Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dolphinstalk.com's Training Camp Preview

We have finally made it!  The NFL season is finally upon us with training camp opening on Wednesday morning in Davie, FL.  With that in mind, here is a preview of training camp:

The Miami Dolphins closed a promising 2014 season with another 8-8 record.  With the departures of key players, such as:  Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Charles Clay, Danelle Ellerbe, Phillip Wheeler.  Mike Tannenbaum and GM Dennis Hickey did a tremendous job replacing these players with the up and coming Kenny Stills, veteran leader Greg Jennings and promising rookie Devante Parker.  They also added Jordan Cameron and Ndamukong Suh.  Suh is the big name and should shore up the defensive unit with his run stuffing abilities and always commanding double teams.  I will get to more of that later.

Here is a rundown of what to watch for, for each position battle and my projected 53 man roster:

Quarterbacks- Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Mcleod Bethel-Thompson

There really isn't too much to write about here.  Ryan Tannehill has steadily improved in his first three season as a starting QB in the NFL.  There is no reason to doubt, barring injury, he shouldn't continue to improve on these numbers.  He also just secured a 6 year, 96 million dollar deal to keep him as the Dolphins QB for the near future.  Matt Moore was also resigned to a 1 year, 2.6 million dollar deal to remain as the primary back up for Tannehill.  Moore has show he is capable of coming in to lead this team (see 2011).  After that, Bethel-Thompson is going into his second year as an undrafted free agent from Sacramento State.  Based on Miami releasing Josh Freeman prior to camp, there is reason to believe they will be running with two QB's come opening week.  But do not be surprised to see another camp arm arrive.

Projected Depth Chart:  1) Ryan Tannehill  2) Matt Moore
Practice Squad:  Mcleod Bethel-Thompson
Roster Spots (2)

Running Backs- Lamar Miller, Jay Ajayi, Mike Gillislee, LaMichael James, Damien Williams

This camp battle will be intriguing.  Lamar Miller is the undoubted starter come week 1.  He had a breakout season under first year OC Bill Lazor.  Lamar Miller is well suited for the zone blocking scheme he brings to the table.  Miller dazzled with 216 carries, 1099 yards, 8TDs and a 5.1 avg.  After Miller was a mess in 2014.  Daniel Thomas never lived up to the hype, Gillislee was injured, James was added mid season after his release from the 49ers.  Enter Jay Ajayi, a bruising, downhill runner from Boise State.  His draft stock fell when there were concerns about his long term knee health.  He torched defenses with 347 carries for 1823 yards and 28 TDs his final year in college.  I project him as the back up behind Miller come week 1.  Damien Williams will also find his way on the roster as a great option out of the backfield on 3rd downs or passing downs in general.  That leaves one spot for James and Gillislee.  Gillislee is often injured and needs to bounce back strong as a back up and special teams player.  But I will give the nod to James, who specializes in kick returns as well as a scat back on certain situations

Projected Depth Chart:  1)  Lamar Miller  2) Jay Ajayi  3) Damien Williams 4) LaMichael James
Roster Spots (4)

Wide Receivers- Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, Rishard Matthews, Matt Hazel, LaRon Byrd, Christion Jones, Nigel King, Tyler McDonald, Michael Preston, Tommy Streeter, Damarr Aultman

This is one of the deepest spots on the roster come camp.  Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Matt Hazel are the only holdovers from last years roster.  Enter savvy veteran Greg Jennings.  Jennings is entering his 10th year in the league and he will help these young WRs learn the right way to do things in the NFL.  He was/is one of Philbin's favorite players from his time in GB.  Kenny Stills was brought in a trade with the Saints.  Stills has speed and great hands to help open up the defense.  Why would the Saints trade him?  We don't know, but we may find out through the grind of summer if there are some concerns with his attitude and or work ethic.  Devante Parker was the 1st round pick for the team this year, and I for one, am extremely excited to see what he can do in this offense.  Parker is a big bodied receiver and based on reports from camp, catches EVERYTHING.  Pairing him with Juice, should provide Miami a great 1-2 punch for many years.  The intriguing battle comes for that 5th spot which I believe will come down to Matt Hazel and Rishard Matthews.  Matthews was unhappy when the front office made all these moves.  Matthews asked for his release or be traded, which the Dolphins did not comply.  I will give the nod to Matthews for experience but his attitude needs to be right if he wants to hold off Hazel.  The other guys mentioned above are camp bodies, with the possibility of a few practice squad guys.  I like what I am reading about Christion Jones as a return man, and Nigel King who is another big bodied receiver.  But both will need to prove their worth.  I believe Miami will carry 6 come week 1. 

