Running games overshadowed by QBs in national title game
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In four years at Alabama, Damien Harris has shared the backfield with several runners who either have or will play in the NFL.
From Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake in 2015, to Bo Scarbrough the next two years, to his current running mates Najee Harris and Joshua Jacobs, the top-ranked Crimson Tide (14-0) have always had a variety of running threats to fuel their offense.
Energized Dolphins visit Vikings, site of last ‘miracle’ TD
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Miami running back Kenyan Drake completed his sidewinding path through New England's prevent defense and crossed the goal line on the game's final play last week, the Dolphins and their fans went wild with delight.
Dolphins need road turnaround to stay in playoff mix
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins need to figure out how to win on the road, since that's where they'll be if they make the playoffs.
And if they don't win Sunday at Minnesota , there probably won't be a postseason for Miami.
Patriots ‘on to Pittsburgh’ after stunning loss to Dolphins
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — More times than not, the sight of Rob Gronkowski approaching the end zone has signaled good things happening for the New England Patriots.
Yet there was the image of Gronkowski awkwardly crashing to the ground in a desperate attempt to prevent Kenyan Drake from crossing the goal line during Sunday's last-second 34-33 loss to the Dolphins .
Still playoff long shots, Dolphins need another miracle
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Now the Miami Dolphins will try to pull off another miracle.
After beating New England with a pass and double lateral on the final play, the Dolphins are 7-6 and could use some more magic in the next three weeks to make the playoffs.
Coach Adam Gase figures his Dolphins probably need to sweep their remaining games — at Minnesota, home against Jacksonville and at Buffalo — to earn an AFC wild-card berth.
NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle
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Column: Across USA, cheers. In New England, shocked silence
In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms, explosive cheers rang out.
Throughout New England, shocked silence.
Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach Bummer depends on your perspective.
Maybe stick with "Boise," which is what coach Adam Gase called this bit of razzle dazzle.
Drake Escape: Miami’s score on final play beats Pats 34-33
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The celebratory mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Ryan Tannehill, leaving him in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms. Since he couldn't find anyone to hug, he flopped to the grass on his back, the job done and the game won.
"I collapsed — just the emotion of the whole thing," Tannehill said.
Sixteen seconds from defeat, Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season with the "Drake Escape."
Patriots rue missed chances after stunning loss to Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady visited with his family in the postgame locker room Sunday while the New England Patriots were still trying to figure out how they had just lost.
Brady's young daughter offered an explanation.
"Daddy," she said, "I think the reason you lost is there were more people cheering for the Dolphins."
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Gase: Hip injury to Dolphins WR Wilson likely season-ending
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Running out of receivers, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase pressed running back Kenyan Drake into duty as a wideout with a quick tutorial.
"We were telling Kenyan, 'Run straight, turn left,'" Gase said. "We were trying to get creative. It'll be interesting to see how we do it this week."
The Dolphins (4-3) need all of their inventiveness — and some reinforcements — to address a void difficult to fill.
Sanders kicks FG as Dolphins rally past Bears 31-28 in OT
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kicker Jason Sanders turned teammate Kenyan Drake's fumble into a footnote.
Drake lost the ball when the Miami Dolphins were on the verge of victory, but thanks to Sanders it didn't matter. The rookie made a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime Sunday for a 31-28 victory over the Chicago Bears.
RB Kenyan Drake disappears in Dolphins’ sputtering offense
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Kenyan Drake began practice Thursday in the corner of the field with several teammates working on his blocking, with no ball involved.
Dolphins sitting in 1st place in AFC East with 2-0 start
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sure, it's just two games in and early overreactions can look silly fast. But the Miami Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and sitting in first place in the AFC East.
It's a promising start for a squad that had plenty of questions entering the season.
"What we're doing out there is close to what we're looking to do," coach Adam Gase said. "We just have to do a few things better."
Gore, Dolphins top Darnold, mistake-prone Jets 20-12
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Frank Gore moved up in the NFL record books with a history-making run — and helped deliver the Miami Dolphins a victory with a game-sealing catch.
Gore moved past Curtis Martin for fourth on the career rushing list, Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake ran for a score and the Dolphins took advantage of several mistakes by Sam Darnold and the New York Jets for a 20-12 victory Sunday.
TENNESSEE (0-0) at MIAMI (0-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Titans by 1 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 8-7-1, Miami 5-9-2
SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 20-17
LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Titans 16-10, Oct. 8, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 17, Dolphins No. 27
TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (15), PASS (23).
TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (4), PASS (25).
DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (29), PASS (18).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (14), PASS (16).
Dolphins begin season under the radar _ as usual
MIAMI (AP) — South Floridians with a tour group visiting Kenya recently were pleased to encounter a young boy who emerged from a mud hut wearing a Miami Dolphins shirt, the only NFL apparel evident in his village.
Alas, while the Dolphins might rank No. 1 in at least one part of Africa, they're bringing up the rear in preseason prognostications stateside.
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Dolphins Preview Capsule
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
New faces: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn, WR Danny Amendola, WR Albert Wilson, C Daniel Kilgore, TE Mike Gesicki, RB Frank Gore, RB Kalen Ballage, QB Brock Osweiler, DT Kendall Langford.
Key losses: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, G Jermon Bushrod, K Cody Parkey, QB Jay Cutler, QB Matt Moore, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL's active career rushing leader may still be a starter at age 35.
Frank Gore is listed as sharing the No. 1 running back spot with incumbent Kenyan Drake on the first depth chart of training camp for the Miami Dolphins.
Gore signed with his hometown team in March and was widely expected to fill the role of veteran backup. He's awfully experienced for a feature back, with 13 seasons and 196 games of mileage.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Third-year pro Kenyan Drake has been with the Miami Dolphins longer than any other running back on their roster, which gives him seniority of sorts — except that new backup Frank Gore is 35 years old.
Even so, Drake considers his maturity an asset for a change entering his first full season as the starter.
AP source: RB Frank Gore agrees to terms with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Rather than retire, Frank Gore is joining his hometown team.
The NFL's active rushing leader agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person confirmed the agreement to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal won't be final until Gore passes a physical.
Dolphins’ Landry fined $48,620 for unsportsmanlike conduct
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has been fined $48,620 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he avoided a suspension for his role in a brawl with the Buffalo Bills.
Miami running back Kenyan Drake and Bills cornerback Leonard Johnson were each fined $12,154 for their parts in the fight. Landry and Drake were ejected following the fight in the fourth quarter, and coach Adam Gase described the episode as embarrassing.
Dolphins coach: Brawl involving Landry was ‘embarrassing’
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jarvis Landry's return to the Miami Dolphins in 2018 looked a little less likely Wednesday after coach Adam Gase delivered a stinging critique of the excitable receiver's behavior in the season finale.
Landry and teammate Kenyan Drake were ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills. Landry was an instigator in the brawl that led to the ejections.
Dolphins’ Drake says throwing helmet was stupid
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake says it was stupid for him to throw a helmet and get tossed from his team's season finale, and he's bracing for a possible fine or other punishment from the NFL.
Drake and teammate Jarvis Landry were ejected following a brawl in the final minutes of Miami's 22-16 loss to Buffalo.
Landry, 2 others ejected in Dolphins’ loss to Bills
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins punctuated a disappointing season of undisciplined play with a fight and three ejections Sunday.
The meltdown led by excitable receiver Jarvis Landry came in the final minutes of a 22-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Bills end playoff drought, Browns finish 0-16
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff drought in North American pro sports with a 22-16 victory Sunday at Miami and Cincinnati's victory at Baltimore. The Bills hadn't made the postseason since 1999.
Buffalo (9-7) will travel to Jacksonville next weekend in a wild-card game.
The Bills' anxiety was compounded by the loss of 1,000-yard rusher LeSean McCoy with a right ankle injury. He was carted off the field in the third quarter.
Chiefs have clear playoff road, Dolphins need plenty of help
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs head into their regular-season home finale against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with a playoff situation that is straightforward and favorable.
They're the AFC West champs if they win. Or if the Chargers lose to the Jets.
The Dolphins? Their path to the postseason is meandering and unlikely, a convoluted sequence of no fewer than seven dominoes that must topple perfectly for them to snag an AFC wild-card spot.
Dolphins RB Williams, S Thomas out against Buffalo
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins reserve running back Damien Williams and special teams standout Michael Thomas will miss Sunday's game at Buffalo.
Williams was ruled out Saturday because of illness and a lingering shoulder injury, and Thomas because of a knee injury. Neither traveled with the team.
Kenyan Drake has been a workhorse running back the past two weeks.
Youngsters Drake, Howard spark Dolphins surge
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Kenyan Drake is handling his new role as an NFL workhorse just fine, thank you.
The Miami Dolphins' second-year running back totaled 193 yards rushing and receiving on 31 touches Monday night to spearhead a surprising 27-20 victory over New England.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots' eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.
The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at home, but they kept the Patriots (10-3) from clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title - at least for another week.
