Joby Saint Fleur Northwestern Oklahoma State
LB Praise Martin-Oguike Temple
WR Malcolm Lewis Miami (FL)
RB De'Veon Smith Michigan
WR Drew Morgan Arkansas
LB Chase Allen Southern Illinois
WR Francis Owusu Stanford
CB Larry Hope Akron
T Eric Smith Virginia
DE Cameron Malveaux Houston
WR Damore'ea Stringfellow Ole Miss

Staff[edit]

2017 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2017 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 16 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 Atlanta Falcons W 23–20 1–0 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Baltimore Ravens L 7–31 1–1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Philadelphia Eagles L 31–38 1–2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 August 31 at Minnesota Vikings W 30–9 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

On December 13, 2016, the NFL announced that the Dolphins would play host to the New Orleans Saints as one of the NFL London Games at Wembley Stadium.[6] The game occurred during Week 4 (Sunday, October 1), and was televised in the United States.

The remainder of the Dolphins' 2017 schedule was finalized and announced on April 20.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 Bye[A]
2 September 17 at Los Angeles Chargers W 19–17 1–0 StubHub Center Recap
3 September 24 at New York Jets L 6–20 1–1 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 October 1 New Orleans Saints L 0–20 1–2 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
5 October 8 Tennessee Titans W 16–10 2–2 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at Atlanta Falcons W 20–17 3–2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
7 October 22 New York Jets W 31–28 4–2 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 October 26 at Baltimore Ravens L 0–40 4–3 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
9 November 5 Oakland Raiders L 24–27 4–4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
10 November 13 at Carolina Panthers L 21–45 4–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 19[A] Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–30 4–6 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at New England Patriots L 17–35 4–7 Gillette Stadium Recap
13 December 3 Denver Broncos W 35–9 5–7 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
14 December 11 New England Patriots W 27–20 6–7 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 17 at Buffalo Bills L 16–24 6–8 New Era Field Recap
16 December 24 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–29 6–9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 31 Buffalo Bills L 16–22 6–10 Hard Rock Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 2: at Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Week Two: Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 0 10619
Chargers 0 10 7017

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

After their week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins traveled out to LA to face the new Los Angeles Chargers, where they won 19–17 to start the season at 1–0.

Week 3: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Three: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 066
Jets 0 10 10020

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

NFL London Games

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 3 71020
Dolphins 0 0 000

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Five: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 3 7010
Dolphins 10 0 0616

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Due to the delayed game of week one, this ended up being the first home game for the Dolphins in the regular season.

Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Six: Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 14620
Falcons 10 7 0017

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 70,593
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 7: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Seven: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 14 7 7028
Dolphins 7 7 01731

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Week 8: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 000
Ravens 7 13 02040

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Nine: Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 10 7727
Dolphins 0 9 7824

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Week 10: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Ten: Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 7 7721
Panthers 3 14 21745

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Eleven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 17 01030
Dolphins 7 0 6720

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

In a game that was originally going to be played in week 1, but got moved due to Hurricane Irma, the Buccaneers won 30–20 thanks to three Jay Cutler interceptions

Week 12: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Twelve: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 10 0717
Patriots 14 7 7735

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 609
Dolphins 2 14 10935

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Week 14: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Fourteen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 10 01020
Dolphins 6 7 14027

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 65,548
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 3 01016
Bills 7 14 3024

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Sixteen: Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 10 0013
Chiefs 3 17 3629

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Seventeen: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 7 3 9322
Dolphins 0 0 31316

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 65,571
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon and James Lofton
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This game marked the end of Jarvis Landry's, Ndamukong Suh's, and Mike Pouncey's tenure in Miami.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 458 296 W3
(6) Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 302 359 W1
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 281 393 L3
New York Jets 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 298 382 L4

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .484 .466 W3
2[a] Pittsburgh Steelers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .423 W2
3[b] Jacksonville Jaguars South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .434 .394 L2
4[b] Kansas City Chiefs West 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .477 .481 W4
Wild Cards
5[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .434 .396 W1
6[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .492 .396 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[c] Baltimore Ravens North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .441 .299 L1
8[c] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 .457 .347 W2
9 Cincinnati Bengals North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .465 .321 W2
10[d] Oakland Raiders West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .512 .396 L4
11[d] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .543 .531 L3
12[e] Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .492 .413 L2
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .520 .438 L4
14[f] Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .480 .219 W1
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .516 .375 L6
16 Cleveland Browns North 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 .520 L16
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and LA Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of LA Chargers based on conference record. Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.
  5. ^ a b Denver wins tie break over NY Jets based on head-to-head win percentage.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis wins tie break over Houston based on head-to-head win percentage
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Dolphins were originally scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Week 1 (September 10) at Hard Rock Stadium. However, due to the impact from Hurricane Irma, the game was re-scheduled to Week 11, in which both the Buccaneers and Dolphins would originally have had their byes.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Dolphins kinda/sorta tried to get Peyton Manning to un-retire last year". www.washingtonpost.com. June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Trade For Julius Thomas". www.miamidolphins.com. March 9, 2017. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rams agree to trade William Hayes to Dolphins". NFL.com. March 10, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "2016 NFL Draft trade tracker: Details of all the moves". NFL.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Poupart, Alain (February 24, 2017). "Dolphins Awarded Compensatory Draft Picks". Miami Dolphins News. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 London games: NFL announces which teams will be playing". NFL. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Miami Dolphins Game To Be Played In Week 11 On Sunday, November 19". NFL Communications. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.

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