Are you ready? Dolphins training camp opens on Sunday

Are you ready Dolphins fans?  I said (well, wrote), ARE……YOU READYYYYYYY????  The Miami Dolphins players will begin reporting to training camp today and tomorrow, with the first practice of the 2013 season scheduled to take place at 8am on Sunday morning.  If you are in the area and want to head out, check out Dolphins.com for all of the information.   It’s hard to believe that football season is about to kick off again, it really is.  The summer is flying by and before you know it, the Dolphins will be heading to Cleveland to officially open the 2013 season.  But before we get there, there’s a lot of work to be done!

The Dolphins knew that this would be an offseason of change.  They also knew that this was a very important offseason considering the team has not had a winning season since 2008.  Jeff Ireland and company had a lot of money to spend this offseason and brought in a number of new faces that will hopefully add talent to this roster.   Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin both know that South Florida is running out of patience (if they haven’t already) with the Dolphins.  We all want a consistent winner.  Expectations were raised due to the moves this offseason and the team must produce for these men to stay in town.

On offense, the Dolphins added a true #1 reciever in Mike Wallace.  Wallace brings blazing speed and big play ability, both of which the Dolphins were lacking.  The Dolphins also brought in presumed slot man Brandon Gibson, who will need training camp to get used to his new role.  At tight end, the Dolphins signed Dustin Keller, who is a better receiver than Anthony Fasano, but not as good of a blocker.  They also drafted Dion Sims, adding youth and depth to the position.

The Dolphins let Jake Long and Reggie Bush leave, hoping to replace them with younger players, drafted within the past few years.  That’s certainly a risk, which makes training camp all the more important this season.  These young players need to step up and accelerate their learning curves quickly.  Tyson Clabo is penciled in at right tackle, taking over for Jonathan Martin who is the presumed replacement for Long at left tackle.  And a new kicker could be booting the ball for the Dolphins this fall, as the team drafted Caleb Sturgis to compete with Dan Carpenter and his hefty contract.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

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