Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Michael Crabtree Market has "Crashed"

Per Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, Michael Crabtree's market has "crashed". He is seeking the $ that he was receiving off his rookie deal. No team is willing to offer him that. If you remember, Crabtree held out on his rookie deal until he received the money he desired. However, his career has been hampered by injuries and character concerns. He may have to take a lot less money to continue his NFL career. Miami has interest but may not sign a vet WR until after the draft. Stay tuned to DolphinsTalk.com for more information as we get it

Dolphins Hosting free agent Stevan Ridley

The Miami Dolphins are hosting ex patriots running back Stevan Ridley for a visit on Tuesday. Ridley is coming off an acl injury this last season and reportedly 6 weeks away from being medically cleared from the injury that he sustained in November.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My mock draft for the Miami Dolphins

Here is the mock draft I created for the Miami Dolphins via Fanspeak.Com



Tell me what you guys think.

Dolphins Mock Draft 2.0

We are in boring times right now, so I think we are due for another mock draft.  With nothing new occurring since my previous mock, I do believe we will see a new direction from Mike Tannenbaum.  Here we go:

Round 1- Pick 14: Brandon Scherff (OT/OG, Iowa)

This isn't a sexy pick, I know.  However, we will never know what Ryan Tannehill has on a deep pass if he doesn't have time to throw.  Insert Scherff,  who has a great ceiling and is the top rated OL in this draft in my opinion.  He will fill an immediate need and will help protect our QB.  He will also give a new dimension in our running game, not just in pass protection.  If Scherff falls, he could be the pick.  I show Parker and Todd Gurley available as well.  Either can give this offense some punch, and I am still a strong advocate for Parker.  However, I also do not want Dallas Thomas inserted as a starting guard.

Round 2- Pick 15:  Marcus Peters (CB, Washington)

Peters fell to me in my mock and will start right away opposite Brent Grimes.  He will give our defense an aggressive corner who can shadow a receiver right off the line.  While he was kicked off the team in Washington and has some character concerns (which is why he falls from round 1), he will provide that immediate need and Tannenbaum and Hickey hit a home run in two picks while missing out on round 3.  Melvin Gordon and Sammie Coates were my other options.  But I can see some teams reaching for Coates early in round 2

Round 4- Pick 15- Breshad Perriman (WR, UCF)

The big target we are looking for drops in round 4.  Perriman has ideal height and separation skills that will make him tough to keep off the field inside the opponent 20.  The knock on Perriman is his ball skills.  He frustrates people with not allowing the ball to come to him and stabbing at it in the air.  His drops will drop him in this draft and in my mock, falls in our lap.  Highly unlikely he makes it to us but if he does, could be a blessing in disguise.  Needs proper coaching to help  him succeed at the next level.  His big play ability will help spread the field.  My other options were Tyler Kroft, TE out of Rutgers or Tyler Lockett, WR Kansas State.

Round 5- Pick 13- Buck Allen (RB, USC)

We have our lightning with Lamar Miller.  Damien Williams also became a dependable third down back in the passing game.  With the status of Moreno up in the air, I believe Miami selects Buck Allen.  His big frame will give Miami that bruising back at the goal line and short yardage situations.  He has good vision and looks for a cutback lane. He does have issues following his block at times and needs to improve ball security.

Round 5- Pick 14- Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor)

There is no secret, bringing back Matt Moore for one more year, means Miami is in the market for a third QB to develop into Tannehill's back up.  Insert Petty, who had an amazing college career.  He is a great competitor and works out of an up-tempo offense but he needs to develop into an NFL QB.  His mechanics and accuracy need work but has a strong arm.  Dolphins ran with two QB's every week last year and even behind a dreadful line, Tannehill still hasn't missed a start.  But having Petty on the sideline for all games next year will be beneficial.

Round 6- Pick 15: Jake Ryan (OLB, Michigan)

With so much uncertainty, and disagreement between fans and probably the teams staff, Dion Jordan will not be transferred to OLB, Koa Misi remains in the middle and there's a possibility of Kelvin Sheppard winning a job.  Miami has not addressed the LB position at all and they need to build up some youth at that position.  Ryan has durability concerns but is a monster LB.  He played against tough competition in college and recorded 112 tackles.  He reads and diagnoses quickly and tracks the ball well.  He struggles to get off blocks to get to the ball carrier quick enough.

