The Daily Dolphin

Dolphins bring back CB R.J. Stanford; Baltimore win drops Miami’s playoff odds
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 1:03 PM

The Dolphins have added cornerback R.J. Stanford to their decimated secondary and he could be asked to play a crucial role Monday night against the Jets.

The Dolphins waived Jalil Brown to make room for Stanford. Brown was listed as a second-string cornerback on the depth chart released earlier this afternoon.

Stanford spent part of the 2012 and the 2013 season with the Dolphins. He had 26 defensive snaps last ...

After Denver loss, Dolphins playoff chances at 35 percent
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 4:00 PM

Even with a 39-36 loss to Denver, the Dolphins know if that if they win out — or even win four of their last five games — they will probably make the playoffs.

But what are the odds they will do that, and beat out a slew of other competitive AFC teams for a Wild Card spot?

At the moment, it’s 35 percent. That’s according to the formula of Mike ...

Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor out about three weeks; Philbin repeatedly takes blame for Broncos loss
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 1:49 PM

The Dolphins secondary is banged up — and it might not be any better Monday night against the Jets.

But Miami received some mixed news today with cornerback Jamar Taylor’s injury not serious enough to land him on the injured reserve list, but he is expected to miss about three weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

With that timetable he’d be available only for the team’s final two home games against ...

Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor could miss rest of season with shoulder injury
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 8:37 PM

The Dolphins secondary depth took another hit on Sunday when cornerback Jamar Taylor suffered a shoulder injury that could be season ending.

A source told the Palm Beach Post that Taylor is expected to be out long-term — possibly the rest of the season — with early indications pointing to a dislocated shoulder.

Dislocated shoulders normally have a 4-12 week recovery period and sometimes require surgery.

So if it is a dislocated ...

Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 1:00 PM

The Dolphins are back after a 10-day break — and they likely need it for their opponent today, the high-octane offense of Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Dolphins vs. Broncos: How they match up and staff predictions
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:50 AM


When Dolphins have the ball

Miami passing (22nd in NFL) vs. Denver pass defense (18th): The Broncos are giving up 243 passing yards per game, in part because opponents often face big deficits and have to throw late in the game. At cornerback, the Broncos have Chris Harris Jr., who is graded the league’s top corner by Pro Football Focus, and Aqib Talib. They also have the edge rushers to ...

Dolphins TE Charles Clay doubtful vs. Broncos; RB Lamar Miller questionable
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 3:32 PM

DENVER– Dolphins tight end Charles Clay will likely miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos after suffering a hamstring injury in practice this week.

Clay and cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle) are listed as doubtful. Finnegan wasn’t expected to play this week and the Dolphins are expected to start Jamar Taylor for the second consecutive game.

Taylor had a strong starting debut against Buffalo and led the Dolphins in tackles, but will ...

Charles Clay’s status for Broncos game up in air with new injury
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:19 PM

The Broncos aren’t the only team on Sunday who might be without their starting tight end.

Miami’s Charles Clay, who has been in out of practice all season with a knee injury, has a new injury ...

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill on relationship with Bill Lazor: ‘It’s good’
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 5:42 PM

Ryan Tannehill, the player who would be most affected if offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is “abrasive” toward players, brushed off any suggestion that the label fits Wednesday.

A few days ago, a report on said ...

The Dolphins used to easily defeat Peyton Manning
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:30 AM

The Dolphins haven’t faced Peyton Manning in five years and have only gone against him twice in the last decade.

So it’s easy to forget that Manning and the Dolphins were once regular rivals.

Manning faced the ...

Long TDs? Miami Dolphins’ offense lags behind even defense in explosive scores
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:17 PM

The following two sentences would either have to be about two different teams, you might think, or come close to contradicting one another. But believe it or not, they both pertain to this year’s Dolphins.

