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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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David, Barry, you interested?

Who the Hell is Walker?

armando...you and perkins were given a raw deal with that station hiring "fetal sid".

Sons and Daughters, there is only one way to escape True Addiction and that is to hit rock bottom, if you get there.

Yeah, Sid might swing it for the Ratings.

Karlos Dansby, u have a REAL BIG mouth. I love u to death, but when u promise a Super Bowl this year, u better SHOW UP!
And please stay healthy this year!

The bloggers were more entertaining yesterday.

Walker usually blogs at the Sun Sentinel and now I think he has a blog of his own he is playing with.I don't know what Walker is doing on our blog today.Some of the other bloggers on the sentinel stop by there because they are to poor or to cheap to blog with Omar.Walker has bad substance abuse problem and has admitted for some time now that he self medicates to extreme excess and is seeking help.

I still see nothing that looks like the Dolphins could beat NE or Baltimore or Pittsburg.
More on the job training for Ireland.

The Herald Dolphins page gives more coverage to other teams late round signings than it does to the fins. What a joke.

Hey, whatta you mean? We'us always entertaining.

Funny how many come in here calling Ohio's blog a "circle jerk", yet they must consistently visit to check out the conversations?

So either they enjoy the circle jerk or just love being arrogant. :)

So either they enjoy the circle jerk or just love being arrogant. :)

Posted by: Ohio Dolfan | May 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM


Arrogant is you who disrespects Armando's request that you not link your name to your blog.

You are pathetic....and a parasite.

Breaking news: Dolphins will be on HBO Hard Knocks this season. Great news!! Now we get an inside look at the Dolphins.

P.S. Ohio I see your scumbag ways are still prevalent.

Armando earned his bloggers.

Ohio pilfered his bloggers from Armando.

Without Armando's bloggers, Ohio's blog would have two followers, him and his dog.

FYI/eel

I see you still enjoy talking to yourself :)

Isn't people (all five of them) talking to themselves the whole point of your blog?

God it's awful.

Dolphins on Hard Rocks. I new Ross couldn't resist. Lol

Must be vacation again, no new articles. Is nothing happening Armando or is Omar just a better reporter??

Dolphins on Hard Knocks. But will anyone watch?

Ross doesnt care about winning. Just put on a show for the money, honor Tebow the opponent, anything to sell seats.

Ross blah blah blah

Ireland blah blah blah

Wasted pick blah blah blah

Tannehill blah blah blah

AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha, I just saw Ohio's profile at his blog. What a dufus! He is a self proclaimed bible thumpin church dude and yet he comes here stealing bloggers and disobeying the blog moderator. What a hypocrite!

From his sappy, church boy intro, bible thumpers Armando and Omar would love this, unreal:

"But more importantly, Maeghan and I have taken a leadership role in our church at Grace in Bath, Ohio. We just started leading small groups in our house in discussions about our walk with God"


What's with dolfans? Are you all brainwashed church heads afraid to have fun (sin hahaha)?

Lucifer,

That why I call Ohio a used car salesman. A defenition of a hyprocit. As scummy as he can be, I bet its not the worse he's done, how about stealing from his church, since he likes to steal Armando bloggers.

yes, and this is why Ohio's pregnant wife needs to die in a car accident

Everyone knows that its a fake eel talking about his pregnant wife. I'm not sick like some others. It is probably Ohio or one of his three loverboys trying to make me look bad.

Yeah but if you f***ing douc**bags never found your way to the blog we would all still be here. The only reason we left was because of the moronic children who invaded the site and started attacking everyone. That would be you.

This site was fun, you showed up and ruined it for everyone, then we all looked for alternative sites. So to blame someone else for something you personally caused is beyond retarded.

You ruined this sites posting section because you can not talk and debate about the Dolphins in an adult manner. But no need to fear, we will all be back when the season starts and your nonsense will be over run by real fans.

PS if this is too many paragraphs for you to comprehend just copy and paste and then delete the breaks.

Is that true, Lucifer? Brainwashed he is, I didn't think anyone still believed that nonsense. Just a bunch of crap to frighten the sheep into submission. Relatively speaking, religion is new, like yesterday compared to man's time on earth. I doubt the 10 billion people before these silly religions ever existed are burning in hell, they surely had more fun than these frightened mice.

"yes, and this is why Ohio's pregnant wife needs to die in a car accident".

