AFC East: Jordan Tripp

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (1-0) continue their preparation for Sunday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills (1-0).

Here are some notes and observations from Wednesday's portion of practice open to the media:
  • Miami rookie linebacker Chris McCain was not present for his second straight practice for an unspecified reason. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin wouldn’t explain McCain’s absence on Tuesday, but the team will be required to list McCain on the injury report Wednesday evening. McCain made an impact in Sunday's win over the New England Patriots with a blocked punt and a sack. But his status is unknown for Week 2.
  • The Dolphins also were without defensive tackle Randy Starks, who was in a boot and did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. Starks did practice on Tuesday. Miami defensive end Terrence Fede, linebacker Jordan Tripp, guard Billy Turner and center Mike Pouncey did not participate in the media viewing portion of practice.
  • There is some good news for the Dolphins on the injury front. Miami starting linebacker Philip Wheeler practiced for the second straight day. He was a late scratch last week due to a thumb injury. But his chances appear optimistic against Buffalo.
  • Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Patriots. Wake recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Wake also won the award last season for his Week 9 performance in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miami Dolphins injury report

September, 3, 2014
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DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins hit the practice field Wednesday in preparation for their Week 1 showdown against the New England Patriots.

Here is the updated injury report:

Out: Center Mike Pouncey (hip), defensive end Terrence Fede (knee), LB Jordan Tripp (chest)

Limited participation: S Walt Aikens (hand), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Koa Misi (shoulder), DE Derrick Shelby (illness), K Caleb Sturgis (groin), CB Jamar Taylor (hip), G Billy Turner (foot), LB Philip Wheeler (thumb)

Full participation: RB Knowshon Moreno (knee)

Analysis: This is a long list of players who are limited. But most, if not all, are expected to play in Week 1 barring any setbacks. Most of the limited players also had the final preseason game off last week against the St. Louis Rams in order to be ready for the Patriots on Sunday. Moreno has bounced back well from knee surgery and is expected to play, as well. In terms of New England, tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) had limited participation on Wednesday.
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins continue their preparation for Saturday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are some notes and observations from Wednesday’s session:
  • Miami running back Knowshon Moreno and stating tight end Charles Clay continue to make progress from knee injuries. Both members of the offense took part in Wednesday’s practice in full pads, which is a good sign. Moreno showed good body lean and low pad level running near the goal line, and Clay made a pair of nice catches for first downs in team drills. It appears there's a good chance at least one of these players will suit up for Saturday's "dress rehearsal" game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Dolphins won't officially determine playing time for another day or so.
  • The Dolphins are doing a lot of mixing and matching at nickel linebacker in an effort to find the best duo. Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe, Koa Misi, Philip Wheeler, Jordan Tripp and Chris McCain are among those getting a look on the first-team and second-team nickel defense. Most teams on Miami's schedule have an extensive spread package on offense, which means the Dolphins must find success in the nickel with the right players. “In regard to how soon, we’re still going to look at some other combinations this week,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “But the sooner the better.”
  • Miami’s defense put together a good day rushing the passer in this full-padded practice. The Dolphins brought various blitzes and confused the offensive line, both starters and backups. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick and linebackers Misi, McCain and Tripp were among those who recorded sacks in team drills.
  • The running game has been a major emphasis in practice this week. The Dolphins had minus-5 rushing yards in the first half last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when starters and key backups were in the game. Miami must run the ball better -- starting Saturday against Dallas -- for the offense to reach its potential. "It hasn't been to where we want it to be," Tannehil said. "I think that we have the talent, we have the ability, the up-front blocking and the backs to make big plays in the running game. We haven't shown that so far on the game tape."
  • Philbin said it’s hard to set a specific goal for Miami’s new offense under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. But one thing he’s believed in was success comes with scoring 25 points per game, which equates to 400 points per season. The Dolphins struggled to score consistently last season and averaged just 19.8 points per game.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 15

August, 14, 2014
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace expects to make his 2014 debut Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wallace missed last week’s preseason opener due to a hamstring injury but has practiced all this week. The speed is still there. Wallace caught a pretty deep ball from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in practice Thursday over Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes in one-on-one drills. Tannehill and Wallace were criticized last year for not making enough big plays. “Me, personally, I always tell you I don’t care about what nobody says,” Wallace said of the critics. “I know how hard we work every single day. I feel like it’s going to come, it’s going to happen for us.”
  • Miami tailback Knowshon Moreno practiced for a full week, but his status remains up in the air for Saturday. Moreno recently got off the physically unable to perform list and participated in team drills for the first time this week. Although he doesn’t look 100 percent, Moreno made some nice runs and showed solid hands. But the goal is to have him ready for the regular season. “I think [in] the running game, he’s starting to look like his old self,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. “I don’t know about the passing game just yet.”
  • Dolphins rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp is making an impression. Tripp was used a lot Thursday on the second team – both in base and nickel defenses. Tripp had a fumble and recovery for a touchdown in Miami’s scrimmage and nearly had an interception against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The rookie fifth-round draft pick appears to be a strong candidate for the 53-man roster.
  • Another rookie who is making plays is undrafted running back Damien Williams. He has about two weeks to continue to push for a roster spot. Williams caught a long touchdown pass from Tannehill on a wheel route Thursday and made darting runs in camp. “Playing in the NFL, you gotta make plays, you want to make plays,” Williams said. “My main priority is getting in the end zone.”
  • This was the final official session of training camp. The Dolphins will take the day off Friday in order to travel before Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers. Miami will return to the practice field on Monday.
The Miami Dolphins put their first showing on the field Friday during a 16-10 preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons. As with most exhibition games, there was good and bad to take away from this contest as Miami moves forward.

Here are some additional thoughts and observations from the Dolphins' preseason opener:
  • I'm still scratching my head as to why backup quarterback Seth Lobato played three and a half quarters. Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill led a near-perfect opening drive for a touchdown. So the coaching staff pulled Tannehill a little earlier than expected, which left plenty of playing time for backups Lobato and undrafted rookie Brock Jensen. However, Lobato played the rest of the game. The Dolphins got an extended look but Lobato mostly struggled. He was 14-of-28 passing for 124 yards and a lost fumble. Miami only scored three points while Lobato was in the game, and that was set up by a nice punt return by rookie receiver Jarvis Landry.
  • Speaking of which, Miami's special teams were solid. That should make special- teams coach Darren Rizzi very happy. The Dolphins got solid kick and punt returns from Marcus Thigpen and Landry, good punting from Pro Bowler Brandon Fields and forced a fumble that was overturned by a penalty. It was a strong start for Rizzi's group as he tries to find the right combination of players.
  • Dolphins rookie seventh-round pick Terrence Fede continues to make a push for the 53-man roster. The defensive end was active in the second half, recording two tackles (one for a loss) and a batted pass. Fede moves well for a lineman his size but needs to continue working on his technique. With Dion Jordan facing a four-game suspension, Fede has a chance to fill that roster spot as a backup defensive lineman.
  • Another rookie who showed well for himself was fifth-round pick Jordan Tripp. The middle linebacker was active to the football and finished with three tackles and a pass defense that was nearly intercepted in the fourth quarter. Tripp must show what he can do on defense and special teams in order to make the 53-man roster. Friday was a solid start.
  • Miami only suffered one significant injury in the game. Undrafted rookie running back Damien Williams was carted off the field after several players fell on his leg in the fourth quarter. Williams, up to this point, was having a solid training camp. The severity of the injury remains to be seen.

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