1. The Dolphins are enjoying one of their most productive offensive seasons ever.

2. Every touchdown the Dolphins’ defense has scored has been longer than every touchdown the offense has scored.

Miami has 26 touchdowns this season, including ...

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor denies report, says players respect him
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 3:04 PM

First off, Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor says he didn’t read the report with anonymous Miami players raising concerns over the offense and saying Lazor’s “abrasive” attitude is wearing thin.

He did see the headline but he said he fights the temptation to read articles — good or bad — about the offense.

But he gets the gist of it and he’s denying that there’s anything inappropriate with the ...

Broncos fans, media rallying for Richie Incognito in time for Dolphins game
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:21 AM

The Broncos desperately need help on the offensive and former Dolphins outcast Richie Incognito might be the answer.

Incognito, a Pro Bowl guard in 2012 whose Miami career ended in a bullying scandal, worked out with Denver last week. While he didn’t earn a roster spot, various media reports said the Broncos would keep an open line of communication.

Incognito better make sure his phone isn’t on silent. The Broncos ...

Idle Miami Dolphins move into final AFC wild-card slot
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 8:12 PM

Week 11 was a good one for the Miami Dolphins, and that includes Sunday, even though they didn’t win or even score a point.

After defeating the Buffalo Bills 22-9 Thursday night, the Dolphins were idle Sunday but still managed to move into sixth place — the final playoff slot — in the AFC.

The conference standings mean the Dolphins would visit the third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals if the playoffs began today.

The AFC ...

Dolphins CB Will Davis out for season, replaced by Jalil Brown; Philbin backs Lazor
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 1:30 PM

Will Davis, a reserve Dolphins cornerback and key player on special teams, will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury, coach Joe Philbin said Friday.

The Dolphins on Saturday re-signed Jalil Brown, a cornerback who was with the team late last season, to replace Davis.

Sources said that Davis, a second-year player out of Utah State, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

He was hurt against Buffalo ...

Dolphins win a must-win game; here’s how they make the playoffs
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 4:11 AM

Sure, the Dolphins could have lost at home to Buffalo on Thursday and there would have been some mathematical way for them to sneak in the playoffs.

But Miami needed this game. They needed it for confidence and they needed it to have a realistic shot at making the postseason.

It was an ugly 22-9 win that was really hard to watch in the first half when both teams ...

Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 5:00 PM

After falling to 5-4 on the season, the Dolphins face a quick turnaround to take on a division rival it hasn’t beaten since 2012. Follow all the action and analysis from Sun Life Stadium before, during and after tonight’s game!

Time to think about 2105 already? Dolphins players can talk all they want about taking it one game at a time.

Members of the organization’s front office aren’t even taking it one ...

Dolphins need red zone help: No NFL team has smaller WR/TEs
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 9:58 AM

As you might now by now (and the Palm Beach Post documented in Wednesday’s paper) the Dolphins are getting more red zone scoring attempts then any team in the NFL but have the third-to-worst touchdown percentage once they’re within the 20-yard line.

So why are they struggling to score in the red zone? These next stats can’t help their cause heading in to tonight’s game againsti Buffalo:

When it comes to receivers ...

Finnegan out for Dolphins; Clay questionable; Tannehill probable
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 4:01 PM

Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle) has been officially ruled out of Thursday’s game against Buffalo.

Finnegan will likely be replaced by Jamar Taylor.

Left guard Daryn Colledge is doubtful and is expected to be replaced by Shelley Smith.

Miami tight ends Charles Clay (knee) and Dion Sims (toe) are both listed as questionable. If neither of them can play the Dolphins would be down to undrafted rookie Gator Hoskins.

Long snapper John Denney (knee) ...

Video: Will Dolphins be able to hold off Bills’ pressure?
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:28 AM

Hal Habib talks with CineSport’s Brian Clark about Miami’s matchup against Buffalo, including the Dolphins’ offensive line shuffle, whether the defense can close out tight games and what it will take for the Fins to snap a three-game losing streak in the series.