- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that the situation with the Dolphins and CB Xavien Howard is currently headed toward Howard holding out and either requesting a trade or Miami making him available, unless the Dolphins relent and give Howard a raise or his camp walks back its demands.
- Salguero notes Howard is not enthused about making less than fellow Dolphins CB Byron Jones despite being far more productive from an interceptions standpoint.
- According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins plan to move G Solomon Kindley over to the left side, where he will compete with Jesse Davis to start.
- That frees up Robert Hunt to move from right tackle to right guard, per Jackson. D.J. Fluker could factor into the competition at left guard as well, while second-round OT Liam Eichenberg and new addition Jermaine Eluemunor will compete to start at right tackle.
- Jackson adds 2020 first-round CB Noah Igbinoghene was getting work in the slot as well as the boundary during OTAs and is an option at either position.
- Over The Cap has full contract details for Dolphins LB Jerome Baker‘s three-year, $37.5 million extension. Baker received a $5.5 million signing bonus, base salaries of $6.58 million, $8.41 million and $10.768 million, and a $7 million roster bonus in 2022.
- Baker’s 2022 base salary is guaranteed and he has annual $25,000 workout bonuses, plus $340,000 total in per-game active roster bonuses in 2023 and 2024.
- Dolphins HC Brian Flores said they tested a lot of concepts with QB Tua Tagovailoa on the opening day of mandatory minicamp: “Practice is a time where you test the waters and see what works and what doesn’t work so you can go back to make adjustments.” (Cameron Wolfe)
- Flores added that they are asking Tagovailoa to push the ball downfield and “continue being aggressive” regardless of results: “I don’t think Tua’s going into a shell. I tell him to continue being aggressive. Use this time to practice pushing the ball down the field then we’ll make the adjustments.” (Wolfe)
- Dolphins DE Emmanuel Ogbah did not participate in Wednesday’s minicamp due to a minor injury. (Salguero)
- Dolphins WR Albert Wilson said he is looking forward to playing alongside rookie WR Jaylen Waddle: “Man, I’m excited to see the kid go to work. Like you said, I see myself in him; so anything I can do to help him get going right now, I’m here for him…” (Michael Giardi)
- The Dolphins are among teams that have crossed a threshold of 85 percent for player vaccinations. (Albert Breer)
- Breer points out that the NFL has previously discussed relaxed protocols for teams over the 85 percent threshold.
- Jets HC Robert Saleh said he wants to evaluate his younger cornerbacks on the roster before potentially looking at the veteran free-agent market: “Unless you’re willing to give them the opportunity to be seen, you never know what you might find.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
- Saleh reiterated that he won’t shy away from playing younger guys on the roster: “You can’t be afraid to play young guys. They’re hell on wheels, but they’re fun to watch.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
- Saleh added that he’s not concerned with growing pains from the Jets’ rookies and younger players: “You can’t be afraid to go through those bumps. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. It might be a freight train or it might be an actual light, but we’re going through that tunnel.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
- Jets’ owner Woody Johnson called first-round QB Zach Wilson a talented player and believes the quarterback “looks as advertised”: “He’s a talent, for sure. I know he’s a hard worker. He’s obsessive about tape. … He looks as advertised.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
Veteran S Adrian Phillips raved about his route running and mismatch potential after Monday’s practice.
“He was a beast, and he still is a beast,” Phillips said. “That’s what I got from that. When you watched him play (with) the Titans, you see a guy who can literally run everything. His route tree is wide-open. And then he gets here and you see that firsthand in practice, it’s just crazy. He moves like a receiver, but he’s big, he’s fast and it’s a real matchup problem.”
Smith did not finish the minicamp practice after suffering an apparent hamstring injury.