Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace

Training camps around the NFL will begin later this month. With that in mind, ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page takes a look at players this week who will play key roles in 2014.

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On Wednesday, we take a look at Miami No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace:

Biggest reason for hope: Bill Lazor’s offense

The Dolphins spent $60 million acquiring Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers a year ago. But last season former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman seemed lost with how to use his newfound toy. Miami’s offense with Wallace was too predictable and it impacted everyone’s production. Sherman was fired and Bill Lazor was hired as Miami’s new offensive coordinator. Already players, including Wallace, are raving about the new scheme. Wallace is being moved around -- sent in motion to make things less predictable. Wallace also is showing a strong work ethic this offseason and looks poised to have a better season.

Biggest reason for concern: Executing the deep ball

Wallace, first and foremost, is a big-play receiver. But to make big plays and get behind a defense, it takes good pass protection and a quarterback able to throw deep to take advantage of Wallace’s elite speed. The Dolphins had neither last season. Miami allowed a franchise-record 58 quarterback sacks and starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, in two seasons, has struggled throwing the deep ball. He missed Wallace various times last season in what could have been game-changing plays. Other times, Tannehill didn’t have enough time to allow Wallace to get downfield. The Dolphins believe they’ve fixed both issues, but that remains to be seen. Miami’s offensive line will have five new starters in Week 1 and Tannehill must still prove he can throw a good deep ball.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Here is the offseason issue with the Miami Dolphins' deep-ball attack involving quarterback Ryan Tannehill and receiver Mike Wallace: The media simply hasn't seen it.

After seven practices open to the media -- including a three-day mandatory minicamp -- Tannehill has yet to prove he's improved his biggest weakness from a year ago. Tannehill tried to connect deep with Wallace on a few occasions during open media sessions and misfired, which is mostly what the rest of the NFL saw last season.

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Yet, Dolphins players and coaches say Tannehill has improved his deep ball in 2014. But all the big plays have been on display during the private sessions not open to the media.

Is this fact or fiction?

"(You) haven't been here. ... We hit those, about three or four of them so far,” Wallace said of deep passes against Miami’s defense. “Me and him haven't personally thrown that many. If we've thrown like six, we've hit on like four."

"They have, a number of times. ... It's been better," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also confirmed.

This is an important part of Miami’s offense and a strong indicator of whether this team will be able to take the next step and make the playoffs this season. The Dolphins' offense missed on plenty of opportunities for big plays last year. Wallace, who is one of the league's fastest players, did his job by getting open deep. But Tannehill often missed Wallace due to poor accuracy or throwing the ball short, which allowed defensive backs to recover and force the incompletion. This was one of the many issues for Miami's offense, which was ranked 27th last season.

The 2013 season was the first time Wallace and Tannehill played together. Miami's power pair spent a lot of time together in the offseason working on their game and their timing. Outside of the deep ball, Tannehill has made other good throws to Wallace in sessions open to the media.

"I feel like we've been doing really well," Wallace said of himself and Tannehill. "Pretty much every day, we've pretty much been on the same page. Might have one here or there, but, for the most part, I think we've been doing a really good job being on the same page."

Wallace, who had 930 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season, appears determined to have a big year in 2014. His offseason participation has been excellent and Wallace put in extra time after each practice to work on catching footballs.

"I thought Mike had a really good offseason program," Philbin said. "You've seen him after practice, nobody is holding a bat to his head. This guy is out there working and doing the little things that can make the difference when the season comes around."
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the Web:
  • John Torres of Miami Today writes the Dolphins can do well with the proper leadership.
Morning take: Lack of leadership cost Miami last season during its late-season collapse and bullying scandal. The Dolphins feel they have better leadership this season.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel examines whether Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has improved his long ball.
Morning take: It's too early to tell. Tannehill and speedy receiver Mike Wallace have missed on many long connections open to the media. However, Wallace says the two have been making big plays in other practices.
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post examines whether the Dolphins can win with five new starters on the offensive line.
Morning take: It’s not ideal, but Miami’s offensive line was horrific last year. Although Mike Pouncey's hip injury definitely hurts, other areas have improved.
Morning take: It was an impressive offseason for players such as Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis and Dallas Thomas. The 2013 class must step up and contribute this season.
DAVIE, Fla. -- In the midst of the doom and gloom surrounding Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey's hip injury that will sideline him for 3-4 months, there was some good news that came out of Dolphins minicamp.

