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First day of camp over, bring on Day Two!

I have the highest respect for Ronnie Brown. He works hard. Practices hard. Plays hard. He's always smiling and rarely, if ever, complains.

So when Brown's sixth NFL training camp opened Friday, it was not surprising to see him at pretty much full health, running with the first-team and triggering the Wildcat Package. Yes, the Dolphins showed the folks in the stands a couple of Wildcat plays with Brown taking the snap and one of them was, mark this down NFL, a pass.

Brown, who missed the end of last season with a foot fracture, seems fine.

"I didn't think about the foot at all," he said after practice. "I was thinking more about the sun."

Despite all Brown's desirable traits, the Dolphins are not exactly rushing to make sure their running back is on the team long-term. Understandably so.

Brown, you see, has been injured four of his previous five seasons. That is bad news for any running back. So the Dolphins have been reluctant to give him a new big-money contract because they are simply protecting their interests.

So Brown will play the 2010 season under a one-year restricted tender offer he has signed.

Some players elsewhere are angry about such treatment. Shawne Merriman comes to mind in San Diego. Brown?

“I think all that stuff will take care of itself," Brown said after practice, that perpetual smile on his face.

Is it a distraction to you, Brown is asked?

"Not at all," he responded quickly.

The beauty of Brown is he understands business and differentiates between the Dolphins making a correct business decision and making this a personal matter. Moreover, even if Brown were somehow upset by the fact he's basically being rented this season, he probably wouldn't share that displeasure because it doesn't serve the team.

I told you there's reasons I respect this guy.

The Brown situation bears watching because the Dolphins are taking a calculated risk. If Brown has a mega-season -- say 1,400 yards -- the team is either going to have to pay Brown through the nose for a new deal or watch somebody else do it.

If Brown somehow gets injured again or doesn't blow up with a great season, the team's calculations will have proven correct.

Ironic, isn't it? The Dolphins would lose financially if Brown stays healthy and plays great while they would look like excellent stewards of the payroll if he doesn't.

My thoughts:

There is much to report on. Go here for my words off of practice and interviews. I cover a little Brian Hartline, Cameron Wake, Tony Sparano, rookies Koa Misi, Jared Odrick and John Jerry. Follow me so that you get the updates in real time, even to your phone if you select that option.

Meanwhile, as you know I double-dip as a columnist as well as blogger for the Miami Herald. It doubles my salary to match what captains of industry would make if they were, say, flipping fries at Burger King. In today's Herald my column reminds everyone that when the Dolphins open camp "it's football season", regardless of how many stars the Heat sign. The column also shows you exactly how confident Cameron Wake is that he can make you forget about Jason Taylor.   

The science lab:

Let me now tell you a little something about the offensive line: Coach Tony Sparano is like a mad scientist with those guys and the practice field is his chemistry lab. He likes to mix and match. He experiments. He prods the mental and emotional state of the players. There is only one player I have not seen Sparano do this with on the offensive line.

Jake Long.

Everyone else is fair game. So unlike other media types, I didn't get my briefs in a bunch when I saw Nate Garner playing right tackle. I am not ready to pronounce Richie Incognito a failure because he's not starting at right guard. I'm not ready to anoint John Jerry the starter because he was working with the first-team at right guard. And Cory Procter may be a great find in free agency, but I'll believe he's the starting left guard when I see it in the first regular-season game.

Fact is, I would not be surprised if guys get reshuffled as early as today's two practices but no later than sometime next week.

Even Garner, who last week talked to me about vying for a starting guard job, wasn't ready to call himself a fulltime tackle Friday.

“It’s not really a curve ball," he told me. "I kind of expected it because that’s where I played all of last [training camp] and it progressed to where I went to play guard. So it might end up doing the same thing this year. You never know. It’s all up to them."

It is up to them. Don't let it take you by surprise because you've been warned the offensive line is a big experiment right now.

Anthony Fasano update:

Tight end Anthony Fasano on Friday talked to the media for the first time since last season. He declined to speak during the offseason because he was not under contract, although he was practicing after signing a waiver.

Fasano was not thrilled about having his path to unrestricted free agency detoured by the change in rules following the owners' vote to make 2010 an uncapped year. So he decided talking was not a great idea.

