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MIAMI GARDENS T.J. McDonald Jersey , Fla. (AP) practice session at the old tournament site in Key Biscayne instead of the new location at the stadium used by the NFL’s Dolphins.It wasn’t that he wasn’t sure where to go, of course. Nor was he trying to soak up the good vibes at the place where he won an ATP Masters 1000 trophy for the first time.“It was just about convenience. Close to my hotel. I just wanted to break a sweat and went out there. It was pretty weird, actually. Kind of quiet. The place still has its allure to it, but it definitely seems different,” Isner said Tuesday. “We’re all used to pulling into that parking lot and the place is bustling. Wasn’t like that.”There wasn’t much bustle at the new-look Miami Open on the initial day of scheduled main-draw play, which was completely wiped out because of rain throughout Tuesday.They’ll try again to get started Wednesday; No. 9 Isner and other seeded men such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer won’t play before Friday thanks to first-round byes.Isner, 10-6 this season, arrived at the hard-court tournament in 2018 with a 1-6 mark. He proceeded to win six matches in a row, three against men ranked in the top six.“I do know that, look, odds are, I probably won’t defend this title William Hayes Jersey ,” he said with a chuckle after touring the Humane Society of Greater Miami with Alexander Zverev, the runner-up at the Miami Open a year ago. “At the same time, it is cool coming back as the defending champion of a tournament of this magnitude. Never been in this situation before. Just looking forward to it. No pressure. I don’t look at it as, ‘Oh, I’m going to lose a bunch of points.’ You can’t look at it like that. It’s just another tournament you want to do well in.”Isner says his performance in Florida gave him a boost that helped him later in the season, including his semifinal showing at Wimbledon in July, the best he’d ever done at a Grand Slam tournament.So did that carry over into this season, too?“Unfortunately, I feel like it has a shelf life,” said Isner, who lost to Reilly Opelka in an all-American matchup in the first round of the Australian Open in January. “Every player is different, but I feel like, for me Akeem Spence Jersey , when you start the new year, everything is reset. Even if you played fantastic at the end of the year last year, you have two months off, and everything resets.” The Miami Dolphins have made their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, adding Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the 13th overall pick. What are the Dolphins getting in Wilkins? We take..."WhiteSections 2018 NFL Draft2018 NFL Free Agency2018 Mock Drafts2018 Draft Prospects2019 NFL DraftMiami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins: Look back at first round pick’s Clemson statsNew,3commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareMiami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins: Look back at first round pick’s Clemson statsThe Miami Dolphins have made their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, adding Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the 13th overall pick. What are the Dolphins getting in Wilkins? We take a quick look back at Wilkins’ time at Clemson to get a little bit of an idea about his play.Wilkins played in 11 games as a true freshman, recording 33 tackles with 4.5 for a loss, two sacks, and one forced fumble. He then backed that up in 2016 as a sophomore, playing in 15 games with 48 tackles, 13 of them for a loss, 3.5 sacks A.J. Derby Jersey , nine passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.As a junior, Wilkins played in 14 games, recording 60 tackles with nine for a loss, along with five sacks and four passes defensed. Last year, as a senior, he played in 15 games with 51 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.He was a unanimous All-American in 2018 and was a First-Team selection in 2016 and 2017. He won the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2018 as the college football player with the best combination of academics Josh Sitton Jersey , community service, and on-field play. He won the Bill Willis Trophy in 2017 as the top defensive lineman in college football.Former NFL defensive end Stephen White broke down Wilkins’ Clemson film, explaining, “Clemson moved him around from a five-technique on the outside edge of the tackle on a couple of plays, to a 4i on the inside shade of the tackle, to a three-technique on the outside edge of the guard, to a 2i with an inside shade on a guard, to a one-technique on either edge of the center, to some zero nose. And he held up well in all of those alignments.”The Dolphins are expected to see their defense become extremely versatile this year under former New England Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who now serves as Miami’s head coach. Having a versatile defensive end who can fill multiple roles in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments could be exactly what the Dolphins had in mind with Wilkins’ pick.


   

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