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An update on Patrick Turner's progress

Many of you have asked how Patrick Turner is progressing and why it is he hasn't been able to get active on game day, much less catch a pass. (Yes, I'm back on the receivers). Anyway, there are several reasons when the Dolphins take four receivers to the game why Turner hasn't been one of them.

The first reason is Turner hasn't been active is Miami's pecking order has been, as of the last game, Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo, Ted Ginn Jr. and Brian Hartline. And while Hartline is every bit as much a rookie as Turner, he's learned the Dolphins offense faster and can actually play all three receiver spots in a pinch.

"To Brian's credit, he knows all three positions and that is the difference," coach Tony Sparano said. "I think you talk about how he has progressed ... this guy knows all three positions. He can go into the game at any one of those at any moment in the game and handle the workload."

Turner, meanwhile, is not yet ready to play all three spots.

He also has not yet shown coaches he is better on special teams than some other special teams player. Turner tells me he is working at punt, punt return, kickoff and kick return in practice so the Dolphins are trying to get him special teams ready, but obviously he hasn't gotten there until now.

That doesn't mean Turner is a waste. (He is a rookie, folks). The fact is Sparano said Turner had perhaps his best practice day of the season on Thursday. I talked to Turner Saturday to try to understand what it was he did that was so impressive on Thursday and, frankly, I failed miserably at coming away with a good answer.

"I think I'm doing a pretty good job," Turner said. "I'm going out there and making plays and that's what they want me to do. I've been playing pretty consistent (in practice). That day I probably made a couple of good plays back to back and that's what stood out. When they bring in a guy, that's what they expect from him."

I asked Turner what specifically coaches are telling him he needs to improve upon to make himself activation worthy, and again, I failed miserably at getting you a specific answer.

"Just be a difference maker, really," he said. "That's what they tell me."

I asked Turner if he's been given any indication that he is on the verge of getting active, and this is the best answer I got:

"I'm not sure," he said. "That's up to them. I can't really think about that. All I can do is take care of what I can do in the present time and better myself so I can get on the field."

I hope Turner becomes a better receiver than he is an interview. You should remain hopeful that can happen at some point because I asked Turner what fans will see from him when he finally gets on the field for the first time in the regular season.

"That I'm a complete receiver," he said confidently. "That I make plays."

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