"I hope you guys didn't take that personally," Fasano said sheepishly after practice.

Me? I don't give a rat's ... But it is always better when players share their thoughts. It only helps them because it makes me, you, fans everywhere, understand where they're coming from and identify with them better.

Personally, I'm hoping Fasano identifies more with being a better tight end in 2010. The Dolphins can seriously use a better threat down the middle of the field than they've had recently. And the big Notre Dame guy can also stand to improve some of his blocking skills.

The good news is he gets it.

"I need to improve – in the run game, in the pass blocking game and in the pass receiving game," Fasano said. "I think I’ll have some different opportunities this year and I have to make the most of them, no matter what my role turns out to be in the offense this year. I have to come through."

Of course, coming through will help Fasano on the contract front.

Second team defense:

These were the guys working second-team defense uring the team period, which is the period in which the full-team period and not the situational package period. (Some guys get confused and report different units):

CB: Will Allen

CB: Jason Allen

WOLB: Charlie Anderson

SOLB: Ikaika Alama-Francis

DE: Tony McDaniel

NT: Paul Soliai

DE: Marques Douglas

FS: Reshad Jones

SS: Tyrone Culver

The Dolphins will practice at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. I will be at both because, dangit, I work for a living. So check the live updates on my twitter. Are you getting the drift it will get you some good information faster? 

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Really, the Fins are in a no-lose situation with Brown.

If he performs well, they can either negotiate a new deal or franchise him. If not, simply let him walk.

All the pressure is on him to perform and stay healthy, or be staring at a new contract below what he thinks his value is.

Either way, I predict one of the Dolphins first two picks in the 2011 draft is a running back.

Wow, finally some practice news! LOL

first

I like Ronnie but lets get real, he's not bitching because he was the #2 pick of the draft and has raked it in ! He's made tons of moola, nothing to cry over. 3.5 mil this year also is hardly a slap in the face. Miami also can tag him next year if they had to.

God Bless Ronnie Brown...

THIS IS A GOOD UPDATE FROM ARMANDO IGNORING EVERY THING WE KNOW AND TALK ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PLYER ON THE TEAM ....R.BROWN

WE LIKE OR NOT WE DIE AND LIVE BY R.BROWN .

GUYS, AT THE SS OMAR GETS A LOT OF HELP ,THEY HAVE MONEY OVER THERE ,ASK CARLITO BUT ARMANDO IS ONE MAN SHOW AND GOD BLESS HIM FOR THAT .

MANDO....HOW DID YOU LIKE THIS POST .

One of my fav all time phins right up there with Marino Zack.... n ughhhh I hate to say it cause he is dead to me now JT....

ALoco you meant to say, live and die with Ronnie Brown.

How have you been, ALoco?

Movie of the night is.......?

ThanX Armando
Look forward to Saturdays Training Camp

All Talked Out 4 Now

Headed Out

See Ya, Dolfans and cannot wait
FOR THE START OF THE 2010 SEASON
Miami 4-0

***** The Dynasty Be Fins! *****

peace hommmes thanks for the updates about practice!

ACE...MY FAVORITE POSTER .NICE TO SEE YOU BACK AS FOR THE MOVIE....I AM WATCHING (( THE MISSOURI BREAKS )) W/THE GREAT MARLON BRANDO .

HOME, PEOPLE GO OUT NOW AT 10;30 ? YOU SHOULD COMING BACK.
I AM STARTING TO BELIEVE SEAN SMITH IS A FRAUD .

shoot aloco I havent even started to get ready for tonight.... Ill be leaving in a few!!! ;) time to p....a....r....t...why cause I gotta!!!!

single women watch out tonight tha pimp grrreatdane is on the loose!!! muahahahahahaha!

WHEN YOU GO OT AT 10;30 DO ORDER LIQURE OR DINNER ?

