Miami Dolphins: Brent Grimes

Observation Deck: Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins knew they were in for a tough test offensively Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Miami's first-team offense was nearly perfect in one touchdown drive against the mediocre Atlanta Flacons’ defense last week. But Tampa Bay has defensive talent at a lot of positions, and the Dolphins’ offense would be on the field longer.

The result was a mixed bag for Miami's starting offense during a 20-14 win over Tampa Bay. The first-team offense produced three points in three drives. The other two resulted in a punt and a lost fumble by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The good news is Tannehill threw the football well. He was 9-of-14 passing for 110 yards.

Tampa Bay’s defense was able to expose some things needed to improve in Miami's new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Here are some other thoughts on the Dolphins' second preseason game:
  • Dolphins starting right guard Dallas Thomas struggled mightily. Thomas had the tough task of Tampa Bay Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Thomas gave up a sack and fumble to McCoy in the first half, another hit on Tannehill and a tackle for loss. Thomas also had a false start in the second quarter when McCoy was not in the game. Questions will certainly arise whether Thomas can handle the starting job for 16 games. Miami has other options to explore if Thomas continues to struggle. Rookie third-round pick Billy Turner and veteran free-agent signing Shelley Smith could get another look next week in practice.
  • Miami’s running game also remains a cause for concern. Starting running back Lamar Miller rushed for just 3 yards on three carries. He had just 11 yards on four carries last week against Atlanta. Miami is getting little push from its offensive line in the running game. In the first half when starters and key backups played, the Dolphins rushed for minus-5 yards on nine carries.
  • It is only the preseason, but Dolphins starting cornerback Brent Grimes produced one of the best plays of the exhibition season. Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans made a strong catch over the middle and broke through a tackle attempt by Miami safety Jimmy Wilson. Evans appeared on his way to a touchdown, but Grimes hustled from the opposite sideline to force a fumble before Evans reached the end zone. After review, the Dolphins were awarded the football via a touchback. For a Pro Bowl cornerback to hustle that much in a preseason game says a lot about Grimes.
  • The Dolphins showed off their depth at receiver. Backups Brandon Gibson, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Damian Williams all made their presence felt against Tampa Bay. This foursome combined for nine receptions and one touchdown catch. Miami might want to consider trading one of its lower-level receivers in order to gain depth at another position.
  • Miami backup quarterback Matt Moore virtually locked up the No. 2 quarterback job Saturday night. Moore was 13-of-19 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown. He threw a nice touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone to Matthews before halftime. The Dolphins signed veteran quarterback Brady Quinn this week to push Moore. Quinn was the third quarterback Saturday and was 4-of-4 passing for 22 yards.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 15

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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.

W2W4: Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons open the preseason Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

1. Lazor focus: Much has been made this offseason and in training camp about offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s new scheme. Dolphins players and coaches have praised Lazor for the job he’s done with Miami’s offense, and Friday is the first time everyone gets to see it in a game situation. Lazor arrived in Miami this season after a stint with Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dolphins are adding many of the concepts from Kelly’s high-powered offense. Does Miami have the personnel to pull it off? It’s been up and down early in training camp. But performing well against Atlanta will give Miami’s offense some confidence.

2. Tannehill kicks off Year 3: Just as Lazor’s offense will be in focus, a lot of eyes will be on Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as well. The third-year quarterback is 15-17 as a starter and enters a make-or-break season. Tannehill is learning a new offense and could use some early momentum in the preseason opener. He was inconsistent this week in training camp. Tannehill threw seven interceptions in the past three practices. Tannehill is not expected to play much more than two or three series on Friday.

3. Familiar faces: It’s just a preseason game, so don’t expect regular-season intensity. However, it is worth noting Miami will face former longtime Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai for the first time. Soliai spent seven years with the Dolphins from 2007-13 and wanted to stay in Miami this offseason as a free agent. However, the Dolphins disagreed on Soliai’s value and the Falcons signed him to a $33 million contract. Soliai could be motivated to perform well in his limited playing time. Friday also marks the return to Atlanta for Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. He played against the Falcons last year in the regular season in Miami.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Training camp, by nature, is hard for any rookie. It is the first time for young players to compete with NFL veterans in pads. Add in the steaming heat in South Florida and it becomes a month-long grind.

But this year’s training camp is especially challenging for Dolphins fourth-round pick Walt Aikens. Not only is he trying to make the 53-man roster, but Aikens is learning a position that he hasn’t played since his freshman year at Illinois.