This draft is vital to the team and its short term future.  With the cap possibly getting strapped in the next few years, Miami needs to find depth.  The next month will be telling about where this team goes in the draft.  I will have another mock draft before the first round on April 30th and will also have a draft recap to follow.  Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

@ternisse13



 









Sunday, March 22, 2015

Greg Jennings to visit Dolphins

Per ESPN, Greg Jennings will visit with Dolphins. Jennings would bring a veteran presence to the locker room. His best years in GB were also under the tutelage of Joe Philbin. Could be a great match. We will keep you updated on dolphinstalk.com

@Ternisse13

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dolphins bring back Matt Moore

The Dolphins have re-signed QB Matt Moore this afternoon. No word on the details of the contract at this time.

R-E-L-A-X


“Five letters here just for everybody out there in Dolphin-land: R-E-L-A-X”

I’ve been reading a lot of articles and tweets about the state of our offense particularly at the wide receiver and tight end positions.  Yes, I know what we’ve lost and the production of those players. 

Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Charles Clay accounted for 193 receptions, 2,236 yards and16 touchdowns…all gone, so what? No reason to cry over it.

The week 17 postgame show starring Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson sealed their fates as Miami Dolphins, Brian Hartline regressed tremendously in our system and Charles Clay will be taking “his talents to Buffalo”…doesn't really have the same ring does it?

So I’m here to ease some doubts about what we've lost and try to show you that all hope is not lost, in fact, we should be even better.

2014 Miami Dolphins WR/TE stats:

WR1:  Mike Wallace-  Rec: 67  Yards: 862  YPR: 12.9  Long: 50 TD: 10  Catch Rate: 58% 
WR2:  Brian Hartline- Rec: 39  Yards: 474  YPR: 12.2  Long: 35 TD: 2    Catch Rate: 62%
SWR: Jarvis Landry-  Rec: 84  Yards: 758  YPR:  9      Long: 25 TD: 5    Catch Rate: 75%
TE:     Charles Clay-   Rec: 58  Yards: 605  YPR: 10.4  Long: 41 TD: 3    Catch Rate: 69%

Too much money not enough Touchdowns, Miami had the most expensive recieving corp in the league. 

I want you to Look at the last stat, the catch rate percentage and the difference between a rookie in Landry and the vets...big difference. And remember, they were all catching balls from the same quarterback.

According to Football Outsiders, “Catch Rate represents the percentage of passes to this receiver completed. This is a reference to incomplete passes, not dropped passes: dropped passes are not specified in publicly available play-by-play, and unfortunately we cannot yet correct for this.”


Projected 2015 Miami Dolphins WR: (2014 stats)
*= New Weapon

WR1: *Kenny Stills-       Rec: 63  Yards: 931 YPR: 14.8   Long: 69 TD: 3    Catch Rate: 76%
WR2: *D. Parker-           Rec: 43  Yards: 855 YPR: 19.9   Long: 71 TD: 5    (In only 6 Games!!!) 
SWR: Jarvis Landry-     Rec:  84  Yards: 758  YPR:  9     Long: 25 TD: 5     Catch Rate: 75%
TE:*Jordan Cameron-   Rec: 24 Yards: 424  YPR: 17.7   Long: 81 TD: 2    Catch Rate: 50% (Forgive him, he was a Brown)

I know I know, the total numbers don't look that glamorous at first, but each player brings a completely different dynamic and skill set to the team. 

We have lacked this kind of potential for years. The offense scored a touchdown in the red zone only 51.4% of the time, that was good for 21st in the NFL. That is not playoff worthy. 

Who scores red zone touchdowns?…TIGHT ENDS. Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are 6’5’’ and 6’4’’ respectively and both are freakishly athletic. Expect to see a lot of double tight end sets in the red zone and the that percentage should get a huge bump when you factor in that Tannehill will have an even better grasp of the offense. 

The system that Bill Lazor runs is PERFECT for the players we’ve picked up and will pick up via draft and free agency. I have complete faith in Lazor and Tannehill to make the jump into top 10 territory. We are only going to go as far as the right arm of Ryan Tannehill will take us but the talent he now will now have around him will be better than he's ever had.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride...still a long way go and who knows, maybe Mikey T has some tricks up his sleeve come draft day.

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What's next for the Dolphins?

With the draft still a few weeks away there are still a couple holes on this Dolphins team including a starting guard spot, wr, cb,lb, rb,and safety despite the recent signings of Lamichael James and Louis Delmas. The cream of the crop regarding free agents are gone and we will likely see only a couple more signings and fill the rest of our needs through the draft. With following a lot of dolphins fans on twitter the prospects I hear the most about are Amari Cooper If he was to drop or trade up, Devante Parker, Trae Waynes, Eric Kendricks, Jalen Strong and lael Collins. What free agents would you like to see the Dolphins sign on bargain deals and who would you like the dolphins to select at 14?

