Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Antwan Staley's Preview of the 2013 Miami Dolphins

Joe Wedra, a blogger and contributor for, a Baltimore Ravens website and Route4Sports asked the questions and I provided the answers.

Joe Wedra: Let's start with Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace's relationship. What have you heard about their ongoing chemistry and what do you expect from the pair?

Antwan Staley:  I've been to the camp practices a few times and the scrimmage and I can tell you that their relationship is improving on the field. They have been using Mike Wallace in a lot of different ways something that you didn't see with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's catching balls over the middle, running option routes and makes the intermediate catches. I expect Wallace to have 60-70 catches in this offense. Tannehill has been OK as far has his camp. Some days he's been really good and others he's been feeling the pressure put on by the Dolphins front seven. My expectations of Ryan Tannehill in 2013 are about 23 TDs and 10 INTs. I expect him to become a top 15 QB in the NFL.

Wedra: What about Lamar Miller? Who is he and what are the expectations on how he will be used?

Staley: Lamar Miller is former University of Miami RB that was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Miller sled in the draft because of injury concerns as he was once regarded as a first round pick. Miller played some in his rookie year back-in up Reggie Bush, but he did average 4.9 yards per carry last year. That was higher average than Bush last season and the Dolphins' organization is confidently behind him. He's lightning quick with track speed and he's maybe faster than Mike Wallace. If Miller is healthy, I expect him to have a 1,200 yard season for the fins.

Wedra: The Dolphins acquired Dannell Ellerbe in the offseason from the Ravens. Do you expect him to start right away?

Staley: He's looked fast in the practices I've seen and he and the other new Dolphins' LB Philip Wheeler have been all over the place. They will be an upgrade from Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby.  Both have been blitzing all over the place, which has forced Tannehill to through the ball before he wanted to on occasions. The defense has dominated in camp as well in the scrimmage last Monday night. I Expect Ellerbe to be the QB for the Dolphin defense and I expect this defense to be a top 5 defense in 2013.

Wedra: What is the biggest storyline for us to look for in the preseason games?

Staley: The biggest story in Dolphins camp has been the offensive line. Starting right guard John Jerry injured his knee in camp and no one knows when he will return. Because of the injury to Jerry, the Dolphins have had to reshuffle the offensive line. Rookie third round pick Dallas Thomas was promoted to left guard. Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito was moved to right guard. Second year player Josh Samuda started working at center And Mike Pouncey, supposedly the unit’s anchor at center, was moved to right guard. The line has been shaky at times during practices and could be the single thing that could hold this team back in 2013.

Wedra: The team plays Dallas in the POFHOF game. Do you see this as an advantage or dis-advantage and why?

Staley: This is an advantage because you have a lot of new players (Dustin Keller, Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler,) that need to learn the system. As I talked about above, they're questions about the O-Line. The preseason game will give time for the offensive line to gel and come together. It will also give a chance for Head Coach Joe Philbin to see if he needs to make any changes and adjustments. The Dolphins will play in five preseason games, so these games will get the players more snaps and reps, so that's a good thing.

Wedra: One final question, give me your projection for this years team and where you expect them to be.

Staley: I believe the Dolphins will win either 9-7 or 10-6 and finish with one of the wild cards. This team is much improved from the one that won 7 games last season. Tannehill in  his second year knows he's the starter and he looks more comfortable. The offense finally has weapons other than Mike Hartline. The defense with the additions of Dion Jordan, Brent Grimes and Wheeler and Ellerbe will make an already good defense that much better. The Dolphins will win a lot of games because of their defense and there's no reason they can't win at least nine games.

You can find Joe Wedra on Twitter @JoeWedra and find myself at @blackredsoxfan.

Welcome Larry "The Amigo" Milian" to

We would like to welcome Larry "The Amigo" Milian of 940-WINZ Miami The Sports Animal to the family. Larry co-hosts a daily talk show on 940 WINZ between 3-5pm and will be adding his insight and thoughts about all things Miami Dolphins here exclusively at

So give a warm welcome to The Amigo!

