Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Miami Dolphins Stock Watch
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins enter their second week of training camp and completed their annual scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium.
Here is an updated look at whose stock is up and down after Monday night’s scrimmage.
1. Offensive line: The Dolphins are scrambling on the offensive line after an injury to starting guard John Jerry. Miami is trying various combinations to fill the open guard spot. Players such as Josh Samuda, rookie Dallas Thomas and even center Mike Pouncey are all getting a look at guard. (Personally, I think moving Pouncey is an awful idea.) There's no clear leader in the clubhouse right now to replace Jerry. That will be one of the goals in this week's practices. Meanwhile, Miami’s deep defensive line has won most of the battles.
2. Kicker Dan Carpenter: Based on last year’s performance, Carpenter already entered training camp on the hot seat. Carpenter missed some timely kicks and struggled again in Monday’s scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. He was 3-for-5 with a blocked extra point. Both of Carpenter’s misses were for 49 yards, and Carpenter left seven points total on the board. Carpenter isn’t expected to be perfect, but he has to be extremely good this preseason and reliable if the Dolphins are going to pay him $2.68 million.
3. Tight end Michael Egnew: There was a time when Egnew flashed in the spring. He looked fast and made some plays in shorts during organized team activities and minicamp. But it’s been a different story so far in pads. Egnew is not having a good training camp. His blocking isn’t good, he lost a fumble last week in practice, and also suffered a drop that could have been a touchdown in Monday’s scrimmage. Egnew, a former third-round pick, is falling behind and may not make the 53-man roster. Egnew must step up in preseason games to show the coaching staff he can play.
1. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill: After a slow start to camp -- and earning a falling spot in last week’s Stock Watch -- Tannehill’s stock is rising fast. He had five straight practices without an interception and threw three touchdown passes in Monday’s scrimmage to tailback Daniel Thomas and tight ends Dustin Keller and Charles Clay. Tannehill is hitting his stride in camp right before the preseason. The Dolphins will play the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game.
2. Defensive end Dion Jordan: The Dolphins have brought Jordan along slowly. But now that he’s allowed to practice full-go, you can see Jordan’s natural talent and athleticism. Jordan registered one sack of backup quarterback Pat Devlin and a quarterback pressure on Tannehill in Monday’s scrimmage. Jordan uses a good mix of speed and leverage to get to the quarterback.
3. Receiver Marvin McNutt: Through both injury and performance, McNutt’s stock is on the rise. He’s been the most consistent playmaker of all the backup receivers so far in camp. But McNutt also caught a break when top reserve Armon Binns suffered a season-ending knee injury. McNutt is now rising up the depth chart and has a very good chance to make the 53-man roster.