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Miami Dolphins release updated jersey numbers for free agents and rookies

Shortly after the 2021 NFL draft concluded, Miami Dolphins fans everywhere began to ask the important questions.

What was the plan at running back?

Who will start at right tackle?

Which safety was going to be cut? 

And of course, what jersey numbers will the new players wear, now that the league has changed the rules, giving the players more options?

This was the real question on everyone’s mind and a few moments ago, the Miami Dolphins official Twitter account released this GIF revealing the new jersey numbers for the 2021 season.

 

Here’s a full list:

#2 Albert Wilson

#3 Will Fuller

#4 Reid Sinnet

#5 Micheal Palardy

#6 Lynn Bowden Jr.

#8 Allen Hurns

#9 Noah Igbinoghene 

#14 Jacoby Brissett

#15 Jaelan Phillips

#16 Robert Foster

#17 Jaylen Waddle

#22 Jevon Holland

#23 Gerrid Doaks

#28 Jordan Scarlett

#30 Jason McCourty

#34 Malcolm Brown

#35 Terrell Bonds

#44 Blake Ferguson

#45 Duke Riley

#50 Benardrick Mckinney

#52 Elandon Roberts

#57 Brennan Scarlett

#62 Matt Skura

#64 Cameron Tom 

#70 Adam Butler

#74 Liam Eichenberg

#75 Tyler Gauthier

#76 D.J Fluker

#79 Larnel Coleman

#82 Cethan Carter

#84 Hunter Long

#87 Kai Locksley

#89 Jibri Blount

#90 Jenkins

#93 Jonathan Ledbetter

#96 Tyshun Render

 

Which of these jerseys are you most looking forward to adding to your collection? For me, that Jaelan Phillips #15 is going to be hard to pass up.

 

 

 

 

Staying put: Dolphins take former Cane DE Jaelan Phillips at #18

After the much awaited pick at #6 of Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle by the Miami Dolphins, their selection at #18 seemed just a little less smoky, with some predicting that Coach Flores would opt for Waddle’s teammate, RB Najee Harris. But turns out, they did not have to look far as the Fins selected a prospect who is no stranger to Hard Rock Stadium: former University of Miami defensive end Jaelan Phillips.

The 6’5 1/2″, 260-pound Phillips enjoyed a phenomenal season with the Canes in 2020, compiling 21 tackles, 8 sacks, and an interception as part of a dominant UM defensive line. His best game came against Virginia Tech after recording 8 tackles, 4.5 TFL’s, and 2.5 sacks.

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Phillips’ road to becoming a first-round pick is nothing short of a roller coaster. He arrived at UCLA with a lot of hype as the top high-school recruit in the country as a linebacker. After playing 11 games in 2 seasons, he decided to medical retire from football in December of 2018 after a string of concussions and other injuries.

 

His injuries include spraining both of his ankles in his freshman year, along with hurting his wrist in a moped accident that needed two surgeries. But just two months later, he entered the transfer portal. Soon, UM head coach Manny Diaz came calling and was willing to give him a “second chance,” so he opted to transfer to Miami. He sat out in 2019 due to transfer rules.

 

In addition, Phillips’ second passion is music, as he did enroll in the Los Angeles City College after medically retiring and also attended the Frost School of Music at UM to study music production. But don’t fret Dolfans, as he indicated in a recent zoom call with reporters: “Obviously, I love music. But I love football more.”

MY THOUGHTS

 

It was well-known that the Hurricanes would have two defensive ends selected in the first round on Thursday night: Phillips and Gregory Rousseau.

However, after watching Phillips this past season and on his pro day, it is clear to me that Phillips is the more-polished player in terms of speed and athleticism.

He ran a 4.56 40 and his movement and hips are very smooth, as  displayed by a 7.01 3-cone drill time. With 33.25″ arms, his wingspan has also helped him win a lot of battles up front. His versatility gives coach Flores a lot to work with as you can line him on the edge or even slot him at linebacker in a 3-4.

I feel comfortable looking at Phillips as a player that you can also play immediately and expect to contribute right away. Miami filled a huge need with this pick so I give it a B+.