Projected Depth Chart: 1) Jarvis Landry 2) Greg Jennings 3) Devante Parker 4) Kenny Stills
                                      5) Rishard Matthews 6) Matt Hazel
Practice Squad:  Christion Jones
Roster Spots: (6)

Tight Ends- Jordan Cameron, Dion Sims, Arthur Lynch, Gerell Robinson, Tim Semisch, Jake Stoneburner

The loss of Charles Clay hurt many of us fans.  But the old adage is, out with the old, in with the new.  Miami signed Jordan Cameron to a two year contract.  Cameron, when healthy, is one of the best TE's in the league.  The issue is health.  Cameron became Tannehill's favorite target in the red zone in mini camp and should be throughout the regular season.  Dion Sims is entering his third season and immediately becomes a focal point in the red zone as well.  Having Cameron's 6'5 frame as well as Sims 6'4 frame should scare some defenses in goaline situations.  I feel two of the remaining tight ends will warrant a roster spot as well as a practice squad spot.  Lynch is coming off an IR rookie campaign but should be given every opportunity to make the roster. Tim Semisch is a huge 6'8 TE but he is a big time project.  He played special teams primarily at Northern Illinois but if he can develop, watch for him to push Lynch for that final roster spot.

Projected Depth Chart: 1) Jordan Cameron 2) Dion Sims 3) Arthur Lynch
Practice Squad: Tim Semisch
Roster Spots (3)

Offensive Line- Brandon Albert, Ja'Wuan James, Mike Pouncey, Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, Jamil Douglas, Mickey Baucus, Sam Brenner, Donald Hawkins, Michael Liedtke, Jeff Linkenbach, Jacques McClendon, Dionte Savage, Audrey Walker, J.D Walton

This is the turnstile of this team.  The weakest link.  This unit stunk when Albert went down in the Detroit game.  No major improvements were made, however, I must write about this.  The unquestioned starter at LT is Albert.  He is still rehabbing but word, and belief is he will be ready to go by week 1.  Mike Pouncey is going back to center, thankfully.  His numbers as a guard were well below average and having him back at center will proved stability.  James, as a rookie, played admirably at both tackle positions.  His 16 starts were the first time since Richmond Webb a rookie tackle for the Dolphins played all 16 games.  Then comes the mess...Guards.  If you watch tape against the week 2 game again the Bills, you will see most of those 7 sacks came up the middle. Miami currently has Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas penciled in as the starters.  I hope the additions of Linkenbach and Walton push one of those guys out and or provide great depth to this unit.  Jamil Douglas, Miami's fourth round pick should also make the roster.  He held his own in camp and should push for a starting spot as well.  Everyone else is a camp body in my opinion. Maybe one of these guys will help get Dallas Thomas cut.

Projected Depth Chart: 1) Brandon Albert LT 2) Mike Pouncey C 3) Ja'Wuan James RT
                                      4) Billy Turner LG 5) Jeff Linkenbach RG 6) Dallas Thomas 7) JD Walton
                                      8) Jamil Douglas 9) Sam Brenner
Practice Squad: Dionte Savage
Roster Spots (9)

Defensive line- Cameron Wake, Deandre Coleman, Emmanuel Dieke, Ray Drew, Terrence Fede, A.J Francis, Anthony Johnson, Ellis Mccarthy, Earl Mitchell, Kendall Montgomery, C.J Mosley, Jordan Phillips, Derrick Shelby, Ndamukong Suh, Olivier Vernon

Holy depth, Batman!  This unit is deep.  This is where hard decisions need to be made.  Let us start off with what we do know.  The starting front four is going to be NASTY.  The addition of Suh instantly make Wake and Vernon better.  That's hard to believe but we could see some career years from both of them.  The interesting story line will be who starts next to Suh.  Earl Mitchell coming into his second year with the team seems to be the early favorite, however, depth was added beyond Suh.  C.J Mosley, Jordan Phillips, Anthony Johnson and A.J Francis will be pushing Mitchell for more playing time, if not making him expendible.  In all honesty, the depth on the DL should allow two starting units to play each week. I see 9 making the roster but could see 10 with Anthony Johnson fighting with Francis.  Emmanuel Dieke, Ray Drew could fight for practice squad spot.  Let me roll out my two starting DL lineups.

