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  By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter) O.J. Brigance carved out a successful NFL career that began as a Miami Dolphin from 1996 until 1999. I...

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Dolphins invite Fan Sites to take p...

  By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter) Davie, Florida. The Miami Dolphins opened their last week of their training camp practices which...

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Brady Quinn might not make the Dolp...

  By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter) The Miami Dolphins made a surprising move at the quarterback position yesterday, signing Brady Quinn to ...

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Who will fill Reshad Jones’ s...

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter) More disappointing news for the Miami Dolphins as Reshad Jones has been suspended four games for the league subs...

PhinNation accepts the Dolphins Ice Bucket Challenge

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

O.J. Brigance carved out a successful NFL career that began as a Miami Dolphin from 1996 until 1999. I remember him well although I apparently never knew how to properly say his name, much like Patrick Surtain.

I also did not know that he was a part of the Baltimore Stallions 1995 Grey Cup winning team and then joined the Ravens for their Super Bowl season in 2000.

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He helped bring a Canadian Football League and National Football League title in his two seasons in Baltimore, with the Stallions success helping set the stage for the NFL return to a city that lost the Colts to Indianapolis and the All-time winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula, to the Miami Dolphins.

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Dolphins invite Fan Sites to take part in Training Camp!

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

Davie, Florida. The Miami Dolphins opened their last week of their training camp practices which are open to the public, by inviting  fan site’s writers to a especial web media event. Phin Nation was there along a few others sites, to report on the progress of the new offense among other topics of interest to our readers.

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Tannehill looked solid on all routes and connected on fairly long passes with both Wallace and rookie sensation Landry. Matt Moore also looked very sharp in drills and during the outdoor portion of the workout, he wowed the crowd by connecting with Lamar Miller on a long pass. This one was the one play that generated the loudest reaction from the crowd in attendance.

There is no question that the one drive that Tannehil was in for during the opening game of pre-season, during which Tannehill connected on 6 out of 6 passes and culminated in a TD pass from number 17 to Brandon Gibson was no fluke. It is hard not to be excited about the Dolphins offense this year and being able to watch them practice contributes to and validates all the excitement.

We did not get to see the 11 on 11 drills unfortunately, either by design or because at around 2:30 PM, a lightning warning was announced, the stands were cleared for the safety of those in attendance, while the players, and fortunately for us, the media, were ushered back into the bubble where the players resumed individual drills.

The Dolphins are looking good, particularly the offense, and based on the first game of the pre-season and what we saw in practice on Sunday, Dolphin fans have something to look forward to during the regular season.

Brady Quinn might not make the Dolphins final roster

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins made a surprising move at the quarterback position yesterday, signing Brady Quinn to a contract.  Not to worry, Ryan Tannehill is still firmly entrenched as the starter.  And most likely, Matt Moore will still serve as his backup for the 2014 season.  I’m writing that despite Joe Philbin saying this morning that Quinn will compete with Matt Moore for the #2 QB spot. Quinn needs to learn the entire offense and adjust to teammates in a very short period of time. So the odds of him unseating Moore (injury notwithstanding) are long, at best.  The surprising part is that Pat Devlin is gone and Brady Quinn is in.

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Devlin, who has been one of Joe Philbin’s favorite players, has been dealing with injuries and poor play throughout training camp.  It seems that with Matt Moore’s shoulder issues thus far in camp, the Dolphins were looking for a veteran to serve as Moore’s backup (or 3rd QB).  I do not think, in any way, that Brady Quinn will be challenging Matt Moore for the #2 job.  I write this knowing full well that Moore is overpaid and cutting him would save about $3.5 mil against the Dolphins cap.  And if the Dolphins brought in Quinn, 3 weeks into camp, to save cap room, they’re completely incompetent. Cap saving moves like that should’ve been made in the offseason.

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Who will fill Reshad Jones’ spot at Safety for Dolphins?

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

More disappointing news for the Miami Dolphins as Reshad Jones has been suspended four games for the league substance abuse police.  Jones joins Dion Jordan among the hundreds (slight exaggeration) of players with a positive test attributed to a supplement he did not know contained a banned substance.

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The limited amount of information that the public gets in these suspensions is disappointing.  We do not know what kind of performance enhancing drug the players took and it seems everything gets the same exact suspension.  Assuming the PEDs helped Dion Jordan get bigger, then he might have gotten more bang for his buck for his suspension.