N SS... (Sean Smith)... Kinda ironic/funny.... is a fraud like anything that has the initals SS

WHEN YOU GO OUT AT 10;30 DO YOU ORDER LIQURE OR DINNER ?

dinner is done... now its liquid all night long!!!! Long live the rum "n" coke.... or beer..... but what is really on the menu for tonight is the beautiful women of south fla... LOL

MY BE SEAN SMITH FAKING IT TO TRICK THE OTHER TEAMS ..LOL

IS IT TRUE MOST WOMEN OUT THERE ARE TRASH LIKE THE ONE ODINSEYE GO OUT WITH ?

He did that all last year when is he gonna stop faking it??

only 90% of them LOL no most of them are normal... but what makes Odins girl trashy.... The fact she likes to skinny dip or is there more to it??

but then again this is south fla so there is always something wrong with tha ladys!!! N if there isn't their probably married... So ya better watch out...

ODINSEYE TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY THAT HE'S IN LOVE WITH HER EVEN IF SHE'S IN HER LATE 40'S AND THAT MEANS SHE'S EASY 51 YEARS OLD AT LEAST .

WHEN YOU GO OUT NOW ,HOW YOU LOOK FOR WOMEN ?

how old is he?? cause i have gotten with my friends mom.... LOL did I just say that out loud... I hope he dosen't watch this blog... cause I am not even 30 n she was over 50 but let me tell ya she could suck a golf ball thru a garden hose....

but I aint in love with her!! Ya just go to bars and buy them drinks... or if ya want a good girl ya go to church and pray to god... ur choice... I kinda like my girls on the wild side so I go out and start small chat and buy them a drink... ya know the norm...

GRREATDANE.....WOMEN GOT TO BE SWEAT .YOUR GIRL FRIEND OR WIFE SHOULD BE CLASSY AND NICE .THEN YOU GO OUT TO MEET THE TRASH LIKE THIS ONE WHO CAN SUCK GOLF BALLS THRU A GADEN HOSE .

Good Job Armando.You Guys Need To Follow Armando On Twitter So You Can Keep Up With What's Going On At Practice.He Can't Stop In The Middle Of Practice To Write His Column So We Have Something To Chit-Chat About.I'm Sure This Has Already Been Discussed,but I Think It's Kind Of Amusing That T Cody,S Kindle And Now Dez Bryant Are Having Issues At Camp.I Blame Dez' On His Momma Though Cause She's One Of Them Hoes....know What I Mean?

Me personally I want Ronnie Brown 2 stay with Miami but if Mark Ingram enters da draft next year and he iz on da board wen we pick I wud love 2 c him get drafted by us.MIAMI DOLPHINS ALL DAY BABY LETZ GOOOOO...DIZ IZ OUR YEAR.

HOW CAN YOU A WOMEN WHO SUCK A GOLF BALL THRU A GADEN HOSE ? DOESN'T WORK UNLESS YOU JUST LEFT JAIL 5 MINUTES AGO .

TO LOVE IS TO RESPECT NOT TO SUCK .

agreed thats why I am not in love with her... but it was fun... cause when they say with age comes experience they aren't lying and thats why I am still single cause I haven't found that perfect women yet!!!

HOW CAN YOU LOVE A WOMAN

GRREATDANE.......WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIVING ?

With the back side of your hand?? LOL j/k it takes alot but thats not a topic for a phins blog..,.

Sean Smith Talks A Lot Of Smack On Twitter .. Brandon Marshall shut Him Up Today!

I'm a chef... Work for a few private high schools down her in SOFLA.. What can I say we spoil them... Ribs, chicken, burgers, hotdogs, all on the grill.. stir fry that we fry right infront of you with ur choice of veggies and meat... Its pretty upscale...

any player who speaks loud as sean smith is distend to fail .shut your mouth and improve .

Brandon Marshall shuts alot of corners up... Not much new dont read to far into it remember he is one of the elite recevers in the NFL!! I mean did you expect something different... What supprised me was the fact that he had alot of respect for Davis...

DO YOU SEVE THEM MEATBALLS ?

SERVE

actually yea we do.... I make tha sauce from scratch... muy bueno!! LOL

Boil down tha tomatos n onions n peppers for at least 2 days!!! (for alot of peeps.... with amount I serve it takes a few days not hours!)

DID YOU EVER WORK IN A PRIVATE CLUB IN PALM BEACH ?