The Dolphins moved the college cornerback to safety this offseason to see if he can provide depth and athleticism to that position. Aikens, who finished his college career at Liberty, has good size but little experience at the position.

“It’s pretty nice,” Aikens said. “Going from corner, you kind of have a respect for the safeties making all of the calls and everything. I see why it’s really important to communicate with the rest of your teammates. I’m enjoying it.

“It’s a better view. I’m way back, so I can see everything happening and break on some balls.”

Nothing is set in stone for Aikens, according to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. This is a time of experimentation.

But Aikens is getting nearly all of his work so far in training camp at safety. The Dolphins have a bevy of cornerbacks, including starters Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan and second-year backups Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.

“You look at him and say, ‘Hmm, kind of looks like a safety,’” Philbin said. “Again, it’s not wholesale. He’s gotten some work, he’s going to continue to get work at both spots. That’s one of those things where this is the time of year to look and explore and find out if he’s capable of doing some of those things.”

Aikens said he’s received a lot of help from fellow safeties Louis Delmas, Reshad Jones and Jimmy Wilson on making the transition. Aikens is competing with Michael Thomas and Don Jones for the final roster spots in the secondary. Aikens also is practice-squad eligible.

Perhaps Aikens’ best chance to make the team is proving he also can be a productive player on special teams.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 10

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DAVIE, Fla. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:


  • There were questions coming into the season with how much veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan has left in the tank. Miami’s free-agent pickup signed a two-year contract after a pair of down years with the St. Louis Rams. But Finnegan has had a solid training camp and Tuesday was his best day. He had three interceptions -- two off quarterback Ryan Tannehill and one off Matt Moore – to cap a strong practice. Finnegan is solidifying a starting cornerback job opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. “He got a lot left in the tank,” Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. “He’s a really smart guy. He knows how to play the combinations of routes. He’s seen every combination you can possibly bring. He’s a smart guy and takes chances.”
  • It was another rough day for Miami’s offense overall. Tannehill and Moore combined for five interceptions. Tannehill was picked by Finnegan (twice) and Grimes (once). Moore's picks also were to Finnegan and Grimes. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said the turnovers are not what the team wants, but he’s trying not to get too high or too low with practices. On the flip side, the defense was terrific and easily won the practice against the offense.
  • The Dolphins added several key players to their injury list on Tuesday. Starting defensive end Olivier Vernon (back), running back Daniel Thomas (hamstring) and tight end Michael Egnew (concussion) all will miss multiple practices, according to the team. It’s also unlikely any of these players will participate in Friday’s exhibition against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • With Vernon out, Miami 2013 first-round pick and backup defensive end Dion Jordan has received first-team reps this week. It appears Jordan most likely will get his first career start -- albeit in the preseason -- Friday against the Falcons. This is a good opportunity for Jordan, who had a non-descript rookie year and will be suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Still, Jordan is having a solid camp and continues to make plays in practice.
  • The Dolphins will return to practice Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET for their final practice of the week. Miami will have a travel day on Thursday and take the field Friday for its preseason opener against the Falcons.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Here is the tricky part about training camp: The practices are informative, but you don't want to overrate them.

That thought process certainly comes into play this week with Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He has six interceptions – yes, six – in the past two practices heading into Friday's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Tannehill threw three interceptions for the second consecutive practice on Tuesday. He had a trio of turnovers to Miami starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. Tannehill nearly threw a fourth interception in team drills, but Grimes dropped the pass. Grimes later did pushups on the sideline after the missed opportunity.

Add in the fact that Tannehill also threw three interceptions on Monday and, at the very least, it raises some eyebrows.

"Obviously, offensively, we don't want to have those in a ballgame," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of the interceptions. “But you can't get too high or too low in the middle of a practice because it can taint your image. ... There were too many interceptions, however, I thought they responded well later in the practice and worked through it."

Tannehill said one of his interceptions Tuesday to Finnegan was a "brain fart" and the other was inside the bubble early in practice when the offense wasn't warmed up.

The Dolphins wrapped up their installation phase on offense and defense Tuesday. But according to Tannehill, the team is still experimenting and it led to several of his six turnovers Monday and Tuesday.

"It's a combination of a bunch of stuff," Tannehill said. "Some throws we're trying to just make in practice to see if it’s something we want to move on with during the season. We have other answers on the play. But the coaching staff wants to take a look at some throws on different coverages to see if we can complete them.

"I think we've come to the conclusion that we're going to move onto another route.”

Tannehill is learning a new offense for the first time since college under first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. It is a demanding, uptempo scheme where much is expected from the quarterback. Growing pains are expected for Tannehill, especially in training camp.

But the truth is this is a big Year 3 for the Dolphins' starting quarterback when everything will be monitored closely. Tannehill's past two practices were certainly worth noting, and many will be curious to see how he responds Friday in his first live action of the preseason.

A strong preseason debut is the easiest way to erase a poor week of practice from Tannehill.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 7

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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was a semi-light day at Dolphins camp. Miami has its annual team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Therefore, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin gave many of his veterans a light day of work. Veterans such as defensive end Cameron Wake, cornerback Brent Grimes, left tackle Branden Albert, guard Daryn Colledge and safety Louis Delmas dressed but did not take part in team drills and most individual drills. Friday wrapped a physical week of practice where the Dolphins had three sessions in full pads.
  • Dolphins backup receiver Rishard Matthews continued his solid week with another strong practice on Friday. Matthews made a series of nice catches in team and one-on-one drills. Matthews received increased reps after Mike Wallace rested this week with a hamstring injury. Matthews is on the roster bubble this summer because the Dolphins are very deep at that position. Matthews is battling with veteran Brandon Gibson and rookie second-round pick Jarvis Landry for the slot-receiver position.
  • This was the first practice out of several where the Dolphins didn’t have issues with the snap. Since Tuesday, Miami centers Nate Garner, David Arkin and Shelley Smith all had botched snaps throughout the week. Friday’s practice was clean in that regard. Also, backup center Nate Garner returned to practice from an ankle injury. However, he did not participate in team drills.
  • More on the injury front, quarterback Matt Moore hurt his shoulder this week and will miss multiple practices. He will not play in Saturday’s scrimmage. The same goes for rookie receiver Matt Hazel (concussion) and linebacker Tariq Edwards (knee).
  • Here is the Dolphins’ weekend schedule: Miami will hold its annual scrimmage Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET at Sun Life Stadium. Then, the Dolphins will take the day off Sunday. Their first preseason game is Aug. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Miami Dolphins' projected roster

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Examining the Miami Dolphins’ roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)


The only question here is whether Devlin can hold off undrafted rookie Brock Jensen for the No. 3 quarterback job. Neither quarterback stood out in the offseason, but Devlin has the slight edge because of experience.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

The Dolphins would like to have someone step up and challenge Thomas. Undrafted rookie Damien Williams from Oklahoma could be a sleeper to watch. But it's too premature to put Williams on the 53-man roster over the veteran Thomas before the pads come on.

RECEIVERS (6)

This is a deep group with a lot of competition. Williams will be pushed for the final spot by Armon Binns and rookie Matt Hazel, who is practice-squad-eligible.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor uses some two-tight-end sets. So there might be room for a fourth player such as Dion Sims. But we are sticking with three for now.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)
Pouncey’s hip injury puts a major dent in this much-maligned group to start the season. Miami will have five new starters in Week 1.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

This is the strongest area of the team. The Dolphins can come at opponents in waves in the trenches.

LINEBACKERS (7)

This group must improve its play from 2013. The Misi experiment at middle linebacker is particularly important to watch.

CORNERBACKS (6)

This is a solid mix of youth and experience. As long as second-year players Taylor and Davis come of age and Finnegan stays healthy, the depth will be improved from a year ago.

SAFETIES (4)

This group is all about position flexibility. All four players must be able to play back in coverage and closer to the line of scrimmage in defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s scheme.

SPECIALISTS (3)

This trio will remain the same for the second straight year.
Training camp is just around the corner for the Miami Dolphins. Later this summer there will be plenty of interesting position battles to watch throughout the roster.

This week ESPN.com’s Dolphins page takes a look at several key competitions. On Wednesday, we examine the cornerback position.

Position battle: Cornerback

Competitors: Cortland Finnegan, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis

Analysis: This three-way battle will be one of the most exciting positions to watch in training camp. Finnegan, Taylor and Davis vary in playing style and experience. This trio will battle for the opportunity to start opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes in Miami. All three players received first-team reps throughout the offseason. Each corner also made plays at different times. The final decision at cornerback probably won’t be made until late in camp and the preseason. Finnegan, Taylor and Davis are all capable of winning this competition. But barring injury, I expect Finnegan’s vast experience to carry him through and make him the Week 1 starter.