Julius Pruitt and the myth of WR depth

Following the recent season ending ACL injury to Armon Binns, Jeff Ireland and co. tried out a number of Free Agent WR’s Tuesday afternoon at the Davie facility. The list of names included some relatively well-known pass catchers such as Laurent Robinson and Austin Collie. It was however a less “glamorous” name that would sign a contract with the Dolphins.

Former Dolphins special teams ace Julius Pruitt re-signed with the Dolphins last night and will immediately join his former teammates in camp, attempting to fill the gap left by Binns.

The decision to go with Pruitt over a more established name left some confused, and judging by my twitter timeline, very angry.

This decision did not come as a surprise to me personally. In Wallace, Hartline and Gibson we have a solid starting 3 WR corps that in truth would be the envy of many teams in the NFL. It’s a nice idea to think that all 5-6 of your WR’s could be starting caliber and will strike fear into an opponent every time they line up for a pass play, but it’s just not realistic.

“What if we have injuries?”…This was a question I’ve seen asked many times, it’s one I’ve even asked myself, but upon reflection, there aren’t many, if any teams in the NFL that are any more than 3 deep with established starters. Few teams can absorb the hit of losing 1 or 2 starting skill players without it affecting production, and the Miami Dolphins are no different.

Take the vaunted Green Bay passing attack of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones, or the mighty 49ers with Crabtree (out for the season), Manningham (injury prone), AJ Jenkins (didn’t catch a pass in 2012) and Kyle Williams, how about the Lions with Megatron and…ummm…well, you see my point?

The BEST teams aren’t as deep at WR as you may think, they rely on core guys and supplement it with young talent to develop. Historically, the job of WR’s outside of your starters is to contribute as and when called upon, to develop in the hope of one day being a starter and to…yep, you guessed it, CONTRIBUTE ON SPECIAL TEAMS. You will not find many more highly regarded as a special teams contributors than Julius Pruitt and that alone gave him the edge in his tryout.

Pruitt may not even make the 53, but the Dolphins would rather invest in a guy they KNOW will contribute in some way, as opposed to an older and more injury prone guy who may not even make it onto the field.

Rewind 12 months to Jeff Ireland's now infamous quote on Hard Knocks, implying we only had 4's, 5's and 6's...well now all we have is 1's 2's and 3's...lets not stress as much over guys that aren't locks to make the 53, but have something to offer the TEAM.

Dolphins News and Notes

-There is a rumor that the Dolphins are on the verge of signing WR Keenan Davis from Iowa. Davis went undrafted and worked out for the Dolphins on Tuesday according to the Miami Herald.

-Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting Rishard Matthews has an injured knee and will be out several weeks. If Matthews is unable to go come Week 1 the Dolphins will be forced to make a tough decision; Cut him or Keep him but have him tie up a roster spot.

-Armando Salugero told a local radio station that he is under the belief that Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace were held out of Monday's scrimmage due to minor injuries. Hartline with a strained/pulled calf. No word on what held Wallace out.

-It's odd to see a high priced player who was the #3 overall pick in the draft playing special teams running down kickoffs and punts; but it appears that's one of the ways the Fins plan on using Dion Jordan this year according to the Palm Beach Post. CLICK HERE

-Finsiders host Jesse Agler is replacing Dick Stockton as the Dolphins PLAY-BY PLAY TV voice this season. Stockton told the Dolphins he is too busy with his FOX Baseball work to call the four Dolphins preseason games as he had the past few seasons. Agler is a great up and coming talent and someone who hopefully someday gets a big break in this business.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fins add WR Julius Pruitt

ProFootballTalk is reporting the Dolphins have signed WR Julius Pruitt.

Dolphins Scrimmage Footage from 07/29

Thanks Crazydolfan305

by Robert Yanes @Robi2184
Sun Life was packed for a scrimmage, fans erupted in a " Lets Go Fins " chant.

