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Friday night Dolphins notes: Parker fallout; Tannehill on punter's insult; Coyle addresses issues

Some quick Friday night Dolphins notes:

### DeVante Parker’s foot surgery, which his agent says comes with an eight-week recovery timetable, isn’t a huge setback, but it is a mild setback in two ways:

1) Though Parker has been exceptional catching the ball in OTAs, he was still working on “cleaning up his route running,” as Ryan Tannehill noted to Dan Le Batard on ESPN Radio this week. That will now have to wait.

2) Some Dolphins people had expected Parker to emerge as a starter in Week 1, but that seems far less likely if he plays only a game or two --- or none at all --- in preseason.

The good news is Parker is expected back for the regular season opener Sept. 13 in Washington. And receiver is Miami’s deepest position.

### Tannehill said Parker has come “as advertised. He can catch it with a defender on his back, can track it really well, can make a tough catch, can high point it in the red zone.”

### Le Batard asked Tannehill where Tannehill can improve.

“First of all, red zone. We led the league getting into the red zone but didn't score enough touchdowns.”

Asked if the deep ball criticism is fair, he conceded: “There have definitely been times I missed throws I could have made down the field. It's something I'm working consistently to get better at.”

### Tannehill was asked his reaction to Colts punter Pat McAfee tweeting: “Well today's market showed that a 25-25 record gets you 96 million American dollars... Andrew's about to own a team I think #Tannehill #Luck.”

Tannehill was diplomatic: “Everyone is going to have something to say. It's indifferent to me…. I'm here at the facility working to get better.... If they give Luck the team, good for him.”

Le Batard asked if Tannehill even knew who McAfee was. “Now that you reminded me,” Tannehill quipped.

### Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, speaking to the team-owned Finsiders, on Miami signing Ndamukong Suh: “I was thrilled. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to be around him and see how he works, it’s even more exciting. He’s a rare talent. He’s a smart player,… powerful, quick…. He’s an ascending player in my opinion. He’s a team guy.”

On Suh and Cameron Wake, Coyle said: “I see a chemistry already developing between those two that will be real exciting to watch as the season unfolds next year. They will help each other in a lot of ways.”

### Coyle said Brice McCain “has been the ultimate pro since the day he got here. He has tremendous quickness and top end speed.”

### Coyle said “a guy who’s really stood out is Walt Aikens. He’s playing at the safety spot. Will get some work at corner. He has really stepped up his game.”

### Coyle loves the group of the rookie corners, four new rookie linebackers and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, among others.

“The thing that impresses me most about this rookie group is they don’t act like rookies,” he said. “This is as good a rookie group as I’ve ever been around as far as how they’ve approached it.”

### Greg Likens asked Coyle to explain what he means when he says he’s simplifying the defense.

“It means identifying what our guys do best…. By simplifying things, we say we have these players we’re working with, as opposed to them fitting into the scheme. Let’s see what they do best and really focus on those things as opposed to having a lot of volume on the defense. Our guys have done a great job of mastering what we’re doing.”

### The Dolphins waived linebacker Jake Knott, who needed knee surgery that will sideline him for several months.

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