Perfect, thank you, right on Que you prove my point. And now I will ignore this section for another month. The funny thing is as soon as I come back you will be attacking and offending someone else as you blame others for the downfall of the blog. You're so stupid it's actually amusing. But not amusing enough to talk to you so don't bother responding, I won't be reading it and no one else cares. Have a great June.

what the hell is going on with Reggie Bush now?

Phins78 the blog is better without you, please stay away like you have been.

Phins don't be such a naive sucker, learn to recognize when one of your buddies is faking me to make me look bad. You are a dummy.

Phins78, your son (Ohio) has hair on his balls, you dont have to defend him like your his daddy.

AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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keep it UP!!!!!!!!! impostor.....its EFFFFFING INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! how much you love my NUTS in your mouf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


OH!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Damn hbo hard knocks whoda thunk it...

Kris do you need a bible to get into Ohio's blog? Will their be a live blog prayer session anytime soon? I'm happy you are happy there.


Perfect, thank you, right on Que you prove my point.

Posted by: Phins78 | May 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM

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It's "cue," Einstein.

Man, some of you have the English proficiency of a third-grader.

In Albania.

Perfect, thank you, right on Que you prove my point.

Posted by: Phins78 | May 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM

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It's "cue," Einstein.

Man, some of you have the English proficiency of a third-grader.

In Albania.

Posted by: Embarrassing | May 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM

Close, he is one of those EyeTaliano's, like the dunce dis type a thing dat type a thing Sparangolini, the dumb whacker types that rape dead women.


WHO HAVE EVER SEE THE ELVIS PRESLY MOVIE CALL CLAM BAKE? IT IS MADE IN MIAMI AMND IS ABOUT A BOAT RACE AND THEN ELVIS PRETEND HE IS A POOR BOY BUT REALLY HE IS RICH AND THEN HIS GIRL FRIEND FINDS OUT HE IS REALLY RICH AND SHE FANTS WHEN THEY ARE DRIVING BY HIS OIL WELLS IN MIAMI.//I JUST SAW THIS MOVIE ON TV IT IS VERY GOOD

Reggie Bush says the team still stinks.

Looks like Stephen Ross is another Al Davis.....minus the football knowledge.

WTH is "Hard Knocks"?

The Hunger Games has to be the worst shyt I've ever read in a long, long Time and only because my Son left it in my I-Phone and I didn't have anything else to read at that time.

Nahh, Reggie is always in shape and he can Gamble a lil'bit.

Man, that guy ate the other one's Face, guess he was hungry. Heck, I would do the same thing if he was stronger than me. Bite him, anywhere. He might get to like It.

I'd like to congratulate all of the Trolls. You have done a fine job of chasing away the few constantly annoying bloggers. Some will say the Trolls have ruined the blog. I say you have done a good deed. Let that rat pack stay on those other blogs, this one here will be better without them.

Congrats!

Gee, you edit the blog back up to the retards post?

How very telling indeed.

I don't think so parasite Feag!

You even left your drew carey/big penis crap, yet you delete this stuff?

Ha Ha!

How fvcking creepy you must be.

You must suck some good Cork for Armanda to let you get away with the sheet-ROTFLMFAO!

Brush Armando off your breath and read up!

Sissy Bu-ooy!

Rick, you will, you read a blog about a crap team, jerk.

Posted by: Miles | May 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM


to be
OR NOT
TO BE

Posted by: ALoco | May 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM


ROTFLMAO!

What a bunch of fvcking PUKES-LOL!
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BTW-Nice job on the interim Mr. Jackson.

Reshad Jones had 3 picks and Clay is looking like a wiley Vet!

I told ya so, now didn't I!
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PS: KUDOS INDEED Gaytard Troll! This blog has been up for over 3 hours now and NOT ONE FOOTBALL RELATED POST YET ;)

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Posted by: odinseye | May 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM


Please tell me Metta World Peace's "Happy Labor Day" tweet didn't get to you.

Posted by: Zavala | May 30, 2012 at 01:55 AM


M. Moore catching a pass against a LB means they have him at slot the defense was in zone

Posted by: jamaicanhero | May 30, 2012 at 01:59 AM


**M. Moore catching a pass against a LB means they have him at OR slot the defense was in zone

Posted by: jamaicanhero | May 30, 2012 at 02:00 AM


****M. Moore catching a pass against a LB means they have him at slot the OR defense was in zone

Posted by: jamaicanhero | May 30, 2012 at 02:01 AM


Hey Hey, Riddle me this!

