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Winners and Losers from Week 2 of Miami Dolphins Training Camp

Mario CuadrosContributor IIOctober 15, 2016

Winners and Losers from Week 2 of Miami Dolphins Training Camp

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    The Miami Dolphins are three weeks into training camp and there are still some pieces that need to be worked out. 

    The team looked better during the second preseason game and will be looking to improve upon that as they head towards Houston for their third.

    There are a number of new players and the chemistry between everyone is still being worked out. Players are improving and learning the scheme while others just haven’t been able to show they can consistently compete at a high level.

    We are inching closer to the regular season and the coaching staff is trying to figure out who will stay and who will leave when the regular season rolls around.

Winner: Chad Bumphis

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    Chad Bumphis has been carving a spot on the 53-man roster. He continues to get open during practice and has been able to translate it to the games.

    ... And Chad Bumphis continues to get open and catch the ball. Jeff Fuller looking good as well.

    — Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 6, 201

    In two preseason games, Bumphis has caught seven passes for 111 yards. He has been working well out of the slot and seems to be getting more comfortable as the weeks pass by. 

    His productivity has not gone unnoticed to the fans, reporters and certainly not Joe Philbin. 

    "I haven't studied a lot of the film, but I notice one thing, 16 is catching a lot of passes," Philbin said of Bumphis.

    — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 6, 2013

    Mike Sherman has also noticed Bumphis.

    Sherman: Bumphis talented, understands how to play slot receiver

    — Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) August 6, 2013

    If he continues to produce the way he has, it’s tough not to see him suiting up for the Dolphins during the regular season.

Loser: Josh Samuda

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    It was not a good game for Josh Samuda on Friday. He was beaten badly at the line of scrimmage a few times and also gave up a sack. 

    Samuda had a great opportunity to impress the coaching staff with John Jerry not being able to play. However, he managed to generate more doubt than actually convince the coaching staff that he’s capable of taking over as the starting right guard. 

    This week, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun Sentinel confirms what many thought would happen:

    Josh Samuda playing backup C. Not sure if RG experiment over. Will keep eye out.

    — Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 11, 2013 

    Samuda still has a shot at making the 53-man roster, but he probably won’t see the field as the starter against the Texans this week.

Winner: Will Davis

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    Like Bumphis, Will Davis has progressively improved and continues to generate turnovers, something that we didn’t see from this offense last season.

    During Friday’s preseason game against Jacksonville, Davis picked off a Mike Kafka pass, showing his ability to keep up with the receiver, locate the ball in the air and make the catch.

    Davis picking off a pass is not a big surprise to those that have seen him in camp. He always has his nose around the ball and is generating a lot of buzz:

    Will Davis INT. again. Picks off T'hill deep ball intended 4 Hartline. And Davis adds nice return.

    — Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 6, 2013

    That's three picks for Tannehill, rookie Will Davis with two of them. #Dolphins

    — Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) August 6, 2013

    Tannehill's interceptions will be the storyline today but Will Davis keeps getting better. Maybe even a starter at some point this year.

    — Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) August 6, 2013

    With fellow rookie Jamar Taylor still on the sidelines due to hernia surgery, Davis is making a statement to become the teams' third cornerback. 

Loser: Rishard Matthews

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    Rishard Matthews hasn’t done anything to hurt his stock, but he hasn’t done anything to help it either. He’s been nursing an injury for some time, which hasn’t allowed him to see any playing time.

    During the time that he has sat out, there have been a couple players that have been stepping up. Chad Bumphis and Brian Tyms have played well during the first two preseason games and are looking to hang onto the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots.

    Rishard Matthews is out there practicing again. He needs to work to make the 53, but is he rushing himself back?

    — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 11, 2013 

    This week, Matthews returned from injury and will try to regain the advantage he had over these two guys.

Winner: Dustin Keller

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    It’s no secret that Dustin Keller is becoming one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets. He’s a great pass catcher and is constantly creating mismatches. 

    The chemistry between the two has been growing and it showed on Friday night’s game.

    Keller caught a pretty 24-yard pass from Tannehill when the quarterback couldn’t seem to get anything going. He followed that up with a 22-yard touchdown pass that showed fans what he brings to the team. 

    Tannehill will be relying a lot on Keller this season and it’s encouraging to see that both of them are on the same page.

Loser: Jamar Taylor

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    Another player who hasn’t hurt his stock by something he has or hasn’t done on the field, but instead, by simply not being on the field is Jamar Taylor.

    Taylor was the Dolphins second-round pick and was supposed to compete for the starting spot opposite Brent Grimes. However, he has been recovering from hernia surgery during training camp and hasn’t been able to step on the practice field.

    CB Jamar Taylor doing individual drills. Better get healthy. Falling behind by not being on field.

    — Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 11, 2013

    The absence of Taylor has allowed Will Davis and Dimitri Patterson to plant themselves as the possible third and fourth cornerback on the roster. It’s hard enough to transition from the college game to the NFL—not being able to play makes it even harder.

Winner: Dallas Thomas

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    It’s safe to say that Dallas Thomas wasn’t very good in his debut with the Dolphins. He was plugged in at left tackle against the Dallas Cowboys and just couldn’t seem to get going.

    This week, Joe Philbin decided to put Thomas at right tackle. Well, now it’s safe to say that he played much better.

    Looks like Dallas Thomas settled in exclusively at RT. haven't seen him any other spot since HOF game.

    — Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 11, 2013

    Thomas is still young and probably won’t see the field during the regular season. He will have one year to get stronger and learn how to play in the NFL.

    After only two games, it’s too early to determine how good Thomas will be. But so far, it’s clear that he’s a better right tackle than left tackle.

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