The Daily Dolphin

Dolphins post-game: Dion Jordan hiring DL coach during suspension; rookie Matt Hazel breaks out
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:16 AM

MIAMI GARDENS — Defensive end Dion Jordan saw significant time in Miami’s 14-13 preseason finale win against St. Louis (read full game story here).

It’ll be his last game for a while.

Jordan will now begin serving his four-game PED suspension. He won’t be eligible to play until Week 6 against Green Bay (Week 5 is Miami’s bye week).

He was the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft but was buried on the depth chart behind starters Cam Wake and Olivier Vernon.

He wants to be able to contribute when he returns so he said he will hire [More]


Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. St. Louis Rams, preseason finale
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 5:48 PM

Will Daniel Thomas make the Dolphins’ 53-man roster? Who will Miami keep among its linebackers? The starters likely won’t play much tonight, but for players hoping to make the roster, tonight’s game is vital. Keep up with the action here!


Miami Dolphins talking points: Vegas oddsmakers aren’t optimistic that Joe Philbin can save his job
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 6:45 AM

Even for non-gamblers, it’s always interesting to see where Vegas oddsmakers judge the NFL season. As much as fans may agree or disagree with some ratings, it’s uncanny how accurate these oddsmakers are.

They know their stuff, in other words.

So Wednesday, it caught my eye that Bovada (@BovadaLV), came out with all sorts of prop bets for players on every NFL team.

And, in the case of the Miami Dolphins, even their coach.

Bovada thinks there’s a decent chance Joe Philbin will be coaching his final season with the Dolphins. According to Bovada odds, if you think he’ll be back, you’d bet $100 [More]


Palm Beach Post’s Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection 5.0
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 2:12 PM

In just three days the Dolphins will release their 53-man roster. That means 22 players are being cut. Some of them will make the 10-man practice squad. Others will be gone for good.

We expect some roster shuffling in the first few weeks of the regular season. But here’s what we’re projecting for Saturday. (Read a more detailed breakdown for subscribers.)

Quarterback:

Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore

Comment: We’ve been saying since the start of camp that the Dolphins would carry only two quarterbacks, and the release of Brady Quinn solidified it. Not that Quinn was ever in the running for the No. [More]


What to watch for in Miami Dolphins’ final preseason game | Video
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:31 PM

Though the starters aren’t likely to play much on Thursday night, plenty of roster spots will be up for grabs when the Dolphins host the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night. Hal Habib breaks down what to watch for in the preseason finale with CineSport’s Justin Shackil.


Dolphins practice notes: Brady Quinn, Armon Binns cut; Mike Gillislee to IR
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 2:34 PM

The Dolphins have trimmed the roster to 75. Here are today’s moves:

PLACED ON RESERVE/INJURED: DT A.J. Francis RB Mike Gillislee TE Arthur Lynch

WAIVED: WR Armon Binns TE Brett Brackett CB Steven Clarke DE Rakim Cox DT Cory Grissom C Tyler Larsen WR Ryan Spadola

TERMINATED CONTRACT: QB Brady Quinn

Quinn wrote this on Twitter:

“It was short lived but I enjoyed every second. Thank you Miami Dolphins for the opportunity to play the game I love again. Best of luck to all the players and coaches this season!”

So the Dolphins will enter the season with just two quarterbacks — Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore. It’s not a surprise. More and more teams are [More]


The curious case of Arthur Lynch and the Dolphins’ search for a third tight end
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:06 PM

The Dolphins gave up on 2012 third-round draft choice Michael Egnew, leaving an opening for a third tight end.

Egnew, waived by the Dolphins late last week, was claimed by Detroit on Monday. The Dolphins only have two obvious choices at tight end for the 53-man roster: Charles Clay and Dion Sims.

The Dolphins used a fifth-round draft choice this year on Georgia’s Arthur Lynch, so he’d be the team’s ideal third tight end. But he hasn’t appeared in a preseason game yet.

