Miami Dolphins players are still a bit stunned that quarterback is . But they’re taking it upon themselves not to let their intensity dip, and that started with Friday’s practice.
“It stinks,” said backup quarterback , who is replacing Tannehill for the time being, “but I thought today was a good practice. Guys were popping around. [It was] pretty competitive, so it was good.”
Safety Michael Thomas said players were good about trying to keep the intensity at a high level.
“You saw a lot of guys, including myself [saying], ‘Hey, let’s keep this energy up. You remember what happened last year,’” Thomas said.
“It was a next-man-up mentality. So a lot of guys stepped up with that today, you saw a lot of guys talking noise, talking as plays were being made and challenging each other, competing. That’s the culture of our team.”
Coach said it could be a while before the team decides how it will handle Tannehill’s treatment path.
“We’re still getting kind of, I wouldn’t say second and third [opinions], we’re probably going deeper than that,” Gase said after Friday’s practice. “[We’re] talking to a lot of people, just making sure we’re getting all the right information and then we’ll make a decision after that.”
Moore, who was 2-1 as a regular season starter in place of Tannehill last year before losing the wild-card playoff game at Pittsburgh, said he’ll be professional about the situation. Again.
“It’s hard,” Moore said. “As a buddy and teammate, you never want to see that happen. This is part of my role, and I’ve done this before, stepping up and being ready if need be.
“So that’s as much as I know, and kind of the attitude I have moving forward.”
Moore said he’s talked to Tannehill, who was looking out the window of the team cafeteria late in Friday’s practice with his injured left leg propped up on a chair.
“He’s obviously waiting, like we all are,” Moore said. “Nobody knows what’s going on, but he seems to be in good spirits. He was here watching tape [Thursday] with us and hanging out, so it was good.”
Asked what he would say to those who are wondering whether the Dolphins should bring in another quarterback, Moore was diplomatic.
“I would say I’m focused on training camp,” he said. “I’m not really thinking about that. It’s a day-to-day thing for me right now and I’m focused on myself and the guys that are here right now.”
Center/guard , who started the final four games at center last year, a time when he snapped the ball to Moore, said he has faith in the backup.
“Matt has been around for a long time,” Urbik said. “He’s a good player. … We’re very comfortable with him.”
Gase said if the Dolphins bring another quarterback to camp he’s not sure whether the newcomer would compete for a starting job, saying, in part, “Right now, Matt is our quarterback and we’ll see where we go from there …”
One of the names being floated as a possible acquisition fis quarterback , who is controversial for both his national anthem protest last season and the Fidel Castro T-shirt he wore last year. The latter could be especially problematic in South Florida, with its large Cuban population.
Thomas, who was among four Dolphins players to stage their own national anthem protest last season, with the eventual support of owner Steve Ross, didn’t want to delve into whether Kaepernick’s politics would be welcome in the Miami locker room.
“I think anybody who knows me, knows everything I’ve done, they know my views,” Thomas said. “[But] I don’t even want to talk about it, I’m not a GM. I can’t even worry about that.”
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