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Dolphins announce practice squad

September, 2, 2013
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MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins announced their 2013 practice squad.

Here is the list:
The most interesting part of this practice squad is the receivers. McNutt and Tyms must stay ready, because Miami currently has just four receivers. It’s a thin group that cannot afford an injury this week in practice.

The Dolphins will hit the practice field Monday at 11:20 a.m. ET, and ESPN.com will be in attendance. Keep it locked on ESPN.com's Dolphins page for all the latest. You can also follow @JamesWalkerNFL on Twitter for instant updates and observations.

What to Watch: Saints-Dolphins

August, 29, 2013
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MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins will play their fifth and final preseason game Thursday against the visiting New Orleans Saints.

Here are three things to watch for the Dolphins:

1. Players on the bubble: Miami must make 25 roster cuts by Saturday evening to get down to the 53-man limit. Several key players to watch are defensive tackle A.J. Francis, third-string quarterback Pat Devlin and receivers Marvin McNutt and Chad Bumphis. Look for the bottom portion of the roster to get plenty of playing time. Shameless plug alert: I will do my roster projection Friday after the final preseason game.

2. Progression of tight ends: It was not a strong outing for Miami’s tight ends following the season-ending knee injury to starting tight end Dustin Keller. The Dolphins got just three catches and 34 yards from the position. New starter Charles Clay had just one reception for five yards -- though he was targeted six times by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. This will be an important game for Miami’s tight ends to get reps in preparation for the regular season, even if Tannehill isn’t on the field. Let's see what more Clay, Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller and Dion Sims can do.

3. No injuries: To be blunt, there isn’t much for teams to gain in this final preseason game. The most important thing for the Dolphins is to exit without significant injuries. The real games start in about 10 days, when the Dolphins travel to face the Cleveland Browns. Miami head coach Joe Philbin has been coy about playing time for his starters. Some may play briefly, while others might not play at all. This is a game for backups and fringe players.
DAVIE, Fla. – It was not a stellar showing for the tight ends of the Miami Dolphins last weekend. Following the season-ending knee injury to Dustin Keller, Miami got just three receptions for 34 yards in a 17-16 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Miami starter Charles Clay caught just one pass for five yards. He was targeted by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill six times, and the two couldn’t get on the same page. At least two attempted connections resulted in tipped balls that nearly turned into turnovers.

"It’s never a thing you want to put on film, having a game like that," Clay admitted this week. "But at the end of the day, it happened. I just have to come out here and work hard and do all that I can to prevent it from happening again."

Clay knows improvement is needed. The next step in his development starts Thursday in Miami’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints.

Clay is the most versatile and experienced tight end for the Dolphins. That is why he’s getting the first shot to replace Keller. Other tight ends such as Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller and rookie Dion Sims don't have the same level of experience or trust of the coaching staff. Clay, Egnew and Sims are all recent draft picks of Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.

Miami initially used Clay as an H-back/fullback in training camp. But those plans were altered once Keller went down. Clay is being used more at tight end, and it's taking time to re-adjust to that role.

“It’s wherever they [Miami’s coaches] need me,” Clay said. “If they need someone to play tight end, I feel I can do that. If they someone to help out in the slot or at fullback, I feel I can do that. Whatever the game is that week, I feel like I can help.”

It’s unlikely any of Miami’s tight ends will match the production Keller would have provided this season. But the Dolphins must hope the group as a whole can be productive enough to keep the passing offense moving in a good direction.

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