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The decisions made and choices looming at guard, receiver, safety

Barry Jackson making another cameo in Armando's blog with a couple of quick items and my latest Dolphins Sports Buzz post.

The common theme among safety, receiver and right guard this off-season has been this: In each case, the Dolphins opted to develop their own players instead of adding a sure-fire starter at any of the positions, even though a bunch were available this offseason. Yes, Miami added receiver Legedu Naanee and safety Tyrell Johnson, but both project as likely backups unless Johnson can win the safety job (which would be mildly surprising but not out of the question).

The decision appears final at safety, barring injuries or an intriguing acorn suddenly emerging (to use a Jeff Ireland-ism). With receiver, Ireland hasn't ruled out adding a veteran if he doesn't like what he sees from the unproven young players in the coming months. We address both of these positions in my current post on my Sports Buzz Blog.

With right guard, a final decision hasn't been made, but this much is clear: Veteran starter Jake Scott would love to play for the Dolphins. He visited here in April. The Dolphins haven't told him he's no longer being considered, but they haven't told him an offer is forthcoming, either. Ireland, when asked about Scott, wouldn't rule it out. But it's also clear Ireland and Joe Philbin prefer to give John Jerry every opportunity to win the job.

The Scott/Jerry decision isn't an easy one, but the Dolphins clearly prefer to give Jerry a chance - at least for the moment - before giving more thought to signing Scott, Kyle Kosier or any other veterans available.

Unlike Jerry, Scott has been an established, quality starter, starting every game the past six years. If you believe the numbers offered up by Pro Football Focus - which reviews every snap of every game - they would tell you that Scott graded out as the seventh best among 77 qualifying guards last season.

PFF rated him a smidgen above average as a run blocker and well above average as a pass blocker. He allowed two sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. But the Titans decided to replace him with an older Steve Hutchinson, who obviously has had a terrific career.

For perspective, Vernon Carey (who remains unsigned) was rated 44th among guards last season. PFF said Jerry played 180 snaps at guard - he also got work at tackle - and allowed one sack and three pressures. Scott graded out much better than Jerry as a pass-blocker, but Jerry graded out slightly better as a run-blocker, albeit in a small sample size.

Jerry, at 25, is six years younger than Scott - and that means something to the Dolphins.

"We're going to try to get Jerry established," Ireland said. "Jerry still has that developmental upside. He played well in some games."

Joe Philbin said earlier this offseason: "We've got to find a home for him. He's got to earn a spot."

Jerry now has a home and he is being given every chance to earn that spot, ahead of Nate Garner and whomever else the Dolphins might sign there. If he doesn't perform, the Dolphins will have another reason to rue taking him 73rd in the 2010 draft - 22 spots before New Orleans took Jimmy Graham.

Scott also visited Arizona but remains unsigned. He's not going to wait for any team if he gets an offer to his liking. The Dolphins must hope that Jerry either shows enough in OTAs the next few weeks or that Scott remains available for a while if Jerry doesn't.

Couple other notes:

### Joe Philbin told ESPN he would like to name a starter before the third preseason game. "You'd love to have it done by after the second preseason game," he said. "The third preseason game is when your first unit is going to get the vast majority of the snaps in terms of your preseason allocation. I'd say by the third preseason game we'd like to have the unit established." 

### It's obvious how much Matt Moore loves an offense where he's not being told - by Brandon Marshall or anyone - to throw him the damn ball. "There's no pressure to get the ball to any one specific guy," Moore said. "So you can just go back there and wing it."

### Though Moore called it "weird" and "awkward" that a rookie knows more about the offense than he does, he says it good-naturedly. The relationship among Moore, David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill has been very good, to the point that Philbin went out of his way this week to praise them for how they're helping each other. "It's impressive to watch," Philbin said.

### Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu became the latest Dolphins draft pick to sign, joining Jonathan Martin, Rishard Matthews, B.J. Cunningham and Kheeston Randall.

For some notes on where the Dolphins stand at safety and receiver, and what Ireland is saying about each of those positions, plus the latest bad news for Warren Sapp, please click here on my latest Sports Buzz post:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/

With Armando vacationing, David J. Neal will be at the next scheduled Dolphins availability next Tuesday and will post an update then. There will be four additional days of availability after next Tuesday, before camp opens in late July. I'll be on NBA Eastern Conference Finals duty next week (assuming the Heat makes it) but will have more Dolphins notes in buzz columns. Have a good weekend.

--- BARRY JACKSON

 

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Hi!!!

Can you please come back from vacation so the cast of Luney Toons can return home to the Herald?

DAVIE, Fla.— Reggie Bush still thinks the Miami Dolphins stink, and he’s not backing off his opinion.

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.

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.

Posted by: Reality | May 24, 2012 at 07:34 PM

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Alrighty then you little NYJ fan you.