Walker's pick: Finnegan

Hope and Concern: Cornerback

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Training camps are less than two months away. In the meantime, we examine key questions with the team heading into an important season.

Next we take a look at the Miami Dolphins' cornerback position, which lost some veteran players to free agency.

Biggest reason for hope: Brent Grimes

Grimes had one of the best years of any cornerback in the NFL last year. By midseason opponents stopped throwing his way and attacked other corners, such as former Dolphins Nolan Carroll and Dimitri Patterson. Grimes could have doubled his interceptions if he got more opportunities. Miami has one half of the field solidified, which can go a long way. The Dolphins also have the flexibility of putting their Pro Bowl cornerback on an opponent’s best receiver. It's a good luxury to have, regardless of what is going on at the other cornerback spots.

Biggest reasons for concern: Injuries and inexperience

The No. 2 and No. 3 cornerback spots are wide open. Aging veteran Cortland Finnegan is competing with second-year players Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. There are injury concerns with Finnegan, who struggled the past two seasons, and inexperience concerns with Taylor and Davis. Both young cornerbacks combined for just 104 snaps last season. The Dolphins believe Finnegan can revert to form. He signed a one-year contract this offseason and will be motivated to earn long-term security. Finnegan is the early leader to start. Taylor and Davis are both trying to make the second-year jump. The Dolphins need at least one of these young corners to provide depth to start or play in sub packages.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins competed their third and final organized team activities session open to the media on Monday. Here are seven observations from the two-hour practice:
  • Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake had a dominant practice. He had two sacks in team drills and overall wreaked havoc on Miami's first-team offense. Overall, Miami's defense was better in the trenches compared to the offense. Tannehill had at least three would-be sacks as the offensive line missed its protections.
  • Lamar Miller continues to lead the way in Miami's starting tailback competition. Miller worked with the first team for the third week in a row. So far, Miller also is making more plays in the running game than free-agent pickup Knowshon Moreno, who appears to be working his way into shape. Moreno was the favorite entering the spring after starting for the AFC champion Denver Broncos last season. "He's had a very good camp. ...This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Miller.
  • It wasn't the best day for the offense. First-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is throwing a lot at his group, and sometimes the early results are sloppy. On Monday, the Dolphins' offense suffered from several drops, two false starts and the poor protection. The entire playbook is virtually installed. Miami's goal is to have everyone on the same page by September.
  • Miami return specialist Marcus Thigpen still is listed as a running back. But he's working exclusively with the wide receivers. Thigpen's roster spot is in jeopardy if the Dolphins can find another quality kick returner. Thigpen doesn't offer much as a running back or receiver. Miami worked out Thigpen, cornerback Brent Grimes and receivers Jarvis Landry, Matt Hazel and Damian Williams on punt returns Monday.
  • Former Dolphins greats Mark Duper and Keith Byers were at practice helping out the younger players. Duper gave Miami a post-practice speech that received an ovation from players. “I like to have some of the guys when they stop by talk to the team about some of the things they learned both on the football field and help them as players and some of the things after football," Philbin said. "Life doesn't end after football ends.”
  • The Dolphins made a position switch for fifth-year offensive tackle Jason Fox. On Monday, Fox worked as the backup left tackle for the first time in practice open to the media. The previous two sessions, Nate Garner was the backup left tackle and Fox was challenging rookie Ja'Wuan James on the right side. It appears James is on his way to securing the job, and the Dolphins are trying to groom Fox potentially to be the first offensive tackle off the bench.
  • The Dolphins had perfect attendance. However, receiver Brandon Gibson and defensive tackle Jared Odrick didn't participate in team drills. They haven't been full go in all three OTAs open to the media.

The Dolphins will wrap up their offseason program next week during mandatory minicamp June 17-19.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins second-year cornerback Jamar Taylor looks quicker and more explosive than he did a year ago. For the first time in his NFL career, he enters offseason workouts 100 percent healthy.

The Dolphins drafted Taylor in the second round last year despite a pre-draft kidney ailment and subsequent sports hernia that kept him out for most of the offseason. Taylor spent the regular season fighting off injuries and trying to earn playing time. He finished with just 40 snaps on defense.