Rookie second-round pick Jarvis Landry was a standout during the week and in the scrimmage. Landry was a high-profile draft pick of new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, along with first-round pick and projected starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James.

Landry's college scouting report is accurate: He is not the biggest, fastest or most athletic receiver the Dolphins have. But he finds a way to perform in game situations with smarts, strong hands and other intangibles, which are all needed in Bill Lazor's new, up-tempo offense.

"I'll tell you what, you've got to be in shape for sure," Landry said of Miami's scheme. "I think we do a great job with conditioning. But there is never enough conditioning as far as when the game and emotions start getting involved. That can propel you forward. It’s one of those things that we just have to keep working at to be an efficient offense."

Landry also caught the attention of veterans during offseason workouts. No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace spent some time during organized team activities and minicamp getting reps with Landry.

“[He’s] nice. Jarvis, he can hang in the game,” Wallace said of the rookie. “He plays like a three, four-year vet already. He’s really smart, crafty. He’s a really good receiver. He’s going to be good for us.”

The three-way battle at slot receiver is still up for grabs. Landry is competing with veterans Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews for an important role in the offense. All three receivers made plays this offseason, and nothing has been determined at this stage.

Miami's slot receiver will be determined throughout training camp and during the preseason. Landry knows he has the most ground to make up since he's entering his first season. But he plans the make the most of "vacation season" in the NFL before training camps start in late July.

“It’s holding yourself accountable and knowing the things that you have to do that are required of you to play at a high level,” Landry said. “It’s not taking a month off and then coming back and expecting to be ready. It’s constant improvement and continuing to learn. But for me, I’ll be here with [quarterback] Ryan [Tannehill], trying to get things going.”
With the 2014 offseason officially in the books, it’s time to look ahead to training camp and games being played in the exhibition and regular season.

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This week ESPN.com’s Dolphins blog is taking a look at Miami’s best bargains. Next up we have the Dolphins’ most productive tight end.

Bargain player: TE Charles Clay

2013 stats: 69 receptions, 759 yards, six TDs

2014 salary: $1.431 million

Analysis: Clay began training camp in 2013 as a fullback/tight end hybrid. He also was the backup to Dustin Keller. But a season-ending knee injury to Keller in the preseason opened the door for Clay to get more playing time and he took advantage. Clay was a steady force for the Dolphins that teams had to pay attention to. Clay had more touchdown receptions (six) than star receivers Brian Hartline (four) and Mike Wallace (five) last season. Clay is expected to be more improved in his second full season as a starter, which makes his $1.431 million salary modest for his level of production.
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.
Most of the time we dissect the Xs and Os and latest news with your favorite team. But occasionally there are good times to mix in fantasy football – and this is one of those times.

The 2014 season is about to get under way when training camps start at the end of July. That also means fantasy drafts will be plentiful.

Here is some advice on who to select and who to avoid for the Dolphins:

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1. QB Ryan Tannehill

2013 stats: 3,913 yards, 24 touchdowns, 17 interceptions

Analysis: Tannehill is a complete wild card this year in fantasy drafts. Some believe he’s just not a franchise quarterback based on his 15-17 career record. Some believe Tannehill was held back last year by a poor offensive line and questionable play-calling. Both things should be better this year, which naturally means Tannehill has a better chance to put up numbers. New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is bringing an up-tempo style to Miami that will be fast-paced and put a lot of pressure on the defense. The offensive line also is improved with the additions of Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, free-agent pickup Shelley Smith and first-round pick Ja’Wuan James.

