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Gase responds to DeVante Parker saying he could have played and addresses other issues

Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker on who is the fastest wide receiver

Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker speaks to the media about who runs fastest at Dolphin training facility.
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Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker speaks to the media about who runs fastest at Dolphin training facility.

Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker said his broken middle finger had healed enough for him to be able to play Sunday against the Jets. So why didn’t he?

“He could have played [but] I told him he was going to be inactive,” coach Adam Gase said Monday, asked why Parker was inactive for the game. “We weren’t sure how it was going to go. Once we got in contact periods [last week] where he had a defender hit him on his arm and hand, we took that slow.

“By the end of the week, he did a good job, did everything we asked. There are a lot of moving parts to this thing. It’s a time thing with him as far as being healed and closer to 100 percent. One more week wasn’t going to be a bad thing. I explained that to him. He’s going to be stronger this week than last week.”

When asked if he was OK not playing Sunday, Parker responded:

“Of course not.”

Parker wore a protective mitt and then had his fingers padded during practice during the past week. He worked without limitation on both Thursday and Friday.

Sunday marked the eighth game Parker has missed in his career due to a series of injuries: foot, hamstring, ankle and now finger.

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Ryan Tannehill’s 9-1 record the past 10 games is tied for the best in that stretch, along with Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz and Denver’s Case Keenum, who played for Minnesota last season.

Gase, on the tackles by Reshad Jones and then Bobby McCain that stopped Jets tight end Chris Herndon just short of the goal line as the first half ended: “Phenomenal play,” he said. “Great effort. It took everything both those guys had to strain and finish that play.”

Gase said guard Ted Larsen “did a really good job” replacing injured Josh Sitton: “He plays physical. Brings good energy to the sideline.”

Gase didn’t notice receiver Albert Wilson arranging a group photo after his touchdown because he was distracted. “I called a really bad play [against the Jets’ defensive look] and those guys made it work.”

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson celebrates his first Fins touchdown by posing for media photographers in end zone.

But Gase learned about the photo after the game. “I love how our locker room is... Those guys are tight. It’s fun to be around and enjoyable to watch those guys go through ups and downs of the game. There is accountability with each other.”

Gase said the possibilities are endless with how the Dolphins can use Wilson.

“I’ve been around guys similar but not as dynamic as he is,” Gase said. “He is almost built like a running back but plays like a wide receiver when running routes. I love it. There is no limit of all the things we can do. He can do everything.”

Tight end Mike Gesicki didn’t catch a pass Sunday and Gase said opponents are trying to take him away.

Miami Dolphins Mike Gesicki talks to the media on the goals for the upcoming weeks as well as what he has to improve on at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on September 17, 2018.

“We had couple opportunities in the passing game to get him the ball and it didn’t work out,” Gase said. “They cheated out on him a little bit. We weren’t only ones who watched him in college. They are taking him away — and Ryan is not trying to force it to him.

“He is taking a lot of pride trying to become a better blocker; he had a very good block on [Kenyan] Drake’s touchdown. That was a big play for us. Mike is improving. He is going to keep improving because he’s very prideful. He studies, works hard.”

Notable snap counts from Sunday: At defensive end, Robert Quinn and Andre Branch each played 33 of Miami’s 65 snaps, Cam Wake played 30, William Hayes 23 and Charles Harris 22.... Chase Allen started at linebacker ahead of Jerome Baker and played seven snaps, compared with Baker’s 15….

Minkah Fitzpatrick played 42 of Miami’s 65 defensive snaps…. Miami’s four starting defensive backs and starting linebackers Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan played all 65 snaps.

Offensively, Drake played 36 of Miami’s 60 offensive snaps and Frank Gore 24… A.J. Derby got 34 snaps at tight end, compared with 33 for Gesicki and nine for Durham Smythe

At receiver, Kenny Stills played 56 of the 60 snaps, Danny Amendola 44, Jakeem Grant 32 and Wilson 29.

Gase on the decision to keep rookie sixth-round cornerback Cornell Armstrong active and making second-year cornerback Cordrea Tankersley inactive: “There’s a chance that could keep going back and forth; that happens sometimes. Best guy gets to dress. [Armstrong is] making a lot of strides at corner. I like our depth at that position.”

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