 

Five Options for the Miami Dolphins at #6

  • Take Florida TE Kyle Pitts. The number one mission in this draft needs to be to surround Tua with help. This does just that, Pitts may be the best TE prospect since Vernon Davis in 2006. In eight games Pitts had 43 catches, 770 yards and 12 TD’s. This includes 7 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in the SEC championship vs Alabama. There was nothing a Nick Saban led defense could do to stop him. Saban had first round prospect Patrick Surtain Jr on him and frankly it didn’t matter. If Miami can pair Pitts with Mike Gesicki, they will have two dynamic TE’s which for a young QB like Tua that is very helpful in his development. 
  • Take LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase. Chase is the consensus top ranked WR in this class and would be a tremendous addition to Miami. He did opt out of the 2020 season due to covid-19 concerns. That hasn’t affected his draft stock at all as he was the top WR on a historic 2019 LSU offense with Justin Jefferson playing next to him. He had 84 catches, 1780 yards and 21 TD’s just an absolute beast for Joe Burrow and company. He had his best game when it mattered the most, coming in the National Championship game vs Clemson. Clemson put Falcons 2020 first round pick AJ Terrell on him, and it didn’t matter. Chase had 221 yards on 9 catches and 2 TD’s. Chase has some Devante Parker in him, but his traits are better and more consistent. If you can’t get Pitts this is clearly the second-best option for Miami on Thursday.  
  • Take Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle. Waddle comes from Alabama who has been absolutely loaded at WR the last two years. They had Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy drafted in the first-round last year and this year 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and Waddle will likely be first round picks as well. That is an historic level of talent at one position and Waddle may be the best pro out of all of them. Prior to Waddle’s ankle fracture against Tennessee October 24th, he had better stats than eventual Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. Prior to injury Waddle had 25 catches, 557 yards and 4 TD’s. While Smith tallied 477 yards on 38 catches and 4 TD’s. 80 more yards than Smith on 13 less catches shows you how explosive Waddle can be. There are many WR’s who get Tyreek Hill comparisons but this one is legit. Waddle has that elite 4.35 speed along with underrated strength and excellent route tree. Tua’s former teammate would be an excellent addition to Miami’s offense and a deep threat that opposing defenses must prepare for. Waddle can be an elite member of the return game as well as he showed with his 3 returns for TDs in his three years at Alabama. While some may think this is a reach at #6, they must pick who helps Tua the most and this would be an excellent fit.
  • Take Alabama WR DeVonta Smith. DeVonta was the work horse at Alabama last year helping lead them to another National Championship. This was especially the case after Waddle went down with injury in just the 5th game of the season. Over the next eight games Smith averaged 162.5 yards per game. That is with the opposing teams knowing he was the top target on offense every week. Those are numbers you don’t find very often no matter what school they come from. Many will question Smith and how it will translate to the next level as he’s a little small weighing less than 170 lbs. While that is small, he didn’t have any issues getting off the press at the line of scrimmage or dealing with bigger defensive backs. Many of the smaller WR’s to come out recently such as Marquise Brown or Desean Jackson are much more one dimensional than Smith. Typically small WR are mainly speed guys who don’t have a great route tree. Smith is a great all around WR and I think the weight issues are overblown with Smith. Smith would be a great fit for Miami and would make for the best all-around WR on the roster. 

Trade Back and Gain Picks While Getting a WR. In this scenario a team trades up to get either QB Trey Lance from North Dakota State or QB Justin Fields from Ohio State. A team to watch here would be the Denver Broncos who pick at #9 and have been linked to Lance frequently. Miami would be able to pick up another day 2 draft pick or future first rounder while still picking in the top 10. There is a great chance that one of if not both of Waddle and Smith would be available at #9. Miami fans should be rooting for the San Francisco 49ers to take Mac Jones and then they can let teams get in a bidding war to trade up for Lance or Fields. If you can still get a great WR while picking up more draft compensation that is something Miami should absolutely do. This is a team that if they can add offensive talent for Tua to go along with what already is a great defense, they will be ready to make a run in 2021.

