The message, delivered by coach Adam Gase to his players this week, couldn’t have been more clear:

“He said, ‘This is where we’re at, this is where we’re going to go; if you’re not on board, you’re going to be the hell out of there,’ ” center Mike Pouncey said.

One prominent player is already gone, running back Jay Ajayi dispatched to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick because of substandard performance (running and blocking) and what was portrayed as a questionable attitude and occasional penchant for complaining.

That left the locker room stunned and left Miami without an established lead running back.

“Didn’t see it coming,” DeVante Parker said Wednesday.

“Shocked,” Kenyan Drake said.

Though multiple sources said Gase was displeased with Ajayi – it was the Dolphins who initiated trade calls to dump him – Gase did not specifically criticize him on Wednesday, saying only that it was “was just time for us to move on. We’ve got some younger players there that we feel like we were going to move forward with.”