The Wednesday buzz column is below. First, a Wednesday noon update:
The Dolphins signed former USC and Richmond QB Aaron Corp to compete with heavy front-runner Pat Devlin for the No. 3 job. Agent Joe Linta said the Dolphins summoned Corp to Miami for a workout on Monday and signed him to a one-year deal (non-guaranteed).
A former Parade All-American in high school, Corp entered 2009 as the starter at USC but suffered a broken bone is his left leg and lost the job to Matt Barkley. His final numbers in two years at USC: 19 for 30, 168 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.
He transferred to Richmond, started five games in 2010 before an ACL injury and threw 17 TDs and 13 picks as a senior in 2011. He set the NCAA FCS record for completing percentage by completing 31 of 34 in a game against Towson. He went undrafted and has been cut three times since - twice by Buffalo and once by Dallas.
Pro Football Weekly's take: "Tough, smart, competitive up and down performer. Could be groomed as back in dink-and-dunk, West Coast offense." The Dolphins like Devlin, so it would be a big surprise if Corp beats him out. But he gives the Dolphins a fourth QB arm during its summer program....
### Dwyane Wade did not speak to reporters this morning, but Chris Bosh said he expects Wade will play tonight in Game 5 against Chicago. Erik Spoelstra said Wade had a good shootaround this morning and will be re-evaluated before the game.... Luol Deng did not travel to Miami and is out for Chicago. Kirk Hinrich is unlikely to play. And yes, Derrick Rose is out again.... If the Heat wins tonight and the Pacers beat the Knicks on Thursday, then the Eastern Conference Finals will begin Monday in Miami. Otherwise, the Eastern Finals would begin next Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN
Dolphins tidbits culled from Tuesday’s well-done community event in which each Dolphins player joined one elementary school student for a couple of hours at Dave and Busters:
### Receiver Mike Wallace really, really likes his new quarterback’s skills and potential.
Asked if Ryan Tannehill can become as good as Ben Roethlisberger, Wallace said, “Definitely. It’s funny; they both played receiver at the beginning of college. They both know what we [receivers] like to do out there, so the chemistry is there already. Both have strong arms. Ryan has a cannon, can really fling it.
“Ryan may be able to throw the ball a little farther than Ben. Obviously, Ben is more experienced in game time experience. The way it’s going, it won’t take long for Ryan to be one of the great quarterbacks. I feel like we can make a lot of big plays.”
He said developing chemistry with Tannehill “will not take as much time as people think. By the time we get to training camp, we’ll be fine. We throw two to three times after practice every day.”
It helps that Tannehill “always wants to work, never wants to take a second off,” Wallace said. “….I like this team. I like how everybody works. Not much talking, just grinding. That’s the way it should be. I’m one of the older guys on this team, so it’s different than being in Pittsburgh.”
Brian Hartline does much of the talking in receivers meetings because “I don’t know anything,” Wallace said. “So I’m quiet in the room. So is Brandon Gibson. Brian takes the edge off the room. He’s a cool dude.”
### Jonathan Martin is relieved that he finally knows what side he will be playing on. “It’s exciting to play left tackle in the NFL – that has been a dream my whole life,” he said. “And it’s nice knowing what your position is.”
Martin -- who played left tackle at Stanford and right tackle for 12 games for the Dolphins before Jake Long's injury forced him to move to the left side to close last season -- said has been devouring four meals a day, plus snacks. to put on 20 pounds, to 318. That's the weight he wants to play at. He said he’s not only bigger but also “stronger and tougher.”
The Dolphins are privately very optimistic about his chances of becoming a good left tackle.
"He’s going to do a great job," Mike Pouncey said. "He’s more fluid over there.”
### Jared Odrick said he doesn’t view the selection of Dion Jordan as a threat to his job: “None whatsoever,” Odrick said. "I plan on being a solid, consistent contributor to this defense for many years to come.
“People keep asking me, because my position on paper says right defensive end, am I worried about it? No. We have a few things up our sleeve for this season in terms of my role. It’s exciting.”