Fantasy advice: Tannehill is not a top pick. But he could be a good sleeper if he picks up Lazor’s offense quickly. Pick your dependable franchise quarterback first. Then, it may be worth taking a flier on Tannehill as a backup fantasy quarterback in the later rounds.

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2. WR Mike Wallace

2013 stats: 73 receptions, 930 yards, five TDs

Analysis: Despite not being used properly and missing on several big opportunities, Wallace still put up fairly decent numbers. If Wallace and Tannehill would have connected on half of their missed long balls last season, Wallace could have easily added 300 more yards and three or four touchdowns. It is vital for Tannehill and Wallace to leave nothing on the field this year. Lazor also is using Wallace in various positions so defenses won’t key on him. If all goes well, Wallace could put up DeSean Jackson-like numbers.

Fantasy advice: There are reasons to be confident in Wallace's fantasy value in his second year in Miami. However, the tricky part of playing receiver is you need everything else to go well. Will the offensive line come together quickly and give Wallace enough time to get downfield? Will Tannehill throw a better deep ball? These are unknowns. Still, Wallace would be a solid No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver on most teams. He should get over 1,000 yards if he stays healthy.

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3. TE Charles Clay

2013 stats: 69 receptions, 759 yards, six touchdowns

Analysis: Clay was a nice surprise in fantasy football last year. He started training camp as a “tweener” fullback and tight end. Then, Dustin Keller’s season-ending knee injury in the preseason made Clay a full-time starter at tight end and his production took off. Clay led the Dolphins with six touchdown receptions.

Fantasy advice: Clay still has sleeper value in 2014. Not everyone is on to him as a household name at tight end. Don’t overdraft Clay as a Dolphin fan. Wait until the later rounds where a steady producer like Clay can offer some real value.

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4. RB Lamar Miller

2013 stats: 709 rushing yards, two touchdowns

Analysis: Some fantasy owners thought Miller had the potential to be a big sleeper last season. But Miller struggled in his first full year as a starter. He didn’t have the explosive plays the Dolphins were hoping four and only rushed for two touchdowns. The Dolphins signed veteran tailback Knowshon Moreno to push Miller and possibly take Miller’s job this season.

Fantasy advice: With Moreno and Miller competing this summer, neither player offers much fantasy value. There is no way of knowing who will start until the end of the preseason. I would look at other options at running back.

5. Dolphins defense

2013 stats: Ranking 24th vs. run, 16 vs. pass

Analysis: The Dolphins were a hard bunch to gauge on defense. Several statistics point out Miami’s defense was mediocre. But there were a few areas, such as points per game, where the Dolphins did well and kept the team in the hunt all season. Miami’s offense rarely did its defense any favors. This is a group that at times wore down in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins’ defense must do better late in games.

Fantasy value: I expect the Dolphins’ defense to perform better statistically in 2014. But there are plenty of safer defenses to choose from.
The Miami Dolphins are preparing for an important 2014 season. The Dolphins have playoff expectations in their third season under head coach Joe Philbin, who is 15-17.

But for the Dolphins to reach their potential, they must answer several questions that will be explored this week. Let's take a look at Miami’s starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Biggest reasons for concern: Deep ball, pocket presence

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Like Philbin, Tannehill is 15-17 as a starter in two seasons. We’ve seen well-defined weaknesses from Miami's quarterback in that span. The two that stand out most are Tannehill's lack of a deep ball and pocket presence. With the addition of speedy No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, we discovered last year that Tannehill struggles throwing deep. Often his throws were too short when Wallace had the cornerback beat. In those cases, Wallace had to wait and fight for the ball. A few times Tannehill overthrew Wallace and didn’t have good accuracy. It’s possible this throw just isn’t in his arsenal. If that’s the case, it could be a component that prevents Tannehill from truly becoming a franchise quarterback. Tannehill must also improve his pocket presence and play speed. Miami’s offensive line was porous last year (we will get to that next). But a portion of Tannehill’s franchise-record 59 quarterback sacks were due to Tannehill’s indecision and holding the football too long. New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor says he’s working on improving Tannehill’s play speed, which should get faster with experience.