Alright all its time for me to start getting ready for tonight.. peace all... Ill check the site before I go and check back regulary through out the night to see if anything new has come up!!!!!!!1

HAVE FUN GRREADANE

naw but I wouldn't be opposed to doing it... n have the ability to do it but.... how can ya beat having summers winters spring break off... Damn I love working for the school system!! getting weekends off... cant stop the bennifits...

Will do Aloco.. let ya know how it ends up tonight... On my way out now!! Peace all... Phins forever!!!

hopefully Ill meet a woman that knocks me off my feet doubt it but ill take a shot for good luck!!!!

Dear Mr. Salguero

Practice smacktice blah blah blah

"So check the live updates on my twitter. Are you getting the drift it will get you some good information faster?"

Why are you trying to brainwash me into twitter ?

I'm old and set in my ways, new things scare me.

Let me tell ya somthing, I like my Dolphin info on your blog, Blue plate specials at 4 pm and Ethel Merman.

Thats whats wrong with our country today, all you kids hopped up on technology and microwaveable instant now cakes.

Follow you on twitter...ha

Soiled :)

Great to get real practice news. Excellent that Marshall is in good form. Hoping Ronnie really is recovered - and hope he has a 1400 yard season to get a great contract. In any case we will be drafting a high round RB. This is a make or break for Fasano. He has the tools but did not perform. Either he raises his game or we should quickly go to Haynos to see if he will be the man. We will be okay at TE but for our offense a great TE could really contribute. Definitely want to know if we have the TE or whether this is a big draft issue for us next year.

Even if Brown has a productive year, lets say 1300 yards, 10 tds, something like that. I think this will end up being his last season as a Phin. If Brown has a great year(I'm rooting for him) I'm sure he will want a big time extension, and I don't think the Phins will want to give him one, nor do I think they should. For 1 all teams need running backs by commitee, it shouldn't be hard to replace Brown with a draft choice, or free agent. 2 Running back is a position that rookies can come in and make immediate contribution, because it is not the most cerebral spot, and besides blocking responsibilties, there isn't much else to learn, just run the ball. 3, Brown will be closing in on 30 soon. especially if there is no football next year. It is not good buisness to give injury prone, aging running backs big contracts. This may not be a popular opinion because Brown is a great team guy, and has shown flashes of brilliance when healthy. But I just don't see him here after this season.

Great updates. Always following on the Blackberry.
Looking forward to the competition at free safety. Will Jones or Amaya rise to the ocassion? I personally think so. Clemons hasn't really convinced me since last season. And today he was a bit overwhelmed with the new and effective offense. I understand it's only the first practice. But I'd like to see Reshad Jones rotate with the first unit, just like some other players.

Pat White is out for the rest of training camp and possibly the first 6 weeks of the season for a non-football or injury reason? Are you kidding me? What could it be? His brother says he's trying to find his place in life...WTF? Is this guy crazy or what?

Mark my words, this guy will be traded before the first preseason game. He's gone. Sitting out doesn't bode well with the tuna.

"It only helps them because it makes me, you, fans everywhere, understand where they're coming from and identify with them better."

Still don't understand how exactly that "helps" them... i guess if they decide to compete in a popularity contest.

Hey Aloco, I think I remember Carlito posting that you have a surfboard with a meatball sub airbrushed on it... Is that true...and if so, WOW!!! LOL

Assuming there is still a Franchise tag after a new collective bargaining agreement is finally negotiated, I think the fins brass will slap it on Ronnie and then trade him in the off-season. Possibly for the 2nd round pick we traded for Marshall. Personally, I won't mind seeing Ronnie go but I wouldn't mind seeing him stay either, so long as we aren't counting on him. Ironically, Ricky Williams has been a dependable 1b. Regardless of whether we want to admit it or not, Ronnie is the shining example of an injury-prone player. You may not be able to count on him rushing for 1k yards, but you can count on him missing at least 1/4 of the season due to injury. Hopefully this year he can stay healthy for a full season and show his true potential, but even then I think the fins will still trade him away, only then they might be able to get a bit more for him.

great post. thanks. Standing by for more. Lets see what Brown can do. Tough call for front office. I agree with Aloco, he's the best single player we got, but we can't seem to depend on him.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

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