Projected Depth Chart
1A: 1) Cameron Wake DE 2) Ndamukong Suh DT 3) Earl Mitchell DT 4) Olivier Vernon DE
1B: 1) Derrick Shelby DE 2) CJ Mosley DT 3) Jordan Phillips DT 4) Terrance Fede DE
A.J Francis

Practice Squad: Emmanuel Dieke
Roster Spots (9)

Linebacker- Neville Hewitt, Mike Hull, Jelani Jenkins, Jeff Luc, Chris McCain, Koa Misi, Spencer Paysinger, Kelvin Sheppard, Jordan Tripp, Zach Vigil

Linebacker play has been inconsistent at best.  Gone is Ellerbe and Wheeler, two giant mistakes from 2012 free agent class.  In comes a few steady veterans and a bunch of undrafted free agents.  Let's dive into what we do know, the starting line up.  Koa Misi gets his second crack at MLB, McCain and Jenkins will fill in the OLB roles.  McCain was banged up last year but made a huge impact when he was in the line up.  He also provides great speed off the end on blitzing downs. Jenkins was a huge surprise when inserted into the starting line up and should contue to grow into a very good player.  Sheppard, Paysinger will provide depth and Jordan Tripp should make the roster after a very good camp last year and unfortunate injury derailed his season.  That leaves one spot open for one of the undrafted players to make a spot.  Hull seems to have the early lead but keep your eye on Luc and Vigil to push for that spot.

Projected Depth chart: 1) Koa Misi MLB 2) Jelani Jenkins OLB 3) Chris McCain OLB
                                     4) Kelvin Sheppard 5) Spencer Paysinger 6) Jordan Tripp 7) Mike Hull
Practice Squad- Zach Vigil
Roster Spots (7)

Cornerback- Brent Grimes, Will Davis, Jamar Taylor, Zack Bowman, Tony Lippett, Bobby McCain, Brice McCain, Sammy Seamster

This is a unit that was one of the best.  Injuries derailed early season success and subsequently derailed at the season end to drop them out of the top 10.  Brent Grimes is arguably one of the best corners in the NFL.  The youth behind him needs to develop because he is not getting any younger.  Jamar Taylor is penciled in as the other starter for the time being.  Will Davis has been injury plagued and has been labeled as soft by many.  Miami signed Zack Bowman and Brice McCain as depth. Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett were added through the draft.  I believe will see 5 of these guys make the roster, one ending up on the practice squad.

Projected Depth Chart: 1) Brent Grimes 2) Jamar Taylor 3) Zack Bowman 4) Brice McCain
                                       5) Bobby McCain
Practice Squad: Tony Lippett
Roster Spots (5)

Safety- Reshad Jones, Louis Delmas, Walt Aikens, Michael Thomas, Don Jones, Shamiel Gary, Jordan Kovacs, Cedric Thompson

Reshad Jones and Louis Delmas were a great tandem when Jones came back from suspension last season.  I expect both those guys to be starters going forward. This is where it gets interesting, who do you keep behind these guys and how many.  4 of these guys could end up being great special teamers.  Michael Thomas had a promising 2013 season with Miami but ended up getting hurt last year.  I expect him to make the roster again as well as rookie Cedric Thompson.  That leaves in my opinion, Kovacs and Aikens fighting for the final spot on the roster.

Projected Depth Chart: 1) Reshad Jones 2) Louis Delmas 3) Michael Thomas 4) Cedric Thompson
                                      5) Walt Aikens
Roster Spots (5)

Special Teams- Brandon Fields, John Denney, Caleb Sturgis, Andrew Franks

The only battle here is between Sturgis and Franks.  Sturgis, the incumbent, hurt his hamstring playing kickball and sat out mini-camp.  Frank was as inconsistent as Sturgis and should push him in camp and preseason games.  I do believe Sturgis will hold on to the spot come week 1, barring more injuries and inconsistent kicking.

