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Handful of starting jobs still wide open

The Dolphins begin their fourth week of training camp and will prepare for their third preseason game this week but there are still issues as fundamental as picking starting personnel at a handful of positions that need settling.

The club has yet to fully decide on a starting running back, starting right guard, starting defensive tackle next to Paul Soliai, starting cornerback opposite Brent Grimes, and perhaps even starting defensive end opposite Cameron Wake.

At running back, it's obvious Lamar Miller is the presumed starter but he hasn't exactly wowed yet, despite enormous potential to do so. The fact is he had the tough moment fumbling against Dallas and didn't really do much in carrying two times for 6 yards against Jacksonville.

Daniel Thomas, who has been given a smaller share of first-team snaps in practice, has avoided the turnover but also hasn't impressed in two games. Thus, we've got a no-decision so far.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman today said the competition is "pretty close."

At right guard, it seemed as if Josh Samuda had established himself as the favorite once John Jerry went down with a knee injury. Multiple players inlcuding Samuda were tried as part of the guard competition. But Samuda, who has started two games at the position, struggled against Jacksonville, giving up a sack and showing poor technique on another play. So he regressed somewhat.

That means the job is wide open again. Coach Joe Philbin said today that Nate Garner is "absolutely in the competition" for the starting job. Lance Louis has a chance as well, although he has yet to play in the preseason despite practicing. Louis is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Best case scenario for the Dolphins is Jerry gets back to work this week and plays in two weeks. And he's in shape. And plays well.

Yeah, all that could happen.

Oh boy.

The kicking job is obviously open. Rookie Caleb Sturgis was brought in to replace veteran Dan Carpenter and after getting off to a slow start, has picked things up lately. He connected on a 58 yard field goal against Jacksonville, booted every one of his six kickoffs into the end zone and got four touchbacks for the trouble.

Message sent.

Do not be surprised if the Dolphins start shopping the loser of this competition in trade as both are actually kicking well this camp.

The cornerback job opposite Brent Grimes is being decided between Richard Marshall and Dimitri Patterson. Want a darkhorse?

Rookie Will Davis continues to make plays and although he is "inconsistent," according to coaches. He is seemingly always around the ball. He had an interception against Jacksonville and another against Dallas. Yes, he also had a PI against Dallas in the end zone, but picks are valuable commodities.

The competition for a starting job between Randy Starks and Jared Odrick was supposed to be a slugfest. Starks, however, has been battling a knee injury for over a week so he's not been in the battle. Odrick is the guy right now but if Starks gets back this week or next, the competition will resume.

Either way, the Dolphins plan to alternate DTs. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has said he has two starters at that position although it is obvious only one player plays the opening snap. The two players are good at different things so the job may alternate depending on the offense they face.

Everyone assumes the left defensive end job belongs to Olivier Vernon. Well, yes, he's making it hard to think otherwise. He's practicing well and there's nothing about his play against Jacksonville (only game he's been in) that suggested regression.

But ...

Rookie Dion Jordan is being groomed for that spot. The team wants him pushing Vernon. The team wants him to be good enough to be a three-down player. If he doesn't win the job, well, that's life and he can be used as a passing-down specialist. But that decision has not been made yet.

So that job, like the others, is still open. 

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Psychiatry is nothing but Latin for Hocus Pocus.

Snort that's very interesting, tell me more.

dark was thrown on the backside of keller where it was either gonna be caught by him or nobody. ill take that throw anyday

Me too dusty, that was a good throw.

Exposing the fraud

Reggie Bush, Anthony Fasano, and Devon Bess.
2,900 yards and 14 TDs

Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller
2,400 yards 13 TDs

This moron ETF used to post this non sense everyday on the ESPN blog until they changed the format to face book posting. He used the name PriceMaster. He won't post anymore now that he has to show his face. What a loser hahahahahahahaha.

Good QB's lead their receivers into open space. See Brady, or Manning.

17 all day in the ass or whatever his name is, and ETF are probably the best trolls I've ever seen. You 2 are amazing. You 2 genuinely entertain me. Thank you

yes mike hall of famers are great. we dont have a hof qb, nor does most every team in the nfl

The Dolphins will get a wild card and lose the AFC Championship game. Make the Super Bowl next season.

Tannehill and Wallace will break records.

Can you imagine paying $$$ to a psychiatrist (Darkoak) only to find out he spends his time conversing with someone named - LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS!

