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August 04, 2014

First depth chart of preseason here

The Dolphins, like every other NFL team, must release a depth chart before each game. The team opens the preseason on Friday at Atlanta.

And here's the depth chart:


WR 82 Brian Hartline, 1 Damian Williams, 15 Kevin Cone, 81 Stephen Williams, 16 Raymond Webber

LT 71 Branden Albert ,75 Nate Garner, 63 Steven Baker

LG 67 Daryn Colledge 64 Shelley Smith

C 51 Mike Pouncey 65 Sam Brenner 69 Samson Satele 61 Tyler Larsen

RG 70 Dallas Thomas 77 Billy Turner 66 David Arkin

RT 72 Ja’Wuan James 74 Jason Fox 60 Tony Hills 62 Evan Finkenberg

TE 42 Charles Clay 80 Dion Sims 84 Michael Egnew 86 Kyle Miller

88 Arthur Lynch 89 Harold Hoskins

WR 11 Mike Wallace 18 Rishard Matthews 19 Armon Binns 87 Ryan Spadola

83 Matt Hazel

QB 17 Ryan Tannehill 8 Matt Moore 7 Pat Devlin 4 Seth Lobato

6 Brock Jensen

RB 26 Lamar Miller 33 Daniel Thomas 23 Mike Gillislee 28 Knowshon Moreno 5 Damien Williams 3 Orleans Darkwa

WR 10 Brandon Gibson 14 Jarvis Landry 34 Marcus Thigpen


LE 91 Cameron Wake 79 Derrick Shelby 48 D’Aundre Reed 46 Tevin Mims

DT 94 Randy Starks/98 Jared Odrick 76 Anthony Johnson 68 Garrison Smith

DT 90 Earl Mitchell 96 A.J. Francis 97 Issako Aaitui 73 Kamal Johnson

49 Micajah Reynolds

RE 50 Olivier Vernon 95 Dion Jordan 78 Terrence Fede

LB 52 Philip Wheeler 56 Jonathan Freeny 47 Chris McCain

LB 55 Koa Misi 93 Jason Trusnik 45 Andrew Wilson

LB 59 Dannell Ellerbe 53 Jelani Jenkins 57 Jordan Tripp 43 Ryan Rau

CB 21 Brent Grimes 22 Jamar Taylor 35 Walt Aikens 37 Kevin Fogg

CB 24 Cortland Finnegan 29 Will Davis 30 Jalil Brown 38 Steven Clarke

S 25 Louis Delmas 27 Jimmy Wilson 31 Michael Thomas 41 Demetrius Wright

S 20 Reshad Jones 36 Don Jones 44 Jordan Kovacs


P 2 Brandon Fields

K 9 Caleb Sturgis

KO 9 Caleb Sturgis

H 2 Brandon Fields

KOR 34 Marcus Thigpen

PR 34 Marcus Thigpen

LS 92 John Denney

Satele getting up to speed, Tannehill off target, injuries

Samson Satele said today he should be ready to play in preseason opener Friday.

"It's not my first rodeo," said Satele, who spent most of the day Saturday and all day Sunday trying to get up to speed on the Dolphins offense.

Satele said he likes the idea of joining the Dolphins and "getting a chance to start a couple of games before the big boy (injured starting center Mike Pouncey) comes back."

Pouncey, rehabilitating from hip surgery, is expected to miss between 3-7 games for the Dolphins, depending on the speed of his rehabilitation. It's going well now but the Dolphins will have a better idea by the end of this month how long it is truly expected to take.

Satele at worst adds depth and also offers consistency snapping the football. He said today he doesn't remember the last time he hiked a bad snap. The Dolphins, by comparison, had bad snaps routinely the first few days of training camp.

Interestingly, Sam Brenner got most of the first-team center snaps in practice today. But it won't be long before it's Satele.

Today was an interesting practice -- but not necessarily for Ryan Tannehill.

He threw three interceptions -- with two coming in seven-on-seven work.

The interceptions went to Reshad Jones and Cortland Finnegan in the seven-on-seven drills and Will Davis during the team period.

In the running game, Mike Gillislee continues to impress me. He is showing instincts and tough running and a bit of quickness that clearly were not obvious last year.

The defense is working on a lot of zone blitzes this year and some other intriguing looks that I prefer not to reveal yet as I see no need to alert Miami opponents. (Let them send spies to practice if they wish.)

The Dolphins are nursing some injuries and suffered some during practice today -- including to TE Michael Egnew (concussion test), OL Nate Garner (right lower arm/wrist), tight end Harold Hoskins (hamstring) and DE Olivier Vernon (back) who left practice early. For a complete rundown on the injury situation go here.

The tight end situation is interesting ... Clay is down, Hoskins is slowed, Egnew is seeing stars, and rookie Arthur Lynch is not yet competing full in practice.

With only Dion Sims and Kyle Miller completely healthy, the Dolphins may have to bring in a TE.

Injury update (some good, some not)

The Dolphins are back on the practice field this morning ... well, at least some of them.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis is dealing with a groin injury and will miss multiple practices. The Dolphins are going without a kicker in practice today and may or may not sign a kicker during the week. The injury is not serious, however, and I would not be surprised if Sturgis is the kicker on Friday evening against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener.

Tight end Charles Clay (knee), quarterback Pat Devlin (hamstring), cornerback Jalil Brown (knee) and wide receiver Stephen Williams (ankle) are also out today and are expected to miss multiple practices and perhaps the preseason opener.

On the bright side for the team, receiver Mike Wallace, who has been nursing a sore hamstring, is back at practice today at least on a limited basis.

Backup quarterback Matt Moore, who also missed multiple practices and the scrimmage with a sore right shoulder, is also back at practice today at least on a limited basis.

During the early part of today's practice, newly signed Samson Satele was taking second-team snaps at center while Sam Brenner was getting first-team work at center.

Nate Garner, who spent time at center with the starters last week, is back at tackle today.

[Update: Satele is now getting first team work at center. That was quick.]

[Update: Both tight end Michael Egnew and defensive end Olivier Vernon left the field with trainers. Obviously attending to medical issues. Dion Jordan replaced Vernon with the first-team defense.]

[Update: Egnew is being tested for concussion symptoms.]