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First official depth chart plus Classic Moment

Below is the depth chart the Dolphins released Monday evening in advance of their preseason opener against Jacksonville. Look at the depth chart, study it, memorize if you wish.

Then consider the fact it is already obsolete.

True enough, the depth chart below is meant to meet NFL guidelines concerning the release of a depth chart. That's it. Coaches aren't even paying it any mind. It is not even how the Dolphins are truly lining up these days in practice.

Consider that Sean Smith moved ahead of Eric Green for Monday's drills. Consider that Randy Starks and not Phillip Merling is getting first-team snaps at RDE. Also consider I believe that was done to send Merling a message because he's a gamer but not, shall we say, a practicer -- a player who excels during practice.

Consider that Cameron Wake is buried on fourth team when, in fact, he's getting some second team repetitions in practice these days.

Also consider that Brandon Frye is getting snaps at offensive tackle. And that Donald Thomas is expected to shoot up the depth chart starting by next week when the next one is released. (That's me predicting that based on what I've been told.)

So is this depth chart a waste of valuable Internet space? Am I filling up the Internet with Dolphins propaganda?

Not completely.

Check out where Ernest Wilford finds himself today. He's fifth among five tight ends. Now you tell me, what chances you think he has of climbing out of that hole?

Check out Ikechuku Ndukwe mired at right tackle despite the fact he was a guard all of last year. Ndukwe better play like a man these next three weeks or something tells me he'll be job hunting in early September.

Finally, you see how Courtney Bryan is ahead of rookie Chris Clemons at SS. Don't pay attention to that. Clemons is making this team and, as I wrote in the previous blog, he's got a chance to push for a starting job in the dime package.

So have fun with the "official" but very tentative depth chart.


OFFENSE

 WR 19 Ted Ginn, 82 Brian Hartline, 11 Anthony Armstrong, 87 Chris Williams, 14 James Robinson

 LT 77 Jake Long, 63 Andrew Gardner

 LG 65 Justin Smiley, 76 Brandon Frye, 60 Mark Lewis

 C 64 Jake Grove, 67 Joe Berger

 RG 61 Shawn Murphy, 57 Andy Alleman, 66 Donald Thomas

 RT 72 Vernon Carey, 68 Ike Ndukwe, 75 Nate Garner

 TE 80 Anthony Fasano, 88 David Martin ,81 Joey Haynos, 86 John Nalbone, 18 Ernest Wilford

 WR 15 Davone Bess, 83 Greg Camarillo, 17 Brandon London, 84 Patrick Turner

 QB 10 Chad Pennington, 7 Chad Henne, 6 Pat White

 FB 36 Lousaka Polite

 RB 23 Ronnie Brown, 34 Ricky Williams, 38 Patrick Cobbs, 26 Lex Hilliard, 45 Anthony Kimble

 

DEFENSE

 LE 70 Kendall Langford, 94 Randy Starks, 90 Rodrique Wright, 79 Ryan Baker

 NT 95 Jason Ferguson, 96 Paul Soliai, 93 Louis Ellis, 62 Joe Cohen

 RE 97 Phillip Merling, 78 Tony McDaniel, 71 Lionel Dotson

 SLB 99 Jason Taylor ,74 Quentin Moses, 49 Tearrius George, 98 Matt Roth

 ILB 52 Channing Crowder, 53 Reggie Torbor, 48 Orion Martin

 ILB 51 Akin Ayodele, 58 William Kershaw, 59 J.D. Folsom

 WLB 55 Joey Porter, 56 Charlie Anderson, 50 Erik Walden, 91 Cameron Wake

 LCB 25 Will Allen, 24 Vontae Davis, 32 Jason Allen, 22 Joey Thomas

 RCB 21 Eric Green, 31Sean Smith 33, Nate Jones, 27 Will Billingsley

 FS 28 Gibril Wilson, 29 Tyrone Culver

 SS 37 Yeremiah Bell, 47 Courtney Bryan, 30 Chris Clemons

 

SPECIALISTS

 P 2 Brandon Fields

 K 5 Dan Carpenter

 KO 5 Dan Carpenter, 3 Connor Barth

 H 2 Brandon Fields

 KOR 19 Ted Ginn, 87 Chris Williams

 PR 15 Davone Bess, 87 Chris Williams

 LS 92 John Denney

 

Today's Classic Training Camp Moment is more about a former Dolphins player than about the Dolphins themselves. Guard John Bock played gritty, sometimes ornery dude who was undersized but endowed with a big heart. He played with the Dolphins from 1996-2000.

 But he didn't start his career in Miami. Fact is, it started with the Buffalo Bills 15 years ago. Well, I asked him for a Classic Moment and he sent me the following e-mail on Monday:

 "15 years ago [Sunday] I was playing in my first NFL game for Buffalo on Monday night. Late in the 3rd quarter Marv Levy called for me. He let me know that my wife had just gone to the hospital and was in labor. He asked me if I wanted to play or go right to the hospital. I told him it wouldn't do my daughter any good if I didn't have a job. He put me in and I played really well. After the game one of the equipment people gave me his old pickup truck and I received a police escort to the hospital. The officers were going so fast that I couldn't even keep up with them.

 "Long story short, I got to the hospital on time to witness the birth of my daughter, Ashley. My wife was beside herself because 15 players showed up and all the nurses were out getting autographs while the guys ate wings and pizza in the waiting room."

The life of an NFL player ... amazing.

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