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Miami Dolphins sign tight end Raymond Webber (w/video highlights)
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 4:58 PM

The Dolphins signed tight end Raymond Webber on Thursday, a player that spent some time with Tampa Bay three years ago when Miami GM Dennis Hickey was director of player personnel for the Bucs.

Miami released former Penn State tight end Brett Brackett.

Webber, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, has bounced around various NFL, arena and CFL camps since he was undrafted out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff in 2011.

He signed with the Bucs in 2011 but injured his hamstring and was placed on the injured reserve list.

He spent 2012 training camp with the Jets but was released after the final preseason game. [More]


Miami Dolphins practice report: Injuries at center lead to yet more issues with snaps
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:27 AM

The recurring problem everyone is tired of hearing about is one the Dolphins are just as tired of seeing — Thursday’s closed practice brought a few more botched snaps from center.

Nate Garner saw most of the time at center. One shotgun snap rolled to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and another forced him to fall on the ball for a loss of about 5 yards.

“You can’t win if you put the football on the ground,” coach Joe Philbin said. “I’m confident we can get it fixed. I believe those guys stayed after practice again. We devote a portion of our practice to [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Darren Rizzi gives lowdown on special teams
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 6:01 AM

It’s not every day that Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi meets with the media, but Wednesday was one of those opportunities to hear what he has to say.

Keep in mind that besides accounting for one-third of what we see on game days, Rizzi’s needs on special teams have a lot to say about many players on the bubble come final cut-down time. Rizzi has ample input in such decisions.

“Do I have any?” he said, laughing, when a reporter reminded him of this fact. He fessed up: “I’m asked my opinion and I’m truthful.”

Rizzi hit on a variety of topics [More]


Miami Dolphins practice report: Credo on T-shirts indicate players accept accountability
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00 PM

Dolphins players won’t admit it, but they’ve begun wearing a T-shirt around training camp that certainly appears to indicate a take-charge initiative to avoid fiascos like the bullying scandal that rocked last season.

“If I see something — I will say something — I commit to call it as it is,” is one line that particularly jumps off the shirt.

The message is a “team credo” players say they have adopted.

Defensive end Cam Wake said although everyone assumes it’s related to last season, it’s simply about players being more accountable for themselves since coaches can’t see everything and many haven’t played on [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Coordinator Bill Lazor offers insight on Ryan Tannehill’s progress
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:00 PM

If there’s one combination that will have a major impact on the Dolphins’ record this year, it’s that of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

We’ve heard from Tannehill as he adjusts to the new system, but Tuesday gave us our first chance in a while to hear Lazor’s take on how his QB is doing entering Year 3, and a few interesting nuggets came out of it. This is all framed, of course, knowing that Lazor landed this job after tutoring Nick Foles, the league’s top-rated passer, last year in Philadelphia.

“Ryan is extremely willing to do the [More]


Miami Dolphins practice report: Center Sam Brenner carted off field, OL continues to struggle
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:10 PM

The Dolphins struggling offensive line took another hit on Tuesday with center Sam Brenner being carted off the field. His right foot was uncovered when he was leaving the field.

Brenner worked his way up last year from an undrafted rookie on the practice squad to starter. This year he’s needed as a key reserve and he entered camp with an outside shot at a starting job.

Nate Garner and Shelley Smith took turns as the first team center and there were more blown snaps. The Dolphins are not only trying to replace center Mike Pouncey (hip surgery), but it’s [More]


Miami Dolphins release Brock Jensen, sign QB Seth Lobato (w/video highlights)
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 9:50 PM

Undrafted rookie quarterback Brock Jensen, who was signed by the Dolphins to compete with Pat Devlin for the team’s third-string job, was released Monday night, a source told The Palm Beach Post.

The team has signed former Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato, an undrafted rookie.

The Dolphins made it official Tuesday morning and also announced the signings of tight end Brett Brackett, who was undrafted out of Penn State in 2011 and was previously on the Dolphins practice squad; and defensive end D’Aundre Reed, a seventh-round selection out of Minnesota in 2011 who has appeared in six regular season games.

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Miami Dolphins sign offensive tackles Tony Hills and Steven Baker (w/video)
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 5:01 PM

The Dolphins have brought in two offensive tackles to compete in training camp, including a veteran with one career start.

Miami on Monday signed Tony Hills, a former fourth round draft pick out of Texas, and Steven Baker, who spent time with the Giants but has never played a NFL snap.

The Dolphins released receiver Gerald Ford and offensive lineman Michael Phillip.

Hills (6-foot-5, 304 pounds) was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008 and spent three seasons there. Since then he’s bounced around, playing for Denver, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Oakland.

At 6-8, 310, Baker is one of the league’s tallest tackles. [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Buzz at camp not quite at 2013 levels thus far
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 5:54 AM

No question the signing of receiver Mike Wallace last year created a buzz and had something to do with how fans turned out for training camp.

This year?

The buzz isn’t quite the same, at least not yet. Consider that when camp opened in 2013, an overflow crowd of 2,700 turned out. Through three practices this year, we haven’t seen a turnout approaching that.

