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The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have been impressed with second-year S Walt Aikens' "maturation" this offseason.

The 2014 fourth-rounder was suspended last Week 17 for an unspecified violation of team rules. He was primarily a special teamer as a rookie, but did contribute 64 snaps on defense. Aikens won't open the year as a starter, but could emerge as the leader for snaps behind Reshad Jones and Louis Delmas.
May 28 - 9:58 PM

Chris McCain opened Dolphins OTAs as the starting strong-side linebacker.

McCain is a second-year UDFA out of California. At 6'5/250, he has plenty of size and even dropped down to defensive end at times in Tuesday's practice. McCain played 46 snaps as a rookie and will certainly face competition for the job this summer. Jordan Tripp and veteran Spencer Paysinger will push McCain.
May 26 - 9:21 PM

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor expects Ryan Tannehill to be better in all phases of the game this season.

"I think everything should be better," Lazor said. "Ryan is an extremely hard worker. ... I don't know that you can script a better formula for a guy to be successful." Tannehill had something of a breakout under Lazor last season, and is entering what should be the prime of his career at age 27. The Dolphins have supplied Tannehill with weapons all over the offense, including many who do work at the short-to-intermediate levels of the field. Tannehill could finish as a top-eight fantasy quarterback this season.
May 26 - 5:53 PM

Jarvis Landry was operating as the Dolphins slot receiver at Tuesday's OTAs.

Any whispers that Landry will be moving outside should be squashed. He's an ideal fit in the slot while new additions Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker fit outside. Veteran Greg Jennings projects as a backup at all three spots and Jordan Cameron will also be working between the hashes. Landry's role as a high-volume underneath slot man is intact, but there are a lot of mouths for Ryan Tannehill to feed here.
May 26 - 12:14 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews reported for Tuesday's OTAs.

Matthews wants out of Miami after the Dolphins added Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. He skipped the first two phases of the offseason program, but of course didn't get his wish as he has no value on the trade market.
May 26 - 12:08 PM

Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry were the Dolphins' first-team wideouts as OTAs opened Tuesday.

DeVante Parker is getting the rookie treatment as he'll mix in slowly. Ultimately, we'd expect Jennings to be the odd man out here in favor of the first-round pick. But he was given an $8 million contract that included $3 million guaranteed, so he's not going away quietly. It's a reminder that this pass-catching corps -- one that also includes TE Jordan Cameron -- is stacked. There will be heavy competition for snaps and targets.

Ndamukong Suh is expected to participate in this week's OTAs.

Suh showed up for the first day of April workouts and then bolted, leaving outsiders to question the $114 million man. Of course, Suh rarely participated in voluntary OTAs while with the Lions and it obviously didn't affect him in the fall. It's a story that will make far more headlines than it's worth.
May 26 - 8:02 AM

The Miami Herald considers Jay Ajayi the frontrunner to back up Lamar Miller, and believes he could "eventually challenge Miller for (the) starting job."

Both GM Dennis Hickey and football czar Mike Tannenbaum have said Ajayi has the ability to play all three downs. Were it not for questions about his right knee, Ajayi would have come off the board much earlier on draft weekend. At the very least, Ajayi should siphon passing-game targets from Miller.
May 25 - 3:04 PM

Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor remains the favorite to start opposite Brent Grimes.

The Dolphins wanted to upgrade Taylor, but didn't take a cornerback until the 145th pick of the draft (Bobby McCain). Taylor is facing competition from Zack Bowman and potentially Will Davis. Davis is recovering from a torn ACL, and isn't expected to practice before training camp.
May 25 - 2:59 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker does not expect Lamar Miller's usage to change this season.

Despite having zero talent behind him on the depth chart, the Dolphins have consistently limited Miller's workload. He has been given more than 20 carries only once in his three-year career, and he has seen more than 15 carries only eight times. With rookie Jay Ajayi now in town, it is unlikely Miller suddenly transforms into a 250-carry back.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:32 AM

The Dolphins expect third-year CB Will Davis (ACL) to be ready for the start of training camp.

Davis tore his ACL in mid-November of last season. The 25-year-old played sparingly and was ineffective in his limited opportunities before going down. Davis is technically in the mix to start at right corner, but could also be on the roster bubble. After passing on Kevin Johnson and Marcus Peters, Miami's cornerback depth chart is wide open beyond LCB Brent Grimes.
May 22 - 2:18 PM

Suspended DE Dion Jordan appears to be distancing himself from the Dolphins.

"It’s a [bad] situation," teammate DE Derrick Shelby said. "I’ve texted him a few times but got no response." While teammates have reached out to Jordan, he's closed them off. The same goes for the team regarding Jordan, however, as Miami's higher-ups have declined to say whether Jordan will be welcomed back once his suspension is up. He needs to concentrate on avoiding trouble.
May 22 - 11:01 AM

Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey calls FS Louis Delmas (ACL) "borderline full-go."

Delmas is just five and a half months removed from tearing up his right knee, but has progressed at a brisk pace. Hickey expects Delmas to participate in June minicamp, which means he should be full-go for training camp, barring a setback.
May 21 - 7:56 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is skipping team workouts and instead training with free agent QB Brady Quinn.

After Miami's revamping of its receiving corps, Matthews is left disgruntled and wants to be traded or waived. He's skipping all team activities and working out on his own. Unfortunately for Matthews, he's inexpensive ($660,000 salary), which makes it easy for the Dolphins to carry him as their No. 5 receiver. A big slot receiver at 6'/215, Matthews would at best bring back a late-round pick.
May 19 - 10:51 PM

Ryan Tannehill's new contract only fully guaranteed him $21.5 million at signing.

Like most NFL contracts, the original reported number of $45 million guaranteed was a bit misleading. Tannehill received $21.5M guaranteed at signing and will get another $3.5M guaranteed when he's on the roster in March of 2016. But the $14.475M he's scheduled for in 2017 doesn't become guaranteed until March of that year and the same can be said for the $5.525M due in 2018. It's a reasonably team-friendly deal that is essentially "pay as you go" after 2-3 years -- similar to the recent Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick extensions. Tannehill will have to earn that back-end money and if he does, the Dolphins will be happy to pay it.
May 19 - 7:58 AM


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