Biggest reason for hope: Improved offensive line

Tannehill played with the worst offensive line in franchise history last season. The Dolphins set a team record for sacks allowed, were 26th in rushing and had a bullying scandal that took away two starters. These factors made it difficult to fully judge Tannehill as a starter. First-year general manager Dennis Hickey made a point this offseason to improve the offensive line. First, Hickey signed Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert and starting guard Shelley Smith in free agency. Then, Hickey drafted starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James in the first round and potential starting guard Billy Turner in the third round. Miami could have four new starters on the offensive line this year, with Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey being the only holdover from last season. On paper, this group should be much better than last year’s offensive line. Tannehill has two Pro Bowlers at center and left tackle, which are the most important positions on the offensive line. The Dolphins hope young players like James, Turner and possibly second-year guard Dallas Thomas can develop quickly into quality starters. Tannehill can certainly use the extra time in the pocket this year in order to reach his potential.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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The Miami Dolphins offseason program is in full swing during Phase 3 of organized team activities.

Here is a look at whose stock is up and down in Miami:

Rising

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1. Mike Wallace, wide receiver: Wallace looks a lot more comfortable in Miami in his second season. Last year, he was trying to fit in and had a lot of pressure after signing a $60 million contract. This year, Wallace is focused on making himself better, which will only help the Dolphins' offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. For two straight weeks, Wallace has been the last player to leave the practice field. He tore up practice Tuesday with three touchdown receptions.

2. Bill Lazor, offensive coordinator: Miami's first-year offensive coordinator is getting rave reviews from his players. Lazor is bringing an up-tempo style that uses a lot of formations and motions to dictate to the defense. It's an aggressive approach that Miami didn't have last season. Lazor replaces former Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who's scheme became too predictable last season.

3. Dallas Thomas, guard: Thomas has been one of the pleasant surprises so far this offseason. He's the early leader to start at left guard and is beating out Miami third-round pick Billy Turner. Thomas battled injuries and inexperience last year and only saw the field for four snaps. The Dolphins' coaching staff hopes Thomas can make a significant jump in Year 2. Earning a starting job would be a big accomplishment.

Falling

1. Dan Marino, former quarterback: The Hall of Famer had an odd series of events this week in which he joined the concussion lawsuit against the NFL, only to retract his name a few days later. According to Marino, he wasn't properly informed by his legal counsel that he would be added as a plaintiff. That certainly garnered national headlines. Marino also is closing in on a job with the Dolphins, which makes suing the NFL not a smart idea.

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2. Knowshon Moreno, running back: It's too early to make a huge deal about it, but Moreno appears a little thicker around the midsection than usual at the start of OTAs. Miami signed Moreno in free agency to be the team's starting running back. Moreno is currently behind incumbent starter Lamar Miller and sharing reps with backup Daniel Thomas. Moreno may be one of those players who works his way into shape during the summer. But right now it doesn't look ideal, especially if you're trying to win a starting job.

3. Pat Devlin and Brock Jensen, backup quarterbacks: One of the small details I was looking forward to this spring was to see the No. 3 quarterback competition between Devlin and Jensen. The casual Dolphins fan doesn't care, but Devlin rarely has been challenged in his four seasons for one of Miami's final roster spots. Jensen, an undrafted rookie from North Dakota State, has a winning pedigree, solid college credentials and is expected to be Devlin's biggest challenge to date. However, I haven't seen flashes from either quarterback in OTAs. Snaps are limited for the third and fourth quarterbacks, so Devlin and Jensen need to do more to take advantage of their opportunities.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins ran a stale and predictable offense last season under former coordinator Mike Sherman. Miami finished 27th in total offense and was inconsistent running and passing the football.

