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By on July 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

1acam_FansAndy Cohen In The Morning appears on dolphins.com every Monday through Friday, except for the bye week, until the end of the season. The column will be posted each day at 6 a.m. Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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Q. Andy, which wide receivers make the roster? @Jybles

AC: This is a tough one because wide receiver is more loaded with talent than any position on the team. A year ago, the Dolphins kept four. I’ve got to believe the number will be five or six this year. The most likely first four, in my opinion, are Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry.  My gut feeling is that Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns are right now next in line, but that can change in a hurry. What about Marcus Thigpen, who is listed at wide receiver? I also like some of the things I’ve seen from rookie Matt Hazel and fifth-year player Damian Williams. At this precise moment, it’s too close to call.

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Q. With Knowshon Moreno expected to be back in the coming weeks, should we expect him to take over the snaps with the first team? @monster_KJ

AC: That’s what I thought heading into camp, but Lamar Miller has been impressive in the early going. Still, Moreno brings a package of skills with him unlike any other back on the roster. He is an excellent blocker and pass receiver. If Moreno can stay healthy, I see him being an important part of this offense, touching the ball about 12-15 times a game. Miller could develop into more of a home run threat.

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Q. Andy, what are your expectations for Ryan Tannehill this season? @Miami_Boy305

AC: I have big expectations. I expect Tannehill to really take to this new offense. Granted, so much depends on the development of the offensive line. But if Tannehill gets the time he needs, I look for this to be his breakout season. Now, he just has to step up and prove it.

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Q. How concerned should we be about the offensive line? @tonyyynyc

AC: I would say moderately concerned. This is mostly because there will be five new starters against New England and it takes time for a line to grow together. Having said that, the tackles and guards should be an upgrade this season over a year ago. Center will be a major concern until Mike Pouncey comes back or we see that his replacement (Shelley Smith?) can handle things well in his absence.

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Q. How is Koa Misi handling the move to inside linebacker?

AC: Remarkably well. I expect Misi to provide a significant upgrade in the middle. He knows the defense, is in the prime of his career, and has a tenacity about him that you really like. He is one of five or six players who absolutely must play well for the Dolphins to contend for the playoffs.

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Q. Andy, in your opinion, is Wallace’s deep woes a problem with him or with the quarterback? @Stevedodd72

AC: I believe it’s more on the quarterback. There are too many times when Wallace has had a step on the defender and it didn’t result in a big play score. Having said that, I believe this new offense will afford Wallace a better opportunity to succeed because he will no longer solely reside on one side. He will line up everywhere and this should create mismatches that we didn’t see last season. Still, it’s on Ryan Tannehill to get him the ball in the right position.

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Q. Is Bill Lazor’s offense looking like an improvement over the offense we had at this time last year? @Mulverizer

AC: A vast improvement. I like so many things about this new offense. From the hurry-up mode, to the quick passes, to the shifts and formations, it is the perfect offense to keep a defense off balance. I’m truly excited to see how it all plays out in a game. From what I’ve seen in practice, the upside is significant

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Q. In this new offense, are we using more hurry-up or just breaking the huddle faster? @FinzZombie

AC: Both. I have seen so many little nuances in practice. There are times the players rush to the line without a huddle and get the snap off quickly. Other times, they huddle and actually sprint to the line to get off the snap. More than anything else, this is a change of pace offense. You’ll see many looks and many different strategies.

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Q. How is Ja’Wuan James progressing so far? @MiamiU12

AC: James has been the starting right tackle since Day One and he is going through the typical rookie transition. I can tell you this: Blocking against Cameron Wake every practice (the topic for Thursday’s AC in the AM) will serve as an immense help. You’ve got to figure he is not going to see many defensive ends better than Wake. Bottom Line: I think James has a real chance to be a special player. He certainly has the body and work ethic you are looking for.

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Q. Andy, are you seeing a measureable difference in the time it takes Ryan Tannehill to get the ball out of his hands? @NickVipperman

AC: I definitely am. Everything in this offense happens in a hurry. I’ve seen about 20 plays so far where Tannehill gets the snap, takes two steps back and gets rid of the ball. There are a lot of timing patterns in this offense, which I like.

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Q. How has Armon Binns performed so far? He was doing well before he got hurt last season. @AndrewFazzolare

AC: He’s doing well again. He is bigger (6-3, 211) than most of the other receivers and that will certainly work in his favor. Binns has a huge upside and appears to be 100 percent. He’s going to be one of the real difficult decisions as cuts near. But, yes, I think he has a real chance to make this team.

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Q. I know Dion Jordan can’t play for the first four games of the season, but how much of a factor do you think he will be once he returns? @rjones35

AC: After watching Jordan in the first several days of practice, my opinion is that he will play a major role on this defense. Jordan is quick off the ball and has excellent instincts. He has gained some weight, but hasn’t lost any speed. I see a different player this season who can add a unique dimension to this defense. It is up to him now to remain sharp during that unfortunate four-game suspension.

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Q. Andy, your biggest concern at this point?

AC: My biggest concern is that there are so many variables that must come together for this team to be successful. I keep wondering with just 11 practices in pads, is there time to accomplish what needs to get done. This is the urgency the Dolphins face every day at practice.

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Q. Andy, if there was one player on this team you would like the other players to emulate who would that be? @maryjross28

AC: Great question and an easy question. The answer is Cameron Wake. This is a player who does things the right way both on and off the field. A real class act.

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(On Thursday, AC in the AM takes a close look and how Cameron Wake is making rookie Ja’Wuan James a better player.)

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