Dolphins tidbits on a Monday afternoon and evening (updated tonight with Pat Devlin news):
### Brady Quinn will finally be joining the Dolphins, seven years after Dolfans were clamoring for the team to draft him.
According to two sources with direct knowledge, the Dolphins reached an agreement with the former Notre Dame quarterback late Monday afternoon, several hours after auditioning him.
To make room on the roster, the Dolphins informed quarterback Pat Devlin that they plan to release him, ending his three year association with the team.
The Dolphins opted to sign Quinn instead of Rex Grossman and John Skelton, who also worked out for team officials. Josh Freeman, Tim Tebow and Seneca Wallace were among other free agent quarterbacks that Miami passed on.
Devlin's release leaves Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Quinn and rookie Seth Lobato as the only quarterbacks on the roster.
Whether Quinn challenges Moore for the No. 2 job remains to be seen. Coach Joe Philbin declined to answer directly earlier Monday when asked if Moore will be Ryan Tannehill's backup quarterback this season.
“We’re not really at that stage,” Philbin said. “We’re still in a competitive mode.”
Quinn has played in 24 games and started 20 in seven NFL seasons. He was cut by the Seahawks in training camp last August, joined the Jets but was released in October, and then finished the 2013 season with the Rams as the backup to fill-in starter Kellen Clemons.
Quinn set 30 records at Notre Dame and was named Cingular All-America Player of the Year in 2006, but his pro career has never met expectations.
As an NFL player, Quinn has thrown 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, with a subpar 64.4 rating. By comparison, Moore had 33 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and a 79.3 rating.
Quinn has thrown just 197 passes over the past four seasons --- all for Kansas City in 2012, when he had two touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Quinn, 29, signed with Fox earlier this month as a college and NFL analyst but told the network that playing this season remained his preference.
Before the 2007 draft, many Dolphins fans hoped the team would select Quinn with the ninth overall pick and reacted disdainfully when they chose receiver Ted Ginn Jr. instead.
Cleveland drafted Quinn 22nd that year.
Moore has been bothered by a sore shoulder and did not play in Friday’s exhibition opener. He worked during Monday’s practice and Philbin said he “threw the ball well.” Moore does not believe his shoulder soreness is anything serious.
Moore would make $4 million, with a cap number of $5.5 million, if he’s on the team this season, the second year of a two-year deal. But his cap hit would be only $1.5 million if he’s not on the team.
Moore has played three seasons for the Dolphins and performed capably in 2011, when he filled in for Chad Henne for 13 games, throwing for 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, with an 87.1 rating.
But Moore has appeared in only three games and thrown 25 passes in Philbin’s two seasons. He threw two interceptions in six passes in his only appearance last season, when he replaced Tannehill against Buffalo.
Devlin received no work in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills on Monday; he said he was unsure why. Hours later, he was released.
Devlin spent most of his first season (2011) on the Dolphins’ practice squad and the past two on the 53-man roster.
“I like him,” Philbin said before his release, which was not announced. “He’s definitely developed. He plays the game fast. He’s decisive when he’s back there. But he has to be out there on a more consistent basis to get a good, thorough evaluation.”
The Dolphins are intrigued by Lobato, but Miami scored only three points during the 10 possessions when he ran the offense against Atlanta. If the Dolphins want to keep him, he could end up on the practice squad.
There was one fewer quarterback on the roster Monday after Miami released undrafted North Dakota State rookie Brock Jensen.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins feel good about Tannehill, who went 6 for 6 and threw a touchdown on the only drive he led against Atlanta.
Lazor adjusted Tannehill’s footwork, and Tannehill said that has paid dividends.
“It’s helped me get the ball out faster, have more velocity on some of my throws, and just be more consistent,” Tannehill said Monday. “Some of the incompletions I’ve had in the past are due to inconsistent footwork. That was his big key coming in to say: ‘Hey, we’re going to get your feet right and then everything else will take care of itself.’”
Tannehill threw a 30-yard completion to Mike Wallace on Monday and said he believes he and Wallace “are more on the same page now than we ever have been. Not only on deep balls, but [overall]. No matter what the play is, we’re able to talk about things, be open with each other and be more on the same page.”