Five Takeaways from Chris Grier’s Pre-Draft Press Conference

There are few things more pointless than an NFL general manager’s press conferences eight days before the draft. But that’s not stopping us all from trying to weed through the smoke like Ricky Williams trying to find any hint as to what Dolphins might do in the 2021 NFL draft. So without further ado, here are some of Chris Grier’s most notable comments from his 4/21 press conference..

Warning | All of this was said 8 days before the 2021 NFL Draft. Like EVERYTHING this time of the year, please take it with a grain of pink Himalayan sea salt.

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Grier’s opening speech was phenomenal.

I really don’t believe words can do it justice. So please, take a listen for yourself.

 

Trade up? Trade down? The Miami Dolphins are always open for business.

I will never pretend to know what the Miami Dolphins’ draft plans are, especially now that there’s a new regime in town. But one thing that was clear when the Dolphins traded up with the Philadephia Eagles, at least in my opinion anyway, is that they had their eye on a particular player or players that they believe will be drafted between picks 5-10. Grier reiterated that earlier today when he suggested it was important to get back up into the top-10.

But that doesn’t mean the team is done trading. Not one bit.

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Opt-Outs Don’t matter to Chris Grier and the Dolphins.

Rumblings were going around that the Miami Dolphins may or may not be interested in players that chose to sit out the 2020 season. That always seemed a bit silly, but Chris Grier himself decided to go Mythbusters when asked the question earlier today.

Sure, maybe this is all smoke and mirrors. But to think that Chris Grier or Brian Flores would pass on Micah Parsons, Penei Sewell, Ja’Marr Chase, or any talented player that may have opted out and fits what the team believes in because they didn’t play collegiately in 2020, is sadly mistaken. Nevertheless, it had to be asked and should give those Ja’Marr Chase stans plenty of hope if the Cincinnati Bengals were to pass on him at No.5.

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KVN is gone, and the youth movement has started

When the Dolphins released Kyle Van Noy, many people wondered why–including Kyle Van Noy himself. Some thought maybe there was more to the story, while others saw it for what it was–an opportunity for players like Andrew Van Ginkel, Vince Biegel, and even Jerome Baker to see more opportunities rushing the passer. Add in newly signed linebacker Brennan Scarlett and the inevitable rookie or two they add in next week’s draft. The position should be more than fine moving forward.

Tua Tagovailoa, No Matter What

Speaking of year two jumps, This saying has been going around Twitter for the better part of two years, and now with the draft eight days away, truer words have not been spoken. To hell with rumors of Deshaun Watson or PFF mock drafts suggesting Justin Fields or Zach Wilson at #3, this is Tua Tagovailoa’s team. And he’s been working hard AF all offseason long.

 

Chris Grier even went as far as admitting he saw some of the thirsty pictures of Tua, despite not really paying attention to social media. Good one, Chris. You and I both know your wallpaper is a photo of Tua Flexing like Big Poppa Pump. AND I’M SURE GRIER SHOWED ALL YOUR FRIENDS the video of Tua catching heavy wands while balancing on a skateboard as if he were Rodney Mullen or Tony Hawk.

 

I don’t remember what the point is anymore. Oh yes, Tua Tagovailoa is the Dolphins starting QB, whether you like it or not.

 

The pressure is on Chris Grier to rebuild the Miami Dolphins through the draft.

Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier Addresses 2021 NFL Draft, Chauvin Verdict 

In the windup to the 2021 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier took time to address the media. A conversation that many expected to be exclusively about draft picks and free agency started off, however, with Grier’s prepared statement about the verdict in the (in)famous trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by kneeling on his neck for nine minutes.

“For me, as an African-American, there was a sense of relief and sadness,” Grier, who is one of only five Black GMs in the NFL, said. “It’s 2021 and yet people of color are still asking for equality and justice… The justice system worked for people of color yesterday. However, we cannot forget that a life was lost.”

