Episode three of “Hard Knocks” premiered tonight on HBO and while it didn’t necessarily pack the same emotional punch as last week (Joe Philbin discussing the death of his son, Chad Johnson being cut), there was plenty of great behind-the-scenes access to the last week of Dolphins training camp.
The show ended with Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill being told that the rookie has been named the starting quarterback, but a lot led to that moment and to that decision.
Many fantasy football drafts are right around the corner, so it’s time for our fantasy guru, James Morris, to continue his 2012 Fantasy Football preview. After breaking down the quarterbacks and running backs in recent weeks, James turns his attention to the wide receiver position. Here are his wide receiver rankings based on standard (non-PPR) scoring formats::
1) Calvin Johnson: Megatron is the best WR in the NFL, and the race isn’t even close.
After a Friday night dropped pass and a Saturday night arrest, Johnson’s contract was terminated by the team on Sunday and the show was there to capture much of what was a very intense weekend in South Florida.
Things, began, though, on an even more serious note, as the show opened with the death of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son.
While he was in Davie as part of his NFL training camp tour, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco joined Jesse Agler to discuss Chad Johnson’s release and the team’s quarterback competition.
Joe Philbin handled Johnson’s situation decisively, citing a lack of fit between player and organization. Prisco felt that the diminishing return on investment–even if it cost the team next to nothing financially–just wasn’t worth it.
After practice, one in which Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill split time working against the first team, Joe Philbin briefly addressed last night’s roster move and the implications heading forward.
In case you missed it, here’s a complete roundup of Dolphins.com’s coverage of the 13th day of training camp practices:
- Day 17 Notebook: Receiver Competition Takes On New Look; Other Notes
- Starks and Soliai Stabilize Defensive Front Four
- Reaction to Release of Chad Johnson
- VIDEO: Joe Philbin Press Conference, 8/13
- VIDEO: Kevin Coyle Media Availability
- VIDEO: Sean Smith Media Availability
- VIDEO: Cam Wake Media Availability
- VIDEO: Reshad Jones Media Availability
- VIDEO: Karlos Dansby Media Availability
- VIDEO: Finsiders TV, 8/13/12
- VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Julius Pruitt
- VIDEO: Rishard Matthews in Stuido
- VIDEO: Pete Prisco Joins The Finsiders
- VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Gary Guyton
Here’s some of the Dolphins’ reaction to Johnson’s release:
“Again, it was more a body of evidence from June 11th forward. When he came in on June 11th, we sat down and we talked and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program.
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer was the first to report, tweeting the following:
The Miami Dolphins have just released Chad Johnson, scouts cleaned out his locker
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 13, 2012
That initial news has since been confirmed by several South Florida news outlets and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald adds that the decision to cut Johnson was solely that of coach Joe Philbin.
Due to inclement weather, the Dolphins moved Monday morning’s practice into the bubble, closing it to the public.
With Friday’s preseason game against Tampa Bay approaching, the team released its first depth chart, giving a preliminary look at how the roster is taking shape. This first iteration listed David Garrard as the first-team quarterback, though a starter for the preseason opener has yet to be named.
Two days after the team’s first scrimmage of training camp 2012, coach Joe Philbin released his first depth chart of the season.
While there are obviously many things that will change between now and Week 1 at Houston, this piece of paper certainly gives us a decent idea of where the coaching staff’s heads are at.