Dolphins Resigning Louis Delmas

Per Albert Breer, the Miami Dolphins are resigning Louis Delmas to a one year contract.  Terms are not disclosed, however that addresses a giant need at Safety.  While it still may be addressed come draft day, it may be not until the later rounds.

In addition, Miami has also resigned LaMichael James.  James will possibly be return specialist, with Jarvis Landry role with the WR corp even more with the all the departures.  Stay tuned for more information, with Crabtree also possibly signed.  According to John Clayton and Omar Kelly, Miami is actively negotiating with the 27 year old WR.

@ternisse13

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Uhhhh is this thing on?

It is that time when we're constatly updating, refreshing and trying to find time to pass by. It's the dry part of the NFL offseason and when your most anticipated and viewed football news is "Tebow mania 2.0" you truly know news is slow. So instead of recapping what has been done and written down officially as far as the recent signings I want to speak shortly on one particular spot for the PHINS, that is WR and not just the position as a whole but the individual who has reportedly walked in the Davie facility and after today walked out.

I am on record of saying how big of a Michael Crabtree fan I am, I take a liking to his game. He will not fly by you, he will not overwhelm you with his metrics like a 40 yard dash, bench press or even vertical but what the guy can do is play football. People will reference to his slow start to his career, I'll mention his inability to have a coach willing to work and rejuvenate Alex smith career. You'll hear about how he can not dominate superior competition (cough, cough Richard Sherman) I'll say watch the tape again, the injury bug will be brought on the table, a torn Achilles and he lost all explosion, my reference look at the 50 yard catch he had in the playoff game he juice is there. And lastly the inconstancy from his hands, which if your looking back at film in college and his 2013 season drops are not a problem. But what Crab does so well and what will fit us is he is QB friendly, I don't mean personally I mean on the field. The guy knows how to work the scramble drill, he finds the hole, he wins 50-50 contested balls, the list goes on. But what Mike brings that we so desperately need is a winning culture a veteran leadership for a guy who's been there. I am not like the others I am confident with Kenny, Jarvis, Cameron, Rishard, and DION SIMS (watch him straight ball out) people ask and ask for a hoops star, well Dion was Mr. basketball for Michigan and has shown in his short spurts of playing time that he can indeed play.

But with Crabtree you have yet another interchangeable piece to an offense that is predicated on diversification and utilization. We will win by mismatch and with additions in the draft. Say Devante Parker or Jalen Strong, Todd Gurley or TJ Yeldon, Ali Marpet, Paul Dawson or PJ Williams, we can see some sustainable success. Remember Phin fans we want to win in December not March it's a long way before this thing is over.

PhinsUp

Chad Snider

VIDEO: Jason LaCanfora Very High on the Miami Dolphins

Dolphins Free Agency Update

Big News day today in Dolphins land.

1) The Dolphins have announced they will NOT match the contract offer the Bills gave Charles Clay. So Charles Clay is now officially a member of the Buffalo Bills.

2) Center/Guard JD Walton is visiting with the Dolphins today. Walton was the starting center for the NY Giants all of last season and played the most snaps at center in all of the NFL last season.

3) WR Michael Crabtree is in Miami at the moment and also visiting with the Dolphins today.

4) QB Tavaris Jackson is also in Miami today visiting with the team. Jackson would be a better option at back-up QB than Matt Moore and would cost less money.

Stay tuned to DolphinsTalk.com throughout the day as this could be a big news day with some signings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Breaking: Michael Crabtree to visit Dolphins

While the Miami Dolphins decide what to do with Charles Clay, YAHOO Sports is reporting they are bringing in potential WR upgrades to a very young roster.  Insert Michael Crabtree.  Crabtree, 27, will bring great athletic ability and hands to this team if they bring him aboard.  He has 347 career receptions, 4,327 yards and 26 touchdowns.  While he has injury concerns, he should come at a cheaper option if Miami looks to bring in a defensive starter in the draft come April.  We will keep you up to date if any more information arrives.

UPDATE: The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Crabtree flew into Miami late Wednesday night and will have an official visit on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Missing Pieces?

