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Miami Dolphins cut-down analysis

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Most significant move: Miami Dolphins quarterback Brady Quinn was the biggest release in terms of name recognition. The former 2007 first-round pick joined Miami about two weeks ago but was put in a rough spot to learn a new offense months after everyone else. Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore played well once Quinn arrived. Receiver Armon Binns also was a quality player who was cut but has a chance to help out another team. The Dolphins have a lot of depth at wide receiver.

Pouncey factor: The Dolphins' toughest roster decision this week doesn't involve cutting a player. Miami must decide by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET whether to save a roster spot for injured Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey or put him on the physically unable to perform list, which would guarantee he sits the first six games of the regular season. Pouncey had major hip surgery this summer and missed all of training camp and the preseason. The initial prognosis for Pouncey was to miss four to seven games. However, Pouncey has looked strong in rehab and believes he’s ahead of schedule. The Dolphins will get a firm medical update on Pouncey this week to decide how much time off he needs.

What’s next: The Dolphins will host the St. Louis Rams on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium. Then Miami will have to cut 22 more players on Saturday to get to its final 53-man roster.

Dolphins’ cuts: QB Brady Quinn, WR Armon Binns, TE Arthur Lynch, DT A.J. Francis, RB Mike Gillislee, TE Brett Brackett, CB Steven Clarke, DE Rakim Cox, DT Cory Grissom, C Tyler Larsen, WR Ryan Spadola, K John Potter, OT Steven Baker, S Demetrius Wright.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Friday from around the Web:
  • Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel writes tight end Michael Egnew and running back Daniel Thomas highlight the Dolphins’ recent draft woes.
Morning take: Both are draft busts of the previous general manager, Jeff Ireland. Egnew and Thomas had their shot and may not make the 53-man roster this season.
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post writes Dolphins coach Joe Philbin still likes Thomas.
Morning take: Thomas had another underwhelming training camp. He has a hamstring injury and must get healthy fast to try to make the team.
  • Armando Salgeuro of the Miami Herald writes about the competition between guard Shelley Smith and Dallas Thomas.
Morning take: Smith took most of the first-team reps this week, which most likely means he will start. Thomas lost his starting job with a poor preseason outing last week.
  • Brian Briggane of the Palm Beach Post takes a look at the Dolphins’ receiver position.
Morning take: This is one of the deepest areas of the team. Fringe players such as Armon Binns and Kevin Cone may not make the team but could help elsewhere.
The Miami Dolphins completed their 2014 training camp on Thursday. The feeling of getting through the grind of hot, physical practices never gets old for players, whether they're a rookie or a 10-year veteran.

ESPN.com’s Dolphins page attended all 15 training camp practices for Miami this summer. Here are five things we learned about the Dolphins:

1. Bill Lazor is a good addition

Analysis: I really like Lazor’s approach on offense. It is refreshing to see the route combinations, fast tempo, quick decisions and pre-snap motions all put in to confuse a defense. A lot of what Miami’s offense is doing just makes sense. That hasn’t always been the case in the past two years under former Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. It remains to be seen if Miami’s personnel can handle all the things Lazor aims to accomplish. Lazor is pushing his players -- and particularly quarterback Ryan Tannehill -- hard in training camp. At some point, Lazor will have to scale back once he figures out the mental and physical capacity of his players. But after seeing this offense up close almost on a daily basis, the concepts are solid.

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AP Photo/Alan DiazBill Lazor has been pushing Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense hard.
2. Linebacker experiment doesn’t look promising

Analysis: The Dolphins’ defense was 24th against the run last season. Much of the blame went towards the linebackers, which couldn’t stop the run and also struggled against play-action passes defending tight ends and slot receivers over the middle. With the Dolphins tied into high-priced, multi-year contracts, they were stuck with the trio of Philip Wheeler, Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe as their 2014 starters. The only solution was to rearrange the positions. Miami’s coaches moved Misi to middle linebacker and Ellerbe to outside linebacker in hopes of getting better play from both linebackers. This experiment hasn’t looked good. The tackling remains suspect and neither linebacker is great in coverage. The Dolphins are hoping another year in the system will result in significant improvement from this trio. There are still three preseason games remaining. But I didn’t see tangible evidence of improvement in training camp.

