The Daily Dolphin

Palm Beach Post’s Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection 2.0
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50 AM

The Dolphins will open up training camp on Friday with 90+ players fighting for 53 spots.

There will undoubtedly be some changes once training camp opens on Friday and the preseason begins on Aug. 8, but here’s how the Palm Beach Post currently projects the 53-man roster.

Quarterbacks: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore Comment: Coach Joe Philbin strongly considered going with just two quarterbacks last year before deciding to keep third-stringer Pat Devlin on the roster. Philbin has long been a fan of Devlin, but also has just 53 spots to work with and a lot of competition at various positions. It’s becoming increasingly [More]

Miami needs Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace to “Come Together”
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 6:00 AM

The Dolphins have been on a month-long vacation and undoubtedly need some good tunes before training camp starts on Friday.

Here are a few ideas for specific players.

Ryan Tannehill & Mike Wallace Come Together

Tannehill and Wallace share a song because their success is tied together. Wallace came to Miami to give Tannehill a speedy deep threat but they never fully clicked last season. Early on Wallace struggled to hold on to the ball and by the end of the season it seemed that Tannehill couldn’t find Wallace in the end zone.

Bill Lazor’s offense should be more creative and Wallace [More]

Billy Turner, Dolphins last unsigned draft pick, signs with Miami
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 7:08 PM

All of the Dolphins rookies are signed in time for training camp.

Offensive lineman Billy Turner, one of the NFL’s last unsigned rookies, inked a deal with Miami on Friday.

As the 67th overall (third round) pick in the draft, Turner will earn a total of $3.1 million over four years.

Turner, a left tackle in college, will likely compete for a starting guard position.

Turner was behind last year’s third round draft choice Dallas Thomas at left guard during minicamp practice.

Center Mike Pouncey’s indefinite absence from hip surgery has created a more competitive training camp for Miami’s [More]

Dolphins 29th on Forbes’ list of most valuable franchises
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 1:47 PM

The Miami Dolphins may have had a few rough seasons, but they’re still playing among the world’s elite when it comes to how valuable the franchise is.

Miami is No. 29 on Forbes‘ 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams for 2014. Valued at $1.074 billion, the team finished between last February’s Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks ($1.081 billion) and the state’s other entrant in the top 50, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($1.067 billion).

Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by NFL franchises. Of the league’s 32 teams, 28 are represented, led by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 5. Major League Baseball and world [More]

Mike Pouncey’s attorney denies player’s involvement in South Beach fight, threatens legal action
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 9:23 PM

Days after Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey was accused of beating up a man at a South Beach club, his attorney denied that the Pro Bowl center was involved.

Attorney Jeff Ostrow released this statement Tuesday night:

“Mike and Maurkice were not involved in any altercation with the accuser or anyone else that night and did nothing wrong. It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain. Any attempt by the accuser or anyone else to bring an action against them based upon these false allegations will be vigorously defended. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we [More]

Man, woman claim they were hit by Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey, brother Maurkice at South Beach club
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:59 AM

Miami Beach police are investigating claims that Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother, Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, hit a man at a South Beach club early this morning.

Ricky Vasquez, a South Florida man who calls himself an event host, stylist and socialite, went on social media this morning alleging that he was beat up by the star football players at Cameo at 4:20 a.m.

Miami Beach police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told the Palm Beach Post that the claim is being investigated but that the Pounceys haven’t yet been identified by police.

“There was some type of altercation that occurred [More]

Miami Dolphins camp begins Fri. July 25; scrimmage at Sun Life on Sat. Aug. 2
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 3:23 PM

Dolphins fans will have their first chance to see the 2014 team on Fri. July 25.

The team announced their public training camp schedule today, with most of the practices beginning at 8 a.m. and the team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium scheduled for Sat. Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. The scrimmage was previously held on a Monday night.

Two of the 12 practices will be open to members only. The Dolphins this season have created a “membership platform” with exclusive benefits and access to special events, including the July 27th and August 5 practices. Visit for more info.

