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Dolphins claimed WR Cobi Hamilton off waivers from the Bengals.

Hamilton spent the last two seasons on Cincinnati's practice squad. The 2013 sixth-round pick has never appeared in an NFL game. Hamilton will give Miami depth with DeVante Parker sidelined.
Aug 1 - 7:05 PM

Kelvin Sheppard primarily played as the first-team middle linebacker at Dolphins' camp on Friday.

Despite his lackluster career to this point, the Dolphins seem intent on giving Sheppard a shot to win a starting job. Koa Misi, who looked locked in at middle linebacker throughout the offseason program, opened up camp as the strong-side linebacker. A third-round pick of the Bills in 2011, Sheppard was released by the Colts at final cuts last season and struggled to find playing time after latching on with the Dolphins in September.
Aug 1 - 8:36 AM

Damien Williams opened Dolphins camp as the second-team back behind Lamar Miller.

Williams is ahead of rookie Jay Ajayi. Although Ajayi was a hyped prospect before the draft, Williams is no slouch in his own right. He was a standout in the passing game as a rookie and will be a significant obstacle for Ajayi to overcome. If Miller went down, Williams and Ajayi might form a two-man RBBC.
Jul 31 - 8:59 PM

Fourth-round pick Jamil Douglas "seems to have an early edge" on Dallas Thomas for the Dolphins' starting left guard job.

Per the Miami Herald, "people in the organization" see Douglas as "the favorite to ultimately earn the starting spot" over Thomas, who was one of the worst offensive linemen in football last year, and has continued to struggle on the practice field. This all assumes the Fins don't sign free agent OG Evan Mathis, whom OC Bill Lazor knows from their time together in Philadelphia.
Jul 31 - 3:42 PM

Jarvis Landry is considered the "front-runner" to keep the Dolphins' punt return job in 2015.

Landry will assume every-down duties at receiver, but he remains the Fins' best option on kick and punt returns, as well. Landry ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average as a rookie. Landry's low aDOT (Average Depth of Target) in some ways caps his fantasy ceiling, but he set a 105-catch pace over the final nine weeks of 2014 and has added value in return-yardage leagues.
Jul 31 - 1:43 AM

Bengals waived WR Cobi Hamilton.

A 2013 sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, Hamilton was never much of a receiving prospect and didn't make enough special teams noise to earn a game-day roster spot. The 24-year-old should generate scant interest on waivers.
Jul 31 - 1:22 AM

DeVante Parker's (foot surgery) agent would be "shocked" if his client wasn't ready for Week 1.

The comments come five days after coach Joe Philbin said he expected Parker to be ready for Miami's opener. Parker has opened camp on active/PUP, but it doesn't appear anyone expects him to revert to reserve/PUP later this summer.
Jul 30 - 6:05 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (knee) is unsure if he'll be ready for Week 1.

"I told everybody it’s going to be sooner than later," Albert said Thursday. "I’m ahead of schedule. We don’t want to push it too much. This is a good starting point." It's a bit of a surprise, as Albert opened camp on the active roster, while the Dolphins spun sunshine about his status all offseason. All we know for sure is that he's avoiding the reserve/PUP list since he wasn't placed on active/PUP. Albert still has a real shot at being ready for Week 1.
Jul 30 - 6:01 PM

Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis (quad) was a full participant for the start of training camp.

Sturgis suffered the left quad injury at a team-organized kickball event in late May or early June. After missing eight field goals last year, Sturgis is on the spot in training camp, facing competition from Andrew Franks.
Jul 30 - 9:55 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Dolphins' coaching staff wants LB Kelvin Sheppard on the field more this season.

Caplan suggests Sheppard could get a legitimate chance to start at middle linebacker, depending on his performance in training camp. In that scenario, Koa Misi would move to strong-side linebacker, with Chris McCain handling No. 4 duties. Sheppard, 27, has played for three teams in the last three years. PFF gave him horrific run-defense grades with the Colts in 2013.
Jul 29 - 10:56 PM

The Dolphins have had preliminary extension talks with Lamar Miller.

With one of the worst 2016 cap situations, Miami "can’t say for sure" if they’ll be able to keep Miller. The Dolphins reportedly view Jay Ajayi as a three-down back, but his balky knee makes Ajayi an unlikely long-term solution. Miller is making just $660K in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 29 - 7:07 PM

Dolphins placed WR DeVante Parker (foot) on active/PUP.

As expected. Parker underwent surgery last month to have a screw replaced in his previously-operated foot. The No. 14 overall pick is expected to avoid the reserve/PUP list to open the season, which would cost him the first six games, but he's questionable for Week 1 and not expected to get much work in camp.
Jul 29 - 1:30 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (knee) will open training camp on the active roster.

He's avoided the active/PUP list and will be a full participant in football activities right out of the gate. Albert's rehab from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in Week 10 was setback-free. His return to Ryan Tannehill's blind side is a big boost for the offense. Albert was PFF's No. 4 tackle at the time of his injury.
Jul 29 - 8:59 AM

The Dolphins have had no contract talks with contract-year RE Olivier Vernon.

Vernon is entering his age-24 season and the final year of his rookie deal. He's recorded 18 sacks over the past two seasons and plays above-average run defense. Vernon is expected to command Cameron Jordan money -- five years and $55 million with $33.5 million guaranteed -- at the very least and may be a candidate for the Dolphins' franchise tag. Miami may have to choose between on-the-rise Vernon or aging veteran LE Cameron Wake next offseason.
Jul 28 - 9:40 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the team is open to giving Lamar Miller more carries in 2015.

Miller notoriously failed to hit 20 carries in any game last year, despite averaging an explosive 5.09 yards per tote in one of the NFL's most efficient rushing offenses. Miller did handle 19 carries in each of Miami's final two games, however, and Philbin left the door open for Miller to be treated more like a workhorse this year. "I would tell you I’ve never been in a meeting where I’ve said to [OC] Bill [Lazor] or [RBs coach] Jeff Nixon or the offensive line coaches (that) ‘Lamar can’t carry the ball 20 times a game. He can’t do it,’" Philbin insisted. "I’ve never heard that. That’s never come out of my mouth. ... I would tell you, if he’s cranking and he got it 24 times a game and he’s healthy and he’s fast and he’s explosive, it doesn’t bother me one bit." If Philbin stays true to his word, Miller will offer high-end RB1 upside after finishing 2014 as fantasy's No. 9 overall back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 1:28 PM


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