Projected Depth Chart: 1) John Denney LS 2) Brandon Fields P 3) Caleb Sturgis K
Roster Spots (3)

Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for camp updates and articles as we approach the first preseason game.  Thanks for reading.



Friday, July 17, 2015

Former Dolphins DC Bill Arnsparger Passes Away at 88

Bill Arnsparger passed away today at the age of 88. Arnsparger came to the Dolphins from Baltimore with Don Shula in 1970 and put together the Dolphins "no name" defense that helped Miami to 3 straight Super Bowls, 2 Super Bowl wins as well as the undefeated 1972 season. Arnsparger left Miami to become the head coach of the New York Giants after the 1973 season.
Arnsparger returned to the Dolphins after his unsuccessful stint as head coach with the Giants in 1976 and was with Miami through the 1983 season. He was instrumental in putting together the "Killer B's" defense that helped Miami to Super Bowl 17, a 27-17 loss to the Redskins.
Arnsparger left Miami for good after the 1983 season to become the head coach at LSU.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dolphins sign DT CJ Mosley

The Miami Dolphins hosted former Detroit Lions Dt CJ Mosley for a visit and reportedly offered him a contract. It is said that 2-3 other teams have interest in him as well.. One day later after the visit the team has announced that they have signed him to a one year deal.. He will reunite with former teammate Suh and play apart of the defensive line rotation for the Dolphins.

Friday, June 5, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: DeVante Parker has Foot Surgery...should be back by Week 1 of Regular Season

Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker had foot surgery this morning and will be out of action for a while. The Dolphins say Parker should be back by Week 1 of the regular season but that information is coming from the team and they are probably trying to put the beset spin possibly on this news.

Parker missed half of his senior season at Louisville with a foot injury and there were some red flags about his health as he entered the draft. Clearly the concern was warranted.

Disgruntled Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews was worried about playing time and wanted to be traded, this news all but guarantees Matthews will have a role on this team in 2015 and will not be traded. Matthews has a cheap contract, is very talented, and provides insurance to this WR corp who now has an injured Parker and Greg Jennings who is no spring chicken and who has had knee issues in the past.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Highlights of Ryan Tannehill press confrence

General Manager Dennis Hickey:
(Opening statement) – “I want to thank everyone for coming out and welcome all of the media members, and also want to welcome the Tannehill family from Texas. Obviously this is a big day for our organization as we announced last night that we signed Ryan (Tannehill) to a contract extension, making Ryan our quarterback not only for the present, but for the future. First I want to say thanks to Mr. (Stephen) Ross, obviously with the commitment that he has to winning and allocating the resources to be able to do this, to lock up a talented player for the long term, we appreciate that. This deal, of this magnitude, comes with a lot of hard work from a lot different people. A special thanks to Pat Dye and his work in the negotiation process with Mike Tannenbaum and Dawn Aponte and our group. At the end of the day, bottom line, Ryan wanted to be a Miami Dolphin, and we wanted him to be the Miami Dolphin for the present and the long term. Ryan brings so much to the table. There is obviously the play on the field, the talented skill set and you see that in his production over this past year throwing for over 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and also bringing the dual threat. But he brings so much more than just his play on the field, he’s also been a guy that we’ve seen grow and we’re really excited about what we’ve seen in the offseason so far, in his second year in the offense where we’re not just implementing and learning a new offense, but we’re building on what we started last year under Coach (Joe) Philbin and Coach (Bill) Lazor. We’re really excited about the growth and the future with Ryan as our quarterback. It’s also what Ryan brings as a person. All of the things that he brings, he does things the right way. We talk to our young players a lot about being a professional, Ryan epitomizes that and he’s a great example of that. He also brings a toughness and a grit that his teammates respect and enjoy following. He’s also a great ambassador for our organization, he alongside with Lauren (Tannehill) and Tannehill’s Aces, really foster the core principles of the Miami Dolphins and giving back to our community. There are so many things that he brings to the table and that’s why we couldn’t be more happy and pleased to have him as our quarterback for the present and the long term. With that, I’ll introduce Ryan.” 