Posted by: Snort | August 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 06:14 PM

Well said Darkoak. I guarantee all the smack talkers here would never have the balls to say this stuff to a person face to face. It might lead to them getting punched in the throat.

So you think I'm threatening your livelihood here. I might be doing so. But you have no capacity to threaten mine.

hey Oscar say hello to my little friend

Threats are not taboo, Armando?

Who threatened you Oscar?

I asked Armando, Woodshed. You work for him?

Oscar, have you McNutted recently?


I'm no expert I just call it like I see it and I have no illusions that I could be completely wrong. I mean I'm only a psychiatrist after all, not a football coach.

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 06:05 PM

WOW...................................

Why Does This Sounds Sooooooo Much Like Oscar?

Oscar, you're slipping fool................

Been trying to tel the 2-3 real posters here many of these screen names are Oscar's. Hell, he even have them make conversation with themselves.

From his own mouth he says:

"Snort I do some of my best work here."

If this isn't Oscar....... Think about the screen name Oscar itself. Tells its about his "Oscar winning performance of "total deception" within this blog.

Finally Oscar, the truth from your own mouth. Busted................

Trolltard Oscar, have you McNutted recently?

Actually I'm no physiatrist, I just wanted to see that guys head explode when I said I was lol.

Wow.... so convenient.... 2 psychiatrists in one blog. One named Oscar, one named Darkoak.

My money says we're being treated to an "Oscar winning" troll blog performance.

Oscar attacks you, me and everyone else here that isn't an aliases.

Hell, I take that back. He even attacks his aliases to liven up his "Oscar winning" blog performances.....

BUSTED...........................................


Actually I'm no physiatrist, I just wanted to see that guys head explode when I said I was lol.

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 07:28 PM

Sure Oscar, you just forgot which screen name you ere in when you made the statement. It isn't the first time you've said you do yor bestwork here.

Just the first time you've said it in your troll screen name of "Darkoak"........

Oscar,

It actually isn't the first time I've busted you using various stroll screen names, is it? LOL...you know its true...

Exactly why you use your troll screen names to have everyone errantly believe Im the troll. It deflects away from the attention of your "Oscar winning" performances......

Busted like before, eh Oscar winner?

Every time I bust Oscar "RED-HANDED", seems the entire blog grows silent.

Scares hell out of me because I'm afraid I may be the only "REAL POSTER" here. I pray every poster here isn't just and "Oscar winning alias"........

Lol. Tantrum, right on schedule.

Actually I said that for that Snort guys benefit, unless God forbid, you are also Snort. I mean that would mean you post under constant aliases otherwise how could you be offended?

I'm no expert I just call it like I see it and I have no illusions that I could be completely wrong. I mean I'm only a psychiatrist after all, not a football coach.
Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 06:05 PM

STILL ROTFLMAO......................

OSCAR FORGOT HE WAS STILL IN THE "DARKOAK TROLL NAME" WHEN HE MADE THIS STATEMENT..........................

Dude,
I offered you the olive branch of peace and you broke it over your knee and threw it on the ground. All you had to do was say, "Henne was the only one that looked competent; oh well we won't be seeing them again this year good luck dude".

Instead you've turned it into a grudge match.

Well you know what smart guy? You're gonna hear about Henne every hour of every day for the rest of your life.

This whole week I'm talk about the 4TDs and 395 yds Henne put on Houston's #1 D in game 10 last season. True it was a worthless game for the Jags but it was an important game for Houston and they had to go to OT to win it.

But it gets better. Because while Tanne is running from JJ Watts Henne will be romping onthe Jets first team D. And I'll have all those stats ffor you come Jets week, twice.

My best material will be held back for the 3 New England games: the 2 during the regular season and the Pats playoff game.

Have a nice life.


Actually I said that for that Snort guys benefit, unless God forbid, you are also Snort.

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM

Oscar,

We cant even be sure you aren't SORT too. Having your "troll screen names confront eachother" is part of your "OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCES" to deceive us right?

Darkoak = Dashi = oscar canosa = Kris = Aloco=Jack Sparrow = Captain

That's Oscar winning?

puh-lease

There's a lot to feel good about right now. The team is looking good heading into the week to get ready for Houston. That should be a very good test of this team. The only competition I am interested in following is at RG. The DL and Secondary are deep so we should be ok at those positions no matter who starts. I'm pulling for W. Davis to get a shot though with the 1st team. Running Back will likely be Miller unless Thomas does something special.


