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By on April 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

In Dennis Hickey‘s first year as Miami Dolphins general manager, it seems as though he isn’t waiting around to make his mark on the franchise. Under his leadership, the 2014 free agency period for the Dolphins has been a very calculated and organized endeavor. Hickey’s put a very deliberate plan in place to improve a Dolphins’ roster that was the closest of margins away from the playoffs last season. The message has been clear from the start. Hickey is looking to create competition and depth to bring out the best that the roster has to offer.

In an interview with the Finsiders, Hickey spoke about retooling the Fins roster and creating healthy competition across the board. That competition starts at the offensive line, a unit that clearly needed a revamp and is most certainly getting one in 2014.…

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By on April 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the much-anticipated release of the 2014 NFL regular season schedule, and thus that of the Dolphins, will take place next week. While the report indicates that Tuesday, April 22 is the most likely date, it also leaves the door open for a possible release on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

The 2014 opponents for the Dolphins have already been determined, but dates and times have not yet been set, with the exception of the team’s Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders in London on September 28. The overseas trip will likely lead to the team having a subsequent bye week in week five, in what has become the norm for teams that participate in the NFL’s International Series.…

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By on April 15, 2014 at 5:55 am

Andy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season and when events warrant during the offseason.

Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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It may be the offseason, and the regular season is still five long months away, but the Miami Dolphins are already taking their game to another level.

The level we are talking about has to do with technology, with creating an environment where information can be evaluated far faster and with greater efficiency than ever before, where a simple touch of a screen can provide the type of information that can be crucial when the words “The Dolphins Are on the Clock” vibrate through the airwaves.…

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By on April 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

NFL.com’s Greatest Quarterback of All Time bracket may be completed, but the great debate over the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL continues to rage on. The league has had many great signal callers over the years. But with guys playing in different eras with different rules and each their own unique styles, it’s almost impossible to come up with a definitive listing of the best of the best. But that doesn’t stop fans and experts alike from trying.

One such expert undertaking that unenviable task is NFL Media Analyst Elliot Harrison. The man who ranked the 16 QBs in NFL.com’s own version of March Madness is back after the bracket crowned Johnny Unitas the champion. This time he’s ranking the top 20 signal callers of all time straight up.…

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By on April 12, 2014 at 6:37 am

Jordan Rodgers didn’t take the average path to the National Football League. The younger brother of Packers star and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers, Jordan followed in his older brother’s footsteps by taking the JUCO route, attending one of the nation’s top junior colleges in Butte Community College.

At Butte, a national powerhouse among JUCO schools, Rodgers led the Roadrunners to a national title in 2008 with a 12-0 record, while breaking school record for total offense, passing for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns. That opportunity allowed Rodgers to mature and develop under legendary coach Jeff Jordan, propelling the younger Rodgers to a successful career at Vanderbilt, and short stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Last week, Rodgers inked a deal with the Miami Dolphins and is hoping to finally get an opportunity to showcase his skills.…

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By on April 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Last week, the Miami Dolphins added two receivers to their roster. Now, if recent reports are any indication, they’ve added another one as well, having signed a player with experience on special teams with the ability to make a difference in the return game.

According to James Walker of ESPN, the Miami Dolphins have signed wide receiver Damian Williams.

Filed to ESPN: The #Dolphins signed free-agent WR Damian Williams to one-year, $800,000 contract, according to a source.

— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) April 10, 2014

Williams, 25, was a third-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010 out of the University of Southern California. Last season, Williams played in 10 games, starting in one, and caught 15 passes for 178 yards.…

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By on April 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

Cortland Finnegan has been a polarizing player since he entered the NFL eight seasons ago. The 30-year-old cornerback has always played with a chip on his shoulder since being picked in the 7th round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Samford. Edgy, energetic, and physical, Finnegan has never backed down, and it made him into a problem for quarterbacks and receivers all over the NFL.

This past season in St. Louis, Finnegan dealt with injuries and wasn’t able to recapture that same physicality in his play. But after signing with the Dolphins in free agency, it appears that attitude is back, and in full force.

In an interview with the Finsiders, Finnegan talked about getting back to the aggressive and feisty play that made him one of the league’s best corner and wants to set the tone and be an example for the younger players in Miami.…

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By on April 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

Even though the NFL Draft doesn’t take place until May this year, April will once again be the month where mock draft season and draft speculation will hit its peak. With the height of free agency pretty much in the rearview mirror, we’ve gained a clearer picture of what needs clubs will have come draft time. So with a more informed vision, draft analysts around the NFL can give more accurate prediction on what the process known as an “inexact science” has in store for fans come May 8-10.

In interviews with the Finsiders, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah and NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell talked about which direction the Miami Dolphins might go when it comes to their picks in this year’s Annual Selection Meeting.…

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By on April 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins reportedly talked to three different wide receivers and signed two of them to their eventual 90-man roster. But all three of the players that they talked to and had visit were 26 years-old or younger and  didn’t have much NFL experience. Today, Miami is having a player visit that embodies the opposite of that description.

The Miami Dolphins have announced that Nate Burleson has visited the team.

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 4, 2014

 

Burleson, 32, will be entering his 12th season in the league. He spent the last four seasons with the Lions, having previously played with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. Throughout his career, Burleson has 457 receptions for 5,630 yards with 39 touchdowns.…

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By on April 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

The NFL offseason is moving along at a brisk pace and as we approach this May’s NFL Draft. Teams are now putting in place their schedules for voluntary offseason workouts. Each club designates dates for offseason workouts, designed to condition the players for the upcoming season.

The voluntary nine-week offseason program for NFL teams consists of three phases:

Phase One: Consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two: Consists of the next three weeks of the program.  On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis.  No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.…

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