Dolphins News and Notes

This is from Barry Jackson's SUNDAY BUZZ column...

-Rookie center Mike Pouncey’s spirits were buoyed when Patriots’ Albert Haynesworth sought him out after the game to tell him what a good job he does on pass protection.

-Right tackle Marc Colombo graded out by far the worst of the Dolphins offensive linemen in Week 1, allowing one sack and four quarterback pressures. And this should irk Dolfans: Bryant McKinnie, whom Miami passed on, was better in the running game and on passing plays for Baltimore (no sacks, one pressure)

-The Dolphins have been giving defensive ends Phillip Merling and Jared Odrick lots of work in the nickel package because they believe each can be skilled pass-rushers. Odrick has a good chance to become one; he had 14.5 sacks at Penn State.But Merling has only 3.5 sacks in 37 NFL games. It would help if Randy Starks returned to his 2009 form, when he had seven sacks. (He had three last year.)