The new Dolphins color are really bright & the aqua is a thing of beauty, really gives it a feel of the ocean water here in Miami. The wife loved the new colors & said they really stand out.

Caleb Sturgis & Cameron Marshall were in shorts. No sign of Armon Binns, Rishard Matthews, John Jerry or Jamar Taylor.

I found it interesting that Evan Rodriquez came out with the TEs & was in TEs drills instead of RBs drills like Lane.

Lance Louis was in pads but did not perform in any team drills.

Starting Oline: LT Martin, LG Samuda, C Pouncey, RG Incognito, RT Clabo

Starting CBs: Grimes Patterson

Marcus Thigpen is doing individual drils with the WRs

All the TEs are doing an individual blocking drill against Dion Sims where they are trying to move him back. Sims is doing a good job of anchoring & is hard to move.

Individual drills are done and Hartline is off to the sideline with trainers it looked like a crap or that he tweaked his calf. Didn't appear in pain just discomfort. He remain in pads & with his helmet. No Limp

TE Dions Sims with an impressive diving catch in 7on7, Devlin was the passer.

WR Marvin McNutt made a nice sideline catch but was out of bounds in 7on7.

It appears Hartline & Wallace were given the night off.

Ryan Tannehill was perfect in red zone drills. Three TDs, one to Clay, one to Keller & one to Thomas. Also handled it off to Lamar Miller for a TD.

Philip Wheeler had 3 pass deflections. He should have had an INT, but both Wheeler & Jones went for the ball & it was dropped. Wheeler was all over the field.

McCray had a pick six & Will Davis had an INT in the end zone, but Wheeler had 3 deflections plays fast.

Reshad Jones had 2 sacks on Safety Blitz.

McCray had a pick six & Will Davis had an INT in the end zone, but Wheeler had 3 deflections plays fast.

All RBs ran hard & with power, no dancing in the back field from this group.

The star WRs of the night were Chad Bumphis & Marvin McNutt. Bumphis made to impressive catches by my count & he had an awesome RAC that placed the ball on the one. McNutt uses his body well & is a big target, got opened & displayed good hands, very good in slants.

Lane appears out of the Dog House he was with the 1s, caught a pass out of the backfield that went for 13 yards & was the lead blocker on KRs.

Both Keller & Clay showed good chemistry with Tannehill. Both had real nice RAC TDs.

Gillislee looked real good running & catching the ball, he shows good patience & is sneaky fast. Gillislee is very decisive, had an excellent RAC on a screen pass. It is a shame he fumbled on his last run.

Dolphins D-Line is SCARY, QBs were under pressure all night. Jordan 2 sacks, Vernon sack/ff, Starks fumble REC, Francis sack/pass def, Jones 2 sacks, Misi sack, Keelan Johnson sack

Samuda saw time with the starting unit at LG & RG, he also saw time as the back up C. Nate Garner saw time with the starting unit at RG & split time with Samuda as the backup C. Samuda & Garner are making the Dolphins. Garner plays every position on the O-line while Samuda plays every position on the interior line, excellent depth.

Wallace & Hartline were both in pads & helmets in hand, no limps & were part of individual drills

Devlin saw the most time of all QBs. Expect it to be that way at the Hall of Fame game.

Dallas Thomas took all his snaps as the backup LG, didn't notice him all night, so he must have been doing something good.

Really like what I saw from Jonas Gray, he runs hard & with power, has a good burst.

Lee Robinson lit up Evan Rodriguez tonight at the goal line & kept him from scoring, He flashes at you.

Dolphins used Dustin Keller as an H-back on several plays & lined him up FB.

Charles Clay was lined up as a slot WR on his 24 yard TD pass by Tannehill

Pat Devlin showed off his wheels, he had a big run after not finding his WRs open and rolled out for a TD in the end zone.

