Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thomas Gone

The Dolphins have cut RB Daniel Thomas, a former 2nd round pick. Marcus Thigpen and rookie WR Matt Hazel have also been let go. Hazel however, is a strong candidate for the 10 man practice squad.

Edit: More cuts coming down the wire:  OG David Arkin, OL Sam Brenner, T Tony Hills, OL Evan Finkenberg

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUDIO: Listen to The Big O interview Omar Kelly

CLICK HERE to listen to The BigO of 560 WQAM interview Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel today. The BigO has returned to WQAM and can be heard daily from 10am-1pm.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Former Dolphin in the News

Former Dolphins CB Dimitri Patterson, who had won a starting job with the New York Jets, didn't even bother to show up for the Jets preseason game against the Giants Friday night. The NY Post reports that Patterson showed up for the team's walk-through before the game and the pregame meal, but was nowhere to be found at game time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Breaking News: Dan Marino Takes Job with the Miami Dolphins

NBC 6 in Miami reporting that Dan Marino has accepted a job with the Miami Dolphins. Sources say he will be a "Special Advisor" to owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel. An official announcement is expected to come this upcoming week.

More on this story as it develops.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dolphins Cut Michael Egnew

Multiple reports are out today that the Dolphins have cut former 3rd round draft pick TE Michael Egnew. The 3rd year player made little to no impact during his time in Miami. He was the butt of all the jokes after the Fins first episode of their HARD KNOCKS season. Egnew was viewed as soft and someone who couldn't pick up the playbook fast enough. While he did show some minor improvement last season it wasn't substantial enough to justify his 3rd round draft pick selection. With a new offense this season under Bill Lazor it isn't hard to understand why Egnew didn't stick around and make this team.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What to Look For Tonight vs Tampa

Jordan Tripp
It's the 2nd preseason game of the season and the Dolphins will face Tampa Bay. While I could care less of the score and the outcome of the game there are a few key things to keep an eye out for tonight.

1) Will the Offense Keep Rolling--The starters on offense last week played only 1 series and looked spectacular. If they can back it up again this week that would be a nice sign as we get closer to Week 1.

2) Can Ja'Wuan James play better at Right Tackle--The rookie first round pick struggled a bit last week at right tackle. He wasn't awful but he wasn't anything special either. Being a first round pick it would be nice if James came out and put out a strong performance. I would expect James to play the entire first half again this week.

3) Will Jordan Tripp Continue to Impress --Yes, Jordan Tripp has a chance to win a starting linebackers job. He is working some with the starters in practice now and has been impressive. If Tripp has another strong performance than Ellerbee or Wheeler will be un-seated as a starting linebacker.

4) Will a Cornerback Rise above the Rest-- After Brent Grimes the Dolphins have a roster filled of young and unproven coreners. Will Davis, Jamar Taylor, Jailil Brown, Walt Aikens. With Jimmy Wilson now moving to Safety the first 4 games someone is going to have to grab the 3rd CB spot and take hold of it. Will Davis played well last week and took a step in that direction. Will he continue to play well or will someone else make a name for themselves this week.

5) Will Someone Win the Right Guard battle---Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, Shelly Smith...will someone step up and take this job. Shelly Smith has been an utter bust the first 3 weeks of training camp. Has played poorly and we now know why St. Louis let him go. Dallas Thomas has been a pleasant surprise but he is still limited. Billy Turner looks like a beast at times but makes too many rookie mistakes. Someone will have to raise their play and maybe we see someone stand out tonight.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AUDIO: Daryn Colledge Interview

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview new Dolphins offensive linemen Daryn Colledge did with The Big O Orlando Alzugrary on 640 Sports in South Florida.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Developing Story: Matt Moore on the Trade Block

We have a developing story in the wake of the Brady Quinn signing yesterday. Unconfirmed reports at this time say that Matt Moore is on the Trade Block and Miami is actively shopping him. We are working on trying to confirm this report and get more info. More on this story as it develops.
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dolphins sign QB Brady Quinn; Cut Pat Devlin

Jeff Darlington is reporting the Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Brady Quinn. This move is interesting on a lot of levels going forward. You must initially think that Matt Moore and Pat Devlin are more seriously injured than what is being let on. Also, Matt Moore is making $4 million this season and letting him go prior to Week 1 will open up some cap space for Miami to spend elsewhere to pick up a linebacker or tight end possibly. Or, Quinn was signed to get Moore to re-do his deal and take a pay-cut. He is possibly being used as a form of leverage by Dennis Hickey. Also, Moore is a bad practice player and new Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor is big on how players perform in practice, so maybe Moore is in his dog-house. To me Quinn wasn't brought in to be a 3rd string QB, he is here to compete with Matt Moore.

