Miami Dolphins: Jamar Taylor

Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Friday from around the Web:
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post writes the Dolphins are short in the secondary.
Morning take: Cornerback depth is a concern going into Monday’s game against the New York Jets. Jamar Taylor (shoulder) already is ruled out, and Cortland Finnegan (ankle) is limited and his status is up in the air.
Morning take: Thomas' rookie year was all over the place as coaches tried to find him a position. But Thomas is settling in at right tackle in recent weeks and playing decent football.
  • Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes the Dolphins’ pass rush must improve.
Morning take: The pass rush was non-existent in last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos. But Miami should be able to pressure struggling Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
Morning take: Satele was a solid pickup late in training camp. Satele played so well in place of Mike Pouncey at center that the Dolphins moved Pouncey to guard when he returned.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins concluded their second practice in preparation for the New York Jets.

Here is the Thursday injury report for Miami:

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Ruled out: LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Limited practice: WR Mike Wallace (chest), TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), G Daryn Colledge (back), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LT Ja'Wuan James (neck)

Full practice: G Nate Garner (illness), QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder), WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (knee), LB Koa Misi (ankle, knee), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Analysis: The Dolphins are in pretty good shape entering Week 13. Most of their "limited" players are expected to be ready for Monday’s rivalry game against the Jets. Finnegan, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury, is the major question mark. He worked primarily with trainers on Wednesday’s portion of practice open to the media, but increased his workload on Thursday. The Dolphins need depth at cornerback, especially with Taylor already ruled out against New York with a shoulder injury.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (6-5) continued their preparation for the New York Jets (2-9) with a Thanksgiving Day practice.

Here are some notes and observations from Thursday's session:
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    The Dolphins had plenty of good news on the injury front. The biggest was No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace practiced after missing Wednesday's session. Starting middle linebacker Koa Misi, who also missed Wednesday, returned to practice. Both are expected to play on Monday against the Jets.
  • Miami starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan missed the past two games with an ankle injury. But he participated in practice for the first time this week. Finnegan dressed, but worked with trainers on Wednesday. The Dolphins need cornerback depth.
  • Two players who are not expected to play against the Jets are Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hamstring). Both players missed their second straight practice.
  • Dolphins left tackle Ja'Wuan James, who was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder stinger, practiced for the second straight day. Starting tight end Charles Clay also practiced again and appears poised to return after missing last week's game.
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (6-5) began their practice week on Wednesday in preparation for the New York Jets (2-9).

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Here are some notes for Miami:
  • Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace did not practice Wednesday during the portion open to the media. Wallace's injury is unknown. But Wallace did some jogging and catching footballs on the sidelines. The Dolphins will not release an injury report until Thursday.
  • The Dolphins also had some interesting absences. Starting linebacker Koa Misi and cornerback Jamar Taylor were not present Wednesday during the portion open to the media. Taylor did not finish last Sunday's game against the Broncos because of a shoulder injury. Misi has been on and off with an ankle injury, but it’s unknown why he was absent this week.
  • Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan dressed for practice but worked on the side with trainers during the early portion of practice. Finnegan is trying to come back from an ankle injury that's kept him out of the past two games.
  • The Dolphins received some good injury news. Starting left tackle Ja'Wuan James and tight end Charles Clay both practiced Wednesday. Clay did not play last week against Denver because of knee and hamstring injuries, and James was knocked out of the game with a stinger.

Miami Dolphins film review

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The Miami Dolphins played a strong game in a losing effort to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