Misi saw time at DE & registered a sack

Dolphins featured a nickle package which include DE Jordan DL Starks DL Odrick DE Misi LBs: Wheeler & Ellerbe CBs: Grimes, Patterson, Marshall in the slot DBs: Clemons & Jones


Disappointing night for WR Brandon Gibson, he dropped a wide open TD & had a pass deflected by Carroll which he failed to create separation from him. I think he might of made one catch.

Lance Louis cannot be 100% or anywhere close to it, he continus to sit out Team Drills. Louis participated only in individual drills, but once team drills started he remained all night with helmet in hand.

Brian Tymes was very unimpressive.

Egnew is completely lost. Devlin darted a pass to him down the middle he was wide open, the pass was a little behind but he could have got it. What a disappointment this guy is, Im totally feel like he is taking up a roster spot.

Dan Carpenter is no longer money. He made was 3-5 for the night and got an XP blocked by AJ Francis.

Where is Jeff Fuller? Only play I recall him in was a seam pass by Moore that he was badly over thrown. Fuller was not open.

Matt Moore had a lackluster day, he should have had two INTs tonight he threw a pass right at Wheeler, Wheeler couldn't come up with the cause both Wheeler & Jones went for the ball & neither was able to hang on to it.

Unlike last year's scrimmage & scrimmages of year's past there was no doubt who the Dolphins No.1 QB is, Tannehill was on fire in red zone drills. I've been to the scrimmages at Sun Life every year for the last 8 years and your Reigning QB Champion the last two years has been Tannehill. In eight years I have never seen a Dolphins QB at a scrimmage get in the groove Tannehill got into the red zone. He should have had 5 TDs, but thanks to drops by Gibson & Egnew he did not. Good night by Tannehill & awesome to watch. Tannehill has gone six straight practices now without an INT.

All the running backs were decisive, ran hard & showed good hands. Encouraging signs for a group of such young backs.

Dions Sims really looks like he belongs, there is no comparison between Sim & Egnew. Sims displayed soft hands, anchors well & appears hard to move. 

Considering the time Dion Jordan has missed with his shoulder injury, he had a really good scrimmage. QBs really get all the attention & you can tell the media was really not paying much attention to Jordan based on what they are writing. Until you see Jordan live I seriously don't believe you can appreciate how quick & agile he is. I've seen a lot of video of Jordan, but his speed rush & athleticism is something you must see in person. He is freakish. The Dolphins rushed Jordan as a DE with his hand on the ground & standing straight up as a LB. Jordan had two sacks by my count tonight. First Jordan blew right past Martin & registered a sack (Martin held his own today, but got blown up twice by Jordan where he just blew right by him). The other was against Will Yeatman, he just completely destroyed him before Yeatman could get his hands up Jordan was already on Devlin. It was extremely encouraging to watch, the kid is a freak.

Special Thanks to  @Robi2184

Monday, July 29, 2013

Work to Win

Fins up guys! I hope you are all enjoying the optimism surrounding our team and franchise as we inch closer to the 2013 season.  Since we were the big spenders in the off season we won’t have to look far to find media scrutiny.  There has been a lot of talk about our WR depth; we are thin based on some injuries early in camp.  You don’t build an offensive juggernaut over night, regardless of WR depth.  These are the steps I hope to see develop during preseason. 

Set the O line
I am a believer in Dallas Thomas, and I have never felt comfortable with John Jerry.  As a South Carolina season ticket holder I have seen Thomas play as well as anyone against guys like JD Clowney and Melvin Ingram.  I hope he can step in for Jerry, and stay there.  It is good practice to get players cross trained at different positions this time of year.  Still yet we all know where Incognito, Pouncey, Martin, and Clabo are best suited.  The sooner Thomas solidifies the OG position the sooner this OL can jell and do their job.  We have to be physical when we need to be, we have to give Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Miller a chance.  If we struggle to block it may not matter who that 4th WR is because four and five WR sets won’t be primary.

