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Shelley Smith took most of the first-team right guard reps at Dolphins practice this week.

Dallas Thomas heads to the bench after getting destroyed in both the run and pass games during Miami's first two preseason games. Smith entered camp as the starting center after Mike Pouncey got hurt. That transition didn't work, and he's back at his more natural position. Smith is an above-average run blocker.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 10:30 AM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin remains "encouraged" by the way Brandon Gibson has returned from last year's patellar tendon tear.

"I think he’s a quarterback-friendly guy," Philbin said Thursday. "He’s got very good hands and he’s smart. He can read coverages, understands the leverage." Philbin's comments should put to rest the talk that Gibson might get left off the 53-man roster. Although he's now rotating with rookie Jarvis Landry in the slot, Gibson can still be considered Miami's No. 3 receiver.
Aug 21 - 7:25 PM

Knowshon Moreno (knee) is expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason game.

It will be Moreno's exhibition debut, and his last best hope to throw a wrench into Lamar Miller's re-ascension to No. 1 duties on early downs. The duo is likely to enter Week 1 as a committee, with Moreno acting as a change-of-pace back and pass protector.
Aug 21 - 3:44 PM

Knowshon Moreno says he's "ready" for game action.

Moreno appears to be fully recovered from his June knee scope. He broke off a 15-yard run at Wednesday's practice and "looked the best he's looked since returning," per the Miami Herald. Moreno also says he's gotten down to his ideal playing weight after reporting to OTAs too heavy. "I feel good," added Moreno. His status for Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal remains uncertain.
Aug 20 - 8:07 PM

Dolphins UDFA RB Damien Williams has just 22 yards on 17 carries this preseason.

We noticed Williams getting a taste of first-team action in Miami's second preseason game, although that was because Mike Gillislee, Knowshon Moreno, and Daniel Thomas were all inactive. "These next two weeks for him are going to be very important," coach Joe Philbin acknowledged of Williams' roster chances.
Aug 20 - 8:05 PM

Dolphins rookie DB Walt Aikens is "out indefinitely" with a left hand injury.

It sounds like he may have fractured the hand, although that's just us connecting the dots. A fourth-round pick out of Liberty, Aikens was having a strong camp working as a swing defensive back, seeing action at both safety and corner.
Aug 20 - 8:01 PM

Dolphins second-year RG Dallas Thomas has graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst offensive lineman by a wide margin through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Practically handed a starting job at the onset of training camp, Thomas has been destroyed both as a pass protector and run blocker across 57 snaps. Coach Joe Philbin now admits Thomas isn't locked in as a starter. Rookie Billy Turner and free-agent addition Shelley Smith will both be given a shot.
Aug 20 - 3:35 PM

Second-round rookie Jarvis Landry said he's now rotating in the slot position with Brandon Gibson.

We always expected Landry to overtake Gibson and Rishard Matthews this year. It's a great sign that he's pushing so hard with two-plus weeks before Week 1. Landry isn't on the re-draft radar yet, but he could certainly find himself there before the year is up. He's an ideal slot man in the mold of Hines Ward, and Ryan Tannehill showed a penchant for targeting that position last year.
Aug 20 - 12:25 PM

Coach Joe Philbin said he thinks Knowshon Moreno's conditioning is "getting there."

Still coming off his lingering right knee injury, Moreno isn't in tip-top shape yet. It's put him in a very poor position to mount a challenge to Lamar Miller for the starting gig. We're expecting Moreno to be a change-of-pace back and pass-protection specialist in Week 1.
Aug 20 - 9:54 AM

Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis' roster spot is in danger as he battles a groin injury.

Sturgis — who also battled groin issues in camp last season — is facing heat from John Potter. Sturgis was 26-of-34 on field-goal attempts as a rookie, putting him below the desired 80 percent threshold.
Aug 19 - 7:19 PM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) said he's targeting Week 4 for his return.

The Dolphins have a bye in Week 5, so rushing back for Week 4 wouldn't make a lot of sense. Still, the vibe on Pouncey's rehab has been very positive and it sounds like he has a legit chance to avoid reserve/PUP -- something that would cost him the first six games. This remade Dolphins offensive line will get a big boost when their pivot man returns.
Aug 18 - 4:15 PM

Daniel Thomas (hamstring) returned to Dolphins practice Monday.

Thomas missed over two weeks of practice. He now needs to show something over the next two weeks to keep his roster spot. He'll be in big trouble if he's not ready for this weekend's regular-season dress rehearsal.
Aug 18 - 4:12 PM

Charles Clay (knee) returned to Dolphins practice Monday.

Clay went down two weeks ago, and missed each of the Dolphins' first two preseason games. He should be considered no better than 50-50 for this week's regular-season dress rehearsal as he rounds back into practice form. Clay is a borderline TE1, and would ideally be part of a committee for your fantasy team.
Aug 18 - 2:20 PM

Daniel Thomas missed the Dolphins' second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

He also missed Miami's exhibition opener. Thomas has been sidelined for at least two weeks, which should continue to decrease his odds of making the Dolphins' 53-man roster. If Knowshon Moreno gets healthy, it's conceivable the Fins could go with just three backs: Lamar Miller, Moreno, and UDFA Damien Williams. Mike Gillislee is also on the shelf with a balky hamstring.
Aug 17 - 3:23 PM

Charles Clay (knee) insisted that he'll be ready for Week 1.

Clay injured his knee in the Dolphins' intra-squad scrimmage a couple weeks ago. He's missed Miami's first two preseason games and is considered week-to-week. Clay is currently on the TE1/2 border as our No. 13 fantasy tight end.
Aug 17 - 12:49 PM


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