He went on to note the work that the Miami Dolphins organization has done in the South Florida community, specifically mentioning owner Stephen Ross, head coach Brian Flores (who is also Black), Dolphins CEO and President Tom Garfinkel, and Dolphins’ players as a whole. 

“We have the opportunity to make things better for everyone in our country,” Grier said. “It’s encouraging to hear the number of white people in big companies willing to be uncomfortable and speak out against systematic racism. There are a lot of good law enforcement officials who want change for the better…. We need to support them as well.”

Grier also mentioned the recent attacks against Asia-Americans and Pacific Islanders in his speech, before the talk moved to the draft.

The GM didn’t hand out many interesting tidbits but did say that the ‘Fins would be willing to move out of the No. 6 spot if an “aggressive pitch” was offered to them. The Dolphins originally owned the No. 3 pick in the draft but dropped three places after two blockbuster deals with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles that garnered them significant draft capital for years to come. Grier expressed “zero regret” about these trades, seemingly sure that whoever the Dolphins want at three will still be available at six.

“We’re not afraid to make picks,” he said. “We have great confidence that this coaching staff has shown that they can develop players and get the best out of them.”

He also added that the team will not be holding opt-outs against those college players who chose not to play in the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns.  

Most analysts and fans seem to agree that Grier and co. will be using their No. 6 pick on Alabama receiver Devonta Smith, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, or LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase, any of whom would provide sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with a much-needed offensive weapon. Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell has also been connected with the Dolphins.

The 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland will be televised on ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network beginning with the first round on Thursday, April 29th at 8pm. 

2021 Spring Game recap: Which Canes stood out on Saturday?

For the first time in 2 years, the Hurricanes were able to hold their annual spring football game. I gotta tell you, not only was it hot as hell but I was very excited just to see certain players in action instead of just going by either what they tell us in Zoom conferences and the cut-up highlights that the UM video department decides to give us. Let’s start off with some of my standouts from Saturday’s scrimmage.

 

1. QB Jake Garcia

 

Canes fans finally got a glimpse of the highly-touted true freshman QB and wow, he was a lot better than I thought. Jake finished 19/25 for 255 yards and 2 TD’s and that total could’ve been much higher considering a couple of dropped passes. Even as is, that’s a 78% completion percentage. But his body language was what stood out the most to me. If you’re going off just the eye test, he looked very poised and he threw every pass with confidence. Accuracy was not lacking either. He did catch flak from OC Rhett Lashlee for taking four sacks, but other than that, there’s a good chance you watched his performance and thought that Miami’s in good hands at QB for the next couple of years.

 

2. WR Charleston Rambo

 

WR1. Without a doubt. Rambo was a reliable receiver for both Garcia and Tyler Van Dyke all game. Rambo ended up transferring from Oklahoma due to a loaded depth chart but now finds himself as Miami’s best receiver. Following the scrimmage, he noted that he worked on his route running, blocking, and separation this spring and it definitely showed. 7 catches for 74 yards, including 3 in one drive with Garcia, he was always finding the open spaces within the defense and is looking an instant playmaker for Rhett Lashlee’s offense.

 

3. WR Keyshawn Smith

 

It looked like Smith has taken the next step in his game and will be vying for serious playing time in 2021. Even watching him last year, he’d play a lot bigger than his height at 6’0”. He finished 3 catches for 63 yards and 2 TD’s with one of those TD’s coming on a nice move making the catch on the outside and cutting inside. 

 

4. WR Xavier Restrepo

 

Much like Smith, Restrepo flashed his improvement from Year 1 to Year 2 in the spring game, looking noticeably stronger and even a little twitchier and faster. X finished with 4 catches for 42 yards, including catching an incredible touchdown on a corner route from Tyler Van Dyke. 

 

5. WR Dante Johnson

 

In case you wondering who #88 was making all those catches, his name is Dante Johnson. The JUCO walk-on transfer made quite a handful of catches and was a great safety blanket for every quarterback today. He’s listed as a WR but it’s almost as if he played tight end in lieu of all the absences at the position. Even Charleston Rambo calls him “Dez” in reference to Dez Bryant, noting that he’s very tough to tackle. 