UPDATE: At 9:30pm the Miami Dolphins released quarterback Pat Devlin

VIDEO: Bill Polian and Alex Marvez from Miami Dolphins Training Camp

AUDIO: Omar Kelly on The Joe Rose Show

CLICK HERE to listen to Omar Kelly on The Joe Rose Radio show on 560 WQAM talk about the Fins offensive line and Reshad Jones being suspended

Armando Salguero wants the Dolphins to sign Tim Tebow

Brady Quinn to Miami Very Possible

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting the Dolphins are unlikely to sign quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Skelton after today's workout. Yet, Miami might sign quarterback Brady Quinn to push Matt Moore to be the back-up QB.

Matt Moore is due to make $4 mill this season if he is on the opening day roster. Cutting him prior to Week 1 would provide cap relief.

Miami to workout Rex Grossman

Drew Rosenhaus on Sunday night let out that his client QB Rex Grossman will workout for the Miami Dolphins on Monday. Rosenhaus also said other quarterbacks will be working out for the Dolphins on Monday.

This news tells you that the injuries to Matt Moore and Pat Devlin must be more serious than first thought. Grossman isn't working out for Miami to be the 3rd or 4th quarterback so this news tells me that Grossman would be brought in to fight for the back-up QB position.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fins hire Former Jets GM Mike Tannembaum as a "Consultant"

Multiple outlets are reporting the Dolphins have hired former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum as a "consultant." To translate that this means he is a GM in waiting for when Philbin/Hickey fail and are let go. The Fins now will have someone already on payroll ready to take over and not miss a beat.

Let's translate what a "consultant" really stands for; it is a GM in waiting. Dawn Aponte is very close with Tannenbaum from the time they spent together in NY when she was with the Jets. Aponte now in a position of supreme power with the Dolphins has her eyes looking forward long-term. With more news of suspensions today and clowns like Mike Pouncey always making headlines for the wrong reasons; Aponte knows Philbin and Hickey won't be long for this job. And having Tannenbaum on the payroll and able to have inside knowledge of the Fins cap situation, contracts, and have complete access it will make any transition very smooth when the day comes the organization pulls the trigger on Hickey and Philbin.

Reshad Jones Suspended for 4 Games

Dion Jordan will have company at his house watching the first 4 Dolphins game this year. Now Dolphins Safety Reshad Jones has also been suspended 4 games for failing a PED test according to organization. This leaves the Dolphins very thin at the safety position. Don Jones is now the listed starter and the Fins can slide Jimmy Wilson over to the strong safety spot, but expect Miami to hit the waiver wire ASAP to find some warm bodies.

While this and the Jordan suspension are not Joe Philbin's fault, someone is going to have to take the fall for this train-wreck of a team eventually. If Miami gets off to a slow start in the regular season I would not be surprised at all to see Philbin let go of his duties come late October or early November. Would it be fair; no not at all. But it might be needed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Samson Satele Contract Details

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the skinny on how much Samson Satele is getting paid by the Dolphins.

Per Jackson: "As we noted over the weekend, Samson Satele wouldn’t sign with the Dolphins until he got a contract like Darren Colledge’s. Here are the specifics, as shared with us by someone with access to the contract: Satele, like Colledge, can make as much as $2 million. But like Colledge, only $250,000 is guaranteed.
Satele has a $1.25 million base salary, then would earn $46,875 every game he’s on the 46-man roster. So the Dolphins can save a bundle if they cut him when Mike Pouncey is healthy."

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

Monday, August 4, 2014

A first for a Joe Philbin team

One thing I've noticed watching Philbin's post practice availability is that the coach seems much more relaxed. He's calling reporters out by name and seemingly trying to inject some humor into his presser. It's no secret that the organization has implemented team building exercises similar to ones you would find in a conference room, but not everyone can adapt. 

After meeting with Philbin, @ArmandoSalguero of the Miami Herald said, "Philbin is working at being more transparent. And perhaps that’s one reason he easily acknowledges what he thinks is right about his team and also what needs significant hard work." 

On his visit camp visit to Davie, Peter King form @theMMQB even acknowledged that having music during the 8 a.m. workout is a "first for a Joe Philbin team."



Remember Tom Coughlin? A formally rigid coach who changed his approach to his players and ended up winning a Super Bowl. We're a long way from the Super Bowl, but I'm just saying, the team seems much more relaxed. 




