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The lesser known DE is having a big camp

You know Cameron Wake. He's one of the NFL's top 100 players as selected by his peers.

You know Dion Jordan. He was the player the Dolphins boldly moved up in the draft to take at No. 3 overall and has already been likened to Jason Taylor and Aldon Smith.

You know Olivier Vernon. Much has been written about his fine start to this training camp and his potential to be a starter this season.

You should know Derrick Shelby.

He's having a fine camp. He had a sack in the scrimmage. He had a sack in the preseason-opener against Dallas. Coaches love him.

“Derrick is a very sound football player," coach Joe Philbin said. "He is going to do it exactly the way [assistants] Kacy Rodgers, Charlie Bullen and Kevin Coyle want it done. I love him because he keeps his shoulder pads square. He gives effort. He is in the right spots when he is supposed to be. He knows what gap he has. He’s not jumping around things. He plays through people. He’s doing a nice job."

Shelby made the team last season as a rookie that took well to coaching and rarely made mistakes. This camp, he's trying to make the jump to actually making plays.

And so far, so good.

"I see more production out of Derrick, stating the other night," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. " He’s always a guy that you can count on the be in the right place, he’s very dependable, yet we saw that playmaking ability the other night and we’ve seen it throughout training camp.  He’s been difficult to block, he’s gotten more pressure on the quarterback, he’s been the guy that we feel very pleased with at this point in camp and he’s made a lot of progress."

As the Dolphins added talent at defensive end in the draft -- obviously with Jordan -- the idea of keeping Shelby seemed like something of a luxury. But Shelby so far has earned his spot. He is so far entrenched on the second team defense.

And because he's 280 pounds, he seems more able to hold the point on early run downs aside from his growing pass rush skills.

In other words, Shelby is finding a good niche on the team. And his prospects of staying on the team seem very, very good.

[Injury update: FB Jorvorskie Lane, who missed practice Wednesday with an unkown injury, is expected to play against the Jaguars Friday. The Dolphins are still finalizing decisions on playing Lamar Miller (ankle) and Mike Wallace (groin). Jared Odrick (groin), Brian Hartline (calf) and Olivier Vernon (groin), all of whom missed the preseason-opener, are expected to play. Dannell Ellerbe, who missed the preseason opener, is expected to play. Randy Starks (knee) and John Jerry (knee) are definitely out.]

[Update: Miller, who has been nursing the tender ankle the last two practices, is expected to play barring a last minute complication ... CB Jamar Taylor (hernia recovery) is not expected to play.]

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Craig, agreed.

To me it's all about seeing if a few of the younger guys flash and above all avoiding any major injuries to key guys.

Anyone worrying in the 4th quarter about the play of guys who won't even be on either team's roster, though, probably needs a shrink!

FUCKINGINCREDIBLE, I LEAVE THIS BLOG FOR HOURS SOMETIMES DAYS, THEN RETURN AND THE FIRST POST I SEE IS ONE OF THE CIRCLE-JERK CREW ACCUSING ME OF IMPOSTERING.

WHEN YOU GUYS WAKETHEFUCK UP? IS NOT A REQUIREMENT TO BE A DUMBASS ALL OF YOUR LIFE. JUST A CHOICE...

You've never left this blog for hours, let alone days ... anyway...

Who's hosting the circle jerk tonight? I got some good pointers from Truth and Rdubs earlier...

I'll tell you guys when I learned just how useless the preseason is. 1976 (yeah, I'm an old fart).

Back then, the league played SIX of these awful tune-up games. Ugh.

Anyway, I was a kid then and remember getting VERY excited the Dolphins went 6-0 that preseason. Super Bowl here we come!

And then Miami promptly went out and only won another six games once the real thing started. It was Shula's first losing season, in fact.

Since then, no preseason Kool-Aid for me, good OR bad!

By Craig M:

Then you say 'Miller responded like a CHAMP'. I'm saying by that point, who fukking cares. He took the wind out of the team's sails before they even got started. Inexcusable.-------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So it's Ok to excuse Tanny looking like crap because well, it's just a few snaps in preseason Gm 1 & it's too early to really tell.

But, it's not too early to rip Miller for a fumble in a meaningless preseason scrimmage? Which was just an error out of lack of reps in all likelihood?

LMAO The hypocrisy is ridiculous!

By Craig M:

I'm saying, were that the regular season, Miller would have been benched by Philbin, as Bush was last year. And should be.---------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>

But, it wasn't so can you relax. PLEASE stop repeating this over n over. NO ONE CARES!!!!!!!!!!

By Craig M:

You're a good guy Kris and I like you, I just can't follow your logic some times.-------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I'm sure he feels better knowing you like him. Good lord!

It's not imposter, it's impostor, for all of You.

I don't want to see Tannehill only have a good game tonight. I want to see him have good outings in all 4 of the remaining preseason games. Then I want to see him open and finish strong against Cleveland.

I don't want to see him flashing, I want to see the light consistently stay on.

When coaches say a player "flashes at them", they're saying that the "Light Flickers" but never "Stays On". Its never a good thing when coaches say a player flashes at them. Flashing is against the law in all 50 U.S. States.

I want to see Tannehill "SHINE" in at least 85-90% of his games this year. No flashes, a very consistent shine....

Awwww, here were are, 2nd PreSeason game, one happy family, just like old times. You know you're a family when you can go away for a few months, then come back and act like nothing's changed.

MARK, DID YOU USED TO BE MY FRIEND DEBORAH MORRIS IN PICKERING?

I AM SURE IT WAS YOU. I EVEN SAW YOU ONE DAY ON YONGE STREET!

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU CHANGED YOUR NAME.

I certainly hope our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is on the Dolphins side so that gruesome, painful injuries that leave players writhing on the turf in agony and ending their careers prematurely leading to depression, addiction, enduring physical problems and financial ruin only happen to other teams players.

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