The TE situation
The TE position is getting more important by the day.  Everyone knows Dustin Keller will be on the field.  The guy is not a significantly good blocker, and the fact that he will be split out often should ease your mind as it applies to WR depth.  Hopefully Dion Sims can be block and slip into the flat well enough to keep Keller split out as much as possible.  The progress of Egnew and clay has also been encouraging. 

The WR spread
The dolphins will work to add depth to the WR position in the coming days.  We have three WRs we should feel good about.  We don’t lack youth with potential at this position.  Most 4th WRs have a flaw in their skill set, and I can’t say I am excited about Laurent Robinson as a potential suitor.  Two guys I feel could help us:
Deon Branch.  This guy could serve as a mentor for young players; he will find the whole in zone coverage and sit in it every time.  Furthermore, I couldn’t imagine how much quality information he could provide about New England and their tendencies. 
Brandon Stokley.  He is a solid vet that will find away to contribute.  He is great in the middle of the field and the red zone.  He might not have a ton of upside any longer, but he is a stable player that has something left. 

Our Defensive line I feel is better than most. Few teams could consider Randy Starks Expendable moving forward.  They are winning the war against our developing offense in practice, and playing faster than last year.  If our offensive goals shrink from juggernaut to ball control, I feel comfortable about winning games with this defense. 

Training camp is hard work, necessary work to win! We know our needs, and this regime will put in the necessary work to endure the trials.  Fins up!

4th WR position in question

With Armon Binns out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, the 4th WR position is now up for grabs! With WRs Marvin McNutt, Brian Tyms, and Jeff Fuller on the roster, and WR Laurent Robinson now being brought it for a workout, this position is now becoming very intriguing position battle, granted it is for back up job. We will have to see how things work out, but I am personally looking very forward to this camp battle.

Who are you rooting for to win?

Fins to workout Laurent Robinson

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting the Fins will workout WR Laurent Robinson on Tuesday

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Armon Binns Out For The Season

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that WR Armon Binns is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Binns likely would have been Miami's 4th WR.

First Fight!

There are reports that have come out of today's practice that a mini fight broke out between C Josh Samuda and DE Jared Odrick. I'm sure it was no big deal but apparently Odrick ripped off his helmet and charged towards Samuda. There was no winner in the fight and it reportedly lasted about 6 seconds. I'm surprised that this took a whole week but this is why you gotta love football!

Training camp: Week 1 recap and what to expect next

Week 1 of training camp is in the books. There was plenty of exciting moments to see as we got to see our exciting new look defense highlighted by impressive skills of new CB Brent Grimes and the speed of our new LB Danelle Ellerbe along with the progression of our even more different offense led by Ryan Tannehill and WR Mike Wallace. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, however. From what I read and saw during camp there is still plenty of chemistry to be found between Tannehill and Wallace. They made some nice connections during the course of the week but there were some instances of miscommunications, dropped passes by Wallace, and overthrown passes by Tannehill. The offensive line struggled considerably against the blitz and LT Jonathan Martin, though athletic, needs to continue to progress his game as he allowed several potential sacks to Tannehill. Martin's job is especially important as he is the one responsible for protecting Tannehill's blind side. Tannehill is very mobile and is excellent when throwing the ball on the run but if he doesn’t see the blitz coming, he's toast. TE Dustin Keller is looking sharp so far as he and Tannehill have made some very nice early connections. To put it nicely, it wasn't the best week for the Dolphins new rookies. DE Dion Jordan, despite being a limited participant in practice during the week, is still recovering from his shoulder injury and is not 100 percent curtain to be ready for the season opener. Will Davis and Jamar Taylor are recovering from injuries as well but have been participating in practice but have been beat on numerous passing plays. Overall, it was the first week of camp and it's really nothing to be alarmed about yet. This coming week is a big week as we get to see the phins in pads all week running scrimmages and Sunday is the big hall of game against the Dallas Cowboys. I don't expect to see the team look like Super Bowl champions quite yet. But I do expect to see development from all players by the season opener.