3. Jimmy Wilson is ready to start

Analysis: The Dolphins received bad news with the four-game suspension of starting safety Reshad Jones for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. But Miami groomed backup safety Jimmy Wilson three years for this moment. Wilson, a former seventh-round pick, has been solid from Day 1 this offseason. He has consistently made plays as the backup safety and nickel cornerback. This week that continued when Wilson was promoted to a starter in training camp. It does not appear the drop off from Jones to Wilson will be large. It will be up to Wilson to take advantage of the opportunity. So far that has been the case.

4. The Dolphins have too many receivers

Analysis: If I’m an opposing team with a need at wide receiver, I would closely watch Miami’s upcoming roster cuts. Multiple receivers have flashed in training camp, and the team could be six or seven deep at the position. I anticipate the Dolphins will cut a receiver (or two) who can make a 53-man roster elsewhere. A player such as Armon Binns, for example, could very well become expendable in Miami but a productive backup elsewhere. In addition, the Dolphins could have solid receivers who don’t see the field. Rishard Matthews and/or Damian Williams could be the final two receivers on Miami’s 53-man roster but won’t get playing time without injuries. The Dolphins should consider trading one of their low-level receivers to see if they can help depth at another position that isn’t deep.

5. Dolphins have cornerback depth

Analysis: It remains to be seen whether veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan, 30, can stay healthy for 16 games. But the Dolphins must feel good about their depth with the emergence of second-year cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. The 2013 second- and third-round picks, respectively, are coming into their own this summer. Both Taylor and Davis stayed around the football and made plays in training camp. It has to provide the coaching staff comfort.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins officially put a bow on their 2014 offseason last week following the conclusion of mandatory minicamp. Miami had three consecutive days of spirited practices and ESPN.com's Dolphins blog was there to take in all the action.

Here are five things we learned about the Dolphins in minicamp:

1. Tannehill, offense shows growth

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AP Photo/Wilfredo LeeAfter struggling on Day 1 of minicamp, Ryan Tannehill and the offense made strides.
Thoughts: To put it bluntly, the first day of minicamp was a disaster for Miami's offense and third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins gave up four sacks, threw three interceptions and was sloppy overall in team drills. Even the mild-mannered Tannehill became frustrated and yelled at his receivers. It appeared the defense would dominate the offense during this three-day camp. Miami's defense mostly has been together for three seasons, while the offense is in transition under first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. But Tannehill and the offense showed growth in Day 2 and Day 3 with more even performances. Lazor's group must continue to make strides in training camp in order to not become the weak link of the team to start the regular season.

2. Hope for second-year players

Thoughts: It is well documented that the Dolphins got very little from their rookie class last season. Miami had the third fewest snaps from rookie players in 2013, and many in South Florida had written off players from that class as draft busts in the making. But as the offseason progressed and peaked at minicamp, second-year players such as guard Dallas Thomas, defensive end Dion Jordan and cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis made more and more plays in practice, proving that there is hope for Miami's much-maligned 2013 draft class. Miami's second-year players could play a key role in whether the Dolphins make the jump this year from an average team to a team with playoff potential. All the aforementioned players had a productive offseason.

3. Offensive line still a work in progress

Thoughts: The Dolphins' two offensive lines in the white-and-aqua scrimmage allowed seven sacks. That stat was reminiscent of last season, when Miami's offensive line allowed a franchise-record 58 quarterback sacks in 16 games. The Dolphins invested a lot of money and resources into this group with the expectation that the pass protection with be much better. Miami paid $47 million for Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert. The Dolphins also spent a first-round draft pick on rookie right tackle Ja'Waun James and signed guard Shelley Smith in free agency. With four new starters, Miami's offensive line must get on the same page in training camp.

4. Dolphins in relative good shape

Thoughts: This is the time of year when freak injuries happen in the NFL. Around the league there have been several injuries during the offseason program. The Dolphins are fortunate to not be one of those teams to suffer anything catastrophic. Miami did a good job with maintenance of veteran players such as cornerback Cortland Finnegan, defensive tackle Jared Odrick, wide receiver Brandon Gibson and linebacker Koa Misi. The only player to keep an eye on in the next month is running back Knowshon Moreno. The Dolphins kept him out of minicamp and has been mum on his injury, but Profootballtalk.com reports Moreno has an ailing knee. Moreno is competing for a starting job at running back with Lamar Miller and must be healthy in order to win the job.

