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Cameron Wake not a starter; Jordan Phillips ballin'; DeVante Parker not practicing again

We know the Dolphins' plan for Cameron Wake this year was keep him as healthy as possible for as long as possible -- hopefully, the team believes, into the playoffs.

And we know that would mean Wake might not be the starter all the time, yielding a status he's had for years. Well, today defensive coordinator Vance Joseph confirmed that is the plan during his weekly coordinator's presser.

"In our first and second-down package, Jason Jones will be our starting end along with Mario Williams," Joseph said. "Cam will be used some on first and second but mostly in pass rushing situations."

Joseph said you should expect Jason Jones to start against the Seattle Seahawks if the season-opener game starts with the opponent in a run package. If the Seahawks come out looking to pass, Wake might be on the field this and every week early in the season.

That's because Jones is in on the base defense. And Wake will take his usual spot in passing situations for Miami's pass rush package.

Why?

Again, the idea is to keep Wake, 34 and coming off a ruptured Achilles' tendon, healthy as possible for a long as possible this season. He lasted only seven games last year and wasn't exactly healthy to start the year. He's healthy now -- relatively -- although he has admitted he's not 100 percent.

This, obviously, is another sign that he is healthy enough to contribute but indeed is not 100 percent.

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There have been questions about what exactly Jordan Phillips is doing for the Dolphins so far in his second NFL season.

The questions were raised this week because Earl Mitchell, who missed practically the entire preseason and training camp with a calf injury, returned to practice this week.

And he's listed as the starter next to Ndamukong Suh.

And Phillips, who is supposed to make a big jump in his second year after being drafted in the second round in 2015, is a backup.

So I asked Joseph what kind of camp and preseason did Phillips have?

"He started slow," Joseph admitted.

But then the DC said Phillips picked things up and overall had "a tremendous" training camp and preseason.

"I'm very pleased with Jordan Phillips," Joseph said.

So one supposes Phillips will get a lot of snaps on Sunday and beyond -- perhaps even more than Mitchell depending on the veteran's conditioning.

My take, frankly, is the Dolphins are starting the veteran out of a combination of respect for his experience, and the idea that Mitchell is also a good player.

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The Dolphins are practicing this afternoon and ... the news is bad for DeVante Parker.

The receiver, nursing a hamstring injury, is not practice gain. His status for Sunday's game at Seattle looks very dubious.

Jelani Jenkins 9knee0 is not practicing today, either. I'd tell you his chances of playing are also minimal except coach Adam Gase said Monday the linebacker is on a positive track to play. Circuitous track.

Finally, Mike Pouncey is not even to the point he's on the field for practices. He's been nursing a hip injury for a couple of weeks.

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