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Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY SportsJamar Taylor is looking to bounce back from an injury-marred rookie season.
But Taylor enters his second year with the Dolphins a more confident player. Taylor has a chance to earn a role on the defense and is out to prove he can live up to his pre-draft billing.

“It's getting there. He's definitely coming back out,” Taylor said recently during organized team activities (OTAs). “That person ya'll seen talk a lot, it's getting there. But I got to learn. I got to crawl before I can walk. I'm out here trying to pick these older guys' brain.”

Taylor is surrounded by veterans in the secondary such as safety Louis Delmas and cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan happens to be Taylor's biggest competition for a starting job this summer. The Dolphins are having a three-way battle between Taylor, Finnegan and Will Davis for the right to start at cornerback opposite Grimes.

If Taylor can win a starting job -- or even the nickel cornerback role -- it will be a sizable turnaround from last season.

“I think it's more motivation for myself. I have high expectations of myself,” Taylor said. “I can't really worry about what everyone else thinks, as long as I get the respect of my teammates, my coaches and myself.”

Last year wasn't just a poor start for Taylor. The entire 2013 Dolphins draft class had little production. Miami had the third-fewest snaps (1,126) by a rookie class in the NFL last year. Only the AFC champion Denver Broncos (1,066 snaps) and Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (1,111 snaps) had less production from their rookies.

The Dolphins are hoping players such as Taylor, Davis, defensive end Dion Jordan and guard Dallas Thomas all can make the jump in Year 2 and find significant roles on the team this season.

“I think it was a learning experience for all of us,” Taylor said. “We all came here on our high horse and we got humbled real quick. I think we got to keep working. I expect all of us to do good, keep learning, play fast and compete.”
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins hit the practice field this week for their first full-squad practice open to the media.

There have been several stories written about the team from organized team activities, but I didn’t hit on everything. Here are some leftover notes from OTAs that caught my eye:
  • One of the big surprises to start OTAs was Dallas Thomas starting at left guard. Thomas was a non-factor in his rookie year. Miami tried him at guard and offensive tackle and Thomas failed to find a niche at either position. But the Dolphins’ coaching staff is showing early confidence in Thomas by making him the early leader to start next to Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert. Miami rookie third-round pick Billy Turner will compete with Thomas.
  • I like what new Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is doing with Mike Wallace. Lazor is moving Wallace in different spots in an effort to get him more opportunities. Lazor is a protégé of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, and they coached a similar receiver last year in DeSean Jackson. Former Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman didn’t properly use Wallace and the offense became stale and predictable.
  • Cornerback could be a position of depth this year. Brent Grimes is Brent Grimes, and Cortland Finnegan picked off quarterback Ryan Tannehill this week. Second-year cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis also moved well and appear to be healthy. Finnegan, Taylor and Davis should have a healthy competition that will only make the trio better.
  • The Dolphins are not fully committed to using rookie receiver Jarvis Landry in the slot – at least not yet. Miami’s second-round pick was working in the slot and outside this week. Landry’s skills fit best in the slot, where he will compete with Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson. He has good hands, toughness and doesn’t have elite speed. Landry also is a candidate to field punts.
  • It appears Miami plans to use Nate Garner primarily as the backup left tackle. Miami is streamlining Garner’s workload mostly to back up Albert. Garner is Miami’s most versatile lineman with the ability to play all five positions. However, he wasn't particularly great at either position. Garner allowed a sack to Dolphins second-year defensive end Dion Jordan.
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.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Friday from around the Web:
  • Is Dolphins tight end Charles Clay better than cornerback Brent Grimes? Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel says no way.
Morning take: I have to agree. But the NFL Network’s player survey ranks Clay ahead of Grimes. It’s a flawed voting in this case.
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins’ third-round pick Billy Turner must be a guard at the NFL level.
Morning take: Or at least with the Dolphins. Miami has enough tackles but not enough quality starting guards. If Turner can fill one of those roles, the Dolphins will be in good shape.
  • The Dolphins site reports the team added receiver Stephen Williams and defensive back Demetrius Wright.
Morning take: These are two more players with a long shot to make the roster.
  • DJ Siddiqi of Rant Sports wonders if the Dolphins should sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma?
Morning take: Vilma is a University of Miami alum who could add stability to the Dolphins’ linebacker group. But the Dolphins are more likely to sit tight for now with what they have.

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