The Miami Dolphins have a late season week 14 bye week.
However, the Dolphins bye week has come at an interesting time.
Dolphins have won five in a row, hoping their bye does not slow down their momentum. The reality of Covid-19 can play a factor.
Dolphins placed star rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, on the reserve/COVID-19 list, their fifth player to go on the list in the past week leading up to the division match up hosting the New York Jets.
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Waddle joins running backs Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay, and safety Jevon Holland on Miami’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
Dolphins put safety first Wednesday by implementing fusion of preventive measures after Thursday’s walk-through practice, holding position meetings in large spaces when available, and opting to hold team meetings virtually. Certain position groups also met virtually when a large meeting space was unavailable.
Though starting the season 1-7 overall, Dolphins had been safe and healthy in terms of contracting COVID-19 and hadn’t had any positive results since Austin Jackson and Adam Shaheen in Week 1.
The Dolphins’ latest additions to the COVID-19 list come during a widespread outbreak throughout the league that has seen more than 100 positive tests this week. Major leagues such as NBA and NHL have been scrambling to postpone, rescheduled, and maintain safety among players and staff members.
A hometown football player, Duke Johnson, who played for the Miami Hurricanes in college and played high school football at Miami Norland High School, will be important in the Dolphins rushing attack after being promoted from the practice squad to 53-man roster.
This season, Johnson has played in one game, carrying the ball four times and his longest rush for six yards. He will surpass that and expect to help shake any rust the Dolphins will have coming off the bye week.
This is the perfect time to face the Jets.
This game is a golden opportunity for them to continue to be hungry coming off the bye week. And keep the momentum going against the Jets, who they defeated in week 11.
At the bye, Jaelen Phillips has been my most impressive Dolphins player this season, he cannot be blocked. Emmanuel Ogbah and Phillips have complimented each other. They have been valuable in the defense, playing their best during this winning streak.
Phillips will go down as one of the most talented defensive ends the dolphins may have in their historic career. Phillipps is expected to be with dolphins for five years if they don’t trade him.
Dolphins will need ten wins to get into the playoffs. They need to win out. Dolphins had ten wins last year in a 16 game schedule and did not make the playoffs. Ten games can get you in this year since there is more mediocrity. The Dolphins are capable of doing that.
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