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Breakout players for 2011 -- whenever that starts

Before we head into the weekend (which some fools are claiming will be the final one as May 21 is supposed to be the end of the world) I want to give you my personal list of Dolphins players I believe should be on everyone's list of breakout players for the 2011 season.

...Whenever that 2011 season gets underway.

Breakout players are defined as players who have yet to show their signature talent. They are young players who have much potential but little in the way of stellar production to show for that potential. Cameron Wake had a breakout season in 2010.

The next Cameron Wake for the Dolphins?

My list:

1. Guard John Jerry: He was a starter much of last season but struggled finding his niche and then keeping it because he battled a sickness and that kept him from perfecting his technique and he wasn't strong enough and he probably needed a lesson in being a professional. Enough of that. It's the second season. The hope is he's working to get stronger as prescribed by the club's strength and conditioning coaches and he is going to get every opportunity to be a starter -- with every opportunity being defined as he's a starter Day 1 of training camp and then it's up to him to keep the job.

2. Cornerback Vontae Davis: Next season will be his third as a starter. It's time to live up to the grand potential he showed as a rookie. Davis is easily the most physical of all Miami corners. He works hard to get his body right. He works at the art of playing CB. But last season he had only one interception to show for his trouble. He had four interceptions as a rookie. You might claim he wasn't picked on nearly as much as he was as a rookie and that is correct. But he was beaten for at least four TD passes. That's not the ratio of interceptions-to-TDs anyone expects from a star CB. And make no mistake, Davis has the potential to be a star. It's time for him to reach that potential.

3. Free safety Reshad Jones: This kid is a ball magnet. He always seems to be around the football. The football always seems to be around him. It stands to reason the Dolphins, who want more game-changing plays in their defensive backfield, will give such a player an opportunity to win a starting job. If Jones continues to show that ball magnet ability, it would then make sense he bursts out of his role as a special teams player and situational player.

4. Wide receiver Marlon Moore: You cannot coach speed. Moore has it. He showed that potential with that 57-yard TD catch against Oakland last year. Coaches saw that and their eyes popped out. Unfortunately, Moore wasn't ready for more work. The following week he dropped a couple of passes and his chance for more playing time diminished. But a young wide receiver typically makes the biggest leap in ability between his first and second year. Moore is getting ready for that second year. A caveat: Most NFL wide receivers get plenty of work in that offseason between their roookie and second seasons. Moore isn't getting that with the Dolphins due to the lockout.

5. Defensive end Phillip Merling: Coaches were hoping for big things from Merling at this time last year. He was seemingly starting to figure out how to be a professional. Then he blew out his Achilles' tendon jogging on his own a month before training camp. He had to wait until the final five games to work himself off the Non-football Injury list. It wasn't a total loss, but it wasn't what everyone expected, either. Merling gets another chance at it this year -- hopefully while completely healthy. A big hint whether he'll be primed for a big year is how well Merling practices when training camp opens. He is known for at times not being a great worker in practice.

HONORABLE MENTIONS -- Koa Misi, Jared Odrick: Misi collected 4.5 sacks as a rookie mostly on sheer desire and refusal to quit. He was playing the SOLB for the first time in his career. He was playing in the NFL for the first time. He was probably a little undersized in that he needed to improve his upper body strength. As for technique ... what technique? The assignment this offseason and training camp is to address all those. We'll see the results.

Odrick was an instant starter at RDE. That says something about the kid. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they were not able to see the fruits of his potential. After a solid training camp, Odrick broke his leg in the season-opener. Four weeks later, he sustained an injury to the other leg that forced him out the remainder of the season. He gets a new start in 2011. The club has high hopes for him. So do I.

Check back Monday for more Dolphins information and analysis. Also, please follow me on twitter. Finally, I guarantee you the world will not end on Saturday. I have a Most Highly placed Source.

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Ah, MD 20/20 brings back many a fond memories.

Mostly praying to the porcelain.............