Lynch said Monday that he has a back issue that has limited in the preseason and camp. He didn’t go [More]


NFL explains why the Dallas Cowboys were correctly granted a fourth timeout (plus practice report)
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:45 AM

Yes, Virginia, there is a fourth timeout.

There were more than a few puzzled faces around Sun Life Stadium on Saturday night when referee Gene Steratore turned on his microphone to inform everyone that Dallas was using a fourth timeout.

No, Sterartore didn’t go all Chris Webber on us.

He was correct.

The Cowboys had just called their third “and final” timeout of the second half when, with 1:18 remaining and down 25-20 to the Dolphins, tight end Jordan Najvar went down with an injury. Ordinarily, we’d expect a 10-second runoff rather than the rather rare call from Steratore.

So I asked Jason Jenkins, the [More]


PFF: QB Ryan Tannehill and other Dolphins offensive starters struggle vs. Dallas
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 7:51 PM

Pro Football Focus’ Dolphins-Cowboys grade book is out and it was more negative than positive for the starting offense.

While left tackle Branden Albert (+3.3) and receiver Mike Wallace (+1.8) were the top-graded Dolphins offensive players, many of the starters struggled.

Rookie right tackle Ja’Wuan James (-2.4) had the lowest grade of Dolphins offensive starters. Second-string quarterback Matt Moore (-2.8) was the lowest overall player on offense.

Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (-2.3), left guard Daryn Colledge (-2.2), right guard Shelley Smith (-1.8) and receiver Brian Hartline (-1.2) all graded “in the red” meaning they had a bad performance.

Saturday’s game [More]


FinsCast: Moreno breaks out; Wallace says ‘ask Tannehill’ about missed TD; Marino returning
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 2:59 AM

Listen above to the latest FinsCast with post-game locker room interviews. Knowshon Moreno talks about his breakout game and Mike Wallace talks about Moreno as well as the missed deep ball from Ryan Tannehill.

And if you haven’t read them yet here are our print stories from Saturday’s 25-20 win against Dallas:

Knowshon Moreno flashes talent in debut with Dolphins

Greg Stoda: Dolphins top Dallas, but continue to struggle to get in end zone

Lastly check out a quick CineSport video with Dolphins beat writer Andrew Abramson discussing Miami’s win against Dallas.


Miami Dolphins to name Dan Marino ‘special advisor'; Koa Misi injury not serious
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:49 PM

The biggest news to come out of tonight’s 25-20 win against Dallas had nothing to do with the team’s performance.

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino will be named a special advisor to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel, the Palm Beach Post has confirmed.

The team is still working out the final details but it is expected to be announced next week.

Marino briefly served as a team vice president in 2004 but quit just several weeks after he was hired. He said last year he was interested in a front office job with the Dolphins. His interest grew [More]


Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 6:53 PM

It’s the Dolphins’ third preseason game tonight, and it’s the contest where fans generally will see starters play the longest before the regular season starts.

Follow along with the action tonight here, and feel free to join the conversation by leaving comments below or by going here.


Dolphins tight end Charles Clay to return tonight; w/five key questions for the game
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:51 PM

Update (3:15 p.m.): Tight end Charles Clay, who was out with a knee injury, will make his preseason debut tonight. He and running back Knowshon Moreno will both be playing in their first exhibition games this year.

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It’s the always-important third preseason game tonight. Starters are expected to play for the entire first half, and it’s the last you’ll see of most of them until Week 1 against New England.

So here’s what to look for in tonight’s game:

1. Can the Dolphins establish a run game?: This will be a test for both the Dolphins running backs and offensive [More]


Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno to make debut Saturday; TE Michael Egnew released
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 2:30 PM

Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will make his preseason debut on Saturday against Dallas, a source told the Palm Beach Post.

Also the Dolphins have released tight end Michael Egnew.

Moreno, who signed with the Dolphins in the offseason, had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee in June and has yet to appear in a preseason game.