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But there is a significant amount of newfound excitement with Dolphins players under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Miami’s offense has a completely different look. There are various formations, motions and quick-hitting plays that you didn’t see last year from Sherman. Lazor learned under Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and is bringing some of those principles to Miami.

We are only in Phase 3 of the Dolphins’ offseason program, but Lazor is getting rave reviews from his players.

“It’s really interesting. I’ve never been in an offense like this, how it’s called, how it’s run, the combination routes,” Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline said. “There’s a lot of things going on that I haven’t done. It’s really exciting and actually, I’m really enjoying it. You can tell it puts a smile on my face. I can’t wait to learn more, do more and then put it into action.”

One of the major criticisms last year of Sherman was the fact he didn’t move No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace around to get favorable matchups. That’s one of the first changes we’ve seen from Lazor, using Wallace on both sides and the slot depending on the formation. Wallace has looked good in organized team activities. He had three touchdown receptions in Tuesday’s practice in Lazor’s new scheme.

“Nobody can ever key on me,” Wallace explained after Tuesday’s practice. “Last year, you kind of knew where I was every single play, what you had to do because I was there every game, same spot. Moving around, it’s harder for the defense to know where you’re at, harder for them to adjust.”

Lazor is still experimenting and learning his players. For example, one interesting wrinkle the Dolphins are toying with is how to use tailbacks Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno in the same backfield.

Not everything is going to stick come September. But Dolphins players seem to appreciate the creativity. That is a good sign at this early stage.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Thursday from around the Web:
  • David Steele of the Sporting News wonders if Dan Marino and the Dolphins are a good fit.
Morning take: It appears Marino is getting close to finding a role with the team. He is the Dolphins’ most popular former player and most likely will land on the business end.
  • Brian Coyle of the Dolphins team site writes there are high expectations for their receiving corps.
Morning take: Miami has its deepest group in years. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline lead the way in what should be a major part of the team’s offense.
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins safety Louis Delmas is ready to make plays.
Morning take: As long as Delmas is healthy, he should make an impact. The Dolphins will have to monitor his knees throughout the year.
  • Maurkice Pouncey tells Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his twin brother, Mike Pouncey, is stressed out from repercussions of the bullying scandal.
Morning take: Pouncey must handle the fallout and move on. Pouncey doesn’t think he needs psychological testing, but it’s more important to listen to the NFL and avoid a suspension.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the Web:
  • Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel writes former Dolphins great Dan Marino must be careful of what he signs.
Morning take: Marino caused a stir this week by being one of the biggest names to join the concussion lawsuit against the NFL. Marino is now in the process of withdrawing his name. It appears his legal team didn’t provide good counsel.
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes why the Dolphins need an upgrade at middle linebacker.
Morning take: The Dolphins swapped Dannell Ellerbe for Koa Misi to play inside. But Misi has no experience and it’s a risky experiment. Miami’s run defense wasn’t very good last year. Maybe it will improve.
  • Andy Cohen of the Dolphins team website writes it is an important season for receiver Mike Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Morning take: The Dolphins spent $60 million on Wallace to help take Tannehill’s game to the next level. However, the pair wasn’t always on the same page and must improve their chemistry in Year 2 together.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel examines whether the Dolphins’ offense will be more balanced than last year.
Morning take: New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor appears to be more aggressive and creative than Mike Sherman, his predecessor. But I still think the passing attack will be more important.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins held their second practice during organized team activities that were open to the media Monday. ESPN.com's Dolphins page was there to take in all of the action.

