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By on July 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

070115-SuhIt’s obvious what defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh brings to the table in terms of on field production. He’s four-time first-team All Pro and one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL today. But while all that steals the headlines, what may fly under the radar is the way he interacts and conducts himself with his teammates.

Through several interviews with The Finsiders, multiple players have expressed how impressed they are with Miami’s marquee free agent signing of the spring just a few months into Suh’s tenure in aqua.

Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is excited about what Suh brings to the defense because of the kind of attention the All-Pro defensive tackle demands from the offense.

“Just overall, he’s an animal,” said Jenkins.…

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By on June 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

062815-WeekIt may be a summer break on the field for the Miami Dolphins, but the news around the team never stops. This week with the Dolphins we learned that yet another Miami player was named to NFL Network’s Top 100 list, and we found out more about what some players are doing during their downtime this summer. Plus it appears that if any teammate ever needs a ride, there’s a certain defensive lineman that can always pick them up.

For those stories and more, check out the week that was with the Dolphins from June 22 through June 26:

Monday, 6/22

Vacation Time

  • The players have five weeks to themselves, but football — more precisely, getting ready for the start of training camp — will remain very much a major focus.

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By on June 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

062415-TannehillWhile we wait patiently for the Dolphins to re-take the field for training camp, The Finsiders’ John Congemi and O.J. McDuffie went back over what they saw during the offseason program. During the non-contact practices open to the media, both Finsiders analysts noticed several players stand out to them during this time.

Here’s a list of seven that impressed the guys during OTAs, and because of the non-contact nature of the practices, the following are all skill position players.

Ryan Tannehill

O.J. McDuffie: In practices we’ve already seen hit him the deep ball, his anticipation is noticeably better, and he looks very comfortable in year two with this offense. He’s truly got a grasp of this offense, and that’s very promising.…

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By on June 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

062215-PracticeThe Miami Dolphins will hold joint practices with the 2014 NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers  from Aug. 19-20 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This allows the team the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season.

Former Dolphins wide receiver O.J. McDuffie participated in joint practices during his playing days with the Dolphins. McDuffie talked on The Finsiders that the team would definitely reap the benefits of testing their mettle against an opposing team in a practice setting. He believes that practicing against an opposing team could be even more beneficial than the Dolphins preseason game against Carolina.

“Practice is way more intense than the game is in the preseason,” said McDuffie. “It’s always a lot of fun to break up training camp playing against another team.…

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By on June 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

062115-WeekMinicamp came and went for the Miami Dolphins this past week, as the team wrapped up its final offseason on-field work until training camp. This week we learned that two Dolphins players were voted onto NFL Network’s Top 100 list, with Cameron Wake and Brent Grimes coming in back to back at #39 and #38, respectively. We also found out more about the Dolphins’ preseason plans, as it was announced that the team will hold joint practices with the Carolina Panthers before their preseason game down in Charlotte on August 22.

For those stories and more, check out the week that was with the Dolphins from June 15 through June 20.

Monday, 6/15

Matt Hazel Catching On

  • With an increased comfort level in the team’s offense, Dolphins wide receiver Matt Hazel is feeling good as he prepares for his second NFL season.

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By on June 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm

061715-tannehill660The Dolphins ended their offseason workouts today with their last day of minicamp. Joe Philbin gave the team off tomorrow ending minicamp a day early so the team is heading into their offseason on a positive note. Much like yesterday’s work out, today’s minicamp consisted of a lot of situational work for both the offense and defense. The first team offense went against a scout team defense with predictable downs and distances as well as the defense went up against the second and third team offense with different formations and different motions to adjust to. There was a lot of good on fieldwork both in the bubble and on the practice field.

Here are my takeaways from today’s practice:

1) Situational Work – Both the offense and defense worked for the majority of the afternoon on red zone efficiency.…

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By on June 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

061615-jennings650The Dolphins had their first day of minicamp on a hot Tuesday in Davie. The team began with activities starting inside the bubble for the first 40 minutes before moving outside at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility. Players worked on individual up-tempo drills in both the individual periods and the team periods.

Here are my takeaways from today’s practice:

1) Tempo – It was very evident today that players on offense, defense and special teams brought a lot of energy to the field. There was an obvious difference in the speed from the OTA’s to minicamp. The on-field session was still of the non-contact variety but the players were moving with more urgency as they were moving from drill to drill with a sense purpose.…

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By on June 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

061415-WeekinreviewThe Miami Dolphins have finished up OTAs and are now transitioning into their mandatory minicamp, scheduled to take place from June 16 through June 18. This week the players, coaches and staff worked as part of a community effort at an elementary school, and also showcased some serious highlight-reel worthy skills on the practice field.

For more on that and other happenings around the team, check out the week that was with the Miami Dolphins from June 8 through June 12.

Monday, 6/8

Recapping Monday’s OTA Session

  • Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin met with the media following the team’s first practice of the third week of OTA’s in Davie. (More…)
  • QB Ryan Tannehill spoke with reporters about the state of the offense as the team begins the third week of OTA practices.

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By on June 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

061015-TannehillThe Dolphins’ wide receiver corps features several new players this season who should form a group that will allow a creative offensive approach from the coaching staff and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Speaking exclusively to’s John Congemi, Tannehill talked about the variety of skill sets that he’ll have available to him on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think all the guys we have now are different,” said Tannehill. “They’re all different in the aspect of that they all bring something new to the table.Greg (Jennings) is a veteran guy that’s been around and he understands route running and what we’re trying to accomplish with the concepts. He’s really good at that. You pair that with Jarvis (Landry) on the inside as a guy we all saw last year flourish, and he’s going to continue to get better this year.…

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By on June 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

061015-BobbyMcCainThere’s plenty of young talent in the Miami Dolphins secondary and one player who shouldn’t be overlooked is Bobby McCain. The Dolphins fifth-round selection, the former Memphis corner posted 11 interceptions in his final two seasons with the Tigers. He was a major force on a team that won a share of the American Athletic Conference title and defeated BYU in a hotly-contested 2014 Miami Beach Bowl.

The Finsiders recently got a chance to speak with McCain’s coach at Memphis, Justin Fuente, and we learned how big of impact McCain made during his time with the Tigers.

“Bobby has put in a tremendous amount of work, and it’s always nice to see that good people that have a good attitude that work hard get rewarded,” said Fuente.…

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