He returned to practice last week but the Dolphins held him out of the second preseason game against Tampa Bay.

Egnew has failed to make an impact since being drafted in the third-round in 2012. The Dolphins will likely enter the season with [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Caleb Sturgis, Daniel Thomas among the veterans on hot seat
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 6:01 AM

Saturday marks the final exhibition the Dolphins will play with the roster as bloated as it is. The first cuts will come Tuesday, but that’s only to 75 players.

The real tension comes Aug. 30 when the 53-man roster must be set. That’s two days after the final exhibition, against St. Louis.

Which means time is running out on a lot of Dolphins careers. Many are free agents and/or rookies, but there are plenty of veterans in Davie who might be sweating these days for reasons beyond the unbearable heat index.

Here are some vets on varying degrees of hot seats:

K Caleb Sturgis: [More]


Dolphins practice notes: Players off Mondays this season; Philbin still likes RB Daniel Thomas
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 1:35 PM

Last season the Dolphins broke the NFL norm and gave players off on Thursdays instead of the usual Tuesdays. Coach Joe Phiblin’s thinking was that players would be better rested if they had a day off later in the week.

But this season he’s completely changing course. Dolphins players will be off Mondays. That was once common in the NFL, but in recent years teams have made Tuesdays the off day so they can evaluate player injuries on Mondays.

The Eagles last year, under new coach Chip Kelly, made Mondays the day off. Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was Philly’s [More]


Dolphins practice report: Knowshon Moreno says he’s healthy, unsure if he will play Saturday
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 3:44 PM

Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno spent a brief part of yesterday’s practice working on a conditioning drill with injured center Mike Pouncey. He also was on the sideline before today’s warm-ups doing a bit of conditioning that’s usually reserved for injured players.

But Moreno said he’s fine following an offseason knee scope.

“I feel good,” Moreno said. “I was just chillin’ with (Pouncey), doing a little bit ’cause we were doing it when we were both hurt. It was just a little reunion.”

Moreno returned to practice last week but did not appear in Saturday’s preseason win against Tampa Bay. He’s unsure if [More]


Palm Beach Post’s Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection 4.0
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 9:38 AM

With our first batch of cuts coming next weeks, the 53-man roster is really beginning to shape up. Here’s how we it at the moment.

Quarterback:

Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore

Comment: Coach Joe Philbin made the curious decision to bring in Brady Quinn and he went out of his way to praise Quinn when asked a question about Matt Moore after Tuesday’s practice. Moore looked strong in Saturday’s preseason win over Tampa Bay while Quinn threw just four passes. Quinn has also looked averaged in practice. But Philbin said Quinn didn’t get to showcase his ability against the Bucs because the Dolphins were [More]


Dolphins practice notes: Moreno briefly leaves; Wallace understands criticism; Jarvis Landry update
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 4:35 PM

When the Dolphins held running back Knowshon Moreno out of last week’s preseason game it was considered precautionary. Moreno had practiced the entire week but was still recovering from an offseason knee scope.

But Moreno might not be fully back yet. He briefly left practice today and worked on his running on the sideline with trainers and injured center Mike Pouncey. He later returned to team drills.

Coach Joe Philbin was vague after practice. When asked if Moreno’s health is OK, Philbin said “as far as I know.”

On whether he will play Saturday against the Cowboys, Philbin said “we’ll have [More]


Miami Dolphins practice notes: Charles Clay returns, Shelley Smith gets shot at RG, Terrence Fede out
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 2:30 PM

Dolphins practice is underway in Davie and the best development for Miami is the return of tight end Charles Clay.

Coach Joe Philbin had been hazy about Clay’s knee injury and whether he’d even be ready to go for the regular season opener against New England.

But after telling the Palm Beach Post on Saturday that he’d no doubt be good for the season, Clay made an even earlier than expected return to practice today.

Running back Daniel Thomas, who’s been out for several weeks with a hamstring issue, also returned to practice.

But there are some new injuries including rookie defensive end Terrence [More]