Have you ever started a puzzle and your about half way there and start looking around? Does this fit there? Does that corner match with this? It is almost a formality, a foreign language when it all doesn't make sense. Much of the same concept needs to be applied to the 2015 Miami a dolphins offseason. It started in Blue a rugged 280 pound lion turning in his paws for Phins. He was the quote unquote "splash" that we desperately needed. You want an immediate impact, how about a run stuffing, O-line bruising, QB hunting nightmare. It's only three simple letters SUH. to every puzzle you have complimentary pieces, ones that may not get noticed. Let's say the whiskers on a cat or the strings on a kite. Entered the terrible towel, fridges weather, a band of brothers with a goal in mind, destination playoffs. He will be throwing away the towel and again swimming with the Phins, his name the McCain Train. Kind of catchy right? He went from armor with scarlet and yellow, a hoops star turned football player. his dog tag from the "dawg pound" will be retired and he will continue this trend and receive his Phins. The speed killer, the uniquely placed, who dat representative. From 5th round flyer "no pun intended" to a legit threat. Stills Kills, how does that sound?

My point is that there has been movement and it is easy to see the mess and follow the headlines (Phins have no proven Reciever, there O-line has gotten worse, the defense is even more depleted) and now with the most recent news, Big play Clay is not just making headlines with broken tackles and touchdowns but with his own BIG PAY DAY. however we cannot judge nor formulate much without the plan done. If there is one thing we can do Phins is stand behind our beloved team and continue to support the teal and orange. Just remember do you judge a puzzle when it half way done?

#PhinsUp

- Chad Snider

VIDEO: Pouncey Brothers Speak Out and Against Mike Wallace

Dolphins Defense with the addition of Ndamukong Suh

The Miami Dolphins have always had a top ranking defensive team. The addition of Suh will open up the entire defense with help from Vernon and Wake. The addition will also bring teams to need to adjust to the run stop abilities of the defense! Not to mention Ndamukong Suh really wants another shot at rival New England patriots QB Tom Brady after only one opportunity to take him down in 2010!

Watch the highlight here courtesy of NFL.com
http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81c66bec/Suh-takes-down-Brady

Clay signs with Bills; Fins have 5 days to match

Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News is reporting that Charles Clay has signed with the Buffalo Bills for 5 years $38 million with $20 million guaranteed with $24.5 million given to Clay over the first two years. The Dolphins now have five days to match this offer or else Clay will become a part of the Buffalo Bills.

To me that is Top 5 Tight End money and Charles Clay is not a Top 5 tight end in this league, I think in fact it would make him the 4th highest paid Tight End in the NFL.To me Buffalo overpaid by alot and Clay is a nice player but not an elite tight end.

I don't know what Miami will do but if it were me in charge I would let Clay walk, pick up the extra $7 mill in cap space and move on. Miami can address a lot of other areas with that extra $7 million in cap space and then look for another tight end in the draft if need be. But with Cameron and Sims, I'm not sure Miami needs another Tight End honestly.

BREAKING: BILLS SIGN CLAY TO OFFER SHEET

Charles Clay has officially signed an offer sheet with the Buffalo Bills.  The terms of the deal are sketchy right now but it looks like it is 5 years, 38 million dollars witih 20 million in guaranteed money.  Bills roughly have 4 million more in cap space than Miami right now which will make it hard for Miami to match.  It looks like Clay will be a Bill next year. 

Miami does have 5 days to match, so we will see how bad they want him back.

Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday Michael Thomas: Dolphins Safety

 Two seasons ago Michael Thomas made a great play intercepting Tom Brady in the end-zone with two seconds left in the game! With the recent decision to re-sign Michael Thomas, there is consideration and a chance he could see more playing time for the 2015 season!

 Michael Thomas is a great match up for opponents in the slot defensive back spot in the nickel package and plays an important role covering for Louis Delmas who is recovering from a knee injury,

"...Michael played an important role for the team last season, filling in on defense as well as being a key contributor on special teams. Additionally, we placed a restricted free agent tender on Derrick Shelby with the hope to retain him as a member of the Dolphins....” -GM Dennis Hickey




Holes to fill

While free agency continues, the Dolphins have major holes to fill. While I believe that they are done with WR and lean heavily on drafting one at 14, there are other major areas of concern that can be filled prior to the draft.

Dan Connolly- I've always liked him. While many are saying "trading Dion Jordan for Evan Mathis is a good deal", I am against it. Mathis and Connolly are at the same age, but Connolly will come much cheaper. While our rivals continue to look elsewhere, I believe Connolly will fill a huge need at Guard. A short term deal would suffice (2 years, 8 mil, 3.5 GTD) while developing young guys to take over.

