Remember I told you a couple of weeks ago the Dolphins had a competition for the starting wide reciever job opposite Brandon Marshall?
They still have a competition going for that starting wide receiver job. I asked coach Tony Sparano today if he had decided on the winner of the competition yet.
"Not yet, no, yeah, to me, it’s still open with, you know, that group of there, you know, that’s there and, you know, we’re going to play them a lot in the next couple of weeks," Sparano said. "We're going to play them a bunch this week, as much as we can play them and get a couple of guys up in the rotation this week, but you know, they’re going to play all those guys a lot in the next two weeks.”
The players vying for that starting job are Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Clyde Gates.
The pressure is mounting on Will Allen to get on the field the remainder of this preseason and perform. He probably has to do it this week and next week without an injury setback to make the team. Oh yeah, playing well would also help.
“I tell the team this all the time: It’s a show me game, at some point I have to see it," Sparano said. "I got to see it on the practice field. I got to see it in the game. It took me two days out here with JT (Jason Taylor) to figure out once he got here in pads it took me two days to figure out he’s still got it.
"So now I can control his practice pace. You know JT didn’t work yesterday and I can go to JT and say you’re down today. I’ve already seen it … I know it. I kind of know what this guy needs to get ready to play. He knows what he needs to get ready to play. In Will's case particularly, and Will wouldn’t be upset with me for saying this, it's just I need to see it and more importantly Will needs to see it.
"He needs to know that he can go into the game and he can do this at the rate that Will was able to do. I give Will, I give him a lot of benefit of the doubts if you will because he’s a smart player, really smart player, probably the smartest guy I have back there and I’ve seen him do it a couple years back. But not having him last year and really limited a little bit prior to that -- that has been a long period of time that passes. We just need to see these guys do it at a high level. He’s had a couple good days out here right now in a row so I’m hoping to be able to get him to the game and be able to put him in those positions."
Look for Allen Saturday against Tampa Bay.
I told you a while back that Reggie Bush is a monster when it comes to working.
The Dolphins go through their walk-thru and he's there and then comes the two-hour practice and he's there and then the practice is over ... and he's still there!
Today, like most, was a 30-minute session for Bush post-practice. He was the last guy off the field.
He ran sprints by himself. Then he went over to the JUGS machine and standing a mere seven yards from the thing and caught passes slung at him at 22 MPH. By the way, when most receivers catch from the JUGS they stand 12-14 yards away. So try the closer distance sometime without breaking your nose or dislocating a finger.
Afterward, Bush jogged over to the blocking sleds and pushed them around for about 10 minutes.
The man's work ethic is beyond reproach so far. But don't believe me. Check out the video I took.