What Type of "Dolphins-Fan" are you?

The Miami New Times posted a funny blog from one of their writers describing the "8 Types of Dolphins Fans."

It was very well done and very funny and a must read. CLICK HERE 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Ryan Tannehill

The staff would like to wish Ryan Tannehill a Happy 25th Birthday today!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is it Time to Trade Randy Starks?

The Dolphins defensive line is without question the deepest position on the Fins roster. Not only is Miami deep but they are very talented on the defensive line. So, that brings up the question…”Is it time to Trade Randy Starks?”

Now, before some of you start sending me nasty emails and tweets saying I have lost my mind let’s think about this rationally for a second. At the defensive end position Miami has Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Dion Jordan, Derrick Shelby, and that isn't counting last year’s starter Jared Odrick who can play DE or DT. At defensive tackle Miami has Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, Vaughn Martin who they signed as a free agent away from San Diego, Randall Kheesten, and once again Odrick who can play both spots. The names mentioned above are more than likely going to be on the active roster. There are other guys in camp at the defensive line position but they have a major uphill battle to win a roster spot.

So now let’s look at how this breaks down. Paul Soliai and Randy Starks are in the final year of their deals. Miami will have the cap space to keep both at seasons end but more than likely they will only keep one.  Not to mention with the depth on the defensive line keeping both isn't a smart option since the money saved on one of those players could be spent on another need position. Plus, Miami has Odrick who is a defensive tackle and they used a 1st round pick on but they are playing out of position.So if they can get Odrick back to DT that would also be a plus. 

Two years ago when Soliai was a free agent he gave Miami a “hometown discount” and stayed with the Dolphins and never even took another visit with another team. This year when Starks was given the “franchise tag” he was very vocal in his displeasure with that. So, logic dictates which player is most likely going to be easier to deal with come next March? To me clearly its Soliai as he and his agent have already gone through this song and dance with Ireland before and everyone came out happy with the outcome. Lot's of good feelings by both parties there and I expect that to continue this next offseason when his contract is up again.

So, what to do with Starks. Yes Miami could do nothing and let Randy play out the year and walk at seasons end and the Dolphins would get nothing in return. That is option “A” let’s call it. So what is option “B?” Well, since Miami has great depth on the defensive line how about shop Starks for a 2nd or 3rd round pick in next year’s draft. A draft mind you all of the so called “draft experts”  believe is one of the deepest overall drafts in some ten years or so.

And what would a Dolphins defensive line minus Starks look like? Still pretty damn good if you ask me. Miami would kick Odrick inside back to defensive tackle his natural position, Olivier Vernon who got better as the season went on last year and who was very solid in the OTA’s this offseason and has looked very good the first 3 days of training camp would probably move to starting LDE. Leaving Dion Jordan coming on the field in passing situations and as a situational player. Not to mention depth wise the defensive tackle position still looks solid. Behind Soliai and Odrick the Fins would have Martin and Randall.

So before you write this off as “crazy talk” just remember last year during training camp Miami traded its #1 CB Vonta Davis when a team offered enough to make it worthwhile. The job of Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin and crew is not only to try and win now but also keep this franchise in a solid position going forward. And adding a high draft pick for a guy Miami has great depth behind does just that. Would losing Randy Starks hurt some this year? Yes, of course he is a terrific player and anytime you lose a very talented player it will hurt. But would it prevent Miami from winning overall? Of course not! Would moving Starks for a 2nd round pick (when odds are he is leaving anyway after this season) be a very wise move to make…..Yes it would!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Brent Grimes and the "Birthday Cake"

Newly acquired Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes celebrated his birthday on Friday as he turned 30 years old. The website has posted pictures of his cake and lets just say it's not a traditional cake with balloons and flowers. I am going to post the link below to pictures of the cake...THESE PICTURES ARE NOT SAFE FOR KIDS OR SAFE TO LOOK AT IF YOU ARE AT WORK!!


