Head Coach Brian Flores spoke to the media before practice at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on Thursday. Here were some comments that stood out, along with some perspective:
“He brings great effort, great intensity.”
— Linebacker Vince Biegel has made a quick impact since joining the Dolphins via trade the day after the preseason finale. Biegel, who made his first NFL start against the Washington Sunday on Sunday, has made his presence felt as a pass rusher, though Flores said he likes Biegel’s contributions in several areas.
“He's made some progress. He's turned into one of our dependable players.”
— Wide receiver DeVante Parker is averaging a healthy 17.6 yards per catch in 2019 and he’s leading the team with two touchdown catches. Parker also has the Dolphins’ three longest catches of the season, and Flores likes the progress he’s seen from the 2016 first-round pick since the first weeks of the regular season.
“It's something we talk about a lot. Normally, they come in spurts. We work on it a lot in practice.”
— When asked about takeaways, Flores said it’s something he looks at a lot. The Dolphins have not been productive in that area this season, and Flores says there have been a variety of ways for that. He did say that stripping the ball is a staple of practice.
“He's really done a good job. He's a guy who does a lot. But I feel good about all our backs.”
— Running back Mark Walton has seen his role gradually increase since the start of the regular season, and Flores praised his work in all aspects of the game, including special teams. Flores said Walton would continue to get opportunities on offense, but also mentioned he has liked the work of fellow running backs Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage and rookie Patrick Laird.