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By on July 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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By on July 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

In a series leading up to the start of Dolphins training camp later this month, The Finsiders will bring you positional breakdowns of each team in the AFC East.

During Monday’s show, The Finsiders discussed the linebacker position within the division. Here’s a quick overview regarding linebackers in the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins

Projected Starters: Dannell Ellerbe, Koa Misi, Philip Wheeler

Key Reserves: Jelani Jenkins, Jason Trusnik

Overview: This unit saw a major shakeup prior to last season as Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, key members of the 2012 team, were replaced by former Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe, and former Oakland Raider Philip Wheeler. Those two joined 2010 second round pick Koa Misi, whose solid play over the past four years earned him a new contract early last season.…

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By on July 19, 2014 at 9:42 am

We’re less than a week away from the beginning of Dolphins Training Camp, as the team will hold their first practice of camp this Friday. This week, The Finsiders continued their position-by-position look across the AFC East, while Dolphins.com profiled several key impact players for this upcoming season. Also, one Dolphins star journeyed across the pond to promote the NFL International Series, as the Dolphins feature in a game against the Oakland Raiders at famed Wembley Stadium on September 28th.

Let’s take a look back and recap the week that was for the Dolphins from July 14th through July 18th:

 Monday, 7/14

A Big Influence

  • In a recent piece written by ESPN The Magazine’s Nathan Jahnke, Branden Albert was named as the free agency acquisition of the 2014 offseason that will most dramatically transform his new team.
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By on July 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Up until today, there was one member of the Miami Dolphins 2014 draft class that was still unsigned. Now, according to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, that lone unsigned draft pick has agreed to terms, as 3rd round pick Billy Turner has reportedly signed his contract with the team.

#Dolphins 3rd-round pick Billy Turner signed his contract, according to his agent, Michael Hoffman.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 18, 2014

Turner, 22, was the Dolphins’ 3rd round selection at #67 overall in the 2014 draft. At North Dakota State, Turner was an FCS AP All-American the past two seasons, and is expected to compete for one of the starting guard positions during training camp and the preseason.

With Turner’s signing, the Dolphins now have all of their 2014 draft picks under contract before training camp opens up next week.

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By on July 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

The 2013 season for Ryan Tannehill was an improvement. Doubling his touchdown numbers, throwing for almost 700 yards more, and having better completion and passing rating than his rookie season showed growth and progress from the former Texas A&M product. He finished in the top 10 in the league in terms of yards passing with 3,913, and in the top half of the league in terms of yards per game and passing touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Tannehill’s improvement couldn’t get the Dolphins over the proverbial “postseason hump” last year. It has put the young quarterback on the right path towards becoming an efficient player and leader. That’s grabbed the attention of some of most notable quarterbacking evaluators out there, including ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski.…

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By on July 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

In a series leading up to the start of Dolphins training camp later this month, The Finsiders will bring you positional breakdowns of each team in the AFC East.

On Thursday’s show, the Finsiders discussed quarterbacks across the division. Here’s an overview regarding QBs in the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins

Projected Starter: Ryan Tannehill

Key Reserves: Matt Moore, Pat Devlin

Overview: Ryan Tannehill is coming off a 2013 season in which he threw for nearly 4,000 yards, completed more than 60 percent of his passes, and doubled his touchdown passes from his rookie campaign (24). Along with that, Tannehill also led the Dolphins to big time wins against the likes of Matt RyanBen Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady.…

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By on July 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

In a series leading up to the start of Dolphins training camp later this month, The Finsiders will bring you positional breakdowns of each team in the AFC East

During Wednesday’s show, The Finsiders’ crew discussed secondaries across the division. Here’s an overview regarding defensive backs in the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins

Projected Starters: Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, Reshad Jones, Louis Delmas

Key Reserves: Jimmy Wilson, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis

Overview: The Dolphins secondary is full of playmakers, led by Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, who was recently ranked as one of the top pure cover corners in the league by NFL.com. Grimes is an elite corner in terms of coverage and playmaking. He didn’t allow a touchdown to a receiver all year and had four picks, including one for a touchdown.…

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By on July 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Coming off his second full season in the NFL, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller knows more than anyone that his 2014 campaign will be his most important one yet. Growing up in South Florida and playing college ball with the hometown Miami Hurricanes, the former high school All-American was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft by the Dolphins. He has been a fixture in the Miami backfield ever since. However, this year, Miller will have some company, as the team signed former Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno to a one year deal in March.

The former All-ACC track star sat down with The Finsiders Greg Likens to discuss what he took away from his sophomore season in 2013, Bill Lazor and the  new offense and the addition of Knowshon Moreno.…

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By on July 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

In a series leading up to the start of Dolphins training camp later this month, The Finsiders will bring you positional breakdowns of each team in the AFC East

During Tuesday’s show, The Finsiders discussed the defensive line position within the division. Here’s an overview regarding defensive lineman in the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins

Projected Starters: Cameron Wake, Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, Olivier Vernon

Key Reserves: Earl Mitchell, Dion Jordan, Derrick Shelby

Overview: The calling card for the Miami Dolphins defense remains the defensive line. The strongest unit on the team got even deeper this past year in free agency. Cameron Wake remains the leader of the group, as the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end anchors one end of the D-line.…

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By on July 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

With training camp fast approaching there will obviously be some players grabbing the headlines during the preseason. But sometimes the majority of players are overlooked in favor of some of the marquee names on the roster. It happens all over the NFL and it will happen again this year in Miami. Several players will be in competition to garner a larger role in 2014. It’s always difficult to evaluate players before the team actually puts on the pads for training camp, but here’s a list of some names that might play a bigger part than you would think this upcoming season.

Derrick Shelby, DE

  • Defensive end is one of the strengths of the entire defensive unit and Derrick Shelby should play a bigger role in 2014.
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