Brandon Spikes- how has he not signed anywhere?! Character concerns or demands seem to be biggest reasons but there is no denying this dudes talent. Spikes is a two down, run stuffing MLB who wreaked havoc for the Bills last year. Playing behind Dareus, Williams, and Hughes, Spikes was dominant. Pairing him with Suh, Mitchell, awake and Vernon, he fills an immediate need and addresses our porous run D. Move Misi back to his original spot and let Jenkins/Jordan be the other OLB.

Louis Delmas- Delmas provided plenty to our defense before his season sadly ended. Before the injury, Delmas helped Miami establish themselves as a top 3 defense. Our pass D was top 5. After the injury, the defense was different. Finnegan was exposed due to no back end help. I feel a resign on a cap friendly deal and drafting a young safety in the later rounds of the draft may pay dividends in the coming years.

Knowshon Moreno- who isn't hungry to see what this guy can do when healthy in this offense? Moreno provided a power running style and had a monster game vs the Patriots on opening day. He struggled with injuries prior to tearing his ACL vs Packers. If he can come back healthy, he can be had for less than $2 million per in my opinion. He will need to be healthy though. Miller is still the clear cut starter regardless if he is resigned.

Mason Foster- The front office loves this kid, yet he hasn't come for a visit yet. He continues to be on the teams radar but his price tag still remains hefty. He again, will fill a need at MLB and is more well rounded than Spikes, but the team needs to bring him in for a visit to see what his demands look like.

As always, feel free to throw some of your ideas at me on twitter.  Follow me @ternisse13 and stay tuned for updates and news at Dolphinstalk.com



Monday, March 16, 2015

Former NFL Player Reggie Brown Joins DolphinsTalk.com Staff

Former NFL Player Reggie Brown will be writing/blogging exclusively here at DolphinsTalk.com.

Reggie went undrafted out of Alabama St and played three years in the NFL for the Houston Oilers. One year on the practice squad and two years on the main roster. Reggie was born and raised in Miami, FL and is a life long Dolphins fan. He spent 6 years coaching college football at Delaware St University and at Texas Southern. At both schools Reggie served as the Wide Receivers coach and as the Offensive Coordinator. Reggie will bring a unique perspective and an insiders look with his thoughts and opinions on all things Miami Dolphins.

So give a warm welcome to  former NFL wide receiver Reggie Brown who has joined the DolphinsTalk.com family. Look for Reggie's writings and insight exclusively here at DolphinsTalk.com real soon!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kenny Stills talks w/ Greg Likens

 http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/WR-Kenny-Stills-Excited-To-Join-Dolphins-Offense/2dae8db5-e982-431f-828a-318fe060b680?adbid=10152823830049611&adbpl=fb&adbpr=87132269610&campaign=social_20150315_42118406

WR Kenny Stills talks with Greg Likens about his expectations joining the team and previous work with Damien Williams, Jarvis Landry, Jamar Taylor and Ryan Tannehil. Only great things to say about these prospects for the Miami Dolphins organization!

AFC (B)east!

The 2015 NFL regular season doesn't begin for another six long months.  We are only days into free agency and still have the draft plus whatever other crazy trades Chip Kelly wants to do.  The landscape of the NFL seems to have changed within mere days.

The AFC east brought in 2 elite players in Ndamukong Suh and LeSean McCoy. Revis jumped ship...again, Brandon Marshall and all of his personalities are back in the division.  Many other very good players  joined the division as well. Jordan Cameron is a former pro bowler and Kenny Stills has the potential to be one.

Rex Ryan is inheriting last years number 4 total defense with a lot of pundits saying they can be "historical", Buffalo has given us fits lately but Rex kills quarterbacks careers faster than Rick Grimes would kill a walker.  Relying on a "ground and pound" offense in our division may get LeSean McCoy very...very injured.

The Jets are swinging for the fences. Bringing back Revis and Cromartie to sure up the secondary. They also added Marshall to line up oppisite Decker which seems very formidable, on paper. But if I'm not mistaken Tom Brady plays for the patriots and not gang green so they still have a HUGE hole to fill behind center. 

The Patriots, well they won ANOTHER Super Bowl so I'm hoping that Bill Belichicks lease with the Devil for his soul is up by September.