### On Monday, the Dolphins gave Jimmy Wilson first-team snaps, alongside Louis Delmas, as they prepare to play without safety Reshad Jones for the first four games of the season.
Jones can practice and play in preseason games but will miss the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for an undisclosed performance enhancing substance.
Wilson is expected to move over from nickel cornerback and fill in for Jones at safety. Meanwhile, Jamar Taylor, Michael Thomas and Will Davis all have received work at nickel cornerback over the past two days.
Another option would be moving Cortland Finnegan to the slot in nickel packages and playing Taylor or Will Davis on the outside, opposite Brent Grimes.
Thomas and rookie Walt Aikens, who has impressed the staff, have been taking snaps as the second team safeties.
### Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle believes Wilson is well-equipped to fill in for Jones.
“Jimmy has grown tremendously in the three years that we’ve been together,” Coyle said. “He’s probably one of the best communicators on the team. He has been able to direct the players on the field very, very well, as good as anybody we’ve had back there.
“When he’s been in big situations he’s come up big for us. We kind of nicknamed him ‘Red zone Jimmy’ because, down in the red area of the field, if you go back over the last couple of years, he’s constantly making plays that have impacted games.”
### As for the nickel job, Coyle said that decision largely would be based on performance in games. “We’re going to try to make sure that early in these games we get a lot of looks at some different combinations,” said Coyle, who noted that Finnegan has been “an outstanding nickel throughout his career.”
### After missing a bunch of tackles on Atlanta’s opening touchdown drive Friday, and Dolphins have spent considerable time working on their tackling the past two days, including a drill Monday in which linebackers tried to corral running backs and tight ends when they lined up 10 yards apart.
“This week is still a very, very important fundamental training camp week,” Coyle said. “Hopefully… [the tackling] will improve dramatically.”
### Coyle said even though the plan is to stick with Koa Misi at middle linebacker, “we are working different combinations in the event that we don’t feel comfortable with it.”
### Coyle said linebacker Philip Wheeler “at times can be his own worst enemy when he plays out of control. He gives such great effort, but he, at times, overreacts to things. We’ve just got to slow him down, let the game slow down for him some and I think he’s going to be fine. He was a little anxious in the opening game.”
### The Dolphins failed to register a sack in the opener, and Coyle said: “I think we can get more out of [Dion Jordan] in the pass rush.”
### Left tackle Jason Fox (chest), running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and long shot defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds (knee) will be out indefinitely, though Fox’s injury isn’t thought to be serious.
Running Daniel Thomas (hamstring) remained sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained a week ago, and tight end Charles Clay was wearing a knee brace on Monday and also remains out indefinitely.
Defensive tackle A.J. Francis (knee) and tight end Harold Hoskins (hamstring) also remain out, and linebacker Chris McCain was limited with a leg injury.
But running back Damien Williams returned to practice, three days after being carted off with a leg injury Friday in Atlanta.
### Because of injuries at running back, the Dolphins signed former Arizona State tailback Cameron Marshall, who had been released by the Dolphins twice in the past year, and cut quarterback Brock Jensen.
### Running back Knowshon Moreno participated in 11 on 11 drills for the first time since returning from June knee surgery and seemed to have good burst. “He looked better today,” Philbin said. “He’s definitely making progress.”
Moreno said he still has to “get into that football shape” and wasn’t sure when he would play in a preseason game.
### Receiver Brandon Gibson, returning from last October’s knee injury, is starting to “remind us more of the player we saw on film last year,” Philbin said.
### Philbin said tight end Dion Sims “is looking more like an NFL player.” He caught a TD pass from Tannehill today.
### Coyle said he likes the potential of defensive end Terrence Fede. "He's got good awareness," Coyle said. "He's got a chance to help us."
A tentative copy of the NBA schedule, which is circulating around the league, has the Heat opening the regular season at home against Washington on Thursday night, Oct. 30. That schedule has the Heat playing its second game of the season at Philadelphia two nights later.
As we previously reported, the Heat also is scheduled to play host to Cleveland on Christmas Day, with ABC and the NBA prefering at 5 p.m. start. Miami is slated to make its first trip to Cleveland in mid-February, just before the All-Star break.
The league theoretically can change anything in the tentative schedule before its release at 6 p.m. Wednesday and that does happen occasionally.