- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
- CB Will Davis out for season Miami placed CB Will Davis on the IR, ending his season
Based on what I’ve read on Twitter and other places today, I have a feeling this recap won’t be too popular!
Don’t get me wrong—I’m ecstatic the Dolphins are 3-0 and I like a lot of things about this team. But there are still plenty of things that concern me and I’d be lying if I said I was particularly pleased with the way the team play—albeit without some key players—before the game-winning drive.
Be warned: If you’re looking for a magical place full of magic and unicorn and sparkles where all we do is talk about how awesome the Dolphins are and how they’re a lock for the Lombardi Trophy come February, this is not the article for you. I don’t see the point in being illogical or overly optimistic while turning a blind eye to anything concerning, because I am a realist.
Therefore, these are my realistic observations from the Dolphins’ victory over the Falcons in Week 3…
- Let me say this now—I like Ryan Tannehill and I believe he has elite upside. I hope he becomes what we all want him to be. And I give credit to hi Continue reading
Pre-season? Who cares? Football is back!
Here are 5 positives and 5 negatives I saw in tonight’s pre-season game against the Cowboys. It is a LOONNGG August, fellas. Take my advice and don’t judge this or that on one day, game, or even week.
1) DE Derrick Shelby.
Shelby started, and was a terror with 2 sacks and a pressure. Continued improvement from Shelby could make it too tough to cut him, even with Wake, Jordan, Vernon, and Misi ahead of him in the pecking order.
2) WR’s Chad Bumphis and Keenan Davis.
Bumphis (5-85) and Davis (3-48-1) made more of their opportunities than Marvin McNutt, Jeff Fuller, and Bryan Tyms. Bumphis ran smooth routes and was fearless in the slot. Davis, who scored the Dolphins’ first TD, has an impressive size-speed combo – it’ll be interesting to see if he gets into the race for the final #5 WR spot.
3) TE Michael Egnew.
For all the (well-deserved) flak Egnew has gotten from Dolphins fans, it was impressive to see him rebound from a dropped pas Continue reading
TE TYLER EIFERT
Tyler Eifert has the best combination of height, speed and athletic ability in this TE draft class. He is a fluid pass catcher that has great body control and catching radius. Eifert is a TE that has good leaping ability and length. These attributes allows him to go up and compete for balls at its highest point, this is a trait that Dolphins receiving core lacks at the moment.
Last year’s 3rd rounder Michael Egnew is more of a “move” TE that can play in space as a hybrid TE/WR but struggles in-line as a blocker because of his lack of lower body strength, therefore he is not considered at this point to be an every down TE.
Free Agent pickup Dustin Keller was a solid signing but he is only contracted to a one year deal, drafting Tyler Eifert at #12 will secure the position and give the Dolphins a solid every down option at TE for years to come.
Eifert doesn’t have elite level speed at the position but has the athletic ability to line up in space as a receive Continue reading
According to multiple sources, including the Miami Dolphins official site, QB Ryan Tannehill will be starting today against the Colts.
In other news, DT Tony McDaniel will be out of the game with an injury. QB Pat Devlin, CB Richard Marshall, DB Anderson Russell, LB Josh Kaddu, OT Will Yeatman and TE Michael Egnew on the inactive list. Nolan Carroll will get his fourth consecutive start at cornerback in place of the injured Richard Marshall.
The Colts will be without CB Vontae Davis and TE Coby Fleener. WR Nathan Palmer, CB Marshay Green, DE Clifton Geathers, DE Lawrence Guy, and OT Tony Hillis will be on the inactives list.
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After the first three rounds of the draft, I cannot help but come away feeling like the Dolphins have made a start in the right direction. I felt that the Dolphins got some excellent value, but they still have some room for improvement.
The Fins selected Ryan Tannehill in the first round. I have started for some time that I thought the 8th overall pick was a bit high for Tannehill. But after years of neglect of the QB position, the Fins did not have much of a choice.
I like Tannehill’s upside, though he is still somewhat raw. It will probably take a year or more to develop him into a starting NFL QB. Still, the drafting of Tannehill represents the organization’s decision to focus long term rather than their “win now” mentality. This paradigm shift could be the beginning of the team’s return to prominence.
In the second round, the Fins took Stanford OT Jonathon Martin. I like the pick from a value stand point. Martin was a fir Continue reading