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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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wow wuss hides behind his puss.

I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, dude. Across this you do not!

Isn't too much out there sexier than a lady who is all business on top but keeps the party going in the back, with a sleeveless flannel.

I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, dude. Across this you do not!


Posted by: Walter | May 25, 2012 at 04:15 PM

More crap, incorrect English from shallow, dumb, ignorant football fans. You guys prove my point every day.

What I despise about the Herald is, they talk about everything except the Dolphins. Who cares about the other teams, this is a Dolphin link.

i'm going to the Jersey Shore with my NJ Steroid resident idiot husband.
i am going to ream his hole good as i am mad at him for cheating on me with some other ffag at the gym.
i'm not going to any dolphins games because i'm am idiot from NJ and have no money.
believe everything i say because i have no life.see you all when i get back i will be blogging about a team 1500 hundred miles away every day and night even though i have never been to Miami and never seen a game there.help me i truly am pathetic.

Hey, YG/DB, et al. Fukk you.

Tim, you may want to hook up with odins.

You tell him, oscar.

talk about an apple and oranges statement!! jerry was picked 22 spots ahead of jimmy graham. wasn't graham a bit of a project TD? a BBall player? yes it worked out great for the saints but i don't see graham playing RIGHT GUARD!!!!! at least pick a star RG picked after jerry!!! that would do sommmethhinnng?? oh yeah, actually make sense!!!

none of the beat writers for the fins are very good!! i will say this for omar, at least he seems to love his job and posts often. some are crap but at leasts he's there. armundo sometimes writes one thing a week. i understand that for his actual column but this is his blog i believe. if i were on the beat of a team and was also contracted to write a blog. i'd post far more often... even on vacation!! he writes more often about promoting his radio show and column than about the team people with much more high profile jobs in sports and entertainment tweak and blog all the time. and some aren't getting paid to. i know some are.

trade jerry back to sparano for tebow.

HEY ARMANDOOOOO...

Identifying YOU as the REAL Armando is so easy anyone can figure it out. Since YOU are the owner of the blog you can come up with a simple ID.. If you post all of your blog posts in a different FONT or different color FONT, say red or deep purple or whatever you want except Black... There will be no mistaking who the real Armando is.

We posters cant post in any color except default black including the default font.

everyone complains about the blog and the bloggers but they still come back every single day to complain about it.

What radio show, son?

Omar at the SS has the intelligence of a 3rd grader and he writes like it.

omar and armando, both bible thumpers, both dumber than rocks, neither can write. typical of bible thumpers who prefer to hope to be good than strive to be good. they are both embarrassments to journalism,

Well, Omar works hard, but he's no writer. Armando writes well, but only when he wants.

OVER THE LINE!!

Seriously Tracy, step your game up? Just because a player is traded you all of a sudden become better? Now players will get faster over night and start running sweet routes out the blue. Qoute from the 5 heart beats movie: If u aint got it, u aint gone get it. Lol.

Last week, Omar tweeted how he was combining drugs and alcohol and how great it felt.

Last week, Omar tweeted how he was combining drugs and alcohol and how great it felt.
Posted by: Max | May 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

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Then his next tweet is about Baby Jesus

Jackson, for whatever it means, I read you and Neal in the pulp edition. Although at times I get a little more here. You and Neal provide more than Mando, no brag, just fact! So it is a pleasure to have your opinions. Thx!

Phin 66 was Phin66 eariler. Another name changer troll.

Switch hitting tonight! Close your eyes and it rocks!


Valhall!

NJ Phin Phan and i are having our second honeymoon at the NJ shore this weekend,stay tuned for details

Timmy when you come back to bed please wear the red thong and bring me coffee and a BJ.i will return the favor with a reach around.love always,big lips and shriveled nuts.

Marlins win, Heat win, Dolphins still suck.

Timmy wheres my dildo, check your bed.

Little House on the Prairie was a stupid show for stupid people.

If you ever watched Little House on the Prairie you are stupid.

I never have been to Miami, but one look at this blog and I get the impression it's nothing but a trailer park full of dropouts.

There are excellent Dolphins blogs out there full of witty and intelligent repartee (certainly not this one or 'Ohio's' dreary and flaccid mutual masturbation party) but I won't mention which ones they are because I don;t want anyone from here posting on them.

Seriously if you can't say something positive or constructive then go blog somewhere else! Give the current organization a chance to build this thing. Go Joe and go Dolphins!

There are excellent Dolphins blogs out there full of witty and intelligent repartee (certainly not this one or 'Ohio's' dreary and flaccid mutual masturbation party) but I won't mention which ones they are because I don;t want anyone from here posting on them.

Posted by: apollo creed | May 26, 2012 at 07:34 PM
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Actually HOME..its funny that you bring this up...I was on the Daily Dolphin site yesterday...and it seems you are as HATED there as you are on this site....it must do wonders for your self-esteem....

I'm having problems with my keyboard today. I will just read posts for now.

- Hey, Albert, why'd you take so long? - Man, that queer had a beautiful asss, just like a chick. - HoHo!

Home is allright, he just believes in those chemtrails...

There was a tough guy from Borinquen, who thought he was chief and enchanting, then came a Marielito, who thought no disrespect, and shot him point blank in his abdomen.

Ha, I liked that one(first time I've tried this format). Did you people like it?

There isnt much positive about 6-10. And three losing seasons in a row.

Me no have no $ for a hookie today, you read my comments tomorrow, will'ya?

It's true what Morris says. Macho cubanos and puerto ricans don't consider it gay to let the femboys suck on their nozzle.

Very true. It's the worst kept secret in Miami. Lots of closeted Cuban guys down there saying they're straight but having man on man sex.

Ha Ha. You will speak of New Jersey tonight, Endora! Tra Ha Ha La La!!

For most of Us, it was always about $(as we didn't have any at that Time).

The most perverted things you will find in the unlikeliest of places, let's say, like Penn State. Just Human nature, uncontrolled.

ohio is a MAN OF HONOR ..........

DID ARMANDO FOUND A NEW JOB YET ?

Statistically speaking, the Latino culture is most gay culture for men. For women, it's Russia and Germany.

What up swallowers?

The world used to say, "Is he a leader or a follower?".
Now the world says, "Is he a follower or a swallower?".

TheSMF = Kris

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Don't worry, NO ONE is surprised.

I haven't been on at all, yet here you are degrading the blog as usual with all your gaye faggity asss bullshyt.

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For now on, why don't you just sign in with a Capitol "L" - LOSER!

After all, that's what your Momma and Daddy calls you!

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PS: Nice work with the blog lately LOSER ;)

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i had a good hard weekend with Timmy and he really took it like a woman.The Dolphins of Miami will win the superbowli'm going tooo the gym soon to train my neck and forearrms.hope everyonebody haz a good Menmorial Day weekends.Timmy we neeed more KY jelly.

"vacationing" has become code for furlough. The Miami Herald is broke and slowly but surely closing down operations. Armando is (understandably) defensive about it---it's his livelihood disappearing, after all---but that doesn't change the facts.

Hmm.. let's say transferring hands.

Who cares about the crap Dolphins?

odins should change his name to Gaylord Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!. That sums up the majority of his posts.

Those that overlook his endless juvenile ramblings to discuss football with him are psychotically too hard up for football talk.

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