JUSTIN,

I wont argue that we got some calls but they got there fair share as well and in all honesty do you think the Pistons of 6 or 7 seasons ago or the Celtics for that matter didn`t get more than there share of calls ? It`s Eastern Conf. Championship Basketball so let them get at it on the Defensive side they do. Hey remember Jordan complaining early in his career about Rodman and Thomas not getting called on there style of Def. then turning around and becoming the King of the non-call cause nobody got away with more.

Mr. SoiledBottoms....your writing is very visual....I almost felt like I was there...

DYINGBREED:

WADE IS THE MAN I HAVE MUCH LOVE FOR HIM. I DON'T THINK IT'S AS MUCH OF BEING HEAT HATERS AS IT IS AS BEING JAMES HATERS.

I DON'T SEE HOW YOU'RE GOING TO GET MORE SPACE UNDER DA CAP. THEY ALL GET PAID MORE NEXT YEAR.

WHO'S COMING OFF YOUR BOOKS THAT DA HEAT HAD TO PAY.

SORRY TO TELL YOU GUYS THIS IS YOUR TEAM.

DA ONLY WAY YOU GET CHRIS PAUL IS VET MIN. AND THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

MATTER OF FACT MIKE BIBBY AND U HASLEM TOOK CUTS TO GET ON YOUR TEAM.

HOWEVER DA KNICKS AND BULLS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY UNDER DA CAP FOR MAX CONTRACTS.

HENNE BY SAYING (( I WILL NOT CHANGE THE WAY I PLAY )) ...DOES THAT MEAN THAT HE WILL NOT LAST A FEW MONTHS PLAYING IN THE NFL ?

FAKE ALOCO,WGAT WILL YOU BE EATING FOR LUNCH?

WHAT

HEAT FANS & FIN4LIFE:

THAT'S ALL I SAID WE TAKE THEM HOW WE GET THEM.

IT'S NOT THIER FAULT THE 2ND GAME THEY WERE CAUGHT WITH 6 PLAYERS ON THE COURT.

THE RULES STATES THAT'S A TEC AND DA BULLS GET DA BALL.

HOWEVER THE REFS CALLED A TIMEOUT TOLD DA GUY TO GET OFF THE COURT AND DA HEAT GOT THE BALL BACK AND HIT A 3.

THAT COULD BE A MINUS 5-6 POINTS FOR THE BULLS.

I CAN'T BLAME THE HEAT FOR THAT.

TAKE EM HOW YOU GET EM.

JUSTIN,

Your wrong on the Heat`s ability to sign players for next years squad. In Mike Miller and Igauskas alone we free up over 10 Mil in cap space and you can bet they will both be gone. Miller will be part of a trade and Igauskas will retire. Then there is the 4.5 Bibby gets which will also come of the books. I think Riley will be smarter about the pieces he puts in play next year now that he`s seen how it works.

FIN4LIFE:

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR TEAM IN DEPTH SO I'M NOT THE TYPE TO ARGUE A POINT UNLESS I KNOW FACTS.

BUT MIKE MILLER HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING ALL SEASON. WHO WOULD WANT HIM?

WHO'S TO SAY IGAU WANTS TO RETIRE.

I HAVE TO DO SOME RESEARCH.

JUSTIN,

Miller wouldn`t be the 1st player in the NBA to be part of a 3 or 4 team deal to dump salary, remember it`s not like football were you can out right cut a player in the NBA contracts are binding and guaranteed. Igauskas was brought in more than anything to else please Lebron and I don`t think he gets there mid-level excemtion for 2012, if there is a 2012 cause it looks like there headed to there own lock-out in the NBA

FIN4LIFE:

AT THE END OF THE SEASON THE HEAT WOULD BE OVER THE CAP BY MORE THAN 12,000,000 MILLION.

YOU CAN'T PICK UP FREEAGENTS OVER THE CAP.

MIKE MILLER IS GETTING 5,400,000 AND UNDER CONTRACT FOR 4 MORE YEARS.

IGAU HAS A PLAYER OPTION FOR NEXT YEAR.

NOW I DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING I READ BUT DA HEAT HAVE 3 PLAYERS COMING OFF.

HOWARD,MAGLOIRE,ARROYO ALL 3 ARE GETTING LESS THAN 900,000

I liked what I saw from Koa Misi last year, to come in as a rook and start at OLB is no easy thing, especially since he usually played DE in College.

