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Possible Linebacker Shakeup?
It's no secret that the Dolphins linebackers are the weakness of a defense that could potentially be one of the best in the NFL. After not addressing this position too much during the offseason, the Dolphins are looking for ways to shake it up in camp.
It started in OTAs when Koa Misi was moved inside while Dannell Ellerbe was kicked to the outside, but it looks like more change is apparent, according to Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post:
On Tuesday, Dolphins linebacker coach Mark Duffner told Abramson that Tripp was in contention for a starting job, with Abramson noting that Philip Wheeler seems like the most logical player to be replaced by Tripp in the event that Tripp earns a starting spot.
More Time for Tannehill
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was impressive in his lone series against the Falcons, and he will get more playing time against Tampa Bay.
Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:
Salguero also notes that Matt Moore will play for the first time this preseason. Moore missed last week's game due to a shoulder injury (per Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel), and due to his and Pat Devlin's absence in the game, Miami relied on Seth Lobato to play every snap except for the first series.
This provided difficulty for the team in assessing the wide receivers, which is one of the deepest positions on the team with the most hotly contested position battle.
Fans Want Dion Jordan at LB
Usually, on the website Change.org, you will see people starting petitions for a variety of causes, with a good number of them being for a worthwhile change in government policies, medical research or other important matters.
Then you have sports fans using the site to start petitions pertaining to sports, such as the one started by Dolphins fan and blogger Neal Driscoll to move Dion Jordan to linebacker.
Per Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post, Driscoll started the petition in hopes that it will collect 100 signatures; after that, it will be delivered to the Dolphins (currently, they have surpassed that with 500 signatures as of August 14). The reason for the petition is Miami's woes at linebacker combined with its depth at defensive end.
Abramson pointed out head coach Joe Philbin's plan for Jordan: "Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said yesterday that he’s continuing to develop Dion Jordan as a pass rushing defensive end who will occasionally line up as a linebacker in sub-packages."
Currently, this is the best position for Jordan in a 4-3 defense. Had Miami ran a 3-4, Jordan would've made a great outside linebacker in that system.