Tag: Pat Devlin

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.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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Latest injury updates on Dion Jordan, Nate Garner, plus Sturgis wins kicking battle

Earlier this week, we gave you a status update on all of the Miami Dolphins position battles.  Well, earlier today one of those battles officially ended.  Caleb Sturgis won the kicking competition against incumbent Dan Carpenter, as the Dolphins parted ways with the former undrafted rookie kicker after 5 seasons in Miami.  Carpenter, who was once affectionately referred to as DC Money by a portion of the Dolphins fan base, made it to one Pro Bowl in his 5 seasons.  However, last year he was too inconsistent and it could be argued that he cost the Dolphins a game or two.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Why do I have the feeling that somewhere in Oakland, Tony Sparano is sobbing uncontrollably?  That’s right, Sparano is now the offensive line coach with the Raiders.  As you all know, the Tony Sparano era was the era of the ‘Field Goal Fist Pump’.  Sparano will forever be linked to Dan Carpenter, much like some of the great coaches are linked to their quarterbacks (i.e. Walsh and Montana, Shula and Marino, Belichick and Brady).  The big difference there is of course that those Coach/QB combos went to or won Super Bowls.  Sparano is linked to a kicker…..a kicker.

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Wednesday Camp Roundup: Wallace returns, Tannehill bounces back

The Miami Dolphins finished up their short week of practices on Wednesday.  They also got some good news on the injury front.  Mike Wallace returned to action and was running at full speed.  He even caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill in the team portion of practice.  The Dolphins also welcomed back Olivier Vernon and Jared Odrick, two defensive linemen that sat out Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

In addition, Ryan Tannehill had a good bounce back day on Wednesday.  After a rough practice on Tuesday where he threw 3 or 4 interceptions (depending on who you ask), he threw multiple touchdown passes and only 1 interception (to Dmitri Patterson).  It’s good to see Tannehill bounce back.  Hopefully it continues into Friday night’s showdown with the Jaguars.  Coach Philbin said the starters would probably play a little bit more in their 2nd preseason game than they did in their first.  For the record, the starters played about 10-12 plays against the Cowboys.

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Monday Roundup: Dolphins sign Reshad Jones to extension & reach out to Tyler Thigpen

The Miami Dolphins’ players were off on Monday, recharging their batteries after their first preseason game on Sunday night.  We know, the Sunday night game wasn’t pretty and we’re pretty sure that the Dolphins coaches will use the next two days of practice to hammer home how unhappy they were with the performance.  The Dolphins turned the ball over, gave up 170 yards on the ground and looked generally sloppy all night against the Cowboys.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins front office, however,  was not off on Monday.  In fact, Jeff Ireland made a solid move….albeit a little late.  The Dolphins and safety Reshad Jones agreed to a 4 year, $30 million contract extension Monday evening.  This ensures that Jones will be in aqua and orange through his prime playing days.  Jones really emerged as a top safety in the league last season.  He should have made the Pro Bowl, but is still not quite the household name.

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Ryan Tannehill returns to Dolphins practice

The Miami Dolphins have not said much since Ryan Tannehill hyper-extended his knee and bruised his quad against the Jets on Sunday. The Dolphins sent Tannehill for an MRI on Monday, but didn’t release the results. Well, actions speak louder than words would have, as Ryan Tannehill returned to the Dolphins practice field today.  According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Tannehill took snaps with the first team players during individual drills.  Matt Moore then stepped in with the Dolphins starting offense.  Pat Devlin took the second team snaps.

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Tannehill’s leg injuries will be closely monitored this week.  If you want to monitor it yourself, check out the video clips the Dolphins released of Tannehill at practice today.  If he cannot show the coaches that he has the mobility necessary to move fluidly, the Dolphins will probably have Matt Moore start at quarterback.  Moore did a good job last week against the Jets, posting a 96.6 QB rating, while managing the offense effectively.

There is no doubt that Tannehill wants to play this weekend.  Tannehill is said to have spoken with Joe Philbin on the ride home from New Jersey, saying that he will be fine. Tannehill said after the Jets game that he could’ve gone back in if the score was closer. Tannehill must prove it and must be able to practice tomorrow and/or Friday with the first team offense.   Ultimately, Joe Philbin and the Dolphins coaching staff will make the final call after seeing how Tannehill moves in practice.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)