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Which Dolphins rookies will stand out in Preseason Game #1?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

Twenty five rookies could debut in a Dolphins uniform against the Atlanta Falcons and it is a surprisingly deep group.  Roughly fifteen players out of this group could reasonably make the final 53 man roster or 8 man practice squad.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Here are the guys I am most excited to see tonight as I expect each one to make the final 53 man roster and earn playing time in 2014:

#14 Jarvis Landry, WR Louisiana State
The second round pick is the early favorite for Dolphins rookie of the year.  All reports are that he looks like a seasoned vet and very much in the battle for the starting slot receiver position.

#72 Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
The first round pick is your starting right tackle for better or worse, he has no real competition in camp.  He was drafted because he projects well as a blocker in the running and passing game.

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Are Tannehill’s recent struggles cause for concern?

 

The Miami Dolphins are now almost 2 weeks into training camp. That’s two weeks of hands-on practice for Ryan Tannehill in Bill Lazor’s new offense.  But, instead of hearing about improvement, we’re hearing about Tannehill throwing interceptions….3 each of the last 2 practices.  Should we be concerned?

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Remember, the last time Tannehill last played in a non-Mike Sherman offense was in high school….that was 2008.  He’s learning a brand new offense, behind a totally rebuilt offensive line, all while the coaches are asking him to make quicker decisions AND be more accurate with the football.  That’s asking a lot, which makes it tough to draw too many conclusions before seeing a regular season game.

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Dolphins smart moves in Free Agency will pay off in 2014

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins were busy in free agency as they looked to upgrade many positions, while having tough decisions on a lot of their own top performers.

I grade the biggest decisions the front office made in free agency taking into account their price, their 2013 Pro Football Focus rating, their fit on the 2014 Dolphins and even their effect on the 2014 draft.

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At cornerback, the Miami Dolphins retained the number one ranked free agent prior to Darrelle Revis’ release (+16.4) in the 31 year old Brent Grimes and rolled the dice on the bottom to last rated (-19.7) Cortland Finnegan, 30.

Grade: A – The team allowed three above average corners in (+5.0) Dimitri Patterson, (+2.2) Chris Owens and (+0.4) Nolan Carroll to walk, trusting that Cortland Finnegan’s will find his Pro Bowl form and that the young corners on the roster are ready to step up.  I am a believer.  I see a lot of talent and confidence in this group.

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Dolphins need someone to take Center stage….

 

Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Miami Dolphins are concerned about their offensive line.  Yes, the Dolphins are only 6 days into training camp. BUT, there are problems that keep surfacing, mostly around the center position. The problem is that Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins Pro Bowl Center, is probably going to miss the first 6 games or so of the 2014 season.  Who is going to step up and earn the starting center position heading into Opening Day?  That is the problem, no one is stepping up and showing that he is ready to fill the gap until Pouncey returns.

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Shelley Smith gave it a shot, but he’s a natural guard, not a center…..and it showed. He had a number of bad practices early in camp and seems to have been replaced by Nate Garner. Unfortunately, Garner didn’t exactly take the job and run, like we the Dolphins had hoped.  Sam Brenner, who is another contender for the starting spot, is rehabbing an injury from earlier in camp.

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Ja’Wuan James could be special for Dolphins

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I must admit that selecting a right tackle at number 19 was one of my least favorite ideas, but the Miami Dolphins reached for one that has Pro Bowl potential at two spots.

That is the value I see in the James pick.

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As a rookie he projects as a starter and I expect him to be better than both Tyson Clabo and Jon Martin were in the past two seasons.

However, what excites me about the pick is that he has all of the ability to become great at the position and possibly become just as good on the left side by the time Branden Albert retires.

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It’s Dolphins Draft Day! Some last minute thoughts…..

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins have the 19th pick in the draft, which could be a valuable pick should one of the top three quarterbacks slides, or another elite prospect, such as tight end Eric Ebron, wide receiver Mike Evans or linebacker CJ Mosley.

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At this point the Dolphins would have a decision on their hands. Mine would be to take the top 12 prospect who slid and pat yourself on the back.

This is what I believe will and should happen. Any of those prospects could start year one or provide major insurance at key positions.

The latest rumor has Miami trading up for right tackle Zach Martin, which sounds like trading up for Vernon Carey instead of taking nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

Trading down is more appealing, because you could create competition and find some gems later on the way Jimmy Johnson did with Jason Taylor in the third and Zach Thomas in the fifth round.

The down side of that formula was also experienced when the Dolphins moved down and crafted John Avery when Randy Moss was slipping to their spot.

The offensive line will certainly be addressed at some point, but it is neither as drastic of a need as most believe nor is the team strong enough elsewhere to just look at plugging holes.

The draft should be about finding stars, not starters.

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