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
(Opening statement) – “Thanks, Dennis. First of all, I want to thank God for making this possible, without him nothing is possible. I want to thank our Owner Stephen Ross for believing in me, along with Dennis Hickey and Mike Tannenbaum, so many great things come with belief. I want to thank my agent Pat Dye along with Dawn Aponte for working all of the details out on this deal. I want to thank the coaching staff, Coach Philbin and the rest of the staff for all of the hard work that they put in throughout the year, for pushing me to get better each and every day, not only myself, but the rest of my teammates, and are constantly trying find ways to win. I want to thank my teammates, without them this wouldn’t be possible in any aspect. It’s so great to be able to work hard with them each and every day beyond the field, grinding it out eight, nine months of the year. I want to thank the support staff of this organization, they are the unsung heroes, the guys that are behind the scenes working each and every day to provide resources and support for us. They never get any credit, but have such a big impact on the way we show up on Sundays in the fall. I want to thank my parents, Tim and Cheryl for the way they raised me, teaching me about hard work and dedication and just doing things the right way and never getting complacent. I want to thank my wife Lauren for everything that she does for me off the field. She keeps my plate clean all year around, it allows me to come in each and every day and focus on getting better, thank you for always being there for me no matter what happens. We’re so excited to be here in South Florida. We’ve met a lot of great people, built a lot of great relationships and been involved in a lot of great causes over the last three years. To know that we’re going to be here into the future is such a blessing. We’re so thankful for that. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for us here in South Florida. I’m so excited for this team. I think we have all of the pieces that we need to have a special 2015. It’s been so fun for me to sit back, it’s been a short period of time here in the spring so far, but to be able to take a step back and see the improvement guys are making individually and we’re making as a team, as a unit, it’s been so much fun for me and I can’t wait to see where that’s going to end up once the fall comes. It’s going to pay off and I can’t wait to see it pay off. It’s going to be an exciting 2015 season and I can’t wait to see what happens.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if the contract talks were on his mind this offseason) – “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or not. I still had two years or a year, then once they extended it two years left on my deal. It wasn’t something I was expecting. Obviously once they came to me and wanted to talk, I love it here in South Florida, I believe in this team, I believe in this organization, so I was super excited to try to get something done. Fortunately enough through the hard work of a lot of people sitting in this room, we made it happen.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if there was a moment when he signed where he thought, wow, this is a lot of money) –“Yeah, I’m so blessed to be sitting here in this chair and be playing football, the dream job that I’ve always had, and the opportunity to go win a championship. Fortunately enough I signed a big deal and that’s part of it and I’m super excited about that and excited about that, but, at the end of the day it’s great, it’s a blessing, but we’re here to win.” 

Head Coach Joe Philbin: 
(On at what point did he know that Ryan was the kind of the guy they could make this type of commitment to) – “The biggest thing that I’ve been excited about is, I’ve seen the development with Ryan over a period of three years. I think he has great potential, I’m fully confident that he’s going to get better and better and better, that’s what I’m really excited about. As Dennis alluded to, this guy is a pro. Football is important to him, the game is important to him, he has great respect for the game of football. He represents the organization the right way, on and off the field. I think he’s going to get better and better and better. I’ve watched him get better each and every year and I think that trend is going to continue.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he felt that Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense helped him achieve what he did in 2014) – “I think so, I think the offense plays a big factor in it. I think the guys playing with me in the offense play a big factor in it. I think the guys playing with me in the offense add a big factor to it, the coaching staff. The longer you play, the better you should get. That’s my goal, to get better, each and every day, to get better year in and year out. Hopefully it’s just a starting point for me and I can continue to build on that.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On quarterbacks being judged on wins and Super Bowls and his thoughts on that) – “We’re here to win, that’s what we get paid to do. That’s why the coaching staff is here, that’s why Dennis is here, we’re all trying to find ways to build a winning team and do everything we can to win. Like you said, that’s the ultimate factor in judging quarterbacks, winning games. We’re constantly trying to find ways to win more games and I’m excited about the season that’s coming up and going into the future here. I think we’re going to win a lot of games.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On carrying the added pressure that comes with a big contract) – “My approach isn’t going to change. The way I prepare, the way I go ab out each and every day, the way I approach the game, it doesn’t change, I’m getting paid more, yes. But, my preparation, I’ve always taken this game as serious as you could take it. Nothing changes in that preparation and I think that’s where consistency helps you perform week in and week out.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On taking on more leadership with all of the new faces at wide receiver) – “I think I’m the leader of this team as it is. I don’t think getting paid or anything like that makes me more of a leader. I think I’m a leader as it is. I’ve continued to become more of a leader as I move forward, but I feel great about my leadership at this point. I’m excited about the future.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On the challenge of all of the new wide receivers) – “Obviously it’s a challenge to get on the same page. It’s been great to work with those guys starting back in March on our own and now once the offseason program started. Seeing those guys improve with our route concepts, the way we run routes, being able to coach those guys through the process, has been really fun for me. There is a lot of natural ability out there, pass catching ability with DeVante (Parker),Kenny Stills, Jarvis (Landry) obviously we all saw what he could do last year, bringing Greg Jennings into the mix. All of these guys are great receivers and have a lot of great natural, pass catching ability. I think we’re going to be tough to cover. You talk about sideline to sideline, you add Jordan Cameron into the mix, as well as Dion Sims and the backs, we have a lot of talented guys that, it’s going to be tough to cover us all.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he feels that more is on his shoulders this season because of the departure of many of last year’s players) – “I always think there is a lot on the quarterback. Teams either win or lose a lot of the time by the quarterback’s play. That doesn't change. I have to perform, week in and week out. I can’t do more than what I’m asked to do. The guys around me all have a job to do and I feel great about those guys. I think we have, like I said, all of the pieces in place to have a special 2015 and I’m really excited about the talent we have and the team that we’re building.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On how he feels about being compared to other quarterbacks in the league and their salaries) – “That’s what you guys do. I don’t say that in a negative term, but that’s your job to compare and write things. It doesn’t affect what I do here in the building and the way I play. I prepare to go out and win each and every game. To get better each and every day. What’s written about me or said about me; it has no influence on that.” 

Dennis Hickey: 
(On what has changed from eight months ago when Coach Philbin before the Raiders game would not commit to Tannehill as the starter to now when Hickey says Tannehill is the starter for the present and the long term) – “We always believed in Ryan. As you see the growth and you see him progress, you see obviously the talent and the growth that you saw on a daily basis – not only from games but also in practice and you saw all the makings of being a top quarterback. That’s what we saw, that’s what we believed in. We’re glad to make this commitment to him because we believe in him.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he believes he is a championship-caliber quarterback) – “Yes, that’s why I’m here – it’s to win the championship. If these guys didn’t believe in me, then I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair. I believe I am, I’m working each and every day to bring that championship back to Miami.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he sees himself ever coming close to the quarterback of the franchise as Dan Marino was) – “I hope so. Dan obviously had a great career; a long-storied career that is going to live in history forever. I don’t measure myself up against him. But at the same time, I’d love to have a career that stands up to his. And ultimately, I want to win championships.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ryan Tannehill signs extension

The Miami Dolphins have officially landed a stable QB for the future as Ryan Tannehill has signed an extension with the Dolphins through 2020 season. In his three year career, Tannehill has started 48 games (dependable). He has a 62% completion percentage in his career (1029/1662), 11,252 yards (3,750/yr), 63 TDs. His career QB ratings is 84. The Dolphins have seen plenty of improvement in his first three seasons, particularly last year when he put up career highs in TDs, Comp % and yards. He also showed flashes of running the ball well, with tying an NFL record with four runs of 20 or more in four consecutive games. Granted he is 23-25 as a starter, not all the losses are on him. Contract details will follow, but Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald states it's around $15 million per year.


UPDATE: Tannehill's extension is for 4 years, $96 million and around $25 million fully guaranteed per multiple reports.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Garo Yepremian Has Passed Away

It's with a heavy heart we have to announce that former Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian has passed away. Garo was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014. Garo passed away Friday morning at a hospital in Media, PA.

Known for his over the top personality and larger than life persona Garo was one of the most popular Dolphins players in the 1970's.  His life story is truly amazing, born and raised on the Island of Cyprus as a child his family didn't have indoor plumbing and they stayed warm by burning olive pits. When he finally came to America as a child he saw a few minutes of a football game on TV and believed he could kick the ball like the people he saw on TV and just began to practice what he saw on TV that one day. Garo made 2 Pro Bowls and was voted to the All Decade team for the 1970's.

The staff of DolphinsTalk.com would like to send their condolences to Garo's friends and family.