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A dozen notes from OTAs

Barry Jackson making a rare (in fact, unprecedented) foray into Armando's blog to post a practice update from Tuesday. As usual, I have a lot of Dolphins notes in my Sports Buzz blog - which can be found on the Dolphins page to the right of this blog and on the sports home page - so I encourage you to check that out today and often.

The current Sports Buzz blog post has all the details about why Philbin told me (privately) that a three-way QB battle will be tricky for him, as well as what Philbin and the quarterbacks said publicly today, including their comments about Steve Ross' expectation that Matt Moore will start. It also will have reaction to Miami's up-tempo offense.

A dozen other notes:

### Moore and David Garrard took most of the snaps with the offensive starters, with Ryan Tannehill working mostly with backups. Lydon Murtha was first-team right tackle (Jonathan Martin - who agreed to a contract Tuesday afternoon - is still at Stanford taking classes) and John Jerry was first-team right guard. Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland want to give Jerry an extended look at guard, after Jerry moved around last year between guard and tackle. Right guard is clearly his job to lose.

### Artis Hicks said he is playing tackle exclusively, behind Murtha and Jake Long. Ryan Cook is Mike Pouncey's backup center; he earned $1 million for 15 snaps last year (good work if you can get it).

### Three veterans told me in the past two weeks that Julius Pruitt has been especially impressive among the unproven receivers.  Pruitt didn't do anything notable Tuesday. Undrafted Jeff Fuller caught a slant from Tannehill.

Rookie B.J. Cunningham ran for a touchdown when he caught a Jimmy Wilson deflection. Roberto Wallace got outfought for a deep ball by Sean Smith, who picked if off. But Wallace also made a nice catch on a nifty roll-out by Matt Moore. Rookie Rishard Matthews failed to hold onto a deep, catchable ball from Ryan Tannehill and dropped a Tannehill pass on a slant.

### Expect to see Lamar Miller line up in the slot at times. He can do quite a bit of damage as a receiver because of his speed and elusiveness, and this staff knows that and will take advantage of that. Miller was as impressive as any player Tuesday. By the way, we're told that UM coach Al Golden told Ireland before the draft that if he picked Miller and Olivier Vernon, he would be getting two first-round talents a year early.

### The first-team defense, now with a 4-3 base, included Cameron Wake and Jared Odrick at end (Odrick was in ex-Dolphin Kendall Langford's spot), Paul Soliai and Randy Starks at tackle, Karlos Dansby at middle linebacker (he says he will be very good there), Kevin Burnett and Koa Misi flip-flopping between the other two linebacker spots; Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones at safety; and Sean Smith and Richard Marshall at cornerback.

Jamaal Westerman, Tony McDaniel and Olivier Vernon also worked into the defensive line rotation.

### Vontae Davis was very limited because of an injury that he suggested was not too serious. Former CFL fullback Jerome Messam also sat out after knee surgery, but he's hopeful of being back for training camp. Undrafted Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray also sat out.

### Not only was the entire practice up-tempo offensively, but the team portion began with Moore, Tannehill and Garrard also taking two plays in a frantic, no-huddle offense. Clay dropped one of Tanehill's passes in that sequence but looked very good otherwise.

### Undrafted Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith stood out by getting pressure on the quarterback several times. He would have sacked Tannehill on one play if sacks were allowed. Ireland said recently that Arkansas State safety Kelcie McCray was an undrafted player who stood out to him at rookie mini-camp, but he enters OTAs with at least five veterans ahead of him, for now.

### All rookies were in attendance except Martin, Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu and undrafted Portland State tackle Dustin Waldron.They're all still taking classes.

### Add Plaxico Burress to the list of receivers who would love to audition for the Dolphins. But Miami has shown no interest in the likes of Burress, Roy Williams and Braylon Edwards. Ireland said he "could be done" at receiver, but isn't certain. If the rookies don't develop this summer, Ireland might add a veteran.

### Former Packers Al Harris and Marco Rivera were Joe Philbin's guests at practice.

### Reggie Bush was used on some punt returns, as were Davone Bess (the incumbent), Miller, Matthews, Clyde Gates and Marcus Thigpen.

Please check out my currently-posted Buzz blog for all the QB news from today (and other Dolphins notes not covered here) and also check out David J. Neal's story on Miller and Vernon, which will be posted later.

--- BARRY JACKSON

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thavafin, yes, just quit, don't confront your error, give up, and run away. It fits. Good day, sir.

LV giving us 7.5 wins this year. A bit better than last year if I remember correctly.

oscar, I'm betting the under again like I did last year. No way in hell this team wins 8. Actually I seriously doubt they win 6. Its like taking candy from a baby.

Well, I guess it's a slow process.

Over

Of couse, NE and GB 12 +/-.

Bad news strikes again. It never ends with this team. Any one catch the story yet on the fins page?

Sad we lost Marshall, our best WR since Clayton with >100 catches and >1400 yards. The exit of Marshall and some other older players signaled this is a rebuilding year. You have to view the WR situation in that context. We have a ton of WR. Some may emerge as real starters or solid backups or none may. We find out this year. If all are inadequate this becomes our target for FA/Draft. If we find the players we need for this system our draft/FA focus changes and we have creates a young cadre of players for the long term.

The Dolphins are a garbage franchise run by an incompetent owner, GM, and HC. Anyone expecting a competitive team next season will be very dissaponted...again.

Marshall was an egotistical hindrance. I'm glad he is gone, too much in the QB's head, too much of a distraction on and off the field.

I am soooo tired of these people complaining about Ireland and his lack of movement on the receiver front. I am going to try to explain to those morons that don't understand why. In this west coast offense there truly is not at "number 1" reciever. All recievers and some halfbacks and some tight ends will lineup as recievers. The Dolphin roster is jam packed with the NECESSARY amount of talent to exploit ALL NFL defenses. Have faith in the new coaching staff. They possess all of the intelligence and the tools to make this the best offense in the AFC. Look what they did at Green Bay! There is a great body of work!

Based on current input from some of the "fans", we
are hopeless and helpless even before camp starts.
May I suggest that the "negative-numbnuts" find a
New York team to root for and get-the-hell off here.
How can you be a Dolphin fan and not be optimistic
this time of year ? No one says you have to be an
idiot about it. And as for WR - many of your readers
may not grasp that there has been a philosophical change at the position based on the simplist reading of JP's intentions. Oh well, the rich get richer - and the twits stay the same. Go Dolphins!

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