5. Receiver position toughest to gauge

Thoughts: Miami's coaching staff will have a tough time in training camp narrowing the roster down to six receivers. The Dolphins currently have a deep group of 13 receivers led by starters Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. But it's the various receivers behind them that will make it a tough decision. The Dolphins had various production from receivers at different times in minicamp and organized team activities. Players such as Gibson, rookie Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams, Armon Binns and Matt Hazel all had their moments. Miami will be looking for the most consistent receivers to step forward in training camp. The three-way competition at the slot position between Gibson, Landry and Matthews is particularly intriguing. It's been close the entire offseason.

Updating Miami Dolphins injuries

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The Miami Dolphins will complete organized team activities (OTAs) this week. That will lead into mandatory minicamp on June 17-19.

Health will be a major factor in whether the Dolphins reach their goal of making the playoffs this season. Here is an update on how healthy the team is heading into the summer:

Receiver Brandon Gibson (knee): Miami's incumbent slot receiver is making good progress following season-ending knee surgery on his torn patella tendon. Gibson has practiced in all three OTAs that were open to the media. But he was limited to individual drills and conditioning only. The Dolphins will probably keep Gibson on the same plan next week during mandatory minicamp. When healthy, he will be in a three-way battle in the slot with Rishard Matthews and rookie Jarvis Landry. Gibson won't be able to win his job back unless he participates in a good amount of training camp and preseason games.

Receiver Brian Hartline (knee): The Dolphins' leading receiver in 2013 suffered a knee injury in the regular-season finale. Hartline spent the offseason rehabbing and has participated in some -- not all -- team drills in OTAs open to the media. Hartline's injury was not severe and didn't require surgery. The Dolphins took some light precautions but Hartline already appears close to 100 percent. Miami needs its dependable receiver ready for the regular season.

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick (unknown): This has been the mystery ailment for the Dolphins this spring. Odrick did not finish last season on the injury list and the team has declined comment. The Dolphins are not required to list injuries until the regular season. Odrick attended every OTA session open to the media but worked on the side with trainers. It remains to be seen if Odrick increases his workload next week during mandatory minicamp or waits until training camp.

Receiver Armon Binns (knee): Binns appears 100 percent and has been full-go in OTAs. He tore his ACL last summer in training camp. He was having a solid showing up to that point. This year Binns is on the roster bubble with a deep group of wide receivers. Miami will only keep five or six, and Binns must prove that he's as strong or better than he was before the season-ending knee injury.

Safety Louis Delmas (knees): This situation is more for maintenance. Delmas has a history of knee injuries with the Detroit Lions. He often missed practice time during the week so he could be ready to play on Sundays. The Dolphins were well aware of Delmas' injury history and signed him to a one-year contract. There have been no issues with Delmas so far, which is a good sign. Delmas has been going 100 miles per hour in practice and recently told me has hasn't missed one training session or OTA practice. Still, Miami may have to monitor Delmas' practice reps during the regular season in order to keep him healthy and productive for the full year.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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The Miami Dolphins entered Phase 3 this week of the offseason program and held their first full-team practice open to the media.

Here is a look at which players are rising and falling in Miami this spring:

Rising

1. Health of Dolphins’ receivers: Organized team activities provided a welcome site for Miami as previously injured receivers Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns all participated in practice this week. They are all working their way back from knee injuries last season and appear on schedule. Binns was full-go in practice this week, while Hartline and Gibson were limited. Barring any setbacks, it appears the Dolphins could have their full complement of receivers in training camp.

2. Dion Jordan, defensive end: No Dolphins player made a bigger physical transformation this offseason than Jordan. Miami’s 2013 first-round pick was noticeably bigger to start OTAs. Jordan said he spent a lot of time in the weight room and bulked up to about 265 pounds this offseason. Jordan said his main goal was to improve his strength to better combat offensive linemen. Last year, Miami’s coaching staff used him only on third downs because Jordan was a risk to get pushed around against the run. Jordan wants to make a jump in Year 2, and getting bigger is a good start.

