The Miami Dolphins seem to be gradually getting closer to having a full arsenal of weapons on the pitch for Tua Tagovailoa for the first time in an entire season.
While Will Fuller is still lacking with an arm injury that would put him on an injured reserve and force him to miss at least one more game, both Devante Parker and Preston Williams have been in training for a week.
Both receivers have limited training, but it looks like they have a chance to play Sunday at 13:00 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
Parker, who missed two games with a hamstring injury, is likely to be a playing time decision, just like in the previous two games.
Williams is confident he will play on Sunday based on how he trained and how his groin feels.
“It’s great to be there with the boys again,” said Williams, who was turned off last week after straining his groin in training.
Williams got off to a slow start in 2021 with a Lisfranc injury he has been recovering throughout the offseason.
The third-year host made his first start of the season in a 45-17 loss to Miami Tampa Bay and caught three passes for 60 yards, but then conceded a 23-20 loss last Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams hopes to pick up where he left off on Sunday.
When asked if he felt like a breakthrough was about to begin, Williams replied that he feels like this “every day.”
“I just try to play when I hit the ball,” said Williams, who has caught 54 assists for 778 yards and seven touchdowns in 18 games he has played. “These are three assists in the game, these are three. If 10, then 10 “.
Due to all the injuries at the receiver, the Dolphins were forced to call Isaiah Ford and Kirk Merritt from the training group to play with them against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.
Newcomer Liam Eichenberg, who started the left tackle, claimed responsibility for not challenging Josh Allen to the Jaguars’ defensive line at the end of the fourth quarter, which resulted in Allen stopping Malcolm Brown from getting a decisive first defeat.
“I’ll put it on myself,” said Eichenberg, who started all but one of his games this season. “I had to tell the guard to a human-3 technician, and then I had to help in difficult times.”
Tight-end Durham Smythe, who allowed Allen to cross his body and enter the back field to tackle the ball without any benefit, took the blame for the loss. Smythe indicated that he should have gotten the ball quicker and said, “It wasn’t like that. [Eichenberg’s] work, ”but appreciated the novice’s attempt to fall on the sword.
When it was pointed out last week that the Dolphins did not authorize layoffs for the first time in an entire season, Eichenberg downplayed the feat, pointing out that they were putting significant pressure on the quarterback.
“This is the first time this season, so this is the beginning,” Eichenberg said of the day without bags. “But it’s clear that we can keep getting better and better.”
Igbinogen damages the knee
Second year full-back Noah Igbinogen, 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, suffered a knee injury in training on Friday and his participation was limited. Igbinogen, who started the game against Jacksonville last week as a replacement for Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, is one of seven players whose status was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Howard (groin) and Jones (Achilles and groin) are also questionable. So did center Greg Muntz (groin) and outside midfielder Jalan Phillips (ankle). Don’t be surprised if the Dolphins promote Vince Bigel from the training team to address Miami’s shortage of outside midfielders.
Tight-end Adam Shaheen, who was kicked out last week with a right knee injury, trained all week with limited numbers and was allowed to play.