I went back to review the game film, and here are additional observations:
  • It’s clear Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's trust has grown in rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. Tannehill looked to Landry in a lot of tight spots against Denver, even when Landry was covered. Landry won many of the battles. But the fourth-quarter interception was an example where Tannehill forced the ball to Landry in tight coverage. Landry had a game-high 11 targets and led the team with seven receptions and two touchdowns.
  • I agree with Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle's assessment that his group wasn't physical enough. It was clear watching the game live that Miami's front seven was pushed around, and it also showed on tape. Denver's offensive line got stronger as the game wore on. You have to wonder if the altitude played a factor for Miami's defense, particularly in the fourth quarter when the Broncos scored 22 straight points.
  • The Dolphins made a big mistake by going away from the running game in the fourth quarter. They gained an early 14-3 lead by running the ball well. Miami had 74 rushing yards in its first three drives. However, Miami ran just three times in the final quarter, which contributed to Denver's comeback. The Dolphins finished with 97 rushing yards on 21 carries, which was a 4.6 yard average. Lamar Miller, in particular, had 59 rushing yards on 12 carries and could have used more opportunities.
  • Cornerback Jamar Taylor's play speed has improved from his rookie to Year 2. His first-quarter stop on third-and-5 behind the line of scrimmage was an impressive read-and-react play where Taylor saw the screen quickly and blew up the play. Taylor has two tackles for losses in his two starts, which is impressive for a young cornerback. Taylor will be day-to-day with a shoulder injury he suffered Sunday.
  • The rotation at left guard worked between Daryn Colledge and Shelley Smith. Colledge returned from a back injury and rotated with Smith approximately every two series. Both players held their own with reduced playing time. The offensive line continued to play well even after an injury to starting left tackle Ja'Wuan James.
  • Miami’s defense continues to struggle with pick plays and crossing routes. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was surgical on short passes. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Manning was 22-of-22 on passes of 5 yards or more. Most of those throws came across the middle of the field against the Dolphins’ linebackers and safety, which struggled in coverage.
  • The Dolphins got surprise contributions from backup receiver Brandon Gibson (five receptions, 42 yards) and backup tight end Dion Sims (four receptions, 31 yards). Both players stepped up with increased roles.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the Web: Morning take: Tannehill had his fifth game with a triple-digit passer rating in a loss to the Denver Broncos. He’s turning the corner with his consistency, which bodes well for his long-term prospects.
  • Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel writes that the Dolphins’ offense, defense and special teams rarely play well together.
Morning take: The 37-0 victory over the San Diego Chargers was Miami’s most complete game. But the Dolphins haven’t been able to put it altogether with consistency, which is why they are 6-5.
  • Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald wonders if the Dolphins are unlucky.
Morning take: I’m calling this a no-excuse year for Miami. There’s enough talent on this team to be successful. It’s not about luck.
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins signed cornerback R.J. Stanford.
Morning take: The Dolphins cut cornerback Jalil Brown to make room for Stanford. The Dolphins need cornerback depth with injuries to Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and Cortland Finnegan (ankle).
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Tuesday from around the Web: Morning take: Taylor could not finish Sunday's loss against the Denver Broncos but will try to tough it out. The Dolphins need cornerback depth.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that this is a crucial stretch for the Dolphins.
Morning take: The margin for error is slim. Miami must go 4-1 in its last five to be 10-6 and have a legit chance at the postseason.
  • Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel writes that the Dolphins must get better in the fourth quarter.
Morning take: The Dolphins lack the clutch gene it takes to win close games. Getting that clutch gene is a step they must take to get to the next level.
Morning take: New York fell to 2-9 after getting blown out Monday night by the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins must sweep the Jets this season to stay in contention.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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The Miami Dolphins fell to 6-5 after suffering a 39-36 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Here's a look at whose stock is rising and falling in Miami:

Falling

1. The defense: This has been the strength of the team all season. But this group picked a poor time to lay an egg. The Broncos rushed for 201 yards and had four passing touchdowns. The 39 points allowed was a season high for the Dolphins, who allowed 22 points in the fourth quarter.

2. Cornerback depth: Jamar Taylor suffered a shoulder injury Sunday that could sideline him for a while. Starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan also missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Miami was forced to play seldom-used defensive backs such as Lowell Rose and rookie Walt Aikens late in the game. Expect a roster move if Finnegan cannot get healthy in time for next week’s game against the New York Jets.

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3. Jimmy Wilson, safety: It was a rough day for Wilson, who has been mostly steady all season. Wilson had a team-high three penalties and they helped lead to Broncos scoring drives of 17 points. A headbutt in the first quarter led to a 15-yard personal-foul penalty. Wilson also had a horse-collar tackle in the second quarter that cost 9 yards and an illegal contact in the fourth quarter. Wilson’s penalties extended drives for Denver.

