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The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson believes DE Derrick Shelby should see more snaps while DE Dion Jordan is suspended.

Jackson said Shelby is a favorite of coach Joe Philbin and thinks he will be first in line to fill Jordan's role in the defense. Shelby actually played more snaps than Jordan last season -- 446 to 339 -- and was arguably the better player. Shelby recorded 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2013.
Jul 3 - 7:21 PM

ESPN's James Walker said Dion Jordan's suspension could allow seventh-round DE Terrence Fede to make the Dolphins' roster.

Fede appeared to be ticketed for the practice squad, but the Jordan news could open a spot for Marist's all-time sack leader. Even if he makes the squad, there is little chance Fede will have an impact this season.
Jul 3 - 7:04 PM

Suspended Dolphins DE Dion Jordan claims his four-game ban stems from taking stimulants.

Jordan is claiming he didn't take steroids, despite a noticeably bulked-up frame this spring. "I worked carefully with my advisors and the union to investigate the test results, and I take full responsibility for the test results," he said in a statement. Jordan will miss games against New England, Buffalo, Kansas City, and Oakland. He can return in Week 6, following Miami's Week 5 bye.
Jul 3 - 6:56 PM

NFL suspended Dolphins DE Dion Jordan four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

The No. 3 pick in the 2013 draft, Jordan struggled his first year in the league, recording only two sacks in 339 defensive snaps. Jordan put on almost 20 pounds this offseason, and the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero observed it "looked as if he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders." Jordan was rumored to be on the trade block in early spring. On college tape, Jordan resembled a cross between Julian Peterson and Jason Taylor. Just over one year later, and he has many symptoms of a huge draft bust.
Jul 3 - 4:29 PM

Dolphins signed G Daryn Colledge to a one-year contract.

A ninth-year veteran with 124 career starts, College adds interior line depth to a Dolphins unit that'll likely be without C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) for several games to open the season. A roughly replacement-level starter, Colledge would ideally be a reserve in Miami, with Sam Brenner or Nate Garner holding down center until Pouncey returns. The Fins' current starting guards are Shelley Smith and Dallas Thomas, with rookie Billy Turner pushing for snaps.
Jun 30 - 10:43 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to sign free agent OL Daryn Colledge.

Colledge has experience at all five positions on the offensive line, though he's certainly on the downside of his career at age 32 and is merely average at best. The Dolphins are picking Colledge over fellow free agents C Samson Satele, C Steve Vallos, and RT Ryan Harris. Colledge should be a versatile backup.
Jun 30 - 6:53 PM

The Dolphins will host former Cardinals OG Daryn Colledge for a free agent visit.

The Fins are "searching for solutions" after losing C Mike Pouncey to hip surgery, which will cost him at least the first month of the season. Colledge does not have experience at center, but has lots of it at guard, and knows coach Joe Philbin from their time together in Green Bay. He's 32 years old.
Jun 27 - 4:16 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker pegs RE Olivier Vernon as a player whose stock continues to rise.

Vernon led the Dolphins with his 11.5 sacks last season and returned to have a dominant spring. "He's real, real good," said new LT Branden Albert, who was beaten by Vernon for two sacks in a scrimmage last week. Vernon remains ahead of last year's No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan for the starting job opposite LE Cameron Wake. The defensive line is the clear strength of the team in Miami.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 11:10 AM

A Rams source informed Profootballtalk that now-Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan never actually underwent surgery to repair his 2013 fractured orbital bone.

It's a slow period for NFL news. Last week, Finnegan called out ex-Rams DC Tim Walton by saying his defensive approach was "atrocious," and Walton was "in over his head." The Rams swung back at Finnegan today, saying Walton's game plan wasn't the problem, but Finnegan's play is partly to blame. (In our opinion, both Finnegan and Walton were awful in 2013.) The Rams basically went on to say Finnegan used his eye injury as an excuse for his bad play. The Dolphins are counting on Finnegan to start opposite Brent Grimes this season.
Jun 25 - 5:44 PM

Sam Brenner is expected to take over at center while Mike Pouncey (hip) is sidelined.

Brenner's a second-year UDFA out of Utah. He played 292 offensive snaps as a rookie, making one start at center and three starts at left guard. Brenner received extremely poor marks from PFF both as a pass protector and run blocker. The Dolphins' offensive line is still a major question mark. The projected opening day starters outside of LT Branden Albert have combined for 12 NFL starts.
Jun 24 - 9:10 AM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com that Dolphins C Mike Pouncey's labrum tear in his hip is "significant" and occurred during Organized Team Activities.

Pouncey has high pain tolerance -- he played through kidney stones last year -- but a three-month timetable is "very optimistic," per PFT, and it's possible Pouncey will be out quite a bit longer than that. Because the injury occurred before training camp, Pouncey will be eligible to open camp on active/PUP, and open the season on reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games. The Dolphins' bye is in Week 4. It sounds like a best-case scenario would be Pouncey returning in Week 5.
Jun 23 - 5:51 PM

Knowshon Moreno will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week, and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

Moreno should be ready for Week 1, but is likely to open training camp on the active/PUP list, and be held out of practice until his knee is fully recovered and he's in shape. Moreno reported to OTAs overweight. The knee scope won't help his conditioning woes, putting Moreno on the shelf for at least the next month. He'll probably end up doing a lot of stationary-bike riding in August. Lamar Miller is the heavy favorite to start at tailback for Miami on Opening Day.
Jun 23 - 5:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will be out "at least" three months after undergoing hip surgery on Monday.

Per Schefter, Pouncey tore his labrum "sometime during OTA sessions." It's a huge blow to Miami's perennially shaky offensive line, which now figures to turn to second-year UDFA Sam Brenner at pivot, with Dallas Thomas and Shelley Smith at the guard spots. Pouncey graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 center last season, although he earned negative marks as a run blocker. He was at his best in pass protection. Still, losing a rock-solid center is always a big blow to an offense. The Fins may have to explore the free agent center market, where Fernando Velasco, David Baas, and Dan Koppen are the top names available.
Jun 23 - 4:50 PM

Knowshon Moreno, who may need surgery on his left knee, revealed the Dolphins were "the only team that reached out to him during free agency."

Moreno's market was awfully quiet for a player who posted stats of his caliber in 2013, which makes us wonder if teams were wary of his health, in addition to the inflation of that production in Peyton Manning's offense. Moreno is seeking a medical opinion this week to determine whether he needs a knee scope. If he does, the Dolphins may have to explore acquiring another running back.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

The Palm Beach Post expects Daniel Thomas to make Miami's 53-man roster.

"Even if (Knowshon) Moreno is ready to go for the season, I now expect Thomas to make it," tweeted beat writer Andrew Abramson. Moreno is dealing with a knee issue that could require surgery, so Miami can't afford to part with running back depth. Thomas is due only $816,321 in the final year of his deal. There's no significant financial incentive for the Dolphins to cut him.
Jun 20 - 7:58 PM


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