The Complete Miami Dolphins Training Camp Guide
The theme for the 2013 Miami Dolphins is that it's "Our Time," which has been emphasized with television ads, and a catch phrase that will likely get beaten into the ground as we watch the preseason (they even made it a hashtag, #ITSOURTIME, of course one thing they didn't do was buy ad time for right after Game 7 of the NBA Finals to run such an ad, which actually would've made sense).
Miami made the offseason its time by making big splashes both in free agency and in the draft. Now with the AFC East looking as vulnerable as it has been in the past decade, the feeling in Davie and amongst Dolphins fans everywhere is exactly that: it is "Our Time."
Well it is July, which means it's "Our Time" here at Bleacher Report to bring you the complete Miami Dolphins training camp guide. Throughout the course of this slideshow we will highlight the complete training camp and preseason schedule, as well as roster breakdowns and position battles.
Training Camp, Preseason Schedule
Miami will play five games this preseason, starting with the Hall of Fame game in Canton against the Dallas Cowboys.
August 4 vs. Dallas Cowboys (in Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. ET NBC)
August 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars (7:30 p.m. ET WFOR CBS4)
August 17 at Houston Texans (8 p.m. ET WFOR CBS4)
August 24 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7:30 p.m. ET WFOR CBS4)
August 29 vs. New Orleans Saints (7:30 p.m. ET WFOR CBS4)
Before the preseason can start, the Dolphins must go through training camp. Here is the full training camp schedule for the 2013 Miami Dolphins, courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com. Please note that all practices with the exception of a July 29 practice taking place at Sun Life Stadium will be held at the Miami Dolphins' practice facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.
The Sunday, July 28 8 a.m. ET practice is limited to members of the Fin-Club. Meanwhile, the July 27 practice is limited to season ticket holders only, while the August 11 1 p.m. ET practice is limited to "rookie" season ticket holders.
The rest of the practices listed are open to the public via tickets that are given away on the team's website.
Sunday, July 21, 8 a.m. ET
Monday, July 22, 8 a.m. ET
Tuesday, July 23, 8 a.m. ET
Wednesday, July 24, 8 a.m. ET
Friday, July 26, 8 a.m. ET
Monday, July 29, 7 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
Wednesday, July 31, 6 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. ET
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. ET
The Miami Dolphins will bring 90 men into camp and, over the course of training camp, will have to pare down the roster to 53 by the end of August.
Joe Philbin, the coaching staff and general manager Jeff Ireland will have to eliminate 37 players from the roster in that time—a tough job for anyone.
Click here for a complete analysis of the 90 players currently sitting on the Miami Dolphins' roster.
Like every team in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins had their questions entering the offseason.
Jeff Ireland managed to answer many of those questions with smart free-agent acquisitions and draft picks; however, as the season draws closer, there are questions that can only be answered on the field.
Click here for a complete analysis at the burning questions staring the Miami Dolphins in the face during training camp and the preseason.
Biggest Camp Battles
Many of Miami's starting spots are practically etched in stone; however, there are plenty of juicy position battles at Dolphins training camp to take a look at.
One of those is at defensive end where rookie Dion Jordan is competing with Olivier Vernon for the starting job opposite Cameron Wake. That's the most high-profile position battle, but far from the only one.
Click here for an analysis of each of Miami's top camp battles.
Rookie and UDFA Watch
The Dolphins hope that their 2013 draft was one of quantity and quality.
Using nine draft picks (originally 10 prior to draft day deals), the Dolphins addressed needs all over the field, specifically in their pass defense with the pass rush and secondary, while also securing a linebacker, running back and offensive guard of the future.
Then the Dolphins brought in undrafted free agents to try out for a variety of positions.
Click here for analysis of the rookies and undrafted free agents bought in by the Dolphins.
From undrafted free agents looking to fulfill their NFL dream to established veterans looking to preserve theirs, there are plenty of players floating around the bubble.
Veterans such as Nolan Carroll, Jimmy Wilson and Jorvorskie Lane might find themselves out of a job without an impressive training camp, but those aren't the only players on this list.
Click here for an analysis of the 10 players on the Miami Dolphins' roster bubble.
Projected Final 53-Man Roster
By the end of training camp, the Dolphins will have to decide which 53 players are the best fit for their positions.
A lot can change from now until the final cuts are done, as injuries, ineffectiveness and surprises occur for every team in every training camp.
Despite that, it's never too early to take an educated guess as to who will be Miami's final 53.
Click here for our entirely premature predictions and analysis of said predictions.