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d more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/24/4253002/armando-salguero-joe-philbin-optimistic.html#morer#storylink=cpy

Instant Takeaways From Buffalo’s Hall Of Fame Game


Buffalo Bills

As we anxiously await the first Dolphin’s pre season game we had a small distraction on Sunday night with the Hall of Fame game.  The Bills dropped their opener to the Giants with a final score of 17-13.  

The Bills offense was noticeably unstable with EJ Manuel at center.  Manuel completed just two of his seven passes for 19 yards.  During his two drives in his limited first quarter start Manuel had three of his seven pass attempts batted down.  Manuel targeted rookie Sammy Watkins twice, overthrowing him once and almost throwing an interception the second time. 

Jeff Tuel was the best Bills quarterback in the game finishing 12 for 17 for 74 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  Thad Lewis struggled finishing 10 of 16 for 87 yards and an interception.  Tuel had a nice read option run for 13 yards.   TJ Graham had a case of the drops and seems to be the lowest on the depth chart.  It is worth noting Robert Woods didn’t play at all with the starters, but had four catches off five targets and one score.  Mike Williams played opposite of Sammy Watkins and Chris Hogan played out of the slot.     

Buffalo’s first team defense looked good.  Kyle Williams had a force fumble on Eli Manning early on.  Brandon Spikes was sufficient in stopping the run in his limited playing time.  Preston Brown almost had an interception that was called back due to penalty.  The Giants didn’t score when Buffalo had their first defensive unit on the field.    

Miami’s own Seantrel Henderson got some one on one time with Jason Pierre-Paul, protecting Manuel and proving to be a steal from the draft.   

The Bills still need some work, as EJ Manuel progresses so will the Bills offense.  We can expect more designed plays for Watkins next game and it will be interesting to see if Robert Woods can continue to outshine the other receivers while remaining buried on the depth chart.  

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reshad Jones not the starting Strong Safety?

Peter King's projected starter's for the 2014 Miami Dolphins.

Billy Turner competing at center and Reshad Jones not starting at SS? @theMMQB

Does he know something we don't?

OFFENSEDEFENSE
WRBrian HartlineLECameron Wake
LTBranden AlbertDTRandy Starks / Earl Mitchell
LGDallas ThomasDTJared Odrick
CMike Pouncey / Billy Turner / Samson SateleREOlivier Vernon
RGShelley SmithOLBDannell Ellerbe
RTJu’Wuan JamesMLBKoa Misi
TECharles ClayOLBPhilip Wheeler
WRMike WallaceCBBrent Grimes
3rd WRBrandon Gibson / Jarvis LandryCBCortland Finnegan
QBRyan TannehillNickelJamar Taylor / Will Davis
RBLamar Miller / Knowshon MorenoFSJimmy Wilson
FBDaniel ThomasSSLouis Delmas
KCaleb SturgisPBrandon Fields

Peter King's 5 Key Things for the Dolphins 2014 Season

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Quick Hits From Around The AFC East


If you take a look around most homes or offices, you’ll notice that the calendar hanging on the wall starts in January and ends in December.  Most Americans live their lives this way and let Halmark dictate their outlook on the year.  Much like most of DolphinsTalk.com readers, my calendar starts in August and ends in July.  So, allow me the opportunity to officially congratulate you by saying, “Happy New Year”! 

The first week of training camp has come and gone.  The first week of August has begun, as we inch closer and closer to the regular season.  Before we get ahead of ourselves and start writing “W” or “L” on our pocket sized Miami Dolphin schedules, we must first make it through training camp. 

Buffalo Bills

Doug Marrone has quietly built a young potentially explosive offense in Buffalo.  Much like during training camp in 2013, Marrone has been talking up CJ Spiller once again.  Last year he said they wanted to give Spiller the ball until he throws up.  And he did.  He threw up a high ankle sprain.  Through the first week in training camp Marrone said Spiller “looks more explosive than he did during last season.”  Fred Jackson continues to drink from the fountain of youth as Buffalo has signed the 33 year old back to an extension.  Let’s not forget Bryce Brown, who the Bills robbed from the Eagles.  He is said to be having a very impressive early camp. 

By now I’m sure we’ve all seen the video of Sammy Watkins making an incredible one handed catch.  The Bills are hoping Watkins helps the progression of EJ Manuel as they will force feed a connection between the two.  Miami fans may remember Chris Hogan, AKA 7-11, from 2012 and the Dolphins run on Hard Knocks.  Now Hogan is taking first team reps out of the slot in Buffalo and is said to be having a great outing.  Keep an eye on Robert Woods who Manuel has connected with for a couple of touchdowns since camp opened. 

