Big week for the Dolphins. It's one of 16 that will run through December and culminate with a game that will determine your mood for the next three months.
So what's on tap?
Let's start with the minimal stuff first. The Dolphins announced their practice squad this morning.
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt.
31 De'Andre Presley DB 5-10 188
44 Jordan Kovacs S 5-10 210
65 Sam Brenner C 6-2 310
76 Jason Weaver T 6-5 305
78 Al Lapuaho DT 6-2 301
85 Brian Tyms WR 6-3 204
86 Kyle Miller TE 6-5 262
87 Marvin McNutt WR 6-2 215
With two, count 'em, two wide receivers on the practice squad the Dolphins can actually stay at four wide receivers on the roster and make decisions on players as late as Fridays on the health of their roster players.
How does this work?
Well, if the Dolphins suffer some sort of injury to one of the top 4 WRs, they can monitor that injury and decide if that player is available or not. If he isn't, they can simply promote McNutt or Tyms because both players are familiar with the system.
Practice today gets underway at 11:20.
Dion Jordan will be there, I'm told.
[Update: Jordan is practicing, at least on a limited basis. He was actually working in on special teams kick coverage. So that's good.]
It is a big week for him. He needs to have a solid week of work to be on the active roster for Sunday's game at Cleveland. We'll see.
It's also a big week for John Jerry.
He is out of shape (still) and working on regaining his strength in his knee. He is obviously also trying to lose some weight.
While he is considered the starting RG, I'm told he needs to have a good week of practice to solidify that position because it is not sealed in stone. We'll see.
Finally, the Dolphins have questions at cornerback, near as I can tell. Will Davis is in a walking boot at practice today. No, he's not practicing. Also, fellow rookie Jamar Taylor was not present at practice during the open media portion of practice.
If neither Davis nor Taylor are available for Sunday, it explains why the Dolphins kept so many (11) DBs when they trimmed the roster to 53.
By the way, the Cleveland Browns added wide receiver Jasper Collins to their practice squad today. Coincidence?
And Dan Carpenter is among a handful of kickers trying out for the team today as well.