Which brings me to Ndamukong Suh and the Miami Dolphins.  Year after year we Dolphin fans are disgustingly optimistic, only to be lead to a mediocre record and "there is always next year" feeling. Well Not only did Suh anchor the number 2 total defense in the NFL last season, he single handedly makes everyone on our defense better.  He brings a fire and intensity that has been lacking for at least the past three seasons (coincidence Mr. Philbin?). Yes he signed a huge contract, who wouldnt? I find it quite hypocritical that all the talking heads on television say that he will cripple a franchise with the contract, when they jump network to network chashing the cash.  Our D Line can literally be record setting and opposing quarterbacks will hopefully be facing un relenting pressure from all directions (DON'T MESS THIS UP COYLE!) We have a top 3 corner in the league, yes Mr. Grimes is that good, no one in the NFL has better technique than he does. He will surely capitalize in turning all that QB pressure into turnovers with good field position and theoretically points.  

Ryan Tannehill will be a top 10 QB this season. Bold I know but he has done nothing but progress since entering the NFL four years ago and will have a re vamped offense this coming season (he was 11th in yards and 14th in qb rating so it might not be too bold).  Gone are Wallace (speed no hands), Hartline (hands no speed) and Gibson, in are Kenny Stills (speed AND hands) and Jordan Cameron (speed AND hands), they are both are pro bowl caliber talents that will give Bill Lazor limitless options to be creative and hit some big plays. If the Phins can keep Charles Clay (let us hope) with Landry and Matthews the recieving and tight end corps will be very, very dangerous and give defensive cordinators nightmares. We also have Lamar Miller who, by the way in limited touches was a 1K yard back so expect him to benefit from a healty o line and a dangerous aerial attack. 

A healthy Brandon Albert and Mike Pouncy back at center gives us two perennial pro bowlers on the line. Juwan James played pretty well as a rookie even though he was moved around the back half of the season due to injuries to others. The guard position will play itself out in training camp so we will have plenty of time to speculate who'll play where. 

All in all the AFC East should no longer be considered the laughing stock of the NFL, but again they do have the NY Jets.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

UK PHIN DOLPHINS FREE AGENCY SO FAR....

  Well it's been a crazy first week here in the UK, following all the latest acquisitions, cuts and trades that Tannebaum and Hickey have pulled off during the first week of NFL free agency, but it's been great to watch it all unfold.

The Dolphins started out by cutting Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, who to be fair were counting a lot towards the salary cap this season, and in my opinion  really didn't appear much involved in the offense last season with Landry and  Wallace the main wide receiver targets all season long, these two cuts saved the Dolphins $6.40 million. I thought to myself there's some good wide receivers in the free agency we could easily get one.

Then the name I was hearing, got me excited.....Ndamukong Suh, the dream of having someone of his caliber on our defense would be incredible  but I couldn't see how the Miami Dolphins could pull it off, with Suh guaranteed a $100 million plus contract, I thought to myself this isn't going to happen.

 Catching up on the news and reports, while being busy, the Dolphins had been busy themselves  releasing veteran CB Cortland Finnegan, G Shelley Smith and LB Philip Wheeler, while placing the transition tag on Charles Clay,  signing Jason Fox to a two year contract, while resigning Jordan Kovacs, A.J Francis, Kelvin Sheppard and Micheal Thomas, I was pleased with the moves that the front office had made clearing up more cap space and getting rid of sub-par players with big contracts.

However I  was in shock, I just saw that the Miami Dolphins have signed the best free agent on the market NDAMUKONG SUHHHH!!!! Signing a 6 year contract for $114 million with $60 million guaranteed, the Dolphins have got a incredible player the best defensive tackle in the NFL. With the signing of Suh, the Dolphins released veteran  Randy Starks, I'm sad to see Starks leave he has been a great servant to Miami over the years, he's  a great player, and I wish him all the best in the future.

The Dolphins were crying out for a CB after Finnegan was released someone to line up with Grimes then they sign Brice McCain to a 2 year contract, which was a solid move for the Dolphins.

The last few days have been absolutely crazy sorting out what I've missed and I've missed a ton, The Dolphins signed the 2nd best tight end available Jordan Cameron, I was loving this Cameron and Clay is such a deadly duo, I'm loving Tannebaum at the minute, he pulled off one of the best trades this offseason Kenny Stills for Ellerbe and a  2015 3rd Round pick, what a steal!

At this point I was looking at the offense, Wallace, Stills, Landry, Matthews, Cameron and Clay! I was thinking, WOW  this could cause some serious damage, new weapons for Tannehill.