6. S Avantae Williams

 

Where do I even start. Even after missing his freshman year, Williams looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat from being previously named the top safety in the country coming out of high school. It was very hard to miss #15 on defense and not only was his coverage solid, but you can tell he’s a very physical safety who is not afraid to lay the wood down on any receiver coming down the middle.

 

7. S Kamren Kinchens

 

Although a blue-chip recruit in this recruiting class, Kinchens hasn’t received nearly enough attention as five-star James Williams, who will arrive in Coral Gables in the summer. But Kinchens has an edge right now, enrolling in January and showing that he should find himself in the rotation this season. The 6’0” Kinchens had 6 tackles and added an interception on Saturday. 

8. ST/LB Chase Smith 

 

Miami created the striker position a few years ago for a player who you could consider positionless and versatile, and that’s exactly what Manny Diaz had in mind when he recruited Smith during this past recruiting cycle. Smith got a lot of run during the scrimmage and just like much of the other freshmen mentioned, he didn’t play like his age. He was tied for the most tackles with 6 and added 1 PBU. It seemed like he had a good nose for the ball on short-yardage plays. He tackles like a linebacker but also tracks the ball like a safety. I feel like the team’s decision to move Keontra Smith to linebacker was heavily influenced by how well Smith has been playing this spring. 

 

9. DE Deandre Johnson

 

Another great addition from the transfer portal, Johnson’s starting to find his footing within the Miami defense. Johnson was wreaking havoc on Jake Garcia and the offensive line, finishing with 2.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack on a safety. It’s looking like he’s making the most of his opportunity to not only come back home to play in front of friends and family but also to improve under the lead of DL coach Jess Simpson. 

 

10. CB Isaiah Dunson

 

Canes fans awaited the appearance of Georgia transfer Tyrique Stevenson on Saturday, and don’t get me wrong, he definitely took care of business and played great coverage throughout the day. But like the safeties, it seemed to me that Dunson was already around the ball when it was thrown to the outside. In fact, he had a would-be interception on Peyton Matocha’s first throw if he was able to stay inbounds. Dunson finished with 5.5 tackles, 1 PBU, and 1 fumble recovery. 

 

Other notes:

 

* The spring game was a tough one for Mark Pope. Like I’ve reiterated time and time again, the biggest thing I was looking forward to in spring practice was how Mark and Dee Wiggins would respond to the team deciding to add Charleston Rambo to the fold when the former two are seniors. Two drops, including one with no defender within 8 yards, marred a six catch, 115-yard performance. 

 

* I didn’t even mention Keyshawn Washington’s name but I saw him around the ball plenty. With much of the attention focused on the 2021 freshmen, he’s definitely a sleeper on this loaded safety unit. He had a big hit on Daz Worsham in the first quarter that led to a fumble and left Worsham noticeably shaken. 

 

* Wearing a very stylish and loud arm sleeve, freshman kicker Andres Borregales made all 3 of his field goal attempts from 43, 21, and 32 yards with ease. Miami’s in a very fortunate position to recover from losing Andres’ older brother Jose to the NFL. 

 

* Tyler Van Dyke also had a solid day, completing 12/17 passes for 102 yards and 1 TD. He still had a slight edge with the QB2 battle just off his knowledge with the offense, but I’d imagine that next year, when Garcia becomes more comfortable with the offense and takes the next step, this could make for a very interesting battle next year. And that’s not even including the impending addition of four-star QB Jacurri Brown. 

 

* Overall, for a spring game, the game wasn’t really sloppy by any means. A couple of false start penalties but the offensive line also played relatively well. Canes fans should be excited about the team heading into fall camp.

 

How a Hacker Changed the Dolphins’ Future

In the 2016 NFL Draft, a video of projected top ten pick, Laremy Tunsil changed the future of the Miami Dolphins. At the time, Laremy Tunsil was projected to be picked as early as the number 1 overall pick in the Draft.

