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Saturday's second practice in the NSMB

Inside the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (NSMB) for the second consecutive afternoon workout, the Dolphins offense once again made the bomb down the left sideline seem like it's a staple of the offense.

Except that rather than Anthony Armstrong or Ted Ginn Jr. getting by (usually) cornerback Eric Green, this time it was running back Ronnie Brown running behind the cornerback. That's great for Brown. And not so great for Green.

Brown had lined up wide and just streaked down the sideline before making the finger-tip grab just as he crossed the goal line. Touchdown Dolphins!

And for those of you familiar with Dolphins radio calls, "Touchdown Dolphins, against them!"

Other notable observations from the afternoon practice:

The team worked kick coverage again this afternoon and I was just blown away by how fast Cameron Wake can run. He got down that field as quickly as a couple of defensive backs. No exaggeration here. He was flying! And he'll have to play special teams to earn his keep, at least initially, if Jason Taylor is playing ahead of him in passing downs.

Chris Clemons, by the way, also looks like a special teams beast in the making, assuming he's a hitter (which is his reputation) once the pads go on.

Will Allen has been impressive in the manner he's taken some of the young corners -- particularly Vontae Davis -- under his wings. With Allen on the sideline and Davis in the game, you could hear Allen telling Davis what to do.

"Press, press, press, Vontae," Allen implored.

And then, "Now, come off."

Davis followed orders and showed good coverage.

Joey Thomas had a highlight interception and started high-stepping as he returned the pick, but I looked over to Bill Parcells, who was watching the action, and he didn't seem too pleased with the showboating. Note to Thomas: Intercept the ball, score the ball, don't celebrate on the way to scoring until you know you're definitely on the team.

Jason Allen also had a good afternoon in the NSMB. The more I think about it, the more I think this kid will make the team. Won't be a starter as you've read from other outlets. But he should be on the team unless his game collapses in the preseason or training camp.

Finally, my column for The Herald Sunday is right here. In it, I make the point that the Dolphins are much better today than they were a year ago at this point. I give you reasons why that is true. But I'm not so sure that will translate to a better W-L record in 2009.

Read the column (please) and tell me what you think. Agree? Think I'm crazy?  

[BLOG AND RADIO NOTE: We'll finish up minicamp with a Sunday morning practice. I'll update following the practice and then be on the radio 4:30-7 p.m. on 790 The Ticket here in So. Fla. If you're not in paradise, you can listen live at 790theticket.com. You can also call in toll free from anywhere in the country at 1-888-790-3776. And yeah, I'll be talking Dolphins.]


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Re: Jason Allen
That would make me very happy.

I wouldn't be amazed if JASON ALLEN started he makes plays and has the speed and agility to start. He just needs to stay more focused.But talent wise he just as good as anyone.

Thanks for the insight, Mando. Great stuff on Wake. Wish we'd seens it.

So joey thomas thinks he's deon sanders ... if he can cover 1/3 of the field by himself, he can highstep. If he can't, he better just handle things like the rest of the guys. No mustard on the hot dog please.

White will be fine in due time when it begins to slow down for him, his head and excitement level must be on overload right now.

We all knew going in that throughout college he had been of high character, very intelligent, passion for the game, and of superior athletic ability.
My gut instinct says Pat White will be an important part of this young team as time goes on!

Huge Kudos to Camarillo!
He kinda scares me with his fast return and already making cuts. I’ll be glad to see him get a long month off after sunday.
Greg Camarillo is the kinda of tough guy you want all your players to be like, that and he takes keeping his starting role seriously.
Funny how drafting some rookie WR’s can make a vet heal up quick…lol

I’m really interested in seeing how Chris Williams does in the return game.
I think the lil guy can be dangerous to rip off long returns, giving us that much needed field position for our pound em run game.
It might be the only way he or Marion make the game day roster on ST’s.

You also got to be excited about the depth of or DB’s, especially from where we stood before free agency.
These guys should gel nicely and make plays as a unit when the pads go on!
With a good consistent rush, the DB’s will have a field day, and get a lot of picks…IMO

Come on August…GetterDone Phins!

I didn't know Jason Allen's roster spot was in jeopardy. With his special teams play and his versitility (position flexibility), I thought he was a lock. Plus, don't they take a mean salary cap hit if they cut him?

think about it JASON ALLEN looked good last year remember??? until game time came then he faded i see the same thing happing CUT HIM need the roster spot for better players.

Eric Green is looking like a sure fire FA bust. Hopefully he'll be last on the depth chart.

i love to see sanchez get down to biz and screw the fins 33-3.
is it true that pat white and henne both look like high school QB's ?

