Dolphins’ Andrew Van Ginkel returns to apply after having appendix eliminated; Jaylen Waddle makes progress
Miami Dolphins exterior linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel was again working towards with the group Monday after having his appendix eliminated about two weeks in the past.
Van Ginkel seemed to be working nicely as he went by a pair of drills noticed throughout a quick media viewing portion of Monday’s apply forward of the Dolphins’ regular-season opener in opposition to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Van Ginkel started lacking practices on Aug. 23, at the beginning of the week of preparation for the preseason finale in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel mentioned later that week it was due to his appendix removing, however he indicated he didn’t worry it might be a long-term challenge.
Van Ginkel has been a key edge presence for Miami every of the previous two seasons. He has began 25 video games between 2020 and 2021 and totaled 9 ½ sacks over the 2 campaigns, including one other sack in restricted enjoying time as a rookie in 2019. Van Ginkel has 134 profession tackles over his three NFL seasons since being a fifth-round choose of the Dolphins out of Wisconsin within the 2019 draft.
His position may grow to be extra rotational this season because the group added three-time Pro Bowl choice Melvin Ingram, who initiatives to start out reverse Jaelan Phillips at exterior linebacker. Miami additionally just lately added veteran edge defender Trey Flowers to type a deep unit that is versatile on the edge.
Dolphins third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson was the one participant on the energetic roster not seen at Monday’s session. Miami additionally had cornerback Nik Needham and fullback Alec Ingold working on the aspect whereas drills have been happening.
Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Keion Crossen and security Eric Rowe — all who’ve missed apply in current weeks — have been seen at Monday drills and seemed to be working towards.
Waddle was seen collaborating in drills. He has been slowly progressing again from an undisclosed damage, which McDaniel has deemed a preventative measure, over the previous three weeks with a compression sleeve on his proper leg. Waddle was again at practices over the earlier week however on a restricted foundation, primarily simply stretching.
Beginning Wednesday, the Dolphins will likely be releasing league-mandated damage reviews for practices throughout recreation weeks.
No former Pro Bowl CB added
The Dolphins bypassed selecting up certainly one of quite a lot of veteran former Pro Bowl cornerbacks within the week between the top of the preseason and begin of the common season, regardless of having a necessity on the place with starter Byron Jones out a minimum of the primary 4 weeks on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform listing.
Miami will as an alternative, behind three-time Pro Bowler Xavien Howard and beginning nickel cornerback Nik Needham, will lean on a reserve group that features Keion Crossen, Noah Igbinoghene, undrafted rookie Kader Kohou and security Elijah Campbell, who has additionally performed cornerback. The Dolphins signed veteran Justin Bethel, however he’s predominantly a particular groups contributor and is initially being listed as a security on the group’s roster.
“They’re very veteran to us in regard to their capabilities, their strengths, weaknesses and so on,” McDaniel mentioned of his cornerback group on Monday. “Because we were going through some injury stuff during this offseason, we actually got more opportunity to really coach and evaluate and see our young nucleus of defensive backs, which was the driving force of our move to make no move.”
Among veteran cornerbacks accessible have been Joe Haden, Josh Norman, Chris Harris, Xavier Rhodes and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins. General supervisor Chris Grier mentioned final week the Dolphins would look into the market on the place — however not with added urgency.
Added McDaniel on Monday: “We were actually pretty fortunate in the process to get those opportunities to kind of evaluate all those guys so closely, getting them to see every single defensive structure, coverage, responsibility, and then even getting extensive time in the preseason. There was a lot of value that the collective group really offered us. And then you weigh that against who’s out there and decide if you really want to go down that road and for us, we felt like we had enough NFL players that were best served, not doing so.”
Former Dolphins large receiver Preston Williams was signed to the Carolina Panthers apply squad on Monday.