Defensive end Cameron Wake and safety Reshad Jones, two of the Dolphins’ most valuable defensive players, were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville because of hamstring injuries, but Jones said he would try to play and there’s some hope that Wake can, too, barring a setback.
“I will be out there,” Jones said. “That’s the plan.”
The Dolphins are cautiously optimistic about Wake’s chances of playing but aren’t certain by any means.
Defensive end Derrick Shelby (eye) also was listed as questionable. Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) was listed as probable and has said he will play Sunday. Tight end Dion Sims (concussion) is out.
The Jaguars listed four players as out: defensive linemen Sen’Derrick Marks and Andre Branch, tight end Julius Thomas and cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Former FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien and running back Toby Gerhart are doubtful.
Coach Joe Philbin didn’t answer directly when asked if receiver DeVante Parker is ready for a larger role after playing just one snap against Washington.
“He had a good week of practice,” Philbin said. “He’s getting more and more comfortable with the system.”
Cornerback Tony Lippett, who has covered Parker a lot in practice, said: “He’s not thinking about his movements as much as last week.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell said the Dolphins are better prepared to handle the cut blocks to players’ knees that somewhat neutralized Ndamukong Suh and others at times during the Redskins game.
“We didn’t defend it in the preseason” so it surprised Miami to an extent, Mitchell said. “You have to use your hands, push the [offensive lineman] and move him out of the way.”
Said Philbin: “We spend time fundamentally teaching it. It’s something we’re going to be seeing.”
He said the Dolphins offensive linemen also used the cut-block at least twice against Washington.
▪ Quarterback Logan Thomas, who was moved from the 53-man roster to the practice squad in the past week, said the Dolphins have changed “the speed and technique” of his dropbacks.
Thomas, released by Arizona earlier this month after one season there, said a few teams offered him practice squad jobs in recent days but “I wanted to stay here. This team is going places.”
Philbin said when Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore are discussing the game plan with quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, Thomas goes to assistant quarterback coach Ben Johnson’s office for a film and study session.
▪ Most players have one locker stall; Wake and Suh are sharing six in an area of the locker room Wake calls “Manhattan.”
Rookie Jordan Phillips recently was ejected from his spot in Manhattan and moved elsewhere because, as Wake said, smiling: “You’ve got to have more stripes to get some residency over there. That’s top tier. Certain guys can’t even apply. They know who they are. We know who they are.”
Wake said he’s willing to add only one more player to Manhattan: “It’s a different level of clientele we’re trying [to attract].”