If the Dolphins aren't going to be competitive this season, you might as well not come here for the remainder of the season.

Your posts are in "Reality" piss poor in content and nothing but negative.

You in "Reality" suck as a Dolphins fan.

I am sure in "Reality" your mother regrets giving birth to you.

Reality is sewer sludge. I could care less if he thinks the team stinks, but he just posts to be negative and get a rise, and he is really boring to read.

Marino was really the worst thing that happened to this team. For 13 years they just figured he would win it all on his own. What does he do? Cry during his Super Bowl loss.

Pathetic really.

Marino was probably the biggest choker in sports history. He always dissapeared when his team needed him the most. Just wasnt a big game QB.

You guys (AnThonY,sAdD) most come form this new G.


You guys (AnThonY,sAdD) most come form this new G.

Posted by: Tritium | May 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

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Thank you for your erudite and compelling commentary. Your mastery of the English language is breathtaking to behold, professor.

I remember Marino in a game in which he threw an INT or the guy fumbled and the other team was returning the ball and Marino instead of tackling the guy who was returning the ball he stepped out of bounds (like a girl)....Sucker!!

my brother is a jets fan and they are still re-living the 69 Superbowl win...but were not doing much better with our last win coming in 1974.

We both want that SB win and are lashing out at each other in shear frustration.

Who will get there first?

Urban Weekend in South Beach!!!

Anyone going to Uncle Luke's Pool Party??

Jaymesh,
Fran Tarkenton and Dave Brown were the best not to win a SB.
All Marinoi did was jerk off the fan base for 18 years.

Did I wander into a Jets blog accidentally?

Yeah, after Marino threw an INT he always RAN AWAY from the returner. LOL

Ban Ohio Dolfan already. Armando, you've warned him 5 times and he still doesnt listen. He's using the Herald for his own free advertising. ENOUGH!

Ohio < Parasite

yea I hope his pregnant wife dies in a car accident

Wow, there really is nothing here anymore. So sad.
I actually liked Armando. It was a nice day when he slummed and ventured into this forum to address both reasonable questions, and destructive clowns.

Oh well. Time to move on I guess.

Ohio can fake me all day long if he has nothing better to do, he is still a disrespectful,low class, parasite.

who cares if warren sappy gets bad news?

go to Ohio's blog if you want to talk boring football. Stay here if you want to see interesting crap being said all the time!

Life is much more fun with trolls bashing people!

The Jets are South Floridians' favorite football team

Thank you to Barry Jackson for taking up Mando's slack!

This team may not win a lot this year, but is getting better than a lot of folks think. At least I'm seeing a plan unfold. Lots of bodies all scrambling for Wide Receiver or Safety spots. Good, young, raw talent. Lots of upside on this team at almost every position. And, if no one steps their game up this year, we'll know what positions to draft for come next year. Emphasis on the draft! That's how winning teams build. Not with over-priced, over-hyped Free Agents. This coaching staff believes that they can develop good players and realizes that The Tuna, Sparano & Company didn't. It's time to find out if some of the guys that have been stashed on this roster for a while can play football at a high level or not. It's put up or shut up time for guys like Wallace, Pruitt, etc. Either get with the program or go someplace else! This regime has no favorites at this point. Come in ready to play at a fast pace and a high level or else it's "Bye Bye"!!!!

Go to Ohio's blog if you want to read odins nauseating drivel bwaah waaah day in and day out, along with his few groupies.

eel seems to share my dislike for Mr. Ohio

eel,

Please don't mention my name here. You scum bags aren't even worthy of my prescense.

Grovel and beg for me all you want, it's too late. Maybe when Armanda comes back and there's at least some tiny semblance of something interesting.

Until then, I have Hotties to contend with.

Speaking of which, I just got a new 18 year old. I got her four times already, tonight(hopefully)will be 5, 6, 7 and 8!

Dude, SERIOUSLY, you should get up off your knees, get tested **THOROUGHLY** and give WOMEN a try again. Don't worry about the rejection and all the laughing. Just save up your Meth Money and "Go Get You Some".

Stephen Ross save the Dolphins! SELL THE TEAM!

Ross hired the CHEAPEST HC and GM he could find.

my brother is a jets fan and they are still re-living the 69 Superbowl win...but were not doing much better with our last win coming in 1974.
We both want that SB win and are lashing out at each other in shear frustration.
Who will get there first?
Posted by: NHFINSFAN | May 25, 2012 at 09:02 AM

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At least the Jets have won a bunch of playoff games recently and have a good team. The Dolphins are just friggin terrible.

I think the Dolphins have more blogs then they have fans left.

Bill = eel = Fake Armando

Pathetic

odinpoop, wow that was really a worthwhile contribution to the blog. thanks for stopping by, now head on back to ohio's pooper scooper and his 3 fans.