The Dolphins can play Odrick and Jordan together (with Cam Wake, Randy Starks and Olivier Vernon) on some passing downs. Jordan can play linebacker, too. And Odrick, of course, can also play defensive tackle and moves inside on passing downs.
Odrick said the Dolphins “let me know what they were thinking” before adding a pass-rusher.
### Though Lamar Miller is considered the front-runner for the starting running back job, Daniel Thomas said he shouldn’t be overlooked.
“I don’t know why [Miller] would have the inside track,” Thomas said. “It’s an open competition. Everybody has a fair shot. The best player is going to get the job. Nobody has a leg up. I’m looking to be that guy…. That’s why I put the work in.”
He said he trained in Arizona with other players including Tim Tebow, Terrell Suggs, LaRon Landry and James Harrison: “I wanted to get my legs back stronger [after knee surgery],” he said. “I’ve been very inconsistent. I’ve had a lot of injures. This is the year I’ve got to put everything together. When I’m healthy and on top of my game, I feel like I can play with the best of them.”
Thomas averaged 3.6 yards on 91 carries last season. Miller averaged 4.9 on 51.
### Miller, meanwhile, reiterated “my goal is to become a starter” and has set lofty goals: 1500 yards and 5.0 per carry. “I’m trying to get bigger and faster, improve my explosiveness so I can break more tackles, make guys miss. Trying to become a great back in this league.”
Miller, who said he is staying at 215 pounds but adding more muscle mass, has been working out with 49ers running back and fellow UM alum Frank Gore, who counseled him on lessons learned in the NFL.
### After initial discussions with the Dolphins, Koa Misi said they will not be switching him to middle linebacker and he expects Dannell Ellerbe to play the position.
“Just watching Ellerbe and [Philip] Wheeler, they seem pretty fast,” Misi said. “We’ll be making a lot of plays this year.”
### Cornerback Richard Marshall, limited to four games last season because of back problems, said he was cleared Monday for on-field work. Cornerback Brent Grimes (off an Achilles' injury) and guard Lance Louis (knee) also expect to be fine for training camp.
### Derrick Griffin, rivals.com’s No. 3 receiver prospect and No. 81 hoops prospect in this class, must still pass a Texas-required “exit test” to be eligible to attend UM and play football and basketball, his Terry (Tx.)-based high school athletic director said, adding resolution is expected within a couple weeks. The athletic director said junior colleges have been in contact with Griffin in case he doesn't qualify. The athletic director, Mike Rice, said he could not speculate on the chances of Griffin passing the test, though everyone is hopeful.
UM's basketball team is really counting on him to contribute significantly this season. Rice said his GPA and ACT score have met requirements.
### Analyst Tom Lemming on UM’s new oral commitment, quarterback Brad Kaaya: “Good arm strength, poise, leadership, good size [6-4]. Very good prospect. USC and UCLA were looking at him."
### Multi-position Ray Lewis III and cornerback Artie Burns were among UM players expected to enroll this week. Lewis will play either running back or defensive back.
### Former UM and ex-UF assistant Aubrey Hill, whose college career has been sidetracked by the UM/NCAA investigation, is one of seven people interviewing for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Carol City High, according to the school's principal.
### Dreams-on-hold file Seattle: cut ex-Cane Ramon Buchanan after rookie minicamp, and Tampa did not sign ex-Canes Robert Marve, Dalton Botts and Jeremy Lewis after tryouts. Marve, of course, played at Purdue after transferring. His former competition at UM, Jacory Harris, will be competing to make the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos.
### FSU coach Jimbo Fisher isn’t allowing elite Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas to void/escape his FSU letter of intent to sign with Georgia or Southern California instead. Fisher will meet soon with Thomas and his mother to try to persuade them to stick with his FSU commitment. But Thomas has said he won’t report to FSU this summer, unless he changes his mind.
### Even before blocking four shots Monday – bringing his playoff total to 16 - Chris Bosh told us this is the best he has played defense in his life: “I was an average defender in Toronto, not very good. It’s about the culture here, not wanting to my teammates down. You hear what great defenders LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are. I want that.”
### Please see our last post for more Heat news from Tuesday.