This guy goes to every Dolphins game/practice/training camp/etc, etc. He follows most every player ever so closely. He knows their height/weights/and jock strap sizes.

He knows EVERYTHING their is to know about them physically. He even knows(or has strong opinions)about which ones would be considered handsome by the ladies and which ones would be Dog Bait.

Yet this guy doesn't know the first thing about football. He knows so little about the actual game of football, he couldn't even fake a coherent post on the Dolphins ****FORMER**** no. 1 Sports Blog!

What's the DEAL with this GUY you might ask? How could this be? Does it make any sense?

Only when "THAT GUY" is Armando's VERY OWN:

****Gaytarded Blog Hit Troll****
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Take a Bow son(just make sure Lil Smalls ain't sneaking up BEHIND you(if you knows what I mean).

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Posted by: odinseye | May 30, 2012 at 02:52 AM


Gaytard Troll,

I'll bet you wish you were working for Darlington instead of Armando now, DON'T CHA?

DON'T CHA, Huh?

Ooooooooooooow, that's the way I like it LIIIIIIIIIKE IT!

Posted by: odinseye | May 30, 2012 at 02:56 AM

So either they enjoy the circle jerk or just love being arrogant. :)

Posted by: Ohio Dolfan | May 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM


Arrogant is you who disrespects Armando's request that you not link your name to your blog.

You are pathetic....and a parasite.

Posted by: eel | May 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM


eel,

You are the parasite and Armando is the arrogant one. Or at least he was up until he got "Deep Sixed" on the Radio Gig!

He was so arrogant he let a parasite like YOU ruin the blog, while he was busy being/trying to become a Sports Radio Celebrity.

I wonder how all that will workout now? I'm betting he **SUDDENLY CARES(yeah right)**about the GOOD Bloggers he USED to have posting here. To prove it, he comes back, whips out a BIG...........(get your mind out of the gutter-shesh Gaytard)............a BIG can of RAID and "Deep Sixes" your Pitiful Parasitic Arse-LOL.

PS: I wonder how Darlington's doing these days? I wonder if he has any Gaytarded so called "Assistants" that he lets ruin things he worked so hard for?

I wonder if his WIFE knows about his Gaytarded "Assistants"?

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BTW-Your Toilet Bowl Jokes are BRILLIANT!

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuh - ROTFLMFAO!!!!

ValHalla FeeAAG Boy!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | May 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM


Can you believe the oafs over at the circle jerk cafe?

I found this while stalking the......I mean, while lurking there.

odinseye Says:
May 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

Reshad Jones had 3 int’s and Clay is fitting right in!

I’m stoked! Barry Jackson’s “Fill In” for Armando was good, his blog tidbits even better.

Phins 78 is RIGHT once again. Read the Herald and all the news, just skip the comments section. It’s not even worth wading into that cess pool.

At least before you could wade through SiR Gaytards Trolldom for some “Dolphin Talk”. You can’t even do that now, it’s not worth the troubles and most posters have realized.

PS: Jon, don’t let it bother you. Any sane person can see this person is nothing but a very troubled low life schmuck.

PSS: I’m just curious. Armando didn’t care enough about us “Loyalists” to do anything about the garbage. I wonder if he’ll “SUDDENLY” pretend to care now that he’s been knocked down a peg or two(ousted as a Radio Personality)?

I guess **THINKING** he was going to be a celebrity went straight to his head.

Posted by: Kudos Troll | May 30, 2012 at 03:49 AM


Blog Hit Troll is working his but off(and smoking a ton of Meth)trying to keep up the blog hits now that he has chased away the last of the REAL POSTERS!

Nice Work Tardo ;)

I told ya so, didn't I?

Didn't I told ya so?

Ha Ha Ha Ha and a Heh, heh to boot.

What says you?

Posted by: odinseye | May 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM

You wanna try again?

You let this disgusting shyt float down this cess pool of a blog and actually delete SOME stuff and not others?

Like your Drew Carey bit or the gay Rabbi/Priest/yadda yadda/etc, etc....................

Utterly HILARIOUS-ROTFLMFAO!

Just watching what you delete and leave up draws a pretty accurate picture of your level of derelict degenarate gay cork sucking Hep C spreading assss.

A FOR REAL:

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You sick fvcking PUKE-LOL!

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