3. Dannell Ellerbe, linebacker: The Dolphins didn’t get the expected returns from Ellerbe after signing him to a $35 million contract last year in free agency. Ellerbe struggled against the run as a middle linebacker, and the group overall was inconsistent. The Dolphins decided to shake things up this offseason and move Ellerbe to outside linebacker. This is a move that could allow Ellerbe more freedom to fly around and make plays. Koa Misi was moved to middle linebacker and now has the responsibility of lining up the defense. This is an interesting experiment to watch develop.

Falling

1. Dolphins’ offense: Miami first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was candid about his group following Tuesday’s practice. Lazor said the Dolphins’ offense has a long way to go, which was a true statement. Miami’s defense won a one-sided matchup in the practice open to the media this week. The Dolphins’ offense, led by third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, had poor execution and looked like a group still working to master the playbook. That’s expected at this point in the offseason. However, it does raise concerns of how long it will take for Miami’s new offense to jell. The Dolphins cannot afford to have one side of the football lagging behind to start the season, especially with the reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots coming to town in Week 1.

2. Knowshon Moreno, tailback: Although it’s probably a ploy by Miami’s coaching staff, it was noticeable to see Moreno starting OTAs as the third-team running back behind Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Moreno was one of the team’s major free-agent signings and an expected Week 1 starter. But this week proved he has a long climb up the depth chart. Miami head coach Joe Philbin is giving his holdovers – Miller and Thomas – the inside track. Moreno will have to work twice as hard this spring and in training camp.

3. Mike Pouncey, center: As usual, Pouncey looks like a beast on the field. He showed up this week in tremendous shape and essentially looks game ready. But Pouncey’s comments this week may have put himself in the crosshairs of the NFL league office once again. Pouncey said he doesn’t need psychological testing following his involvement in the Jonathan Martin bullying case. Pouncey is awaiting word on a possible suspension to start the season, and it’s best to lay low. A mental health evaluation with a medical professional will be required by the NFL in order Pouncey to play this season. So it’s best for Pouncey to stay quiet, regardless of how he feels, and go through the proper protocols.
Here are the most interesting Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the Web:
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace likes their new offense.
Morning take: Wallace was not used properly last year under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor plans to move Wallace around more to get him open.
  • Alain Poupart of the Dolphins team site writes about former Dolphins great Jason Taylor helping out younger players.
Morning take: Taylor has a lot of knowledge to share. He could help 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan, in particular, if the pair spends more time together on the practice field and meeting rooms.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel writes it’s a good sign that previously-injured receivers Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns all participated in organized team activities.
Morning take: All three players are coming off significant knee injuries. This is an indication that they all could be 100 percent by the end of the summer.
  • Pro Football Focus rates Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes as one of the league's most underrated players.
Morning take: Grimes had a career year in 2013. He proved a lot of critics wrong that he can bounce back from injury. Now, Grimes has to be a shutdown corner for the second straight year.
Wide receiver depth was an issue for the Miami Dolphins last season. Injuries ravaged this group in 2013 to a point where players such as Brian Hartline (knee), Armon Binns (knee) and Brandon Gibson (knee) couldn’t finish the season in good health.

New Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey appears determined not to let receiver depth become an issue for this team in 2014. Due to free agency and receivers returning from injury, Miami entered last week’s NFL draft with nine receivers on the roster. Hickey also had no problem drafting two more rookies to the roster.

Miami used selections on second-round pick Jarvis Landry and sixth-rounder Matt Hazel. Landry is a lock to make the 53-man roster, while Hazel will have a chance due to his first-year draft status.

The Dolphins now have 11 wide receivers and not enough roster spots. So who is in and who is out in Miami?

Here is a look at the Dolphins’ current group of receivers:
Not everyone is going to make the team. Miami most likely will keep six receivers on its 53-man roster next season. That means five players from this group will be cut or relegated to the practice squad.

In the meantime, there will be plenty of competition between these 11 receivers in organized team activities, minicamp and training camp. This definitely will be one position to watch closely in Miami this summer.
The NFL draft is just one day away, and we are examining updated team needs heading into this event. On Wednesday, we take a look at another position on offense Miami has watched closely in this draft.

