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1. Taking a break: Dolphins players had the day off Tuesday as they took a break from practice after five consecutive days. The structure has been similar regular season work weeks with five days followed by a break, and coming back for three days of practice before the scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. The Dolphins return to practice Wednesday and we can expect a spirit practice after the day off.
2. Early standouts: While it’s still very early in the process, there are a few players who clearly stood out in the first stretch of practice. The one who has particularly jumped out, from this vantage point, is second-year cornerback Xavien Howard. He hasn’t recorded an interception, but his coverage has been good every time the ball has been thrown in his direction. There’s every reason to believe Howard is in for a productive 2017. Rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan also has looked sharp in team drills. Offensively, the one player who has drawn the most attention is wide receiver DeVante Parker.
3. Popular player: The NFLPA released its list of the top players when it comes to merchandise sales for the period from March 1 through May 31, and Jarvis Landry came in at number 47. Landry was one of 16 wide receivers on the list, which also includes his good friend Odell Beckham Jr. The competition between those two will resume during the regular season as they come in tied for most receptions in a player’s first three seasons in the NFL.
4. Madden ratings: Player ratings for the ever-popular Madden video game, 2018 edition, have been unveiled and those always are a hot topic around a locker room. A total of 73 Dolphins players were given ratings, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leads the way with a 93 rating, followed by Reshad Jones at 91 and Cameron Wake at 89.
5. This day in Dolphins history: It was six years ago today when the Dolphins brought Jason Taylor back for a third stint with the organization. This was a popular move because every Dolphins fan — as well as Taylor himself — was hoping he would end his career in a Miami uniform. Taylor closed out his career in style, getting a ride from teammates after his final game, a victory against the rival New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium.