Monday, April 21, 2014

Report: CB Jamar Taylor considered quitting the Miami Dolphins last year

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor considered quitting the team last year. A 2nd round pick who the Dolphins had high hopes for never got a chance last season because of many injuries and missing so much time in training camp. Although for a player in his rookie year to consider quitting the league one must ask; did Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins do enough of a background check on the player and were there any warning signs of Taylor lacking the "heart" to play in the NFL?

In the article Taylor said...“It was to the point last year I thought I was done playing football,” Taylor told the Statesman. “I didn’t want to play anymore. I was out of it. Thank God for my girlfriend, my family, my pastors and God — because I made it through and kept working. I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m going to turn a lot of heads."

He goes onto say...“Coming back, not being myself, being slower, not as quick, not as agile — watching on Sunday, knowing you want to play, knowing you’re better than some guys and there’s nothing you can do about it,” 

Taylor will have a huge opportunity this upcoming season and will fight for a starting job. Let's hope he has the heart to be an NFL player and isn't another in the long line of bad picks made by former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft

The Draft is less than 3 weeks away. The prevailing wisdom as the off-season began (and even before) was that the Dolphins would go O Line in the first round. However, new General Manager Dennis Hickey and the organization have done such a good job with free agency signing Branden Albert, Shelley Smith and Jason Fox, they now have the ability to concentrate on Best Player available.  I think the Dolphins draft could go in lots of different directions. If the quarterback’s slip down the draft board, the Dolphins sit in a great spot to trade back and pick up more picks. And I still think a Dion Jordan trade could be on the table. But for this mock, I am not predicting any trades.

Round 1, pick #19. Linebacker, Ryan Shazier, Ohio State. Knowing the draft is deep at tackle, Hickey has the ability to go best player available with the Fins first pick. Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley, and USC wide receiver Marquis Lee would both be considerations, but they are off the board by 19. A lot has been made lately about the Fins bringing in more analytics; well Shazier jumps out on the stat sheet, having over 115 tackles per season the last 2 years. He was a team captain, and he fills a need that Hickey has been trying to fix since he got here, the line-backing core.  Shazier can play all three downs on the weak side in the Fins 4-3, letting Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi compete for the starting strong side. Also, Shazier played a lot of middle at Ohio State, not saying he would do that in Miami, but he gives the defense a lot of flexibility.
Round 2, pick # 50. Offensive Line, Billy Turner, North Dakota State.  The Dolphins really hope that Austin Seferian Jenkins is on the board, but I doubt he drops this far. They turn to offensive line with this pick. Turner was a four-year starter at North Dakota State. He started out as right tackle as a freshman, and then was moved to the left side for his final 3 years.  Some think he may be better suited inside at the next level, reports were he perfortrmed better at right guard then right tackle during senior bowl practices.  He is light on his feet and plays hard to the whistle. 
Round 3, pick #81.  Running Back, Tre Mason,  Auburn. The Dolphins go with the Tigers workhorse running back.  He averaged over 22 carries a game his Junior season. Racking up over 1800 yards on the ground with and impressive 5.7+ yards per carry. He had 47 carries of 10+ yards. Described as a decisive, one cut running back, he would fit perfectly into what the Fins are looking for. The unknown with Mason is how he will do catching the ball, he rarely did it in college, but Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller can always handle those duties.
Round 4, pick #116. Offensive Line, Michael Schofield, Michigan.  Dolphins double dip on the O Line.  Good size, good run blocker. Started 10 games at left guard as a sophomore. Started at right tackle his last 2 years in college.  He definitely needs to work on some things, but could develop into a starter. His versatility will allow the Dolphins to try him at multiple positions.  Besides, he is a Michigan man and Owner Steve Ross loves that.
Round 5, pick #155. Wide Receiver, Robert Herron, Wyoming. He is not huge, standing at only 5’9’’, but plays big. He is your prototypical slot receiver in the NFL. Though his timed speed was less than advertised (ran a 4.48) he has the ability to break big plays. Willing to go over the middle.
Round 6, pick #190. Quarterback, Stephen Morris, Miami. Hickey drafts a guy that is full of potential that had a horrible Senior season. He can compete with Pat Devlin for the 3rd quarterback this season.
Round 7, pick#234. Cornerback, Shaquille Richardson, Arizona. Tall corners are all the rage, and Richardson fits the bill standing at 6’1’’. He was a surprise combine snub but ran well at Arizona’s pro day.  


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dolphins showing interest in Tight End Jermichael Finley

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting the Miami Dolphins have had conversations with the agent of free agent TE Jermichael Finley. Finley is having another X-Ray and MRI done on his injured neck and will hopefully be medically cleared to come back and play in the NFL in 2014. If he is cleared Miami is one of the teams interested. Finley did visit with Seattle earlier this offseason.

To me adding another pass catching tight end is a must for the Fins. Michael Egnew's time is probably over in Miami and Dion Sims is a nice blocker but is very raw and not an offensive weapon that will help in the Dolphins passing game this upcoming season. The Dolphins need another receiving threat TE to pair with Clay in the worst way. A healthy Finley fits the bill but the big key is his health. If healthy and at nothing more than the vet minimum it would be a good value signing for Miami. Another 1 year "show me" deal to a guy who has done a lot in this league and is looking for that 2nd act of his career.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dolphins Reject Dion Jordan Trade Offer

There have been "rumors" for months that Philadelphia is interested in trading for Dolphins DE Dion Jordan. Now there is a report from Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times that Philly recently made Miami an offer for Jordan that the Dolphins rejected. The Eagles offered a 2nd round pick and OLB Brandon Graham for Jordan.

I would be stunned if Miami traded Jordan no matter what the offer is. The cap hit for the Dolphins is in the ballpark of $10 million if they were to pull off a trade. Not to mention Jordan is the future in Miami. Cam Wake is 32 years old and even though he still plays like a beast he will begin to slow down some in the next year or so. Miami has Wake's replacement on the roster in Jordan and in a league where pass rushers are at a premium why just trade one away? Not to mention Jordan missed all of the OTA's and was limited in training camp last year with an injury. That injury effected his season and production and it will be nice to see what a fully healthy Dion Jordan can do and we will get to see that this upcoming year. It makes zero sense for the Dolphins to trade Dion Jordan, so don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I know in this world fans and teams want instant results and are quick to label someone a superstar or a bust. A good player or a failure. In the case with Jordan though people need patience.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dolphins sign WR Damian Williams

ESPN is reporting the Miami Dolphins have signed Free Agent WR Damian Williams to a one year $800,000 contract. Williams did next to nothing last year in Tennessee catching only 15 passes for 178 yards. In such little production he managed two fumbles...losing one. While Hartline and Gibson recover from major injuries this signing is nothing more than a warm body to add at a very thin WR position on the Dolphins roster. If Williams is on the roster come September I would be surprised.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fins considering releasing WR Brandon Gibson

According to the Palm Beach Post WR Brandon Gibson may be released. It's a cut-throat world in the NFL and this is proof of that. Brandon's knee injury which will probably keep him out of almost all of training camp and miss every preseason games might lead to his release. Gibson is a quality player that the Fins have signed at a fair price but they can't afford him to sit out all of camp, especially installing a new offensive scheme. In this league if you are injured and not contributing you have little value.

Dolphins Preseason Schedule Released

Week 1 @ Atlanta
Week 2 @ Tampa Bay
Week 3 vs Dallas
Week 4 vs St. Louis