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By on July 31, 2015 at 5:21 pm

073115-byrd660The heat and humidity of South Florida was back in full force as the Dolphins started day two of training camp on Friday in Davie.

The practice was a bit more sluggish than Thursday, but the team did provide some exciting plays on both sides of the football. After practice Head Coach Joe Philbin explained that the team has now moved past the three-day acclamation period, meaning tomorrow will be the first padded practice of training camp.

Here are some of the takeaways from today’s workout:

1) Experimentation At Linebacker – During the entire offseason, Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle stated that he would like to trim or simplify some of the schemes that his defense will implement this season. Coyle also feels like the talent at the linebacker position gives this team position flexibility and that was evident today.…

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By on July 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

073115-PhilbinDarlingtonAs Dolphins training camp opened up bright and early on Thursday morning, there was a buzz in the air.

The Dolphins are coming into this season with the clear and explicit goal to be a major player in the AFC. That confident attitude starts from the top with Head Coach Joe Philbin, and it’s something that’s definitely being noticed this early into camp. Philbin has taken somewhat of a new approach with the players in how he leads, and it’s a positive step according to NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington.

Darlington joined The Finsiders on Thursday to talk about the new side of the coach that we’re seeing, and praised the direction in which he is trying to lead this team.

“I think that Philbin has done some self evaulation and realizes that ‘I am in a managerial role, and I do need to really motivate these guys,'” said Darlington.…

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By on July 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

073015-tannehill660The Dolphins opened up Training Camp early Thursday morning at the Doctors Hospital Facility in Davie, and there was a different level of excitement and confidence that permeated from the owner, coaching staff and players.

The team started the workout in the bubble. At the end of the 30-minute walk thru, Head Coach Joe Philbin spoke to the team and set the stage for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to say a few words. Part of Ross’s message addressed how he could feel the excitement from the players and the coaches, but also expressed that his main job is to put this team in a position to win. After the talk, the team went straight out from the bubble to the grass fields and continued practice in the humidity of the South Florida.…

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By on July 27, 2015 at 11:36 am

072415-TannehillEntering the fourth year of his career, we’ve seen Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill grow from his days as a rookie thrust into the starting spotlight from day one to a player that has become a trusted voice in the locker room. Tannehill’s progress was vindicated with a long term contract extension this past spring. Dolphins past and present have shown confidence in Tannehill, one of those being Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion signal-caller Bob Griese.

In a recent interview with The Finsiders, Griese expressed his opinion that Tannehill needs to be a loud voice in the locker room and a leader that the team will get behind. To him, it’s Tannehill’s team and he must lead with purpose.…

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By on July 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

11314-DolphinsweekinreviewThe long wait to training camp is almost over, as we’re just under a week away till the Dolphins get back to work on the practice field at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility. Before training camp starts on Thursday, this week evaluated several position on the team, and listed some of the top positions battles to look out for during camp.

There was also a major change made in regards to the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, one that will increases the team’s efforts in fighting cancer as part of the latest iteration of the event.

For those stories and more, check out the week that was with the Dolphins from July 20th through July 24th.

Monday, 7/20

Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

  • Greg Likens and John Congemi gave their thoughts on Ryan Tannehill and the entire group of quarterbacks for the Dolphins entering 2015.

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By on July 24, 2015 at 10:08 am

072315-guards660Every year, the Dolphins are forced to make difficult decisions when paring down their roster to 53 players. This season is no different and could be even more challenging with arguably the most talented roster the franchise has seen in years. With that in mind, here’s a look at five position battles to watch throughout training camp and the preseason.

1. Offensive Guard

With Mike Pouncey, Branden Albert (when fully healthy), and Ja’Wuan James, the Dolphins have an impressive group manning the middle and outer portions of the offensive line. The question marks reside between Pouncey and the tackles at the guard position. This is the most wide open battle in all of training camp. Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas, Jamil Douglas, and Jeff Linkenbach are the primary contenders for the two jobs, but J.D.…

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By on July 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

072015-SuhA true devestator on the defensive line, Ndamukong Suh presents a multitude of challenges for any offense coordinator to try to gameplan around. But possibly the four-time Pro Bowl selection’s strongest trait may be his ability to create a standstill at the line of scrimmage, and take the wheels off an opponent’s running game.

That trait has been noticed nationally, as NFL Media’s Bucky Brooks recently listed Suh as the best run stuffer in the NFL.

Whenever a team is willing to lavish a $100 million contract on a defender, it says a lot about his ability to impact the game as a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage. Thus, it is no surprise Suh commanded quarterback money on the open market.

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By on July 20, 2015 at 4:31 pm

072015-mitchell660While many of the headlines for the team this off-season the addition of All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the man projected to play many snaps next to him in the interior of the Dolphins defense, Earl Mitchell, has largely flown under-the-radar. Mitchell has had a busy off-season himself as he finished his degree at the University of Arizona and has been getting a chance to work closely with new teammates at defensive tackle, Suh and second-round pick, Jordan Phillips.

As Mitchell prepares for his second season in the middle of the Dolphins defensive line, he sat down with John Congemi of The Finsiders to share his thoughts on Suh, the changes in Kevin Coyle‘s defensive scheme and much more.…

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By on July 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

071915-WeekJust under two weeks remain until the Dolphins take the field for training camp on July 30 and start their journey towards the opening week of the regular season. This past week with the team we remembered a Dolphins legend, former defensive coordinator and Dolphins Honor Roll member Bill Arnsparger, who passed away on Friday.

For more on the two-time Super Bowl winner and architect of the “No-Name Defense”, and other stories around the team, check out the links below.

Monday, 7/13

Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

  • With the addition of a Pro Bowler in Jordan Cameron and the ascension of Dion Sims, the team has high hopes for the tight end position heading into 2015. (More…)
  • Finsiders analysts Greg Likens and John Congemi gave their thoughts on the new look tight end group that the Dolphins will have as training camp gets set to begin later this month.

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By on July 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

071515-BillsDuring the 2015 offseason, there may not have been a more active division than the AFC East. A division full of change, intrigue, and one that looks more competitive than ever before, every team in it received a makeover of some sort. We had two coaching changes in New York, multiple defensive personnel changes in New England, and the Dolphins landing the biggest free agent on the market in Ndamukong Suh.

To learn more about Miami’s most familiar foes, The Finsiders recently conducted several interviews with insiders on each of Miami’s rivals in the AFC East to get an inside scoop on the teams the Dolphins will face twice during the season.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News said that the Bills may have a headline stealer in new Head Coach Rex Ryan.…

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