The Draft was about to begin when a video of Ole Miss Offensive Tackle, Laremy Tunsil smoking marijuana through a gas mask was released. Nobody could have guessed when this was released, but the hacker who leaked this video made that draft the best the Miami Dolphins have had in a while.

The sports world was crazed when they saw this video, and teams instantly started losing faith in the number one talent.

By some miracle, Laremy Tunsil dropped all the way to the 13th pick where the Miami Dolphins snagged him.

In 2019, the Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans and received a 2020 and 2021 first round draft pick, and a 2021 second round draft pick.

The 2020 draft picked turned into Cornerback, Noah Igbinoghene, who has not proven to be too good yet, but may be able to show his worth in the upcoming season. The 2021 first round draft pick ended up being the third overall pick. This is where Chris Grier started his magic.

The Dolphins were a part of two blockbuster trades on Friday, March 26, between both the Eagles and 49ers.

First, the Miami Dolphins and the San Fransisco 49ers made a trade. The Dolphins gave away the number 3 overall pick to receive the number 12 overall pick, two first round picks, and a third round pick. The Dolphins then traded with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins gave up the number 12 pick, a first round pick, and a fourth round pick to get the number 6 pick and a fifth round pick.

In the end. The Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil for four first round picks, two second round picks, and a third round pick. Laremy Tunsil can now be seen as a hero for the Dolphin’s future, and he even acknowledged it by posting this story’s featured photo on Instagram.

Recap of Miami Dolphins’ March 26 Madness

Let me just start off with this,

 

Chris Grier my brother your flowers and a round of applause

 

I will be the first to admit that I had been a skeptic of Chris Grier because of picks like Charles Harris and no RB or WR being drafted before the 6th round, but wow did Chris knock it out of the park in trading back with the 49ers…. So, in the in the midst of me praising Chris Grier and writing this article, He decided that he would make another trade this time with the Philadelphia Eagles so let’s recap all the craziness so far.

 

The First Deal:

This bomb shocked everyone as Flores had previously mentioned picking someone “let’s say in the top 10” so a trade with the 49ers came as a surprise as most expected it to be the Carolina Panthers at 8 who would trade up. For the 49ers this move signals that a QB run will start the 2021 NFL Draft. For the Dolphins the move to 12 signaled serious Najee Harris vibes as the first pick but Chris Grier had other plans apparently, as he was not done dealing for the day.

 

 

Trade with Eagles:

If the deal with the 49ers didn’t kick you off your chair, then the one with the Eagles for sure did. This one move here signifies that the Dolphins aren’t just about wheeling and dealing for picks, but they’ll do it for a specific player as well. I really have to wonder which player or players they have identified as being potential choices for the number 6 overall selection.

 

New Draft Order:

Overall looking at the end result of the 2021 NFL Draft and a couple things standout for me.

  1. The 2021 NFL Draft will start with 4 straight QB selections.
  2. The Bengals will have the choice of both Penei and Chase
  3. And the Dolphins might still have the choice of the top 3 WR and Kyle Pitts at 6.
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To round it all up, this move was probably the biggest indicator of Chris Grier playing chess not  checkers with the competition. Not only was he able to turn the #3 overall pick into a plethora of riches in the coming years:

But he was also able to put the Dolphins in a position where all the options that should be getting considered at 3, are now slam dunk picks at 6 after all the moves.

 

Chris Grier, you killed this one chief!

What can Brown do for you? 4-star QB commits to Miami

In the 2021 recruiting cycle, Miami OC Rhett Lashlee locked up his QB at the 11th hour when Jake Garcia picked the Canes in front of friends and family only 4 months ago. This time around, they found their essential gun slinger for the 2022 class relatively early.

 

Donning a suit and tie and all because it was a “business decision,” four-star QB Jacurri Brown out of Lowndes High (Valdosta, GA) picked the Canes over Florida, Arizona State, Auburn, and Texas A&M.

 

Brown made the decision after making a visit to Coral Gables this past weekend with CB Isaiah Bond, another prospect Miami is on the tail of. With the dead period still in effect, he was unable to meet with Miami coaches but instead with local government officials. As he indicated, this wasn’t just a 3-4 year plan, but actually a 40-year plan.

