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Former UM QB Stephen Morris on the Dolphins radar

While much of their draft focus is rightly on offensive line, it should be noted the Dolphins have a long list of needs, wants and must haves. And while quarterback is neither a need nor a must have, it definitely is a want -- one which the team might fill with a local player.

The Dolphins had University of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris at their facility last week as one of the "locals" visits they're allowed. Coaches also had dinner with Morris the night before the visit. And it should be noted that general manager Dennis Hickey and coach Joe Philbin attended the University of Miami Pro Day where Morris showed his skills two weeks ago.

Morris, I'm told, has impressed several Dolphins people -- including general manager Dennis Hickey -- with his maturity, intelligence and overall approach.

So does this mean the team is going to draft Stephen Morris?

That is not certain. But it means Morris is on the radar and the Dolphins are doing their due diligence on him. And that's a good thing because the Dolphins are going to have to draft a QB soon enough or find one through free agency or some other means.

Why?

Well, Ryan Tannehill is the starter. There is no controversy or question about that.

And Matt Moore is well-liked and appreciated as the backup while Pat Devlin recently signed his exclusive rights tender to be the No. 3.

But Moore is in the final year of his contract and while his experience is valuable, paying $4 million per year or more for a backup quarterback isn't the most efficient use of salary cap space. Devlin, meanwhile, has been in the Dolphins program for three years and it seems he's no closer to challenging for the backup job than he was in 2011 when he arrived.

Indeed, it has not been a competition for the No. 2 job at all.

So the Dolphins can obviously be improved by adding a young, talented quarterback with a Pro caliber arm (like Morris or someone else) to push Devlin for the No. 3 job but also to make a strong push for the backup job as well after 2014.

Maybe Stephen Morris is that guy.

Anyway, check out some 2013 highlights:

 

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Get Wallace a real QB!

WALLACE 2013: 73 REC 930 YDS

1 rec went for 57 yds
The other 72 averaged 12.1 yds.

Wallace is a short yardage guy.
All that stuff about blowing the top off the defense is a lie.

Posted by: ExposingThe Fraud | April 17, 2014 at 01:16 PM

The phins and thier phans are the only ones that fell for the lie. DC and DB's already knew the truth.

ETF,

Your right Wallace is a short yardage guy with Tannehill at QB because Tannehill can not accurately get the ball there.

As long as D Thomas and M Egnew are on the roster YOU KNOW THE TEAM STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dusty bottoms | April 17, 2014 at 01:19 PM

Hartline 2012: 1083 yds/14.6 avg
Hartline 2013: 1016 yds/13.4 avg

Hartline didn't benefit, so who did other than Mike Wallace and his agent?

Dusty- There were a lot of times though that Wallace had the db and FS beat and the ball was either short or over thrown. NFL network threw out some stat showing Tanny as one of the worst and that was a big failure of why the Phins didnt "blow the top off"...

Tanny is NOT an NFL QB.

Its unfair to judge Wallace on his time with TannePuke. We all saw what he did with Big Ben.

Whats the word on Rogers, is he actually going to compete to make the roster... Maybe trade Matt Moore for mid pick..

Even the deep balls Wallace caught he came back for what would have been AT LEAST half a dozen EASY TD's

RT would have had 40 TD's if he hit Wallace even 2/3rds of the time.

Yeah, hard to blame Wallace when he had a worse year with Big Ben the year before.

I have a riddle for you... ever meet a Steeler fan who is upset he still isn't on the team?

yeah, me neither.

Antonio Brown had a way better year than Wallace had with teh same Qb and the same offense as the prior year.

When Arians left the building, so did Wallace's ability.

Mark in Toronto,

There is nothing worse than a guy who has eyes to see but is blind to reality.....

I think Morris will develop into a great quarterback. He certainly has the talent, just needs the proper training. He is a hard worker and intelligent. Looking forward to watching him get an opportunity in the NFL. Good luck Morris!! You deserve it!

Morris is not even worth drafting as a project!

Practice squad 2014 for the 2015 Season to compete for no. 3 after Matt Moore is gone.

Cam Cameron

I'm a canes can more than a dolphins fan but I think dolphins are a great spot. They won't want to spend anything higher than a 6 or 7 round pick on a guy to compete for third string, and morris should still be available at that point. Has a great arm and can make tough throws but is inconsistent. Could be a decent backup and would likely cost much less than their current ones. For that alone he'd be worth a shot. I've also heard Jacksonville is interested because their coordinator is the old canes coordinator.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1858276-breaking-down-miami-dolphins-quarterback-ryan-tannehills-deep-ball

Great article on Tannehill's deep ball and his accuracy.

I like Morris though injured 2013 7 Round or undrafted free agent!

Can we agree that Missouri Tiger were the Number 3

Best Team in the SEC 2013?

Why isnt Miami interviewing Quarter Back James Franklin?

He Beat Johny Minziel Texas A&M to play in the SEC Championship game.

Another Undrafted Free Agent to camp.
Dorial Green-Beckham Wide Receiver had some off field issue in a car with those carrying Marijuana and will not be drafted.

I think the Fins should bring him to camp as a unrestricted Free Agent place him with Mentor etc. I think he would help the Dolphins.

Auburn Vs Missouri Highlight SEC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrID5KvsA8c#t=152

Missouri Vs Texas A&M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHnsMxNxwXA#t=165

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFWlIcOb2I0

Passing:
MIZZ C/ATT YDS PCT% TD INT
James Franklin 21/37 303 0.57 3 1

AUB C/ATT YDS PCT% TD INT
Nick Marshall 9/11 132 0.82 1 0
Rushing:
MIZZ CAR YDS AVG TD LG
James Franklin 12 76 6.3 1 12
Henry Josey 9 123 13.7 0 65
Russell Hansbrough 6 36 6.0 0 9
Marcus Murphy 4 10 2.5 0 5

AUB CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Tre Mason 46 304 6.6 4 52
Nick Marshall 15 103 6.9 1 42
Corey Grant 5 65 13.0 1 43
Ricardo Louis 3 43 14.3 0 23
Cameron Artis-Payne 2 36 18.0 1 21
Team 2 -4 -2.0 0 -2

Receiving:
MIZZ REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dorial Green-Beckham 6 144 24.0 2 55
Marcus Lucas 5 50 10.0 0 43
Marcus Murphy 3 40 13.3 1 24
Bud Sasser 3 34 11.3 0 21
L'Damian Washington 3 29 9.7 0 16
Jimmie Hunt 1 6 6.0 0 6

AUB REC YDS AVG TD LG
Sammie Coates 6 94 15.7 1 54
Trovon Reed 1 23 23.0 0 23
Tre Mason 1 8 8.0 0 8
Ricardo Louis 1 7 7.0 0 7

Interceptions:
MIZZ INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0.0 0 0

AUB INT YDS AVG LG TD
Jermaine Whitehead 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0
Fumbles:
MIZZ FUM LOST REC YDS
Marcus Lucas 1 1 0 0
E.J. Gaines 0 0 1 0
Matt Hoch 0 0 1 0
TEAM 1 1 2 0

AUB FUM LOST REC YDS
Nick Marshall 3 2 0 0
TEAM 3 2 0 0


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