Updated need: Wide receiver

Analysis: Is wide receiver really a need for the Dolphins? It’s a matter of perspective. On one end, the Dolphins finished the year with three receivers on their roster with knee injuries: Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns. On the other hand, all three players are returning to join Mike Wallace, Rishard Matthews and free-agent pickup Damian Williams. Miami has a deep group of veterans if everyone stays healthy. But the Dolphins spent a lot of time this offseason scouting and meeting with rookie wide receivers. Top names such as USC’s Marqise Lee, Clemson’s Martavis Bryant and LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. all visited Miami’s training facility in Davie, Florida, in recent weeks. This may be a clue Miami could be looking at this deep and talented position early within the first two rounds.

Need-O-Meter: 5.5
New Miami Dolphins receiver Damian Williams had a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards last season with the Tennessee Titans. However, Williams does not lack confidence as he begins a new chapter in Miami.

Williams, a former 2010 third-round pick, believes he has plenty of good football left in him. Williams recorded 106 receptions in four seasons with Tennessee and will look to add depth to Miami's group of receivers.

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"I think I'm a pretty complete receiver," Williams said in a conference call with the Miami media. "Mainly I'm a cerebral player. There's not too many times I go into a game that I'm not prepared mentally, which obviously enhances the physical aspect of the game.

"I run good routes, I'm a disciplined player, I feel like I can help as far as leadership in the room, I've been around the game long enough that I understand the way things work."

Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is doing a solid job of promoting competition all across the roster. Miami currently has eight wide receivers -- and not all of them will make the cut. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are locks as starters. But the other six receivers, such as Williams, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, will all compete for roles in the offense and roster spots.

Hickey spent many of his 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouting college players and has kept an eye on Williams for many years.

"Damian has been a good player going back through his Arkansas to USC days," Hickey said. "I've always followed him through his career. He's a quality player and a good person that we are excited to add to the Miami Dolphins."

Williams, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Miami Friday, increases his chances to stick with his special teams versatility. In addition to finding a role at receiver, Williams also is expected to compete with Marcus Thigpen, Miami's primary kick and punt returner last season.

"We briefly discussed it," Williams said of special teams. "They just asked me how I felt about being in the return game and I just told them that it's something that I definitely enjoy doing and a way that I feel like I could help the team and that was as far as the discussion went."
The Miami Dolphins made another acquisition to their receiver corps Thursday evening. The team signed veteran receiver Damian Williams to a one-year, $800,000 contract, according to a source.

Williams, a former third-round pick spent the previous four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. His best year was in 2011, when he caught 45 receptions for 592 yards. However, Williams caught a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards in 10 games last season.

With that in mind, let's update Miami's depth at wide receiver:
The Dolphins have plenty of depth with eight wide receivers. The team signed Williams, Cone and Rios in free agency. Gibson and Binns also are returning from a pair of season-ending knee injuries.

Wallace and Hartline are locks as starters. Matthews, Gibson and Williams will all compete for backup roles in new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's scheme. Barring injury, Binns, Cone and Rios will compete for roster spots.
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins added depth to their receiver group by signing free-agent Damian Williams Thursday to a one-year, $800,000 contract, a source told ESPN.com.

Williams, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He caught a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards in 10 games last season.

The Dolphins are searching for healthy veteran wide receivers to add depth behind starters Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Backups Brandon Gibson (knee) and Armon Binns are both coming off season-ending knee injuries.
I caught up with injured wide receiver Brandon Gibson over the weekend. You can read my story on Gibson here.

But there were several topics that I didn’t get to in Monday’s feature. Here are Gibson’s thoughts on several additional Dolphins topics:

On what he’s learned through injury and rehab

Brandon Gibson: I know I can’t play this game forever. For me it’s just taking everyday day by day and not cheating myself. I want to give myself every opportunity to be a good football player, whether it’s watching film, lifting or running extra routes.

On teammate and receiver Rishard Matthews

Gibson: He’s just as talented as the rest of us. He’s got a great skill set. He’s faster than people think he is and he’s a physically imposing player, especially if he gets his hands on you. He can do a lot. He’s a pretty smooth talent. Once he gets more reps and continues to be in more situations I feel like he can excel. He makes our receiver group stronger along with Armon Binns. If you have all of us together as a unit, I think we’re pretty special.

