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    When the Miami Dolphins open training camp July 27, first-year head coach Adam Gase is expected to use his skills to push quarterback Ryan Tannehilll to the next level on a team with an offense that returns nine starters and added four more prospects to that side of the ball in its first five draft picks.

    At 37, Gase is the youngest head coach in the league, but arrives in Miami with a resume that reflects an ability to get the most out of his quarterbacks. As offensive coordinator in Chicago last year, Gase helped controversial quarterback Jay Cutler achieve the highest passer rating (92.3) of his career as the Bears went from 28th in yards per pass play to 12th.

    In 2013, his first season as offensive coordinator in Denver, Gase oversaw an offense that set NFL records with 76 touchdowns and 606 points as quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player after breaking NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55).

    Now there's an act for Tannehill to follow, eh?

    Tannehill had 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and an 88.7 passer rating last season, which was 21st in the NFL. Much of his work in the offseason focused on accuracy and footwork. On the field, Tannehill's improvement must come mostly in red-zone, third-down and fourth-quarter situations.

    In the draft, the Dolphins looked for help to give Tannehill time to pass by stealing Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil No. 13 overall after his stock plummeted moments before the selections because of a YouTube video showing him smoking from a bong. Before that, Tunsil was rated by most as the best prospect in the draft.

    On Monday (July 18), the Dolphins signed veteran running back Arian Foster, who might be a help to the rushing and passing game if he can stay healthy. Foster became one of the best in the league after the Houston Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009. In 2010, Foster rushed for 1,616 yards (4.9 per carry) and caught 66 passes for 604 yards, finishing with 18 touchdowns. That was the first of four seasons rushing for at least 1,000 yards.

    Last year, Foster injured his groin in training camp, ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 7 (vs. the Dolphins) and played in only four games with 163 yards rushing and 22 catches for 227 yards. Ironically, the Dolphins lost running back Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency. Foster will join a backfield that includes second-year hopeful Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and rookie Kenyan Drake.

    The Dolphins tried to bolster their defense with several veteran acquisitions, including defensive end Mario Williams, linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell.

    Read The Entire Article Here : http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl-sum...BfMQRzZWMDc2M-

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