Rising

1. Red-zone offense: The Dolphins entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 30 in red-zone efficiency. Yet, they were terrific in the red zone against Denver. They were a perfect 5 of 5 on red-zone trips, and that was one of the reasons it was a close game. Miami can win a lot of games down the stretch scoring at that kind of clip.

2. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: Tannehill has played well against some of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He matched Peyton Manning throw for throw and didn’t flinch. He threw for 228 yards, three touchdowns and had a 104.9 passer rating. Tannehill now has five games with a triple-digit passer rating this season. He’s turning the corner and becoming more consistent.

3. Jarvis Landry, receiver: He was the most targeted (11) receiver for the Dolphins and the most productive. Landry finished with seven receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He made a couple of very tough catches over the middle, including his 5-yard touchdown reception. Landry is fearless and developing a good rapport with Tannehill.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Monday from around the Web:
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes the Dolphins’ defense struggles against great teams.
Morning take: Miami’s defense has good statistics. But it failed to hold the lead in crucial moments this season, including Sunday’s 39-36 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins’ defense is very good but not elite.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel writes the Dolphins can play with playoff contenders but can’t beat them.
Morning take: Miami’s three late losses to Denver, Detroit and Green Bay show how close the team is. But the Dolphins have to win those share of games to be a contender.
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post writes Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor could miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Morning take: Taylor could not finish the game and will be checked out Monday. Miami’s secondary is thin.
  • Nate Scott of the USA Today writes the Dolphins failed on the coolest of onside kicks.
Morning take: Kicker Caleb Sturgis got creative with his onside kick, but it didn’t come close to working. That’s really what matters.
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (6-4) held their final practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos (7-3).

Here are some notes from Thursday’s sessions:
  • Miami starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan was not present during the media portion of practice and missed his third consecutive session with an ankle injury. Finnegan most likely will sit on Sunday. That means second-year cornerback Jamar Taylor is expected to start his second straight game. Taylor had seven tackles last week in a victory over the Buffalo Bills.
  • Guard Daryn Colledge practiced for the third straight time and looks poised to return from a back injury after missing the past two games. Colledge said Wednesday that he’s feeling good and believes he will play. Colledge, if healthy, could start against Denver over backup left guard Shelley Smith.
  • Starting middle linebacker Koa Misi, as expected, was present for his second straight practice. Misi missed Tuesday’s game after the birth of his child.
  • The Dolphins will not travel to Denver early to get used to the altitude. The team will follow their usual road schedule by leaving on Saturday. Head coach Joe Philbin said he looked into it and was told one extra day isn't enough to help get acclimated to the thin air.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Thursday from around the Web: Morning take: I wrote earlier this season that Tannehill can develop into an Alex Smith type of quarterback. That’s not a slight, because Smith has won a lot of games. But Tannehill's limitations will keep him from being an elite quarterback.
Morning take: They are ranked No. 2 in the NFL behind the Detroit Lions, who also have an impressive defense. The Dolphins have held seven opponents to 20 points or fewer this season, which is impressive.
Morning take: It won't happen this week with Dallas Thomas getting his second consecutive start at right tackle. But Fox is a veteran waiting for his chance in the event Thomas continues to struggle. Morning take: Veteran starter Cortland Finnegan missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury. Taylor played well last week in his first career start against the Buffalo Bills with seven tackles.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (6-4) held their second practice in preparation for the Denver Broncos (7-3).

Here are several notes and observations from Wednesday’s session:
  • Dolphins starting linebacker Koa Misi returned to practice Wednesday. He missed Tuesday’s session following the birth of his child. Misi is a key cog on defense and missed four games this year due to an ankle injury. But he is expected to play against Denver.
  • Miami may be without starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan. He did not practice in the portion open to the media. Backup Jamar Taylor will start this weekend if Finnegan cannot play.
  • Guard Daryn Colledge practiced for the second straight day and could be inserted into the starting lineup over Shelley Smith. Colledge missed the past two games with a back injury.
  • Overall, the Dolphins appear pretty loose. Starting safety Louis Delmas showed off some good dance moves for teammates and there was good energy in the early portion open to the media. General manager Dennis Hickey also watched practiced.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Jamar Taylor felt a sense of pride in the locker room following the Miami Dolphins’ 22-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills. For the first time, Taylor played a significant role in Miami’s victory after leading the team with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss, in his first career start.