 

Up until January, it was reported that the Gators were the favorites to land the 5th-best dual-threat QB in the country before ex-QBs coach Brian Johnson left for the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s when the Canes swooped in and made their move.

 

“Miami is the right school for me because of coach Rhett Lashlee, the offense he runs, and the fit for me,” Brown told Rivals. I feel I can be developed as a quarterback by (Lashlee). I feel his style fits mine, and Miami just seems like the perfect place for me.”

 

Brown also told Rivals that Lashlee did a great job of recruiting him and that the Miami OC may have talked to Brown’s mother than Brown himself.

 

ANALYSIS

 

There’s a lot to love about Brown and what he can potentially bring to Miami in the years to come.

 

He has excellent size at 6’4″, 205 and he’s not afraid to sling the ball downfield and has very nice mechanics. Brown really gives off the vibe that he is a big-time quarterback.

 

His accuracy can be improved and refined a bit, but his “floor” is still really high and it doesn’t hurt that he’ll have coach Lashlee coaching him.

 

Brown is also fast and athletic enough where he can hurt you with his legs and extend plays. He’s been clocked at a 4.6 40 and has rushed for 100+ yards in 14 games for far, so the Hendon Hooker and Lamar Jackson comparisons are justified.

 

In the 2nd play of the following clip, you’ll catch a glimpse of how good his scrambling ability really is.

 

 

Brown’s coaches have also praised his leadership ability. He’s a three-year starter for Lowndes and a two-time 7A 1st-team all-state selection. He even led Lowndes to the state championship game AS A SOPHOMORE.

 

I know the Canes just brought in Jake Garcia but Brown is a guy that can really give him a run for his money. All in all, for the Canes to get their quarterback for this class 6-9 months before the signing period is a big deal. Manny Diaz can now shift his focus towards other targets and filling out the rest of his class.

 

The dominoes should start to fall very soon and to hear more about that, go and check out the last episode of The Sixth Ring, where we had CanesInsight’s Brad Tejeda join and tell us who could be on commitment watch.

 

Be sure to follow @PaulAustria_ and @SixthRingCanes for the latest in Miami Hurricanes news.

 

4-star QB Kaden Martin commits to Miami Baseball, may play football

On Wednesday afternoon, both the Canes baseball and possibly football team received a commitment from Kaden Martin. The son of former San Diego Chargers QB Tee Martin, he plays outfield and pitcher for Knoxville Catholic on the diamond and is also a QB on the gridiron. 

He’s ranked as the 7th-best dual-threat QB in the country and #341 overall according to the 247Sports’ Composite. 

 

According to sources in Coral Gables, his commitment is more so for the Canes’ baseball team with a chance to also star for the football team, but he is more likely to suit up for the former than the latter.

 

Martin alluded to Canes’ baseball head coach Gino DiMare and his recent success of sending multiple players to the big leagues as well as developing a relationship with former Cane John Jay.

 

 

However, there is a possibility that he may not suit up for either as he is a highly-regarded baseball prospect who may be selected in the early rounds of the 2021 MLB draft. 

 

IMPACT

 

I personally did not know how hard Miami was recruiting Martin initially, simply because it was no secret that Miami was hot on the tail of Lowndes QB Jacurri Brown. 

 

Martin would be nice to have in our class for insurance and he’s no fluke for a gunslinger, but all signs still point to the 6’4”. 205 lb. Brown as their #1 target on the QB board. 

 

Now that I mention Brown, I feel confident assuming that Miami’s interest in the 5th-ranked dual-threat QB  is reciprocated as he did include Miami in his top-5 along with Florida, Auburn, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.

But Rhett Lashlee’s been on his tail nonstop and they should be considered the favorites for him.

 

Stay tuned to @SixthRingCanes and I (@PaulAustria_) on Twitter as we keep you updated and get you ready as the Canes begin spring camp next Saturday, March 13th. 

 

That includes a new episode of The Sixth Ring, which you don’t want to miss.