However, yesterday the Dolphins trade Wallace and a 7th round pick  to the Vikings for a 5th round pick, I was gutted, I like Wallace think he is a playmaker, but the bust up at the end of last season pretty much sealed his fate and his salary cap hit was big this season, but for a 5th round pick I think we should of kept him one more season. Also hearing that Clay might not be signing his tag is disappointing as I would love to see Cameron and Clay paired together.

Overall, the Dolphins have nailed free agency. So far, Tannebaum and Hickey have signed arguably the best defensive player in the game and got out of not one, but two, bad contracts by trading players everyone knew were going to be cut anyway. We replaced what was the highest paid unproductive portion of our offense with a young healthy group of receivers. This is only the first week I can only presume  there will be more to come from the Miami Dolphins, and I hope your all excited as I am.

BREAKING NEWS: Fins Will Not Re-Sign Charles Clay

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting sources have told him the Dolphins have informed Charles Clay they will not be re-signing him. Per Graham the source stated the Dolphins have lost patience with Clay during this process and have removed themselves from the running.

Clay should be signing with the Bills any day now.

After first three days, assessing the NFL Draft

As the Miami Dolphins continue to purge their roster, some of the current needs come time for the NFL draft are coming full circle. 

The Dolphins addressed their need for DT with the HUGE signing of Suh.  Brice McCain is a decent pick up to replace the possible departing Jimmy Wilson but by no means is a starter opposite of Grimes.  Jordan Cameron gives Ryan Tannehill the big bodied TE and explosive stretch the field TE they hoped Clay would be.  Granted, I am a huge fan of Charles Clay, but keeping two tight ends with that high of a price tag would be tough to have, with other needs still needed.  Sims is a good replacement for Clay, if Clay happens to sign with the Bills.

Looking ahead to the draft, here is how I see their needs as of March 14th (still plenty of time but things start to shape themselves a few days into free agency):

Round 1- DeVante Parker- WR Louisville

Why?  Davonte Parker is a big bodied WR who excells at getting the ball at its highest point.  At 6'2, Parker is the type of big receiver Miami has surely lacked since, heck, Orande Gadsden.  WR  truly is a need with the lack of depth (with Wallace now traded).  Parker will give Miami explosive play making ability.  While his durability has been in question (missed 7 games in 2014), his production should not be in question.  He caught 43 passes for 855 yards in just 6 games!  He is a must if he is available at 14.

Other options: Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan State), Marcus Peters (CB, Washington)

Round 2- Benardrick McKinney- ILB Mississippi State

Why?   It will be a miracle if he falls, but in my simulation, he fell to Miami in round 2.  McKinney is a monster MLB which instantly makes us forget of the 1 year and 1 game of sheer overpaid play from Ellerbe.  He is durable and put up good stats as a junior.  The only knock on him is he isn't great against the run and bites tons on play action.  With good coaching (we hope), he can be the guy to eat backers alive thanks to Suh's presence.  Anthony, which I have as the other option at this pick, may be the real pick if McKinney isn't available.

Other options: Stephone Anthony (ILB, Clemson), Derron Smith (S, Fresno St)

Round 3- Pick Was traded to Saints in deal for Kenny Stills

If this trade didn't happen, this is the spot where I would expect Miami to fill their RB need by selecting T.J Yeldon.  Miami has their lightning with Lamar Miller.  Yeldon would've fit the mold of that big back at the goal line.  It is now a moot point.  Time to move on!

Round 4- Josue Matias- G Florida State

Why? We are all aware Miami's need for a guard.  If no trade is made for Evan Mathis, this is the guy to get at what I feel is a decent value.  Josue is 6'6 310lbs.  He is a monster in the middle.  He is big and strong to handle DT.  He needs to work on his footwork.  He is a developmental player that needs time to work on his footwork and agility to maintain his blocks longer

Other options: Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor), John Miller (G, Louisville)

Round 5- Jamison Crowder- WR Duke

Why?  He is a polished route runner and played well in the ACC.  He could be used primarily as a practice squad guy while he learns the NFL game and gets bigger.  He is a bit under sized at 5'8 185, but so is Wes Welker.  This pick is definitely one that may pan out over time.  Lazor is very precise and we need more guys who can run routes well.

