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Wednesday Night Live Thread-Late Editionby James McKinney on July 9, 2020 at 12:53 am
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Miami Dolphins 2020 training camp: Predicting potential pre-camp roster cutsby Kevin Nogle on July 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Over the weekend, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported the NFL and NFL Players Association are considering a proposal to lower roster sizes from the standard 90-man preseason limit to somewhere around 75-80 players, allowing for more distancing in locker rooms and training facilities. Miami currently has 87 players on their roster, with one roster exemption for defensive tackle/guard Durval Queiroz Neto, meaning any change to the roster size could require up to 11 players be cut from the Dolphins before training camp can begin. Those cuts could be costly for a team like the Dolphins. While the players who are released would not likely be on the roster come the regular season cuts, there is always a surprise in training camp who earns a roster spot and eventually becomes a contributor. This could be a lost opportunity for the players with something to prove, and it could be a lost opportunity for Miami to find that gem. That said, it is not a guarantee that the Dolphins will only look to the younger, unproven players as potential roster cuts. The Dolphins currently have 21 rookies on their roster, 11 draft picks and 10 undrafted free agents. Taking the 11 draft picks, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, tackle Austin Jackson, cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, tackle Robert Hunt, defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, safety Brandon Jones, guard Solomon Kindley, defensive end Jason Strowbridge, defensive end Curtis Weaver, long snapper Blake Ferguson, and running back Malcolm Perry, out of the equation, that leaves the 10 undrafted free agents as potential targets. Wide receiver Matt Cole, tackle Jonathan Hubbard, linebacker Kylan Johnson, defensive tackle Benito Jones, tackle Nick Kaltmayer, defensive tackle Ray Lima, wide receiver Kirk Merritt, defensive end Tyshun Render, center Donell Stanley, and tight end Bryce Sterk all could be in consideration for release. Some of them are more likely to be released, than others, though, simply based on roster positions. Miami has a deep wide receivers group, with DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and Allen Hurns likely already locked onto the roster, with Isaiah Ford a strong possibility to claim a sixth spot as a depth option. That makes it easier to see players like Cole and Merritt on the potential list of cuts. The same can be said for the tight end position, where Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe will likely lead the way. Assuming Miami wants to keep three tight ends, Sterk, third-year Chris Myarick, and fourth-year Michael Roberts will battle for the last slot. Roberts, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, could have the inside track for the position, which could put Sterk and Myarick on the cutting block. The Dolphins have 15 offensive linemen on the roster, which could make someone near the back of the depth chart at any of the five positions a possibility for a pre-roster cut. Ted Karras will likely work as the starting center, which could leave Stanley available to cut while Keaton Sutherland works as the primary backup. The guard position will likely have Shaq Calhoun, Michael Dieter, Ereck Flowers, Danny Isidora, and Solomon Kindley all make it to training camp as the team looks for the best combinations on the interior, a battle that could include tackles Jesse Davis, Jackson, and Hunt as well. Along with Davis, Hunt and Jackson, the team will likely bring Julién Davenport to camp, which leaves Hubbard, Kaltmayer, and veteran Adam Pankey all in jeopardy. On the defensive side of the ball, the defensive tackle position could see some cuts before camp. Assuming Davon Godchaux and Christian Wilkins are locked into the roster, while Davis will make it to camp as a draft pick, Miami has Jones and Lima, as well as Zach Sieler as potential releases. Of those three, Sieler may be the one most in danger as the Dolphins look to bigger defensive tackles. The linebacker group is 12 players deep right now, which could lead to a few of the pre-camp cuts. Jerome Baker, Raekwon McMillan, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy are all roster locks this year, with Andrew Van Ginkle, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Sam Eguavoen, James Crawford, and Vince Biegel will all go into camp, with the possibility to fight for a starting or depth position on the 53-man roster. That leaves Trent Harris, Kylan Johnson, and Calvin Munson as possible cuts. Harris was claimed off waivers last year, then Miami signed him to a one-year, $585,00 tender this offseason, while Munson was signed off the Patriots practice squad near the end of the 2019 season. The cornerback group could see cuts as well. With Xavien Howard and Byron Jones locked in as the two starters, while Igbinoghene, both as a drafted player and as the potential top nickel cornerback option, will make it to camp. Nik Needham showed flashes last year and could have a larger role this year. He is also an example of an undrafted free agent who can quickly turn into a contributor. Assuming Ryan Lewis, Jamal Perry, Clayton Fejedelem, and Cordrea Tankersley all make it to camp (though if Tankersley is not 100 percent healthy, he could be released), that leaves Tae Hayes, Nate Brooks, and Ken Webster as potential cuts. 14 Potential cuts (11 may be required) Nate Brooks, CB Matt Cole, WR Trent Harris, LB Tae Hayes, CB Jonathan Hubbard, T Kylan Johnson, LB Nick Kaltmayer, T Kirk Merritt, WR Calvin Munson, LB Chris Myarick, TE Adam Pankey, T Zach Sieler, DT Bryce Sterk, TE Ken Webster, CB