Deadspin did some more digging though and found pictures of Brent's cake from last year....and let's just say there seems to be a theme here. Once again....these pictures are very graphic!


So, huh....Happy Birthday Brent!

Photos: Day 2

Photos of Day 2 of Dolphins training camp. Click below:

Video: Joe Philbin after first day of camp

Joe Philbin speaks to the media expressing his excitement of getting back to work with the players and coaches.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thoughts on the First Day of Miami Dolphins Training Camp

Dolphin fans got their first opportunity to see the 2013 version of their team Sunday morning. The Fins held their first open practice to public and here are my takeaways.

-All the player took part in Sunday's practice except Dion Jordan. The first round pick was sideline with a shoulder injury and we later found out that he was place on active/non-football injury list. Jordan just finalized his rookie contract on Saturday.  

-The entire first team offense looked shaky and out of sync. This is to be expected since defenses are usually ahead of offenses at the start of training camp. Mike Wallace dropped some catchable balls, I expect him to improve once he and quarterback RyanTannehill get their chemistry and timing down.

-Matt Moore looked impressive on Sunday. He had amazing zip on the ball and was very accurate. Moore showed why he is one of the better backups in the NFL. 

-Brent Grimes was impressive. If he can stay healthy, he will be an excellent addition to the Dolphins secondary.

-Marvin McNutt, Armon Binns, Rishard Mathews all looked excellent catching passes on Sunday. The race for the number four, five and six receiver spots will a good one to watch in camp.

-In the limited time we saw running backs Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gillislee, they looked good. I would take this with a grain of salt because we didn't see a whole lot from them.

-Kicker Dan Carpenter was a perfect 10-of-10 on his field goal attempts. He connected on three field goals which were longer than 46-yards. Rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis will get his turn to prove himself on Monday.

Mike Pouncey refuses to address "Free Hernandez" hat

Miami Dolphins opened up Training Camp today in front of a full house of 2,700 reinvigorated fans, buoyed by a hectic and exciting off-season.

All parties were present and correct with the only notable blemish being 3rd overall selection Dion Jordan, fresh off signing his shiny new 4 year rookie deal. Jordan was in attendance but sat out the on-field work as he finishes his recovery from shoulder surgery earlier this year, but this was largely expected.

There was however one small cloud that hung over todays otherwise upbeat return to Miami Dolphins football.

Mike Pouncey, unsurprisingly, was questioned about his thought process when he and his brother Maurkice donned caps with “Free Hernandez” emblazoned on the front at a recent birthday celebration at a nightclub in Miami.

It came as no surprise to most that Mike was unwilling to dwell on the matter, stating “I’m here to discuss football". It raised eyebrows, given that his brother recently released a statement offering an apology to those offended, that he refused to address it at all before requesting the line of questioning be changed.

In the grand scheme of things, in an off-season dominated by far more serious indiscretions by fellow pro footballers, “Hat Gate”  falls into the category of SILLY more than anything else.

Silly or not, it was most certainly an ill advised move for a perceived team leader, bringing unnecessary negative attention to a team riding on a wave of good feeling amongst fans right now. Perhaps a scripted apology, disingenuous or not, would have put the whole incident in the rear view mirror where it belongs.

Joe Philbin made it clear from the first day he arrived in South Florida, that all players would be held accountable and that they must represent the organization in a professional manner befitting. This Code of Conduct  was clearly fresh in Mike Pouncey’s mind today when asked by South Florida media how he felt about his personal life being up for debate, “We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that’s the way we should be acting.”

Are we to take those comments as a thinly veiled admission of regret on Number 51’s part, or perhaps another way of circumnavigating the subject? Either way, it is unlikely this is the last we have heard of the topic until Mike is willing to give it some closure….or perhaps until some meaningful football distracts us all.