Scott Chandlar (groin), Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and Lee Smith (lower body) have all sat out with injuries leaving an opening at TE for the Bills preseason game on Sunday. 
The Bills try to find an answer to replace linebacker Kiko Alonso.  Nigel Bradham has been taking first team reps with Keith Rivers and rookie Preston Brown is also battling to earn a spot.  Preston Brown has the most upside and has run with the first team during passing packages.  Bradham hasn’t been able to lock down a starting role in the past and Rivers has proven to be somewhat lackluster.  There are reports that if Brandon Spikes is limited in Sunday’s game, Brown is expected to wear the defensive communication helmet.  This shows some insight to the commitment the Bills have in grooming Brown.

Da’Norris Searcy has remained ahead of Duke Williams and Johnathan Meeks in the safety depth chart.        

The Bills play the New York Giants Sunday August 3rd at 8pm.

New England Patriots

Two Patriots are looking past injury concerns and are focusing on 2014, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski.  Running back James White has stolen the spotlight and has been the talk of training camp so far.  White is a versatile back and Bill Belichick wants to know exactly what he got in White.  White has been utilized in the running game, passing game, goal line work and kick returns.  Stevan Ridley’s and Shane Vereen’s jobs are safe for now, though both have issues carrying over from 2013.  Vereen has been wearing extra tape on his left hand, which he broke last season.   

There have been mixed reports about Kenbrell Thompkins, who has made several nice catches.  Still, he has shown continued unpredictability in holding onto the ball.  Tom Brady’s downfall last season was poor receiving and inconsistency.  Early in training camp there are signs of repeat issues.  

Julian Edelman has had his hands half full, as Darrelle Revis covered him all of camp.  Revis is having a great camp, as Belichick seems to be testing him on his high possession receivers, Edelman and Gronkowski.  Brandon Browner is also pestering receivers, as he and Revis are bringing toughness to the Patriot Defense. 

Aaron Dobson (foot), Bryan Stork (lower leg) and Chris Martin remain on the PUP list.

New York Jets

Geno Smith has led the first team offense since the opening of training camp.  Coaches have stood strongly behind Smith and have noted the progress he has made since last season.  All signs as of now point to him keeping his starting job.  Chris Johnson was brought in to compete and win the starting running back job from Chris Ivory.  Johnson has been “flying” thus far and is only seven months removed from knee surgery.

The Jets had a very rough training camp according to the media reports.  Then again, when is anything associated with the Jets smooth?  Bilal Powell has missed four straight practices due to a leg injury.  The Jets also brought in Eric Decker, but he has been limited through training camp with a hamstring injury.  Rookie tight end Jace Amaro has missed several practices due to a knee injury and is suffering from a case of the drops early on.  On the bright side Amaro has been running extra routes after practice in an effort to learn the playbook.

Stephen Hill is having an impressive training camp and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has been quoted as calling Hill’s training camp “outstanding.”  Demario Davis, inside linebacker, said he’s putting in the work to become “the best” defensive front.

Last season the Jets were 25th in overall offense and Marty Mornhinweg has said they are building their 2014 offense from “ground zero.”

Miami Dolphins

New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor hopes to bring some aspects of the 2013 Philadelphia offense to Miami.  Throughout press conferences this training camp, Joe Philbin and Brian Hartline have put an emphasis on touchdowns.  The team hopes to convert more in the red zone and has even specialized practices to focus on red zone plays.  Another attribute Lazor is trying to incorporate is tempo.

Lamar Miller is fighting for the starting running back job and is showing more elusiveness than he did during the 2013 season.  Miller has broken off a couple 10 plus yard runs so far and Ryan Tannehill has connected with him for several touchdowns.  Rashard Matthews is having a solid camp, making some nice catches.  He needs to prove that he is reliable to keep his job over Jarvis Landry.  Landry is having a terrific camp and is being utilized in the slot and on returns. 

Miami is trying to figure out the right pieces on the offensive line as they shuffle guys around.  Botched snaps have been a common theme thus far between Shelly Smith, Nate Garner and David Arkin.  Defensive tackles have been rotating, but Philbin believes Ryan Starks is having the best camp he’s had in three years.    


Mike Wallace has missed practice due to hamstring issues and Knowshon Moreno may miss practice until the first preseason game.  Charles Clay left practice early due to a leg injury and Matt Moore has been out with a shoulder injury.    



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Dolphins Sign Veteran Center

Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting the Miami Dolphins have signed veteran center Samson Satele. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Satele was drafted by the Dolphins in the 2nd round back in 2007 and was traded to the Raiders after the 2008 season.