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The Miami Dolphins are off to a perfect start Jerome Baker Jersey , which they know guarantees nothing.Before now, the most recent season where the Dolphins started 2-0 ended up with them missing the playoffs. And the last time they started 0-2, they actually went to the postseason.So starting with two wins — one of only seven NFL teams to do that this season, plus sitting alone atop the AFC East for good measure — obviously beats any alternative fate at this point in the season, though Dolphins coach Adam Gase wasn't exactly spending time figuring out how to distribute playoff tickets on Monday."I've been 6-0 and not made the playoffs," Gase said. "It doesn't matter."Gase was an assistant coach with the 2009 Denver Broncos, who rolled into their bye week 6-0, winning by an average of 11.1 points per game. They came back from the bye and lost eight of their final 10 games.Lesson learned.The Dolphins were last 2-0 in 2013, actually winning their first three that year before sputtering to an 8-8 finish. Gase's first season in Miami was 2016, those Dolphins started 0-2 and 1-4, and made the playoffs regardless."You've got to play every week Andrew Van Ginkel Miami Dolphins Jerseys , you've got to reset it every week, you've got to work to get better, try not to be a team that's up and down, try to be consistent," Gase said. "You're going to lose games in this league. That's why there's only been one undefeated team that's ever won it all and another undefeated team didn't win the last game — so nobody really cares."To be clear, he wasn't drawing any parallel to the 1972 perfect Dolphins or the 2007 New England Patriots team that went 16-0 in the regular season and wound up losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.Gase knows this team has to get better, with much to clean up before playing host to the Oakland Raiders (0-2) on Sunday. And although he insi1sts that what's said outside the Dolphins' facility doesn't matter, some players are finding a bit of satisfaction knowing that Miami might already been exceeding the gloom-and-doom expectations they heard about coming into the year."Yeah, we're proving some guys wrong," Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant said. "But at the end of the day, we're playing for each other. We're here Miami Dolphins Jerseys 2019 , we have a higher standard and we feel like we have to be devoted to those standards — push, push, push in every practice. Great practices lead to great games. Some people saying we'll have a negative record, it's motivating, like, 'OK, we'll see.'"It's the second time that all three of Florida's NFL teams — Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay — have all started 2-0. The other was in 1997.Gase shrugged off any talk of how the Dolphins are ahead of division rivals New England, Buffalo and the New York Jets — the team Miami beat 20-12 on Sunday. He raved about quarterback Ryan Tannehill's accuracy through two games, the third-and-19 catch by running back Frank Gore that sealed Sunday's win, or the multi-layered effort that the Dolphins' defense made to keep the Jets out of the end zone on the final play of the first half.To him Andrew Van Ginkel Jersey nfl draft , that's what matters.Hearing about having a one-game lead in the AFC East with 14 left to play only was worthy of an eye roll."If you ask half these guys, they probably don't even know," Gase said. "They don't care. I mean, it doesn't mean anything. The division stuff right now is so irrelevant. ... No one cares what you're doing right now. When it's December and it's really coming down to the end, half the time you don't even care then. You're just playing games and trying to win them all." Tyler Boyd watched some of the Bengals' worst moments from the sideline, unable to contribute to the NFL's least-effective offense. The receiver turned those moments into something better when he got another chance.Boyd finished last season with a big game and carried it over, emerging as Andy Dalton's top target in a reconstituted offense. He leads the team in catches and yards as the Bengals (3-1) host the Miami Dolphins (3-1) on Sunday.The third-year receiver from Pitt also has come up with some of their most clutch plays. He had a third-down catch and a pair of fourth-down catches during a winning 16-play drive Sunday in Atlanta, which culminated in A.J. Green's touchdown catch with 7 seconds left.He's been the biggest surprise so far in an offense that's exceeding expectations."He's a guy who's playing with a ton of confidence," quarterback Andy Dalton said . "He's just playing at a high level now."A year ago, he was at a low point.The Bengals drafted Boyd in the second round in 2016 because of his versatility at Pitt, where he lined up at various positions Daniel Kilgore Jersey , ran the ball and even passed on occasion. They moved the 6-foot-2, 203-pound receiver into the slot and saw flashes of possibility. He finished his rookie season with 54 catches for 603 yards and a touchdown.He struggled the next season along with the rest of the offense. He missed four games with a knee injury and was inactive two other times. He had no more than two catches in any game until the last two."It was definitely a roller-coaster ride for me, ups and downs the whole way," Boyd said. "Especially when I got hurt, it kind of went down from there."Coach Marvin Lewis thinks his time watching from the sideline changed him."Then when he got an opportunity to suit up again, I thought he practiced differently," Lewis said. "A part of coming back is going out there on the practice field and showing, 'I am healthy and ready to go.' I thought he did those things and used it as a catalyst."Boyd had a 49-yard touchdown catch with 44 seconds left in a game in Baltimore that got the Bengals a season-ending win and knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs. He impressed during training camp and has grown into a reliable receiver on the most pressure-packed plays.His finest game was Sunday in Atlanta, where he had a career-high 11 catches for 100 yards. He had a third-down reception and a pair of fourth-down catches during Cincinnati's winning drive. Boyd had a total of four catches for 38 yards on the drive, beating man-to-man coverage on slant routes as the Falcons focused on Green."My quarterback, I want to show him how reliable I am to let him know he can trust me Youth Andrew Van Ginkel Jersey ," Boyd said. "So I want to continue every time they're in man coverage, we're in a tight down and need a first down, he can rely on me."Boyd leads the team with 26 catches 鈥?four more than his total last season 鈥?for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The only thing he hasn't gotten to do is throw the ball, something he did at Pitt. The Bengals have a play for him to pass, but haven't called it yet."I'm a guy that can do a lot of things: I can throw, I can line up in the backfield, you can place me all over the place," he said. "I think I'm ready for it 鈥?always ready for it 鈥?but I'm just anxious to see when they put it in."GIO OUT AGAINRunning back Giovani Bernard was held out of practice for a second straight day with a knee injury. Running back Joe Mixon had a second straight limited practice. Mixon missed the past two games following arthroscopic surgery to remove a piece of cartilage from his knee and is hoping to be ready for the Dolphins.Receiver John Ross also was held out of practice with a strained groin 鈥?he had been limited a day earlier. Defensive end Carl Lawson (ankle) and linebacker Michael Johnson (knee) also were limited on Thursday. Linebacker Preston Brown (shoulder) and offensive guard Alex Redmond (shoulder) fully practiced.
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