The [More]

Miami Dolphins’ Dion Jordan suspended for four games
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 4:18 PM

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will miss the team’s first four regular-season games this season after being found to have violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The NFL says Jordan will be allowed to participate in all off-season and pre-season practices and games.

In a statement, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Jordan has accepted responsibility for his actions and is “committed to improving, both on and off the field.”

Jordan, in a statement, said he tested positive for stimulants banned by the NFL, saying, “I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, coaches, Stephen Ross, the [More]

While Daryn Colledge gets a shot with Dolphins, Richie Incognito waits for call
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:48 AM

New Dolphins offensive lineman Daryn Colledge has never been a Pro Bowler and is far from a household name.

He’s a solid veteran who has never missed a game since joining the NFL in 2006. He was a starting guard for the 2010 Super Bowl championship Packers.

But after three seasons with Arizona, the Cardinals decided not to re-sign the 32-year-old.

Instead, he’s finding an opportunity like many other solid veteran linemen — as an in-season (or in this case, pre-training camp) injury replacement.

With center Mike Pouncey out indefinitely, there’s a good chance Colledge — who was graded by Pro Football Focus as [More]

Miami Dolphins sign guard Daryn Colledge
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 8:44 PM

The Miami Dolphins worked out several centers Monday to replace injured Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey, but they signed a guard to fill the void.

Daryn Colledge, 32, played under Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in Green Bay from 2006 through ’10 when Philbin was the Packers’ offensive line coach and later offensive coordinator.

Colledge (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) spent the last three seasons with Arizona. In 2013, Pro Football Focus graded him as the 45th-best guard of 81 in the NFL.

He has started every game since the 2008 season but would be playing center for the first time.

He could compete for time at center [More]

Miami Dolphins working out linemen to replace Mike Pouncey
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 5:34 PM

The Dolphins are bringing in at least three offensive linemen for a workout on Monday as they figure out how to replace center Mike Pouncey.

Pouncey underwent hip surgery last week and is out indefinitely.

Daryn Colledge, a guard who spent the last three seasons with Arizona, will visit with the Dolphins, a league source told the Palm Beach Post.

Colledge has started every game since the 2008 season but would be playing center for the first time in his career.

Miami is also bringing in Samson Satele and Steve Vallos and will workout one additional lineman, the Miami Herald’s [More]

Will Dolphins QB Tannehill make big jump in Year 3? Recent history says probably
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 6:00 AM

It’s no surprise that quarterbacks improve from their second to third season. It’s the natural progression of things.

But here’s a look at exactly what kind of jump top 10 drafted quarterbacks in the 21st century have made from season 1 to 2 to 3.

There are 18 quarterbacks listed here (plus Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, for comparison purposes).

It’s broken down even further, taking a closer look at the quarterbacks drafted in the top 10 who started a majority of their team’s games in each of their first three seasons.

That eliminates 10 of these players and leaves eight. David Carr, Joey [More]

30 years ago today: Dolphins running back David Overstreet killed in horrific car explosion
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 3:26 PM

Take a quick glance at former Dolphins running back David Overstreet’s NFL statistics and it wasn’t a memorable stint.

He appeared in just 14 games — all in the 1983 season — running for 392 yards and a touchdown.

But Overstreet is remembered in Dolphins history for two reasons: a contract dispute that delayed his debut for two seasons, and an untimely death that occurred 30 years ago today.

Overstreet (5-foot-11, 208 pounds) was a star running back at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the 1980 Big Eight Conference championship and a No. 3 national ranking.

The Dolphins drafted him in the first round [More]

Mike Pouncey injury: Can Dolphins win with five new OL starters? It’s happened in the NFL before
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 6:00 AM

If Dolphins center Mike Pouncey misses a majority of Miami’s games after undergoing hip surgery, the Dolphins could end up in some rare company.