He's a keeper.

And sick of some who complained that his sack production was not good enough at 4.5 for the year. Give him another year to improve in that area, but he was solid against the run, good in pass coverage and had plenty of "pressures".

How many more Atomic Robot Squirrels must I build before the people of Earth tremble at my feet?

I was hard on Misi last year, I realize it more now that the season is over. But I got so mad when he got eaten up in the middle of the line and missed his gap. His over agressive play had him out of position often.

But he was a rookie, and should learn from those mistakes if we play this year,

The Henne article over at PFT is pretty good....

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/23/chad-henne-i%e2%80%99m-not-going-to-change-the-way-i-play/

The commets section is even better......Hate to tell Craig M that there is a fan base critcal of little Hen Hen far outside of Armando Aloco's blog.......

It is really the same article we had here, nothing different. The comments are from people who do not even follow the team though. they know lwss than the people commenting here. Keep that in perspective I guess.

The whole article is just Barry Jackson playing with context like he plays with his little peter.

The main quote that was taken out of context was in response to the accusations that Henne played scared because of his coaching.

To Henne's credit, he declined to put any of it on the coaches.

Semantics and sleazeball journalism, they go hand and hand in this day and age!

The comments section cutting on your starting QB is GOOD?

As in you enjoy reading that kind of shyt?

The more I read, the more I wanted to slap the F out of some non Dolphin fans!

I don't know about anybody else, but I do know about fair weather fans.

Speaking for myself, when I hear people cutting on MY TEAM, I take offense!

I like Ironies, but I love the Phins more!

If it wasn't for that, I'd like to see Thigpen get the nod and Henne get traded to the LIONS and win a Super Bowl!

THAT would be poetic justice for all the crybaby fair weather fans!

That is an interesting article over on PFT about Henne and it totally rubbed me the wrong way. I got the impression Henne doesn`t feel like there is anything wrong with his approach or over all play and while you can`t lay all of the blame at his feet,50% of everything that was wrong with us last year is directly attributibal to him. His inability to slide in the pocket while hitting a Rec. downfield is all on him. It got to be the most frustrating part of his game.

Everybody talks about our O-Line and how inept they were and I gotta disagree. There were a bunch of games like week 2 last year were he had all day and still couldn`t get it done. That Minn. game last season was maybe the best our line played, Long dominated Allen and the interior more than held it`s own against the Williams twins in the middle of that D and Henne after an initial first drive were he seemed totally on just went cold. We waste maybe our most complete team effort of the year if not for that huge T.D. that our D and Wake came up with thanks to Henne and the atrocious play calling from Hennings.

I get it the kid needs to be talked up in an effort to pull his head up and get his confidence going but there also is tough love and he needs a bunch as well. He needs to be brought competition to see if he can`t get the mental part of his game down. He has it physically but his progression is robotic as has been stated here plenty. I would like to see him improvise now and again to now if he can think quickly on his feet and lead us to a Championship some day.

If not then be done with him already, it`s my biggest concern with this labor dispute that we will go into 2012 with alot of uncertainty still at the Q.B. position. I was one of those that was dead set against a 1st round Q.B. in the draft but Ireland should have done whatever possible when Mallett was sitting there in round 3 to pick him and if the cards fell in our favor another Q.B. high in the next draft and so on till we get one and quit wasting some Championship caliber D`s like we`ve been doing for the last 12 seasons

My, there certainly are some sassy comments here!

Most of you poser wouldn't be happy unless Henne came out and replied:

Yeah it was all me. I suck the big one. I stunk up every game. My line was more than adequate and golly gee Hennings is a legend, so yeah, I suck!

My running backs were lights out and my tight end was ALWAYS open down field. I dunno what it is, but I really struggled with using my fullback in the two minute offense, so yeah I don't even deserve a third year, I suck!

I'll stand behind Henne all the way, or get down on my knees whichever he prefers.

Looks good to me, whenever the season starts!

If Henne is given the opportunity to throw the ball and the OFFENSE gives him a few seconds then Miami will be a play-off contender this year.

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