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I Said It: Xavien Howard & The Defense Are Hungry


Here were some of the comments from Wednesday that stood out, along with some perspective:

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"We're just trying to progress him to where we don't have any setbacks. The fact that he's saying he's feeling as good as he does, that's a good sign for us."

— Head Coach Adam Gase is hoping to have wide receiver **DeVante Parker** back in the lineup against the Chicago Bears this weekend, and Parker took a step in that direction when he practiced Wednesday. Parker missed the past two games because of a quadriceps injury and it's clear his size will bring a different element to the passing game when he returns. Against a Chicago defense that is ranked among the best in the league in most statistical categories, having Parker available clearly would make the Dolphins' job more manageable.

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"We try to make plays. We're hungry out there. We want to get the ball back in the offense's hands."

— The Dolphins lead the NFL with 10 interceptions, and cornerback **Xavien Howard** leads the way with three. Howard talked Wednesday about the emphasis the Dolphins put on takeaways throughout the offseason after a disappointing performance in that department in 2017. The 10 interceptions represent the Dolphins' highest total through five games since 1994 when they also had 10.

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"Football is a one-week-at-a-time thing. Every week it resets"

— Quarterback **Ryan Tannehill** reiterated the Dolphins' philosophy of turning the page every week, whether the team is coming off a good performance or a bad one. The focus always is on learning from the mistakes that were made and work on correcting them so they don't resurface.

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