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May 26, 2017 08:33 PM | Alain Poupart
1. Good reviews for Ryan: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's recovery from his December knee injury has been a hot topic of conversation for the past several months, and the first week of Offseason Training Activities only reinforced the words of Head Coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, who earlier had said Tannehill was looking as good as ever. Gase said Thursday the only difference he sees in his quarterback is the brace he now wears on his left knee.

2. New day for Jay: Running back Jay Ajayi said this week he's getting recognized more often these days, which is understandable given his breakout 2016 season. Ajayi says he feels more comfortable than at this same time last year, but he added he's "a lot more determined." Ajayi says he has been focusing on being better without the ball, meaning executing fakes, running routes and catching the ball.

3. Backing Burke: The Dolphins have a new defensive coordinator in Matt Burke, who replaced new Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, but the team's defensive players say little has changed for them because the system has remained relatively intact. Players also are confident Burke is ready for his new challenge, citing his intelligence as one thing that stands out about him. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is heading into his sixth season on the same team as Burke, following four years in Detroit (2010-13) and last year with the Dolphins. Suh called Burke a "smart guy" and said he's well prepared for his new position.

Second-year offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil is ready for his new challenge at left tackle after spending his rookie season at left guard. The 2016 first-round pick has impressed his teammates with his knowledge of the offense, which complements his very obviously physical attributes.

5. Getting on the same page: The highest-profile acquisition on offense this offseason was that of tight end Julius Thomas, who gives the Dolphins a major receiving threat in the red zone. The first order of business for Thomas is building a rapport with Tannehill, which he says has to come through repetition. Given Thomas' well-publicized study habits, it shouldn't take him long to get back to speed when it comes to play in the offensive system run by Adam Gase, who was his offensive coordinator in Denver for his two Pro Bowl seasons (2013-14).
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