Here were some of the comments from Wednesday that stood out, along with some perspective:
"When we play those guys, we're going to get their A game."
— Head Coach Adam Gase is anticipating a physical game against the Jets on Sunday, if for no other reason than that's the way it's been for Dolphins-Jets games since he took over in Miami in 2016. The Dolphins have had to fight for their yards against the Jets, even in the 20-12 victory in Week 2 this season.
"It's exciting for sure. Been doing rehab for a lot of months. Ready to get back out there and play real football."
— Linebacker Mike Hull clearly is happy about being back on the 53-man roster after spending the first eight weeks of the season on injured reserve. Hull, who was injured in the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, figures to play a key role on special teams as well as provide depth at linebacker.
"It's just do your job but do it with as much anger and force as you can possibly generate and then only good things will come from that."
— New defensive tackle Ziggy Hood explained why it's perhaps easier for a player at his position to quickly make an impact with a new team. Whereas other positions require a lot of synchronization with teammates on the same unit, the task is more basic when it comes to defensive tackles, whose main responsibility is to clog up running lanes and collapse the pocket regardless of what else is happening on defense. That's why it wouldn't be a surprise at all if both Hood and fellow new defensive tackle Sylvester Williams both were in the lineup against the New York Jets on Sunday.
"I'm playing as hard as I possibly can so hopefully I never have to go back to the bench."
— Quarterback Brock Osweiler came up with a terrific answer when he was asked how he viewed his current opportunity to start with Ryan Tannehill continuing to nurse a shoulder injury. Osweiler said he views every game he plays as a Super Bowl because he never knows when his next chance might come. Osweiler says his preparation always is the same, though being named the starter early in a work week provides more reps with the first-team offense. Osweiler will be making his fourth consecutive start against the Jets on Sunday, and it's clear he's hoping to convince Gase he should remain the starter the rest of the season.