Miami Dolphins: Ted Ginn Jr.

Morning take: Brady Quinn factor

August, 12, 2014
Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Tuesday from around the Web:
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes new Dolphins quarterback Brady Quinn returns to the team that passed him up in 2007.
Morning take: There were a lot of Dolphins fans who wanted Miami to draft Quinn over Ted Ginn Jr. Neither player panned out, but the Dolphins at least get another chance to work with Quinn.
  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reports cutting Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore for Quinn could save them $2.5 million.
Morning take: That is an interesting dilemma for Miami. Moore has been a valuable backup, but he makes $4 million this year. If Quinn is a capable backup, the Dolphins could make a financial decision.
  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post writes rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp is competing for a starting job.
Morning take: It seems unlikely the Dolphins would start a rookie fifth-round pick at middle linebacker. But Tripp has shown good things in training camp and the preseason. Barring injury, he must earn his spot on special teams.
Morning take: Tannehill is certainly polarizing. There are evaluators who are fixated on his strengths and others who can’t get over his weaknesses. We will find out which side prevails in Year 3.
The NFL playoffs have reached the divisional round, and the Miami Dolphins are sitting at home once again after an 8-8 season.

But that doesn’t mean everyone who was associated with Miami is sitting at home. Several former Dolphins are playing key roles this weekend. The winners of Saturday and Sunday’s game will advance to the conference title games.

Here is a list of former Dolphins to watch this weekend:
Three players on this list were former top draft picks for Miami who didn't live up to their potential. Brown was taken No. 2 overall in the first round in 2005. Ginn was taken No. 9 overall in the first round in 2007, and Davis was taken No. 25 overall in the first round. Neither top pick panned out for the Dolphins.
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins lead the Carolina Panthers, 16-6, at intermission.

Here are some notes:
  • Dolphins fans have been waiting for big plays from new receiver Mike Wallace, and he exploded Sunday for his biggest first half of the season. Wallace had two big receptions from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, for 57 and 53 yards, respectively. The latter catch was for a touchdown. Wallace is having his way with Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Wallace ran by him twice with ease for big plays.
  • Miami's defense is doing a good job of rattling Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Dolphins got to Newton early with a couple of hits. Newton has been out of synch since. Newton is 10-of-19 for 100 yards and an interception.
  • Panthers receiver and former Dolphins draft bust Ted Ginn Jr. received jeers when he was introduced Sunday. But Ginn responded early in the first half with a good punt return of 53 yards. The return led to a 52-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
  • It’s been an up-and-down first half for Miami’s special teams. In addition to allowing Ginn’s 41-yard return, the Dolphins also blocked a field-goal attempt. Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan got his hand on the ball.
  • This is a big second half for the Dolphins (5-5). They're tied with the Jets (5-5) for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. The Dolphins also need this game to hold off other wild-card contenders such as the Baltimore Ravens (4-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6).