An analysis by the Palm Beach Post found that since 2000, only three NFL teams have had a starting lineup that for the majority of the season featured five completely different players from the previous season.

Miami may not have to join that group. Pouncey may miss just six games or less and the Dolphins would instead be one of 22 teams since 2000 to start four new offensive line starters for a majority of [More]

Hip surgery could sideline Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey for three months; RB Moreno also needs surgery
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 4:57 PM

The Dolphins’ offensive line makeover will begin without their Pro Bowl center.

Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery on Monday and could miss more than a third of the season, a source told the Palm Beach Post.

Newly-acquired running back Knowshon Moreno also faces surgery. He will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee this week, according to ESPN. Moreno is expected to miss the first couple of weeks of training camp.

While Moreno might be back in time to still compete for a starting job, Pouncey’s injury could be a major setback for Miami.

The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to rebuild an [More]

Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has knee issue, might need arthroscopic procedure
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:13 AM

New Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno’s mysterious absence from mini-camp is the result of a left knee injury, a source told the Palm Beach Post.

He might need an arthroscopic procedure but it’s not believed to be a serious injury, the source said Training camp doesn’t begin for another month and the regular season is more than two months away, so Moreno would likely have time to heal from a procedure.

But it’s a disappointing start to Moreno’s time in Miami. The Dolphins ranked 26th of 32 teams in rushing last season and Moreno is expected to boost the running game.

It’s unclear if [More]

Miami Dolphins give Ja’Wuan James a fully guaranteed contract
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 3:06 PM

Ja’Wuan James, who the Dolphins drafted No. 19 overall to help turn around a struggling offensive line and keep Ryan Tannehill on his feet, officially signed his rookie contract today. That’s not a surprise.

What’s surprising is that the deal is fully guaranteed, a league source confirmed to the Palm Beach Post. That’s almost unheard of for a pick outside of the top 10 and it’s especially surprising considering Miami vice president Dawn Aponte’s reputation as a hard-line negotiator.

James signed a 4-year $8.4 million deal.

Recent No. 19 picks have had most, but not all of their deals guaranteed. New York [More]

Miami Dolphins scrimmage report: Defense shows up; Jarvis Landry leads offense
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 1:09 PM

If today’s spring game is any indication, the Dolphins defense is ahead of the offense.

Receiver Mike Wallace disagrees, saying the offense out plays the defense when the media isn’t around. Maybe he was kidding. Maybe not. But at least in today’s scrimmage, the defense broke out.

The Dolphins had eight sacks, led by Olivier Vernon’s 2.5. New left tackle Branden Albert was beaten at least twice.

Albert said afterward that he didn’t know much about Vernon before arriving in Miami. Now, he knows him well.

Philbin liked what he saw from the defense.

“At first glance I’d say it [More]

Miami Dolphins spring game preview
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 6:00 AM

If you didn’t know the Dolphins have a spring game, you’re not alone.

Coach Joe Philbin created it last year as a way for his players to get an extra bit of competition in before mini-camp ends. It’s the finale of the offseason workouts before the players get a month off.

There are no pads (that’s not allowed until training camp) and it’s not open to the public. The Palm Beach Post will be there so follow on Twitter.

Here are a few things to look for in Thusday’s “game.”

1. Will Knowshon Moreno actually get a carry?

The Dolphins [More]

Miami Dolphins practice notes: Marcus Thigpen gets competition for return job; Ryan Tannehill improves
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 1:58 PM

If Marcus Thigpen is going to keep his job as Miami’s punt and kick returner, he’s going to have to earn it.

Thigpen — along with receivers Damian Williams, rookie Jarvis Landry and Glades Central grad Rantavious Wooten — were participating in return drills at minicamp today.

It’ll be tough to really gauge who has the upper hand until training camp and preseason. But the most likely candidates remain Thigpen and Williams, who took over as Tennessee’s punt and kick returner late last season. Landry could be in the running to return punts.

In 2012, Thigpen was one of the [More]