Dolphins’ win over Denver bodes well for the future
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil has been dispelling doubts lately, one block at a time.
Tunsil looks less like a bust and more like the first-round pick he was in 2016, which is one reason for the Dolphins' recent offensive surge.
"He has been playing better," coach Adam Gase said Monday. "His practice habits have gotten better every week, and you can really see what we have talent-wise."
Onside kick the capper as Miami drubs Denver 35-9
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — With his team on the verge of ending a five-game losing streak, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase was in no mood to ease up, even against close friend and counterpart Vance Joseph.
The Dolphins pulled off a successful onside kick to set up their final score as they drubbed the woebegone Denver Broncos 35-9 on Sunday.
Dolphins backup QB Moore ruled out against Broncos
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins reserve quarterback Matt Moore has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Denver because of a foot injury.
Starter Jay Cutler's backup will be David Fales, who has thrown five passes in his NFL career. Cutler has gone the distance in only two of the past six games because of injuries, and Moore started in last week's loss at New England.
Dolphins list Williams as starting running back vs. Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Dolphins say Damien Williams will get the start at running back on Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.
He's expected to split time in the backfield with Kenyan Drake.
Safety T.J. McDonald, who is returning from an eight-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, will also start.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss several practices.
Ajayi, who ran for 1,272 yards last season, sat out Wednesday's workout after being hurt Monday.
Safety Reshad Jones practiced for the first time in training camp after being sidelined with a calf injury. He started camp on the active-non-football injury list.
Postcard from Tampa: Clemson made great strides on kickoffs this season, until last week
TAMPA, Fla. – Clemson stressed improvement on kickoff coverage after finishing 115th nationally in kickoff return defense in 2015. The sloppiness infamously included Kenyan Drake’s 95-yard return for a touchdown in Alabama’s 45-40 College Football Playoff national championship game victory.
The emphasis worked: Clemson is 48th in kick coverage this season.
Alonso’s pick-6 of Rivers lifts Dolphins to wild 31-24 win
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was on the sideline telling his offensive teammates to get ready to go back in if the San Diego Chargers scored in the final minute.
Turns out it was the Dolphins who would score, on Kiko Alonso's electrifying 60-yard interception return with 1:01 left that gave them a 31-24 victory Sunday, their fourth straight.
"Two weeks in a row, to have a defensive and a special teams touchdown to take the lead is huge," Tannehill said.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – As far as Jets’ special teamer Antonio Allen is concerned, the most important play of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins never should have happened. With just more than five minutes remaining in the game, Miami’s Kenyan Drake returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. It turned out to be the decisive score in a 27-23 loss to the Dolphins that effectively ended the Jets' season. But it only happened because the Jets had to re-kick after Allen was called offside on the initial kickoff – the one where the Jets had tackled Dolphins returner Jakeem Grant deep in Miami territory.
On Football: Big plays galore in Week 9 of the NFL season
Big plays and game-changing developments have been divided sporadically throughout most of this NFL season.
Not on Sunday.
From the Meadowlands to Miami, from Green Bay to the Bay Area and points in between, Week 9 brought a flood of standout performances. Maybe even something to lift the TV ratings, too.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Dolphins tried to hand the Jets the most important game of their season.
And the Jets gave it right back.
The Dolphins beat the Jets 27-23 on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Kenyan Drake made the key play in a wild fourth quarter, taking a kickoff return 96 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:15 remaining. The key play came after a penalty forced the Jets to re-kick.
Drake’s 96-yard kickoff return helps Miami beat Jets 27-23
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rookie returner Kenyan Drake was delighted to find himself at the bottom of a pile of players, because they were teammates in the end zone.
Drake caused the celebration when he scored untouched on a 96-yard kickoff return with 5:15 left Sunday, the final swing in a seesaw game that helped the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets, 27-23.
2 Dolphins rookies expected to make preseason debuts
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins rookies Xavien Howard and Kenyan Drake are expected to make their preseason debuts Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.
Howard missed the first three-plus weeks of training camp recovering from arthroscopic surgery, while Drake has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, but they're likely to see action in the final preseason tuneup.
Clemson aiming for College Football Playoff again
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — When Clemson came back from its national championship loss to Alabama, coach Dabo Swinney showed his Tigers a handful of plays that could have changed the result.
"And none of them," Swinney said, "were in special teams."
Most remember that Clemson's fortunes in the 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide turned on two special team plays — a dramatic onside kick in a tie game and Kenyan Drake's kickoff return touchdown soon after that gave Alabama an...