I see Ohio Dolfan still being a scumbag by linking his blog to his name. Once scum always scum.

Bill = eel = FYI = fake Armando

so pathetic

Phins66 = Ohio Dolfan = NHFINSFAN

I am not Ohio........I've posted here before idiot

Phins66 = Ohio's back door lover.

so pathetic.

This dude keeps changing his name to talk to himself in here.

Unemployment must be really boring

Phins66 = Ohio Dolfan .

IM NOT OHIO

Jon Says:

May 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Do you think those guys at the Herald will ever stop talking about me? It’s funny we’re talking Dolphins QB’s in here, and over there they are talking about me still. Or maybe it’s all the same guy, i don’t know. Either way, why do they waste their time with that? Thinking I care, lol

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YOU DO CARE! If you didn't you wouldn't talk about us!Do you know the difference between talking about someone & making fun of someone?

Lemme help. What you said on your blog about us is talking about us. What people say here about you is making fun of you.

So, you keep talking about us on your blog because? You don't care? YEA RIGHT! LMAO You're kidding no one except your Amish relatives.

Either respect Armando's wishes or get lost!

Wow,

if you hate him so much why go to his blog?

Wow,
if you hate him so much why go to his blog?
Posted by: Phins66 | May 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM

ZIP IT OHIO!

Hey Ohio Jon66 LOL


Want to crash some parties tonight?


I'm not Ohio, but I am leaving. You're obviously much more interested in talking about Ohio's blog than you are about the topics in the article. I could care less about Ohio I'm sick of seeing post this crap consistantly, it gets old and it's sad how much you don't have life

have fun going back to talking to yourself I guess

Hey

At least give Ohio credit for dragging that loser Odin and his sludge posts away from here. Let them be happy there.

Isn't it better where without all those endless Odin Gaylord rants?

SO long Phins66, who cares if you leave.

BBBWWWHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Phins66 please come back!

Funny how you nitwits bash Ohio for his blog but it seems to me ever since he started his blog the intellegent posters on this blog are few and far between. Not that it was a great number of them before but the ones who were here just got tired of all the garbage. Oh well, at least some of you know how to utilize copy and paste skills and can form some similance of correctly structured sentences. Though I did say SOME. Also, wishing misfortunes on others and/or their families is not only some very chicken sh*t move but will ultimately come back to haunt you. You get what you give so good luck with that.

theavafin. Give us all a favor and go eat a dik pls, you can go wherever Phins66 went..

Funny how you nitwits bash Ohio for his blog but it seems to me ever since he started his blog the intellegent posters on this blog are few and far between. Not that it was a great number of them before but the ones who were here just got tired of all the garbage.


Posted by: thavafin | May 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM

You have to be kidding, right? Ohio's blog is the odin groupie gang, good riddance. Stay there if you like his endless nonsense better. I still can't believe others respond to or engage that fool on any level.

Its a big circle jerk at Ohio blog, WTH would I want to post there. I like pu--y.

Part of the problem, and its unfortunate, but the fact is Armando is a very poor writer. Frequent grammatical mistakes aside. he is rarely insightful, humorous, interesting, and always seems to be last on every single fins related breaking story.

Ohio writes like a teenager. Professor Lou seems like a good guy, but his writing is very pedantic, repetitive, and tedious. Even on ESPN that Walker guy who covers the AFC East has to be the most boring writer on their staff.

So with out real stimulus, people get bored and go off on a tangent.

I dont think favors can be given, but they can be done. So if you meant "do us all al favor" and go eat a dik then I am a bit confused on how that action would be a favor for you...unless you are offering up said dik for consumption? But in that case I would have to decline and say I am not a fan of Vienna Sausages...or maybe you just want me to go away? Either way I will still have to decline...just a little...FYI

You have to be kidding, right? Ohio's blog is the odin groupie gang, good riddance. Stay there if you like his endless nonsense better. I still can't believe others respond to or engage that fool on any level.
Posted by: Thorton | May 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM

I have taken a jab or two at Mr Odin myself but this is not an accurate statement at all. Also, you do realize that you possess the choice (I originally wrote ability but maybe you dont possess that) to scroll past and not acknowledge certain posts, right?

Hey
At least give Ohio credit for dragging that loser Odin and his sludge posts away from here. Let them be happy there.
Isn't it better where without all those endless Odin Gaylord rants?

Posted by: Ryan | May 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM

He tells himself that his own previous post was the post of the millenium.

Does your blow up doll say nice things to you too?

to scroll past and not acknowledge certain posts, right?

Posted by: thavafin | May 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM

Now you are catching on. Odin's presence forces you to scroll past all his garbage and all the trolls he endlessly drags along, which means you scroll past 90 percent of the blog when he is around. So what's the point?

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