Round 5 #2- Nick Marshall- CB Auburn

Thanks Vikings!  I see this as developmental pick 2 in this round.  I love the size and speed of Nick Marshall.  Yes, he played QB in college.  He hasn't played defense in 3 years.  He is 6'1 207lbs and highly athletic.  He played CB throughout high school and developed into a QB in college.  He also offers versatility to play some offense in the pros.  Don't think he will but you can't put it past Lazor trying to get him involved in some way

Round 6- Anthony Jefferson- S UCLA

Why? Miami severely lacks depth at the safety position.  With no starter yet signed opposite Jones, the Dolphins will address that need possibly in earlier rounds or free agency.  Jefferson 6' 200lb size is ideal for safety.  He played in a pass heavy conference and had plenty of looks at coverages in his college career.  He has good durability and adequate speed.  This pick is all about depth.  I do not see Jefferson as a starter. 


Things can of course, change dramatically in the coming weeks.  Check back to dolphinstalk.com for updated mock drafts as we get closer to the draft.  You can also follow me at @ternisse13 on twitter.  Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 13, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Wallace Traded to Vikings

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting the Dolphins and Vikings are talking about a trade of Mike Wallace. Armando is reporting that Mike Wallace has been on the phone with the Vikings for the last hour.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting Miami will get a 5th round draft pick for Mike Wallace and a 7th rounder

VIDEO: Kenny Stills Hightlights


State of the Fins on this Friday the 13th

Hello fellow Dolphins fans, on this Friday the 13th and in honor of all things spooky, lets talk about some scary realities.  

First and foremost, the signing of Ndamukong Suh - he is scary good.  This guy is an absolute nightmare to opposing QB's and in general anyone who has the ball.  I cannot wait to see what affect he has on other players on defense; first double team he gets I fully expect Oliver Vernon, or Wake to directly benefit.  Our opposing QB’s are going to be on the receiving end of what is now being called the “Natural Disaster” referring to Cam-“earthWake” and Ndamukong Tsuhnami, a little puny, but I think I like it.   Speaking of receiving, my chops are salivating while we wait to see a particular Patriot, maybe named Tom Brady, on the receiving end of a Suh sack.  I don't know what kind of whiskey I will have for their first meeting - but I guarantee it's going to be tasty whiskey.  I would gladly trade in my next birthday present for a guaranteed Tom Brady 6-pack-of-sacks by our defense in a very lopsided win over the reining super bowl champ-cheaters.   

Second scary reality on this Friday – Jeff Ireland. I don’t know who is paying his salary now, but I’m sure as hell happy its not Mr.Ross.  This guy was responsible for such busts as Chad Henne, Pat White – thank god he lived, and the fan favorite, Mr.Thick-Head himself  - Michael Egnew.  That short little shit Ireland actually asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute, years later called a fan an asshole for asking Ireland to fire himself – I wish he would have obliged.  It’s scary how mediocre his stent in Miami was; it’s scary how happy I am now that he’s gone.  In his second free agency with the fins, my boy Dennis Hickey is really making his impact felt.  This guy is so far 8-10 with major signings.  Give that guy a beer on the Greek tab.  Do you know who else deserves a gold star on this Friday?  Dawn Aponte. This chick is a salary cap negotiation ninja.  After looking at the numbers on Suh’s contract I’m very impressed.  I concede – she is going to have to work her ninja skills again next season, and the following, and the following….but I trust her.  I don’t want to sound like I have the win-now mentality but I will say, and keeping in mind all the moves around the league, I think we can contend with anyone assuming we draft as strong.

Lastly on this Spooky Friday, lets talk about how scary good our offense could be next year.  The addition of Jordan Cameron not only made my wife very happy - he’s her NFL boyfriend, - but I’m glowingly optimistic as well.   Everyone knows that injuries in the NFL are more of a case of when rather than if.  I really hope his bad luck with concussions is behind him.  I will personally deliver flowers to Aponte if she can figure a way to cook the books till extra crispy and keep big play Clay.  This guy is a beast.  Clay and Cameron as book ends on the line not only offers great run support but also great targets in the play action and triple option game.  You also can’t sleep on Dion Sims either; he’s a developing threat.   I can’t talk enough about Juice Landry.  This kid is a spark plug – he can energize everyone around him with his production and positive attitude, I love it.    I wish Mike Wallace would take page from Juices book and be more of a team player – but that topic I’m reserving for a future post.

Happy Friday the 13th, hope you all have a spooky evening.


In Memoriam:

As with all NFL rosters, change is the only guaranteed thing. With that change takes away the man, the drive thru owner, gas station entrepreneur, Meowgatron, my dawg Brian Hartline.  I know last season was not your best, and I wish you luck with the Brownies.  I will go by your drive thru on the east side of Columbus Ohio at least once a year – I promise.