Hey Lube master...Funny you mention High School...That where Dirty Sanchez was 20 games ago. The Jest just might beat Buffalo, to the bottom of the division. Get your own stadium, put New Jersey on your helmets, go back home (or are you just some sorry NY wanna-be)

I know sanchez has looked real bad.

i love to see sanchez get down to biz and screw the fins 33-3.
is it true that pat white and henne both look like high school QB's ?

AFC EAST CHAMPS, what's up. Don't listen to those jet/pat fans "no life, spending time on a phin site" azzz holes. Wait til the season starts, then they will know.

sounds like Eric Green is quickly going from "probably going to start opposite of Will Allen" to "first to get cut' or "gets beat everytime"... I say if he keeps getting burnt, let him go... the fins have plenty of bodies at that position and it doesn't sound like Green could guard Moss or Owens, or even Stuckey or Clowney....

Sparano says he thinks he can keep 6 receivers on the gameday roster.. who do you think they will be?

here are my 6:

1. Ted Ginn
2. Greg Camarillo
3. Davone Bess
4. Patrick Turner
5. Anthony Armstrong
6. Brian Hartline

goodbye Brandon London, Hello Anthony Armstrong...

P.S. I think Wilford will make team as TE

Was Eric Green really the best choice at available FA corners, was he even a starter in Arizona? He's getting beat by rookies and practice squad guys!! How bout trading Green for Waters?

Bobaloo... you must be band wagon fan. Lousy picks for qbs and free agent corners to. My Pats still have team to beat in afc...boohoo

gopats, don't you take good listen when your daddy Peezy tell you Afc go through the great Miami?

AFC East


Your team is old and the injury bug will continue to haunt them. That's what old players do. They get hurt. especially Tom Bunchen. His knee will be torn to shreds again.

Jet Lube:

Your team isn't that old, but they blow. Tannenboob made another dumb first round move this year, following up the Vernon Gholston debacle. The migrant farm worker is in way over his head and will hear more boos than cheers this year. BTW, that fool coach of yours is a bigger bufoon than his blowhard daddy. Have fun in the cellar this year u puke. LOL.

"Was Eric Green really the best choice at available FA corners, was he even a starter in Arizona?"

He used to be starter by grace of godawful corners. He was a huge liability, it seemed like every game he was getting burned for a touchdown or two. Then DRC emerged, and Eric Green became nickle...then dime...then inactive.

As Greg Cote writes, what about signing Micheal Vick to run the Wildcat? Pat White can still be a part of the formation as a receiver who can also run it, and Vick can do the same. This way, no idea who will be at what position between them two and ronnie brown.

Vick to the Dolphins? What happened to Brett Favre and Ochocinco and bringing Marino out of retirement and Manny Ramirez? That guy doesn't now jack about sports.



Regarding White's passing struggles, in your last post you said,
"These OTAs and minicamps are only learning tools. This is not football. This is no time to judge White one way or another."

You suggested that we're not listening to this philosophy. I don't think its that we're not listening, its just that we don't hear you.

Saying OTA's are just learning tools is too simplistic. There are many other factors involved. Such as up close and personal scrutiny of skills, demeanor, work ethic, etc,. The fact that a 2nd Rd NFL QB selection is erratic with his passing game "in practice no less" is concerning.

mando, your correct that the fins are a better team this year, lets hope some of the teams miami faces this year are not as good as last year...


Pramis, can't you read the articles, it obvious they need Shaun Murphy to run wildcat with Jason Taylor at TE.

Carlito, Thats what i call thinking outside the box...i can see it now, j.t playiny offence,defense and dancing at half time..

if j.t plays as a QB , he sure will be better than Pat White and big neck Chad Henne based on their play this week .

Oh snap sammy, i almost forgot about "Mr. 96 inch neck, you know if Chad (96 inch neck)Henne fails to make the team he's a shoe-in for the carnival where he'll be appearing before the bearded lady and jo jo the dog faced boy, what do you think??? the Menace is on the web, shoot the Qs at the menace and see the answers...

if a QB like pat white and chad henne can't deliver the ball during minicamp,how they are going to do it during real games.i hope they sign chad.penne before we go back to old days.

competition in the back field is finally waking J.Allen up.

First, I was not a fan of drafting Pat White that high, but.... I think Armando is right. You cannot judge White by his minicamp showing. We knew that he would have a lot to learn because he was not a drop back passer in college. This staff doesn't believe in easing QBs in, they throw them into the deep end right away with buzzers and other drills to make you think fast under pressure. This strategy makes the learning curve steeper but it makes a better finished product. Pat White will most likely look terrible this preseason but be a better QB next year and beyond.

It's like your enjoy trying upset people or get them riled up by you keeping using the term NSMB.

aside from that, good post



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