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By on January 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm

For the Miami Dolphins, there’s two important foootball games to focus on this week. The first, a showcase of college football’s best senior players in the 66th annual Senior Bowl, a place for the team to get a feel for some of the prospects in this year’s draft. The second is an event where we’ll get to see three Dolphins players in action in the Pro Bowl, as Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake join Team Irvin to face off against Mike Pouncey and Team Carter in the league’s annual all-star game.

To check out what’s been going on at the Senior Bowl and the Pro Bowl, as well as the rest of week with the Miami Dolphins, see below:

Monday, 1/19

Dolphins Share MLK Day Reflections

  • Schools are closed as are banks, post offices and other government institutions in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., but to many of our kids and young people the meaning behind this day escapes them.
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By on January 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

The offseason for the Miami Dolphins has just began, but it’s never too far to look ahead towards free agency.

The NFL’s new league year begins at 4 p.m. EST on March 10, when unrestricted free agents (otherwise known as UFAs) are free to sign with a team of their choosing.

Check out the below list of players who could become free agents from the Miami Dolphins when the new league year starts.

Unrestricted Free Agents

These players will be free to begin negotiate with any team if not re-signed or placed under the franchise tag by their current team on March 7 at 4 p.m. EST, though they can’t officially sign a contract until 4 p.m. EST  on March 10 (the start of the new league year).…

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By on January 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm

The center of the NFL universe resides in Mobile, Alabama this week, as Ladd–Peebles Stadium plays host to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. It’s the 66th edition of the famed college All-Star game, where the best senior college football players from around the country get together to practice under the guidance of two NFL  staffs, the North team coached by the staff of the Tennessee Titans, and the South team mentored by the coaches of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The draft prospects will also spend time meeting with a multitude NFL scouts, coaches and general managers from around the league. The event will culminate with the game itself this Saturday, January, 24th at 4 p.m. ET broadcasted live on NFL Network.

In case you missed it, here’s a complete roundup of Dolphins.com’s coverage of this week’s Senior Bowl:

Day 4

Day 3

Day 2

Day 1

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By on January 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm

With the page turned to the 2015 season for the Dolphins, the focus of the team immediately shifted towards acquiring young talent through the league’s 80th Annual Selection Meeting, and there’s a variety of ways the Dolphins could go with their picks starting April 30.

Eric Galko, Director of Scouting for Optimum Scouting and Lead NFL Draft Content Provider for the Sporting News, recently spoke with The Finsiders about possible draft options for the Dolphins. Galko focused primarily on the defensive side of the ball and sees two possible directions Miami could go in early on in the draft.

Galko believes that while the Dolphins should look at the linebacker position early, there might not be value until the second round at that position.…

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By on January 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

The 2015 Pro Bowl continues last year’s “unconferenced” theme with two teams drafted by two legends of the game, but this year’s edition is set in a different place than usual. NFL players will head out to the site of Super Bowl XLIX instead of the usual Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. The Miami Dolphins will send three players out to the desert to showcase their skills in the league’s annual all-star game and be drafted onto teams by Hall Of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Cris Carter.

Cornerback Brent Grimes, defensive end Cameron Wake, and guard Mike Pouncey will all make the trek out west. In separate interviews with The Finsiders, each spoke about the honor of being selected one of the top players in the game today at their respective positions.…

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By on January 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm

It was quite an interesting couple days for the Miami Dolphins this past week as there was news on almost every front. In the beginning of the week, we learned about an incredible survival story by a former Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, and also found out that the Dolphins’ first two picks in the 2014 NFL draft were named to the Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. But there wasn’t just news on the involving the football side of things, as we received updates on the modernization of Sun Life Stadium from owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel.

Check out the week that was with the Miami Dolphins from January 12th through January 16th:

Monday, 1/12

Konrad Speaks On Ordeal At Sea

  • Former Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad met with reporters at a press conference to discuss his 16 hour, 27 mile swim as he made it back to the Florida coast after a large wave hit his boat in the Atlantic Ocean and left him stranded in the water.
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By on January 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

The immediate impact of the 2014 rookie class was top-heavy as the top two players selected in the 2014 draft produced from week one of the regular season. The contributions of offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were significant. Also there were undrafted rookies who played key roles for the Dolphins.

Here’s a quick look at the impact made by each of Miami’s rookies this season:

OT Ja’Wuan James – The Dolphins first round draft choice and member of the NFL All-Rookie Team started all 16 regular season games at right tackle for the majority of the season. James shifted over to the left side when Branden Albert suffered a knee injury in week 10 at the Detroit Lions.…

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By on January 11, 2015 at 11:23 am

It was an eventful week for the Miami Dolphins, as the team announced the hiring of executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum. The team made several roster moves this past week  by adding  players to futures contracts, began work on the modernization of Sun Life Stadium, and had another player named to the Pro Bowl. We also began to take a look back at the 2014 season, chronicling the year in review for two of the Dolphins Pro Bowl selections.

Check out the week that was with the Dolphins from January 5th through January 10th:

Monday, 1/5

Sun Life Modernization

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Year In Review: Brent Grimes

  • Watch highlights of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes during his 2014 season, which earned him his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.
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By on January 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

During the first two years of Ryan Tannehill‘s career, Dolfans saw flashes of the talent and skills it took to be a productive starting quarterback in the NFL. Then the 2014 season happened and it appears as though it may be the turning point for the Texas A&M product, as his third year was a showcase of his potential as the quarterback of the future for the Miami Dolphins.

Tannehill was praised for his efforts, and that’s extended to several media outlets, including NFL Media. In a column ranking the league’s quarterbacks from top to bottom by NFL.com’s Around The NFL Editor Gregg Rosenthal, Tannehill was ranked 13th in the league among the 32 starting quarterbacks. Rosenthal stated that Tannehill has jumped up into the upper eschelon of signal callers in this league, ranking ahead of players like Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, and way above a fellow member of the 2012 draft class in Robert Griffin III.…

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By on January 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

There were multiple players on each side of the football that reached individual milestones or career highs in 2014. For example, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for more yards and touchdowns in 2014 than in the previous two seasons and wide receiver Mike Wallace matched his career high for touchdown receptions with 10. Those two players were expected to take the next step forward, but here are a few names who might not have jumped out at the beginning of the season and made a significant impact on their side of the football.

Offense

WR Jarvis Landry – Everyone hoped that Landry would be able to make the jump quicker than most from the college game to the speed of the NFL.…

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