Casserly: Will Miami’s revamped o-line come together?by Justin Hier on July 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images “I love it when a plan comes together.” - Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith The Miami Dolphins have plenty of question marks all over the roster given the influx of new talent at every position. There are no marks more glaring than those on Miami’s offensive line, a unit that boasts more potential, but more uncertainty than it has in years. Per NFL.com’s Charley Casserly, Miami’s revamped o-line is one of the team’s top storylines to watch for the upcoming season. Regarding the front-five, Casserly notes: The Dolphins will have four new starters, so it could take some time for this unit to jell. Can Jackson hold up at left tackle vs. power rushers? And Hunt against speed rushers? Who will emerge as the starting right guard? Will it be Jesse Davis, who is a good athlete with strength but is a converted D-lineman, or second-year pro Mike Deiter, who needs to improve his handling of quick rushers and tends to play too high and with his hands too wide? Davis could end up as the right tackle if Hunt is unable to handle fending off pass rushers. The only two sure starters in this lineup are LG Erik Flowers and C Ted Karras. Otherwise, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Four new starters... let that sink in. It’s been penned by just about every NFL pundit that the offensive line is the most important part of any attack outside of the quarterback under center. Without a strong offensive line, a running game can’t function and an aerial attack will never get off the ground (pun very much intended). As Casserly explains, Miami has several rookies who will be counted on to make an impact from day one. First-round draft pick Austin Jackson will be looked at as the team’s replacement for franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil who was shipped off to the Houston Texans last year. Everyone and their grandmother knows that Julien Davenport was a stop-gap replacement at best. Robert Hunt could potentially slide in to guard, but it’s likely the Dolphins drafted him high in the second round to be left-handed gunslinger Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside protector of the future at right tackle. Fourth-round selection Solomon Kindley could be a depth option behind free agent acquisition Ereck Flowers at left guard, but he may also fight for playing time alongside 2019 third-round draft pick Michael Deiter and veteran Jesse Davis on the right. As Casserly pointed out, the pivot position at center also has a new face in free agent signee Ted Karras. Regardless of who ends up starting where, Ryan Fitzpatrick will have several new faces trying to keep his jersey clean on Sundays. If there’s any hope of Tagovailoa seeing the field and succeeding early in his career, Brian Flores and his coaching staff are going to need to make sure those new faces start to gel, and quickly. Expect the offensive line to be a unit that receives plenty of attention not only for its development this season, but in free agency and the draft in offseasons to come.
Around SB Nation: What Other NFL Blogs Are Discussingby Kdog92 on July 8, 2020 at 11:00 am
Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images Weekly, we take a look around the SB Nation family of NFL blogs. Here are the news stories and analysis they are discussing. AFC EAST: New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit) David Andrews’ one word to describe Bill Belichick is... funny?! - Pats PulpitAndrews recently opened up about Belichick’s sense of humor. New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation) Building A GGN All Time Jets Team: Wide Receiver - Gang Green NationWe have the 47th position filled on the GGN All Time Jets Team. The winner of the first vote at Wide Receiver is: Don Maynard! Don Maynard was the first player ever signed by the New York Titans,... Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings) Plays that defined 2019 Buffalo Bills: Away game quarterfinals - Buffalo RumblingsWe kick off our tournament to crown a play to define the season with away games AFC NORTH: Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown) Will the Ravens follow the league trend of designing new jerseys? - Baltimore BeatdownNew threads would only add to the team’s existing swagger Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain) Will QB Devlin Hodges ever start for the Steelers again? - Behind the Steel CurtainBreaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle) Rivalry Recap: Bengals vs. Ravens - Cincy JungleLamar Jackson upset the balance in this rivalry last season, and has changed the way the Bengals draft. Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs By Nature) Browns TE David Njoku reportedly requesting a trade - Dawgs By NatureThe former first-round pick wants out of Cleveland by training camp. AFC SOUTH: Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog) NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown To The Texans? - Battle Red BlogRumors swirl that the mercurial receiver could find work in Houston with the Texans. Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles) Football season “Would you rather?” - Music City MiraclesPreston Penn, who has to be the most prolific Titans memorabilia collector in the world, posed an interesting question on Twitter earlier today: Jacksonville Jaguars (via Big Cat Country) No. 40: Jacksonville Jaguars win 25-24 over New York Giants - Big Cat CountryMake sure you subscribe to our Keep Choppin’ Wood newsletter! We’ll be talking all things about this team as well as Q&A’s with readers, editorials, opinions, stuff you won’t see on the homepage,... Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue) PFF Ranks the Colts as Having the NFL’s Best Offensive Line in 2020 - Stampede BlueAccording to Pro Football Focus, the Indianapolis Colts have the NFL’s best offensive line in 2020—coming in at the top overall spot: AFC WEST: Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report) The Broncos best, worst, most slept on and breakout players in 2020 - Mile High ReportThe scheduled start of Broncos training camp is just a few weeks off. That gives us another excuse to get excited about the 2020 season in Broncos Country. Los Angeles Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue) Chargers News: Bolts should sign OT Kelvin Beachum - Bolts From The BlueBeachum played three seasons with the New York Jets Oakland Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride) NFL Rumors: Raiders make offer to Jadeveon Clowney - Silver And Black PrideBut they also know it’s not the best offer he’s gotten so far Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride) Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year contract with Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead PrideMahomes forever. NFC EAST: New York Giants (via Big Blue View) Leonard Williams film study: How he played in 2019 and what to expect in 2020 - Big Blue ViewLet’s break down what Williams does, and doesn’t. do Philadelphia Eagles (via Bleeding Green Nation) Denzel Mims calls Philadelphia a “dirty ass, trash ass city” - Bleeding Green NationTell us how you really feel. Dallas Cowboys (via Blogging the Boys) Jadeveon Clowney? Everson Griffen? How about this defensive end for the Cowboys instead? - Blogging The BoysA different vet signing to consider for the Cowboys. Washington Redskins (via Hogs Haven) Redskins Name Change: Ron Rivera wants to see a change before season, 3 minority owners trying to sell - Hogs HavenThe story about the Washington Redskins probably changing their name continues as the world waits for Dan Snyder to make it official. Head Coach Ron Rivera was hired on New Year’s Day, and has been... NFC NORTH: Green Bay Packers (via Acme Packing Company) YAC+ differentiates Packers RBs Aaron Jones & Jamaal Williams as receivers - Acme Packing CompanyAlthough Williams was the more efficient receiver last year, Jones is clearly more explosive and difficult to tackle when he gets the ball in his hands. Detroit Lions (via Pride of Detroit) What could Matthew Stafford’s next deal look like? - Pride Of DetroitRemember when Stafford was the highest-paid quarterback? That didn’t last long. Chicago Bears (via Windy City Gridiron) Chicago Bears History by the Decade: The Cutler Era - Windy City GridironEpisode 12 of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade reflects on the one, the only, Jay Cutler and his cast of characters Minnesota Vikings (via Daily Norseman) Which player would you take from each Vikings division rival? - Daily NorsemanLet’s do some damage, shall we? NFC SOUTH: New Orleans Saints (via Canal Street Chronicles) Michael Thomas vs. Julio Jones are in a fierce battle for best NFC South receiver - Canal Street ChroniclesThe Saints and Falcons rivalry isn’t going anywhere, and both teams have some of best players at their positions Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic) Pivotal moments in Falcons history: the 2001 NFL Draft - The FalcoholicFact: Mike Vick once beat a musk ox in a foot race ... blindfolded Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader) The conspiracy that changed the landscape of the NFL - Cat Scratch ReaderWake up, sheeple! Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation) Randy Moss has doubts about Tom Brady as Bucs quarterback - Bucs NationStar receiver voices concerns on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ NFC WEST: San Francisco 49ers (via Niners Nation) 49ers sign CB Jamar Taylor to one-year deal; waive CB Teez Taylor - Niners NationThe move comes after losing D.J. Reed to injury for the foreseeable future. Arizona Cardinals (via Revenge of the Birds) A look back at the Arizona Cardinal's Franchise QBs (2000-2019) - Revenge of the BirdsLast month, Doug Clawson of ESPN wrote an article where he ranked each team based on their QB play. Unsurprisingly he had the Bears being ranked dead last in QB play (no Bear's QB has ever thrown... Seattle Seahawks (via Field Gulls) Film Room: How Seahawks star DK Metcalf is already proving doubters wrong - Field GullsVideo breakdown looking at D.K. Metcalf’s rookie season in detail highlighting what he did well and what he can still improve on. Los Angeles Rams (via Turf Show Times) Rams news: Zachary Levi cast as Kurt Warner in biopic - Turf Show Times"American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" follows the QB’s journey from stocking grocery shelves to Super Bowl champ
Phinsider Question Of The Day (W/ Live Thread, General Discussion) 07/07/2020by Josh Houtz on July 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Good evening! James is currently celebrating his wife’s birthday, so I have the honors of posting tonight’s live thread. Here is today’s question: Which Dolphins rookie offensive lineman will make the biggest impact in 2020? Everything from here down is 100% plagiarized Welcome to one of our night time live threads. A place/ sometimes daily post that just began organically over time as a place to come, say hi and share your thoughts on the day or maybe let off a little steam when life is beating you down. Please feel free to stop in, stay a while if you can, comment, have a lively discussion or two or maybe just ask Alpha what the hell he is up to at the moment. Most of this post is made up of comments by regulars but you would be surprised how fast making a few comments or joining a few conversations on this site will make you a regular. We attempt to be welcoming to everyone, even if you are not a Dolphins fan (although that begs the question, why?). As with any other post anywhere on the Phinsider, all site rules still apply. Please just follow them but most of all just be polite and considerate to your fellow Phins fans! Here’s the latest episode of Phinsider Radio. PLEASE listen, subscribe and leave us an awesome rating. Thank you!