Miami Dolphins Camp Notes: Post Scrimmage
What a perfect time to evaluate the Dolphins: a day off after Saturday's scrimmage.
Yeah, that scrimmage—the one that drew over 3,000 fans. Many of them were on top of a parking garage across the way from the stadium or peering through the only part of the chain-link fence that isn’t blocked out by Dolphin sun-screen paraphernalia.
That parking garage brings a tear to my eye. It is where I used to park in 2000 when I covered the Dolphins as a sports radio host on WAFN. Jay Fiedler was the quarterback, which should tell you how long ago that was.
Where are we now? Definitely too early to tell, but there are some signs—positive and negative. Matt Roth’s injury has allowed Jason Taylor to become comfortable on the strong side, and he was credited with three sacks in the scrimmage. CFL cult hero Cameron Wake is getting to the quarterback on a consistent basis.
So there is Porter, Taylor, and Wake, but who—who—will be the fourth-best pass rusher?
We all know the term running back by committee, but I believe the Dolphins will use corner back by committee. One corner is perhaps the most impressive player to date—Will Allen. His job is locked in the third stone from the sun.
This writer believes the other corner spot will be a case of hot potato—Eric Green, Vontae Davis, and Sean Smith will rotate until one gets a grasp on it.
Ted Ginn looks great, but he doesn’t look like a No. 1 wide receiver.
Greg Camarillo is smooth and tough.
The Patrick Turner and Brandon London grouping will be fun to watch.
The starting safeties are a strong unit.
The Dolphins might have the best place kicker in the NFL.
Will Channing Crowder ever live up to the hype?
Most importantly, can Miami run a basic offense and the Wildcat while establishing rhythm and balance?
What if Chad Pennington's success last year was a fluke?
What if Chad Henne get thrown to the wolves and eaten?
Can the defensive line form the base that lets all of the other playmakers do their thing?
Anyway, Here is the depth chart for the first preseason game against Jacksonville.
QB: Pennington ... Henne ... White
FB: Polite ...
RB: Brown ... Ricky ... Cobbs ... Hilliard ... Kimble
WR: Ginn ... Hartline ... Armstrong ... /Williams ... Robinson
WR: Bess ... Camarillo ... London ... Turner ...
TE: Fasano ... Martin ... Haynos ... Nalbone ... Wilford
LT: Long ... Gardner
LG: Smiley ... Frye ... Lewis
C: Grove ... Berger
RG: Murphy ... Alleman ... Thomas
RT: Carey ... Ndukwe ... Garner
LE: Langford ... Starks/Baker ...Wright
NT: Jason Ferguson ... Paul Soliai ... Ellis ... Joe Cohen ...
RE: Merling ... McDaniel ... Dotson
SLB: Taylor ... Moses ... George ... Roth ...
ILB: Crowder ... Torbor
ILB: Ayodele ... Kershaw ... Folsom
WLB: Porter ... Anderson ... Walden ... Wake
LCB: Allen ... Davis ... Allen ... Thomas
RCB: Green ... Smith ... Jones ... Billingsley
FS: Wilson ... Culver
SS: Bell ... Bryan ... Clemons
K: Carpenter ... (Barth wasn't listed as he signed too late)
KOR: Ginn ... Williams
PR: Bess ... Williams
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