AFC East: John Denny

Dolphins practice report: Grimes returns

December, 20, 2013
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins wrapped up their final preparation for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Here are several notes from Friday’s practice:
  • Grimes
    Miami long snapper John Denny was not present at practice. The reason is unknown, but we should get clarity on Denny’s status this afternoon. Miami does not have a backup long snapper listed on its roster.
  • The good news is starting cornerback Brent Grimes returned to practice Friday and had a spring in his step. Grimes missed Wednesday’s practice because of a groin injury. He participated in individual drills open to the media and looked fine. All indications are Grimes expects to play Sunday against the Bills.
  • Miami backup running back Daniel Thomas (ankle) and Paul Soliai (ankle) were limited in the portion open to the media. Thomas returned to practice for the first time this week.

The Dolphins will travel to Buffalo on Saturday in an attempt to split the season series. The Bills beat the Dolphins in Week 7.
MIAMI -- One day after cutting veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, the Miami Dolphins announced a contract extension for its long-snapper, John Denney. The Dolphins signed Denney through the 2016 season. Denney has been one of the most consistent players at his position in the NFL.

Denney's role will be even more important this season as he works with rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis for the first time. Sturgis, a fifth-round pick, beat out Carpenter in training camp. Carpenter also was due to make $2.68 million this season if he made the team. That was too rich for the Dolphins’ liking since Carpenter had issues kicking in big spots last year.

Denney adds to the list of Miami players who received sizable contracts during a very aggressive offseason. The Dolphins spent about $200 million in total contracts and recently extended starting safety Reshad Jones during training camp.

Morning take: Bills add assistants

January, 16, 2013
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC East:
  • The Buffalo Bills have announced the hires of 10 assistant coaches, including four from Syracuse University.
Morning take: The Bills' staff will have a Syracuse and New York Jets feel to it. Those are the two places where new Bills head coach Doug Marrone filled out most of his staff.
  • Tom Curran of Comcast Sports Net in New England reports Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski broke the same left arm but in a different spot.
Morning take: I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news. Gronkowski was healed from the initial break, which means technically he didn't come back too soon. But Gronkowski suffered a break in another part of his arm.
  • Miami Dolphins long snapper John Denney was added to the AFC Pro Bowl team by the coaches.
Morning take: Denney joins defensive end Cameron Wake as the two Pro Bowlers representing the Dolphins. He's done a solid job in Miami and is getting recognition.
  • Former Super Bowl wining quarterback Phil Simms doubts New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow will "ever be a starter."
Morning take: Tebow may get an opportunity somewhere via injury. But no team is willing to build around Tebow as a franchise quarterback. A position change is the best way for Tebow to prolong his NFL career.

Updates for teams not spelled J-E-T-S

January, 21, 2011
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