Here are some additional observations from Monday's practice:
  • Keep in mind that it's very early, but I've been pleasantly surprised so far with the development of second-year guard Dallas Thomas. The Dolphins are playing Thomas with the first team at left guard, and he's holding his own next to Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert. Thomas suffered through injuries and looked mostly confused last year as a rookie playing guard and offensive tackle. But he's healthy and more experienced this year. Thomas has to hold off rookie third-round pick Billy Turner in training camp.
  • Speaking of Turner, he looks a little raw in the two practices I've seen him. Turner still plays a bit high, which is understandable because he was a left tackle at North Dakota State. The stance at guard is much different. Turner also needs to work on some of his footwork and fundamentals, such as his punch, at the NFL level.
  • New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is trying many new things, which is refreshing to see. Miami's offense was stale and predictable last year under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. But Lazor is doing several creative things, such as moving No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace around and using a lot of motion and tempo to dictate to the defense.
  • Miami head coach Joe Philbin said the team should have about 85 percent of the new offense installed by the end of this week. One of the biggest storylines to watch this offseason is how quickly third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the group can pick up the offense. This week's practice was more crisp that last week's session.
  • One interesting wrinkle I saw in practice Monday was Miami using Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller in the same backfield. There are plenty of possibilities with that pairing.
  • Dolphins' second-year defensive end Dion Jordan continues to impress with his athleticism. This week he ran Miami tailback Mike Gillislee down from behind. Keep in mind Jordan is 265 pounds. Miami must find a way to get Jordan on the field. He looks ready for increased responsibility.
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Tuesday from around the Web:
  • Jeremy Roebuck of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino joined the concussion lawsuit against the NFL.
Morning take: Marino does not specify what condition he’s suffering from post-retirement. But the Hall of Famer is one of the biggest names to date to join the lawsuit.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel writes about tailback Lamar Miller working with the first team.
Morning take: Miller is the early leader in the clubhouse ahead of former Denver Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno. That is subject to change by Week 1.
  • Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace is ready to have a good season.
Morning take: Wallace is working hard this offseason to produce a big season. He needs to get on the same page with quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Year 2.
  • John Congemi of the Dolphins team site reports Bill Lazor’s new offense has a lot of motion.
Morning take: I’m still trying to get a feel for Lazor’s scheme. It’s a complicated offense with a lot of formations. The Dolphins shouldn’t be predictable this season.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins completed their second session of organized team activities that was open to the media.

Here are some interesting developments and observations:
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  • Dolphins No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace lit up practice Monday. He had three touchdowns in team drills and each was of a different variety. Wallace caught his trademark streak from quarterback Ryan Tannehill for approximately a 20- or 25-yard touchdown to get things going. Then, Wallace also caught a skinny post over the middle for a touchdown and another score in the corner of the end zone on a broken play. Wallace is being moved around this year and there are early signs of success. “Nobody can have a key on me,” Wallace explained. “Last year ... it was every game in the same spot. When you move around, it's hard for a defense to know where you're at.”
  • As Wallace’s stats can attest, it was a much better day overall from Tannehill. Last week, Tannehill struggled with his accuracy and overall command of the offense. This week he was more consistent. Tannehill made quick decisions, his throws had zips and it led to big passing plays. He did throw one interception to safety Jimmy Wilson, but the pass was initially dropped and wasn’t Tannehill’s fault.
  • Moreno
    It’s early June, but Dolphins tailback Knowshon Moreno doesn’t look game ready. He’s currently working as a backup behind starter Lamar Miller and didn’t look sharp at OTAs. Moreno also looks a little thicker than usual. Philbin was asked Monday about Moreno’s conditioning. “I think my instincts tell me for this time of the year it’s pretty good,” Philbin said. “But I think there is certainly some room [for improvement] as we get rolling.”
  • One other standout in Monday’s practice was defensive tackle Randy Starks. He applied good pressure on the quarterback and schooled new Miami starting guard Shelley Smith several times.
  • Dolphins return specialist Marcus Thigpen returned to practice after missing last week reportedly with a back injury. Thigpen’s roster spot is in question this year. The Dolphins have a bevy of kick returners vying for that spot, and Thigpen doesn’t offer much on offense. He worked only with the receivers Monday. “We’re just taking a look at get the best players opportunities to get their hands on the football and utilize the people that we have,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said.

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