Darkoak = Dashi = oscar canosa = Kris = Aloco=Jack Sparrow = Captain

That's Oscar winning?

puh-lease

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | August 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM


No....... just part of the egotistical delusions of this guy to call himself, "OSCAR". Its a synonym to proclaim what he does in this blog.......

This week is usually the first team for the whole first half right?

Have you notice that Kris Kry writes strangely similar to another famous blogger here?

Those that Kry trolls the loudest are tipping their hands.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | August 11, 2013 at 08:08 PM

No, it's normally game 3, but remember we had an extra game. So it will actually be game 4 for us.

This week, an entire quarter. Would have been less than a qtr last week had the offense not been so awful the first 3 drives.

LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS!

Change your disgusting name. What the hell happened to you?


Have you notice that Kris Kry writes strangely similar to another famous blogger here?

Those that Kry trolls the loudest are tipping their hands.

Posted by: True B Dat | August 11, 2013 at 08:09 PM

Really doesn't matter. At leas 75% of the names seen here are Oscar anyway. You could even be one of them....

I can't help but to chime in on 17-0.
That person is unbelievable in the way he shoves his point of view down everyone's throat.
What's worse is that he gets angry and verbally abusive if you disagree with him.
There may be some truth the story that large quantities of estrogen flow through his veins.
And by the way, does that guy have a job? He's on here 24/7.

Hey Mando,

Any truth to the rumor that A.J. Francis may be moving to the O-line? I heard he was working with the O-line coach...

Hey Mando,

Any truth to the rumor that A.J. Francis may be moving to the O-line? I heard he was working with the O-line coach...


And by the way, does that guy have a job? He's on here 24/7.


Posted by: Tequaysha | August 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM

So are you Oscar, so are you.........

Just sayin.............


Hey Mando,

Any truth to the rumor that A.J. Francis may be moving to the O-line? I heard he was working with the O-line coach...

Posted by: Tracyh474 | August 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM

You have to be Oscar's "retard troll screen name". Everyone else knows Armando isn't coming here to answer your question........

Just sayin.................... lol...

Wow 17 you are a little wound up today. Thinking I'm Oscar, you just sound paranoid now.


Wow 17 you are a little wound up today. Thinking I'm Oscar, you just sound paranoid now.

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 08:25 PM

Oscar,

Forget it, you cant drive me crazy. They sent me back to get you........

17-0 = YG = DB = Blog Assshole

Has Ireland been fired yet?

Forget it, you cant drive me crazy. They sent me back to get you........
Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM

You make it sound like I'd concoct an elaborate campaign to break you mentally by repeatedly claiming you had a mental illness and then using multiple personas to drive that fact home. Why would I take the time to do something like that, you're an faceless Internet troll, why would I care?

17, where is Juanita?

When people notice cigarettes in my pocket they say, "You're a smoker?".

I always reply, "I'm a smoker but I'm not a bonesmoker".

First post of the thread was gold. Looking forward to the position battles. Thomas actually looked pretty good the other night.

Daniel or Dallas?

Ross needs to lower ticket prices if he wants fans in the stands this season. He's charging a lot of money for a bad on the field product.


You make it sound like I'd concoct an elaborate campaign to break you mentally by repeatedly claiming you had a mental illness and then using multiple personas to drive that fact home. Why would I take the time to do something like that, you're an faceless Internet troll, why would I care?

Posted by: Darkoak | August 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM


Oscar,

Interesting you should mention this. Exactly what you and your troll personas falsely try to accuse me of. All of a sudden when applying it to yourself, it makes no "universal sense".

WOW.................... are you a brightbulb. Are you valedictorian of your local trailer park?

Oscar/Darkoak,

1. How many rusty jumper cable lobotomies have you performed lately?

2. Has it greatly reduced the wood rat population of your local trailer park?

3. Does being rat exterminator at your local trailer park qualify you as trailer park psychiatrist?

Oscar/Darkoak,

If trailer park rat exterminator qualify you as psychiatrist. What does trailer park mosquito control qualify you as?

Aeronautical engineer, maybe?

What ever happended to Kitty Carlisle day?

Oscar/Darkoak,


Hitting a pig in the head with a hatchet in your local trailer park qualifies you as you as a bonafide brain surgeon. Right kid?

Lol completely snapped. And my work here is done.

I always look at my poo before flushing. I don't know why. Maybe it is to say goodbye.

17 wears exotic panty liners.

Imported from ALco's house.

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