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According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller "can play the role of LeSean 'Shady' McCoy" in new OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly's staff as Philly led the NFL in rushing and yards per carry (5.1). Miller lacks McCoy's lateral explosiveness, but he is a speed back who's dangerous in space. Earlier in July, Miller met with McCoy to discuss "how to thrive in the system Lazor has brought from Philly to South Florida," and also watched Shady's game tape. Per beat writer Adam Beasley, Miller "has been clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno "every step of the way." "He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been," said coach Joe Philbin of Miller, who gained 6-8 pounds of offseason muscle. "I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever." Miller is shaping up as a potential steal at his seventh-round ADP.
Jul 27 - 7:05 PM

Mike Wallace has been moving around the formation and lining up on both sides during training camp.

"I think I’ll get to run everything," Wallace said. "I’ll be able to be a complete receiver instead of a one-dimensional guy." After running mostly go routes down the right sideline under old OC Mike Sherman, Wallace is "running a variety of patterns" under new play caller Bill Lazor. Wallace is currently being drafted as a WR3, but we like his odds for having a bounce-back breakout year.
Jul 27 - 11:20 AM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is "at serious risk" of not making the team.

Matthews has struggled during the early part of camp, and is no higher than the No. 5 receiver. He's competing with Armon Binns, Damian Williams and converted RB Marcus Thigpen for one or two spots. Miami has privately questioned Matthews' focus in the past, and he recently admitted to being late to team meetings. Releasing Matthews would create $556,597 in 2014 cap space.
Jul 26 - 7:38 PM

Jamar Taylor is competing for the Dolphins' No. 2 cornerback job.

Taylor played just 45 snaps during his injury-filled rookie season, but the Dolphins remain high on his long-term outlook. He made "several standout plays" in OTAs and is in the mix to start opposite Brent Grimes. Cortland Finnegan opened training camp at right cornerback, but could be moved to the slot.
Jul 26 - 6:49 PM

The Dolphins are giving second-year OL Dallas Thomas the first crack at their starting right guard job.

Daryn Colledge is the left guard with Shelley Smith at center. Thomas struggled at right tackle as a rookie, but could prove more functional in tighter quarters. In 2012 at Tennessee, Thomas allowed zero sacks as the Volunteers' starting left tackle. The Fins need Thomas to improve his run blocking.
Jul 26 - 4:16 PM

Converted G Shelley Smith and QB Ryan Tannehill struggled with center-to-quarterback exchanges on the first day of Dolphins camp.

The lack of cohesion was unsurprising considering Smith was not informed of his position switch to center until two days before camp. Still, with Mike Pouncey sidelined until midseason, it's an issue the Dolphins need to work out. The rest of the "rebuilt" line did not fare much better during the practice, with bookend tackles Brandon Albert and rookie Ja'Wuan James getting beat regularly.
Jul 26 - 3:04 PM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley said the Dolphins' top three receivers are Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, and he does not "envision that changing."

Coming off a patellar tendon tear, there was talk all offseason Gibson would cede his slot job to Rishard Matthews or rookie Jarvis Landry. Beasley does not see that scenario playing out with Gibson now healthy and working at full speed. Gibson posted a 30-326-3 line in only seven games last season.
Jul 26 - 8:53 AM

The Dolphins have moved RG Shelley Smith to center.

Smith has "never played center at any level," but the Dolphins are prioritizing run blocking on the pivot with incumbent C Mike Pouncey sidelined until midseason. Daryn Colledge is expected to fill the left guard spot, with Nate Garner, Dallas Thomas, and rookie Billy Turner competing opposite him. The Dolphins' starting tackles are Branden Albert and first-round pick Ja'Wuan James.
Jul 25 - 1:15 PM

Dolphins third-year DE Derrick Shelby underwent an offseason knee scope.

It's no longer an issue, but it's noteworthy. Shelby is a coaching-staff favorite and will handle third-end duties behind Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake. He registered 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 446 snaps last season.
Jul 25 - 11:20 AM

The Dolphins are expected to implement read-option plays into their offense this season.

With old Chip Kelly OC Bill Lazor now running the show, the Dolphins want to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Cement-footed Nick Foles quietly had three rushing TDs and 221 rushing yards in only ten starts under Kelly and Lazor last season. Tannehill, a college wide receiver, has managed 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding a run element to his repertoire would be a boost. He's a solid two-QB-league target.
Jul 25 - 9:15 AM

Dolphins placed RB Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) and C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Speaking Thursday, coach Joe Philbin said Moreno was expected to go "full throttle" before "too long." He could be activated within the week. Pouncey is expected to miss all of camp, and could revert to the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season.
Jul 24 - 5:50 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has "no major (worries)" about Brandon Gibson's (patellar tendon) health, and believes he'll be able to go "full throttle" in the near future.

Gibson is in the final stages of his recovery, but should still be considered week to week. Gibson needs to be healthy for the preseason, where he'll attempt to hold off second-rounder Jarvis Landry for slot duties. There's a strong chance Gibson ends up settling in at No. 4 on the depth chart.
Jul 24 - 3:08 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes it won't be "too long" before Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) is cleared to go "full throttle."

Moreno is a month removed from his scope, where he was given a 4-5 week timeline. Moreno can't afford setbacks as he does battle with Lamar Miller for No. 1 duties. Either out of shape or on the shelf for the majority of his Dolphins tenure, Moreno is shaping up as a thoroughly mediocre late-round fantasy bet.
Jul 24 - 3:02 PM

A source tells the Miami Herald that C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) is now expected to be out until late October.

Pouncey's labrum repair was always expected to cost him the first 3-4 weeks of the season, but now it sounds like he won't be back until Week 8 or so. He's starting camp on the active/PUP list, which puts the reserve/PUP list in play for the regular season. It's a major concern for an already shaky offensive line, as Nate Garner will likely have to fill in at the pivot.
Jul 23 - 12:17 PM

Dolphins signed No. 67 overall pick OG Billy Turner to a four-year contract.

Turner practiced as the first-team left guard during OTAs, but was overtaken by sophomore Dallas Thomas at minicamp. A four-year starter at North Dakota State, Turner is a strong run blocker and has the size (6'5/315) and arm length (34'') to excel in pass protection. Browns CB Justin Gilbert and Titans OT Taylor Lewan are now the only remaining unsigned draft picks.
Jul 18 - 6:35 PM


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