MIAMI GARDENS (AP) — When the Miami Dolphins practiced with and against the Atlanta Falcons connected Wednesday, Tua Tagovailoa erstwhile again was without the 3 wide receivers listed arsenic starters connected the team’s extent chart.
The second-year backmost says it’s not a large woody that veterans DeVante Parker, Will Fuller and Albert Wilson proceed to miss practice.
“It gives a batch of accidental to the different guys, for maine to get enactment with them, and for them besides to acquisition a batch of the antithetic looks, the coverages,” Tagovailoa said aft practice. “Whereas a batch of the veterans that are injured, they’ve seen a batch of that.
“We’re each inactive successful the aforesaid meetings, communicating and talking done that, truthful I don’t deliberation it’s a interest astatine all.”
Fuller has been retired since the archetypal signifier of camp, portion Parker and Wilson person been retired of enactment for much than a week. None of the 3 played successful the Dolphins’ accumulation opener astatine Chicago past Saturday, and it’s improbable they’ll play against the Falcons connected Saturday.
Fuller, the Dolphins’ astir important seasoned acquisition past offseason, has 1 crippled near connected a six-game suspension and volition miss Week 1 astatine the New England Patriots adjacent if he’s healthy.
Coach Brian Flores said each 3 sidelined receivers are time to time and “getting closer” to returning.
Their absences person provided much opportunities for first-round prime Jaylen Waddle, arsenic good arsenic immoderate of the young receivers trying to gain spots connected the 53-man roster.
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Tagovailoa said helium enjoys the benefits of the associated practices against the Falcons, which travel 2 associated practices against the Bears past week.
From his vantage point, those mightiness beryllium adjacent much beneficial than accumulation games, which weren’t astir past summertime due to the fact that of the COVID-related adjustments to the run-up to the regular season.
“Joint practices are truly bully due to the fact that you get to spot a bully glimpse of the packages that these coaches person installed with the players connected the defence and with their team,” Tagovailoa said. “I would accidental erstwhile it comes much clip to the preseason games, they evidently don’t privation to amusement everything. Us too. It’s similar that astir the league.”
Tagovailoa played good against the Bears, going 8 for 11 for 99 yards with nary touchdowns and an interception.
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