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9 p.m. update: Fins' signing; Heat's Ennis looks overseas; Canes football; UM hoops commit

Updated at 9 p.m.:

1) The Dolphins signed safety Reshad Jones to a four-year, $30 million contract minutes ago. More than $15 million is guaranteed. Jones would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season. Jones skipped an offseason OTA day in protest of the situation, and the Dolphins assured him there would be talks this summer. The sides had discussions the past two weeks and a deal came together Monday.

2) Heat second-round pick James Ennis is likely headed overseas, his agent told me last week and reiterated again tonight. The Heat doesn't want to pay more than $2 million (including $1.5 million in taxes) on a player it isn't sure is ready to contribute. And the Heat believes he needs more time to develop.

The Heat would retain his rights if he plays overseas, and the team told agent Scott Nichols it envisions him being a member of the 2014-15 Heat.

The Heat, which has 13 players signed to guaranteed contracts and Jarvis Varnado signed to a non-guaranteed deal, is $19 million over the luxury tax thresold. Ennis was the 50th pick in this past June's draft and was acquired on a draft night deal with Atlanta.

He's a strong finisher and good defender but needs more work on his ball-handling and defense. Last year's Heat second round pick, center Justin Hamilton, also played overseas last year. He couldn't play in summer league this year because of a hamstring injury but has been working with the Heat this summer.

3) UM tonight got a 2014 hoops commitment today from James Palmer, a Washington D.C. area guard. Temple, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Xavier and Memphis also expressed interest. He averaged 15 points per game last season and at 6-5, can play either guard spot or small forward.... Ernest Settles, a defensive end from Tampa, signed with UM. Settles, who had 12.5 sacks as a high school senior last year, signed with Nebraska in February but was tossed from the team over the summer for breaking a bottle over a teammates' head. His high school coach in Tampa told caneinsight.com that he will sit out this season.  


### Watching Dallas Thomas get overwhelmed on a few plays at left tackle on Sunday, I immediately thought of what Mike Mayock said during the draft: “If they think he’s the answer at tackle, I would disagree.”

NFL Network colleague Charles Davis said Thomas “played appreciably better” at guard than at tackle at Tennessee.

But the preseason is all about experimenting, and the Dolphins want to come to that conclusion themselves. In Thomas’ defense, he didn’t allow a sack playing left tackle in 2011 or left guard in 2012 for the Volunteers.

But he seemed ill equipped for left tackle on Sunday. The Dolphins need a better backup, and he’s certainly in no position to challenge Jonathan Martin.

### Meanwhile, Martin asserted after the game that he “played really well.” Don’t necessarily agree. Martin was fine on a few pass plays but was beaten badly by Kyle Wilbur on one passing play, which ended with a Ryan Tannehill incompletion.

The third-string left tackle, Will Yeatman, was beaten for a sack late in the second half.

### Cornerback Will Davis, a star in camp in Week 2, tried to explain his end zone pass interference penalty on Twitter this morning. “Just thought I was in worse position than I was,” he said. “Taking advantage of this preseason is a must.”

### For all the plaudits Marvin McNutt received in the first week of camp, it’s difficult to envision him making the team if he doesn’t fix his penchant for drops. Joe Philbin mentioned it to us, unprompted, last week. McNutt dropped one of the two passes thrown to him by Tannehill, then couldn’t make what would have been a difficult catch on a poorly thrown ball by Tannehill.

Chad Bumphis and Keenan Davis look like the best of the receivers competing for the fourth and fifth spots (aside from injured Rishard Matthews), but this seems to change by the day. And don’t discount Jeff Fuller and Brian Tyms – the Dolphins have invested more than a year in each and both have interesting skill sets.

### The Dolphins used defensive end Dion Jordan only on third downs and obvious passing situations on Sunday, and the results were OK: He generated pressure on two plays (including one quarterback hit), but was stymied by an offensive lineman on a few other passing plays. He also had a tackle on a run on one play where he was lined up at linebacker.

“Jordan is going to be a great pass rusher in this league,” NBC’s Tony Dungy said. “The sky is the limit for him.”

### Every time I see Philip Wheeler beaten in coverage --- like he was on the 18-yard reception by Fins reject Dante Rosario on Sunday --- I’m going to think of the fact that quarterbacks had a 111.1 rating in his coverage area last season. Wheeler is supposed to be better than that in coverage. But he did make a terrific play on a run.

### Derrick Shelby had a good night with two sacks and nearly a third, but it would have been even better if he hadn’t been sealed off on two early running plays.

### Credit Mike Pouncey, Richie Incognito and then Charles Clay for good blocks on the 10- and 11-yard runs by Lamar Miller.

### This was inexcusable: Richard Marshall running on the field late, forcing Miami to use a timeout, and later, Matt Moore needing to call another timeout coming out of the two-minute warning before halftime.

#### Underwhelming per carry averages for Mike Gillislee (seven carries, 21 yards) and even more so, Daniel Thomas (four for five). Philbin wants Gillislee to be more decisive: “There were a couple times… there might have been some dancing going on.”

### Undrafted Fresno State rookie Tristan Okpalaugo has done a few things to get noticed, including forcing a fumble Sunday night.


Some snippets from Al Golden today, both from his informative weekly session with WQAM’s Joe Rose and his briefing with reporters:

### He really likes freshman cornerback Artie Burns: “He’s fast, has length. Artie has incredible poise. If he makes a mistake, he’s learning. The wheels are constantly turning.”

### What stands out about freshman receiver Stacy Coley is his “high end speed…. We’re trying to teach him how to finish the routes.”

### Golden pointed to Malcolm Lewis, Burns, Coley, Corn Elder, Jamal Carter and Antonio Crawford as options on returns, besides Duke Johnson, who will obviously handle many of them. “But someone is going to have to knock [Duke Johnson] off the hill there,” he said.

### He feels a lot better about his defensive tackles, because 1) they’ve bulked up; 2) Curtis Porter is finally healthy; 3) Olsen Pierre’s and Luther Robinson’s improvement; 4) There are several additions on the way, including Ufomba Kamalu and, eventually Virginia’s Justin Renfro (pending clearance).

### Golden indicated the fact Seantrel Henderson returned from an ankle injury after missing only one day says a lot about his attitude and mentality this season.

### Golden: “The culture has changed. It’s no longer OK to be a 208 pound linebacker here.”

### Golden: “If you ask me who is the most impressive player on our team through two days? It’s Pat O’Donnell” – the punter who transferred from Cincinnati. “His punts have been excellent.”

### The last word, from Golden: “We all did our job because we came in, in shape. Let’s not have a parade over that…. We haven’t done anything. The same people who picked us fifth in the coastal last season, and we finished first, are now saying we should finish first.”

### Couple other things: Eduardo Clements, recovered from a neck injury, said when he was told last week that he was cleared for contact “it was the best day of my life…. Coaches know I can be the short yardage back.”… Henderson said he has been working at both right tackle and left tackle: “I’ve matured over the years. It’s my last season. I’m going to make the most of it.” He said he chopped off his dreadlocks because “I wanted a new look.” He noted he’s quicker because he’s 332 pounds, his lowest since high school.