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Jason La Canfora Loves Minkah Fitzpatrick, Believes Dolphins Are Committed To Ryan Tannehill

Alex Donno
May 03, 2018 - 11:40 am

You'll have a hard time finding anyone who doesn't believe new Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will be a quality NFL player. You can add NFL reporter Jason La Canfora to the list of those heaping praise in his direction.

"I love his versatility and I love his ball skills," said La Canfora, who joined Hochman and Crowder on Wednesday afternoon. "Everyone was talking about (safety) Derwin James from Florida State. He can’t play ball like Minkah."

On what makes Fitzpatrick so special, La Canfora believes his versatile skillset fits perfectly with the current evolution of the NFL, while someone like Derwin James represents an older prototype. 

"In this day and age, with people throwing the ball all over the place, give me Minkah Fitzpatrick, who can be a slot corner, an outside corner in a pinch, and can be a hell of a safety."

Channing Crowder asked La Canfora if the Dolphins made a mistake by not trading up for one of the top four quarterbacks. 

"I never had them pegged as a team that was going to do anything for a quarterback unless one fell to them. They weren’t going to mortgage more assets into that position," he said.

To La Canfora, Miami didn't select a quarterback in the 2018 draft because they still believe Ryan Tannehill can be their franchise signal caller. 

"I’m not surprised by it," La Canfora said, on the Dolphins not picking up a new quarterback. "They’ve invested a lot in Tannehill. Adam Gase admits that if Tannehill can avoid bad luck and freak injuries, they’ve got their quarterback. They want to see it through."

Tannehill was selected eighth overall by Miami back in 2012. He still hasn't convinced Dolphins fans that he's a franchise player, but the team is eager to see how he bounces back after missing a year and a half with knee injuries. 

Plus, La Canfora is skeptical about this 2018 quarterback class, especially top overall pick Baker Mayfield. 

"The guy who went first overall… I don’t know that he’s a pro," La Canfora noted. "I don’t know that anybody can guarantee that he’s going to be a ten year starter in this league, much less a franchise quarterback."

You can listen to the full interview with Jason La Canfora on the Hochman and Crowder podcast. Tune in weekdays from 2-6pm on 560 WQAM.