The workouts began with the stands about one-third full Friday, when attendance was not announced. Saturday’s attendance was a respectable 1,560. Sunday, the stands were about one-fourth full as the players took the field — but the mitigating factor [More]


Dolphins practice notes: WR Rishard Matthews steps up; Philbin praises Koa Misi, Gator Hoskins
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:30 AM

Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews has felt like the odd man out this offseason. He showed a lot of promise last season starting as the slot receiver when Brandon Gibson went down with a patellar tear.

Yet with Gibson back and the Dolphins using a second-round draft choice on Jarvis Landry, Matthews is on the bubble. There have also been reports of discontent between Matthews and the coaching staff, and Matthews has acknowledged trying to improve his maturity level.

But there’s no question he can catch the ball and at today’s practice he was a prime target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Gibson, still [More]


ICYMI: Day 3 at Dolphins Camp
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03 AM

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Miami Dolphins talking points: Is wide receiver competition really a competition?
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 8:24 PM

Do the math: The Dolphins have 14 wide receivers on the roster, the most of any position outside of the offensive and defensive linemen and defensive backs, who account for 15 players apiece. So every now and then, a player such as Damian Williams gets your attention with a reception, which happened Saturday. Then you get that nagging feeling, recalling a year ago how players such as Marvin McNutt and Brian Tyms caught your eye and everyone thought the Dolphins would have a tough time deciding which guys to keep come the final cuts. Turned out maybe it wasn’t as [More]


ICYMI: Day 2 of Dolphins Camp in Davie
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:24 PM

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Miami Dolphins practice report: Brandon Gibson keeps slot job, for now
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:06 AM

Brandon Gibson was playing some of the best football of his career last year before suffering a patellar tear midseason.

While there’s been speculation that rookie Jarvis Landry or Rishard Matthews — who replaced Gibson in the slot last season — could supplant Gibson as Miami’s slot receiver, for now Gibson is getting the first crack to reclaim his job.

Gibson was lined up with the first-team offense at Saturday’s training camp practice. It was the usual lineup from early last year with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline outside.

Gibson made at least impressive grab down the middle from quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Landry mostly [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Yes, it’s early, but offense disappoints
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 4:40 AM

It’s Day 1, but c’mon: Since the beginning of time, defenses have been ahead of offenses in July. It’s written in stone, somewhere. And considering there’s a new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, and an entirely new line, growing pains are bound to happen. But simple things, such as wasted timeouts and botched snaps, are hard to excuse. “It’s always a work in progress,” fill-in center Shelley Smith said of the exchanges to the QBs. (At this level, to this extent?) A collective groan was in order when Ryan Tannehill underthrew an open Mike Wallace, allowing Will Davis to break up [More]


ICYMI: Here’s a visual recap of Day 1’s Training Camp
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 1:08 PM

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Dolphins practice notes: Smith replaces Pouncey at center; owner Ross talks stadium
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:38 AM

The Dolphins plans to upgrade their offensive line took a major blow after Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey was lost indefinitely to hip surgery.

For now, their hopes at center rests with Shelley Smith.

Smith, who signed as a free agent with the Dolphins in the offseason and was expected to start at right guard, was Miami’s first team center to open up training camp today. He said he was told shortly before camp that he will be the center.

Smith said after practice that he’s never started a game at center at any level. He said he was already practicing there in [More]


Miami Dolphins talking points: Jarvis Landry, OL, Mike Wallace/Ryan Tannehill in spotlight as camp opens
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 4:47 AM

July 25, 2014, 8 a.m., at Nova Southeastern University is when and where the buildup to the 2014 NFL season begins in earnest for the Miami Dolphins. It’s still a long way to the regular-season opener Sept. 7 against New England, but here are a few things we should be watching for during training camp: 1. The offensive line: The Dolphins will line up against the Pats with an entirely new front thanks to the injury to center Mike Pouncey and, well, you’re all well aware of what went on last year, which is why guys such as Branden Albert and [More]


Miami Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey and Knowshon Moreno open up training camp on PUP list
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 6:29 PM

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and running back Knowshon Moreno were placed on the preseason physically unable to perform list on Thursday, the eve of Miami’s return to training camp.

Players can be taken off the PUP list at any time during the preseason. But if a player remains on the list at the end of the preseason, he is eligible for the regular season PUP list — a realistic scenario for Pouncey.

Pouncey, a Pro Bowl center in 2013, had hip surgery last month that could sideline him for several more months. If he’s placed on the regular season PUP [More]


How the Miami Dolphins measure up in NFL power rankings | Video
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 8:55 AM

The Dolphins return to training camp today and practice begins on Friday. Make sure to check back throughout camp for updates from the Palm Beach Post. You can also follow us on Twitter @AbramsonPBP and @gunnerhal, on Instagram and like our brand new “Post on Dolphins” Facebook page.

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On the eve of training camp, the Post looked at the national perception of the Dolphins this season. It’s not flattering. Despite nearly reaching the playoffs last season, both the pundits and oddmakers consistently have the Dolphins among the bottom third of the league. Some insiders believe the [More]