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 “It felt good, this is the first one,” Taylor said after the game. “I can't even explain it. It felt real good to be out there with the boys. I made some mistakes, but I also made some plays. I’m just happy with the victory. We really needed that as a team.”

The Dolphins’ 2013 second-round pick battled through injuries his rookie year and is healthy in his second season. Taylor started Thursday after veteran Cortland Finnegan couldn’t play with an ankle injury.

Miami did a solid job keeping the Bills out of the end zone. Buffalo was 0-for-2 in the red zone, only registered three field goals and had 86 total yards of offense in the second half.

Taylor did his job securing the cornerback position opposite Pro Bowler Brent Grimes. Taylor got in rhythm and better as the game went on. He played all of Miami’s defensive snaps Thursday night.

“He was balling; I’m so proud of him,” Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson said of Taylor. “He’s been putting in the extra work and staying in even before he got the chance to start. ... I’m proud of his maturity.”

Finnegan could return as early as Miami’s next game against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. The Dolphins will have 10 days of rest in between games after playing the Bills on Thursday night.

Finnegan would place Taylor into a reserve role again. But Taylor gained valuable experience Thursday to know that he can start and play full-time when needed.

“I embrace my role and get thrown in the fire kind of a lot,” Taylor explained. “But I embrace it and the vets do a good job of getting me ready.”
We are just one day from Thursday's huge game between the Miami Dolphins (5-4) and Buffalo Bills (5-4). This could be an elimination game for two playoff hopefuls in the AFC.

Here is the final injury report for Miami:

Out: CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle)

Doubtful: G Daryn Colledge (back)

Questionable: TE Charles Clay (knee), LS John Denney (knee), LB Kelvin Sheppard (hip/groin), TE Dion Sims (toe)

Probable: QB Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring), DE Dion Jordan (hamstring), RB Lamar Miller (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (ankle), G Mike Pouncey (hip)

Analysis: Finnegan being ruled out was expected. This presents a big opportunity for Miami 2013 second-round pick Jamar Taylor to make his first career start in a big game. Colledge has not practiced all week and is not expected to play. Backup Shelley Smith will start at left guard. Tannehill was limited in practice this week with ankle and shoulder injuries but will play. Tannehill is one of the most durable players on the Dolphins and will make his 42nd consecutive start on Thursday night.

Opportunity knocks for Jamar Taylor

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DAVIE, Fla. -- A lot can change in one season in the NFL.

One year ago, Miami Dolphins second-round pick Jamar Taylor was going through a frustrating and injury-plagued rookie season. Taylor couldn't seem to get in the groove and stay healthy long enough to contribute to the Dolphins and had a "red-shirt" rookie year in Miami.

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However, Taylor is in line to start his first career game Thursday night when Miami (5-4) hosts the Buffalo Bills (5-4). Taylor is expected to replace injured starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle) in a big game for the Dolphins with playoff implications.

Taylor is looking forward to the opportunity.

"The coaches do a good job of keeping me and Will [Davis] ready," Taylor said. "Cortland does a good job at staying with me late every day and making sure I'm up on it. When the opportunity presents itself, you just have to go out there and play fast because the other 10 guys expect you to play fast."

Taylor filled in for Finnegan against Detroit for part of the second half. Taylor finished with four tackles but gave up a couple passing plays to the Lions. Detroit targeted Taylor when on the field, and Buffalo's veteran quarterback Kyle Orton is expected to do the same.

"I think I played good," Taylor said of last week. "I made some mistakes that I learned from and am just trying to get better every day and just try to put better stuff on tape every weekend."

Taylor is expected to get his first start in arguably Miami's most important game of the season. The Dolphins and Bills have identical 5-4 records in what is shaping up to be an elimination game Thursday in a crowded AFC playoff field.

The Bills also beat the Dolphins, 29-10, in Week 2 and are going for their second consecutive season sweep.

"They beat us the last three times. It's a division game. We want to win," Taylor said. "We want to do great things this year, but it starts on Thursday. We are looking at it as we have to get that one win, 1-0, and we will just build off of it."

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