On Binns rehabbing his knee

Gibson: I talk to him just about every day in the rehab room. ... He’s good to go. He’s moving well. I like him as a player a lot and I think he can help the team, as well.

On quarterback Ryan Tannehill entering Year 3

Gibson: I think the sky is the limit, everybody knows that. There is no question about his talent. He’s been in the same offense since his freshman year in college, but this will be something new for him. Once he puts in the time and the effort, he will be just fine. He’s got a lot of offensive weapons.

On the New England Patriots adding star cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner

Gibson: I think the Patriots definitely went the defensive route. Their defense is somewhat easy, as far as a two-high team. But when you add Browner and Revis, I think it really, really makes a tough matchup. It’s exciting because the fact you know what you’re going to get this year and you look forward to it.
It’s been a lengthy rehabilitation process from injury for Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson. His 2013 season took an unexpected turn in Week 8 when he landed awkwardly on his left knee against the New England Patriots. Gibson, who only missed three games from 2010-2012, tore his patellar tendon and was done for the season.

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David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesMiami receiver Brandon Gibson isn't sure what his role will be as he returns from injury.
Before the injury Gibson was off to a fast start and had five receptions or more in four of his seven games with the Dolphins. He was quickly developing a rapport as a dependable safety valve for Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, Gibson was forced to watch from the sideline for the final nine games as the Dolphins faltered down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

I caught up with Gibson over the weekend to get his thoughts on rehab and the Dolphins.

“It was just frustrating from the fact that I really wanted to help the team,” Gibson said in a telephone interview. “Watching from the sideline, upstairs from the box and from my coach I felt helpless. I’ve learned a lot as far as patience. It was a humbling experience, and I just really value to chance to play football again. I think it’s incredible.”

Gibson was cautious to provide a specific date on his recovery. But the receiver said he "definitely" expects to be ready by Week 1 of the regular season.

Gibson spent the first six weeks on crutches after surgery. He's about five months removed from the knee injury and is at the point where he's doing light jogging.

“The important thing is to not overstress your patellar tendon; It's involved in everything you do, really,” Gibson explained. “It connects a lot, your knee and your quad. So I basically was on bed rest for a while, a couple months. The only thing I was doing was just rehabbing and little bit of upper-body work. You don’t want to cause too much heavy stress on your knee, but I’m slowly getting into things.”

The Dolphins will have no shortage of wide receivers once everyone is healthy. Starters Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace combined for 1,946 yards last season. Gibson, who had 30 receptions in 2013, is expected to compete with Rishard Matthews in the slot. Matthews caught 41 passes and filled in for Gibson last season after Gibson’s knee injury. Third-year veteran Armon Binns also is returning from a torn ACL last summer, and the Dolphins added receivers Kevin Cone and Michael Rios in free agency.

The Dolphins are in the process of installing a new offense in 2014. First-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor replaced former assistant Mike Sherman this offseason. Lazor is expected to bring a more exciting, up-tempo version of the West Coast offense.

Coaches are not allowed to communicate with players until the voluntary offseason workout program officially begins April 21. Therefore, Gibson said he's not 100-percent certain of his role this upcoming season but expects to play in the slot for the second year in a row. Gibson learned the position for the first time last year after playing outside with the St. Louis Rams.

“It will be my second year playing in the slot and to me it’s not a big deal,” Gibson said. “All the routes end up being similar, it’s just a different feel to them. There’s more trash you have to sort, and you learn more blitz stuff to be on the same page. But I think it’s something I can excel at. I don’t think there’s a receiver position I can’t play. I just have to work hard and make sure I’m where I need to be.”

The 2014 season is important for many in the Dolphins organization. Head coach Joe Philbin is 15-17 and has yet to have a winning season. It is also the first year under new general manager Dennis Hickey.

Miami missed the playoffs by one game last year and made key additions such as left tackle Branden Albert, running back Knowshon Moreno and safety Louis Delmas. The Dolphins will enter this season with postseason expectations. But it will not be easy in an improved AFC East division where the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills have all made upgrades to their rosters. The Dolphins will need all hands on deck.

“We will do whatever it takes,” Gibson said of the Dolphins' mindset. “We feel like this team is very complete. They’ve done a good job in the front office to put together a good team that can compete on all three sides with special teams and go a long way.”
The Miami Dolphins continue their busy offseason.

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