NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins

Checking in on Charles Clay 

September, 16, 2013
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Whether you want to call him an H-back, a fullback or a converted tight end doesn't really matter, Charles Clay is a football player, whose production Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts brought him to the attention of fantasy football owners and Miami Dolphins fans alike. He pulled in five passes for 109 yards and tacked on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

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Hartline's PPR fantasy appeal 

September, 12, 2013
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace grabbed all of the headlines this week, but it was teammate Brian Hartline who grabbed all of the passes in Week 1. While Wallace was upset about only getting five targets and one catch in the opener, Hartline was targeted a whopping 15 times and pulled in nine of them for 114 yards and a touchdown. Will that distribution change this week against the Indianapolis Colts? QB Ryan Tannehill seemed to suggest that they will take what the Colts D gives them.

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Checking in on Fins RBs 

September, 9, 2013
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There was plenty of talk leading up the Miami Dolphins' season opener against the Cleveland Browns about how they would split carries in their backfield between Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. As it turns out, they split the workload rather evenly, though Miller played 32 snaps and had 10 carries compared to Daniel's 26 snaps and 8 carries. In the end, both were downright horrible; Miller rushed for 3 yards and Thomas had 14 yards and a score.

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Is Thomas really a threat to Miller? 

September, 5, 2013
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When Reggie Bush left South Beach, it was widely assumed that second-year RB Lamar Miller would take over as the featured running back over third-year RB Daniel Thomas. Miller's a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches the rock and averaged 4.9 YPC as a rookie, while Thomas averaged just 3.5 YPC as a rookie and 3.6 YPC last season.

The preseason only seemed to further solidify Miller as the better option, as he averaged 4.2 YPC to Thomas' 2.7 YPC. Sure enough, he is listed as the starter, but coach Joe Philbin and OC Mike Sherman have remained steadfast in their support for Thomas playing a big role and that hasn't changed.

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The preseason came and went, and we still don't have a good read on what is going to happen in the Miami Dolphins backfield this season. We know that Lamar Miller has play-making abilities, so when Reggie Bush left to join the Detroit Lions and the Fins didn't add any RBs of note, Miller seemed like the logical replacement as the primary ball-carrier. However, even though many pundits don't believe in Daniel Thomas, the Dolphins coaching staff has been talking him up all preseason. In his Friday mailbag, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter took a stab at reading between the lines to determine how things might flesh out between Miller and Thomas this season.

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Sorting out Fins backfield 

August, 23, 2013
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With Reggie Bush out of the picture, the Miami Dolphins plan to lean on Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas as their lead running backs. Miller seems to have all of the natural upside, though the Fins coaching staff continues to push Thomas as a legitimate threat for the starting job. Behind that pair is Jonas Gray and Mike Gillislee. ESPN AFC East blogger Jamison Hensley thinks that Gray is the one fighting to make the final roster cut.

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Is there really a RB competition in Miami? 

August, 21, 2013
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Neither Lamar Miller nor Daniel Thomas have been asked to do too much during the preseason. They've combined for 21 carries with identical 4.1 yards per carry averages. With neither truly getting an opportunity to shine, the Miami Dolphins' running back competition is still going strong according to the team's head coach Joe Philbin.

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Fins' RB competition still tight 

August, 20, 2013
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Plenty of fantasy owners and Miami Dolphins fans believe that Lamar Miller is poised to break out with a big statistical performance this season, filling the shoes of departed RB Reggie Bush. The trouble with that plan is that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman doesn't appear to be on board, because he continues to push Daniel Thomas as a legitimate threat to start.

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Fallout from Smith suspension 

August, 20, 2013
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The NFL will suspend Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for one regular-season game and Houston's remaining two preseason games for forcibly removing the helmet of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and then dangerously swinging it at his face, a league source told ESPN.

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UPDATE: As had been feared, Dustin Keller will miss the entire 2013 campaign due to the knee injury he suffered on Saturday, according to FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez. Read on to see how the injury affects Keller's next contract and how the Fins may replace him.
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Tight end Dustin Keller took a financial gamble as a free agent this summer by turning down a long-term deal with the Miami Dolphins, opting instead to ink a one-year deal. It made some sense at the time, because injuries limited him to eight games in 2012, and a shoddy New York Jets offense limited him to just 28 catches for 317 yards and 2 TDs in those appearances. His thinking was that by joining an offense on the rise, he could have a big statistical season and go for a much better long-term payday as he entered his age-30 season next year.

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The Tannehill-Wallace connection 

August, 15, 2013
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Some fantasy football owners are skeptical about Mike Wallace in his new digs, in large part because they see him as a one-trick pony and because he won't be catching passes from veteran Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger anymore.

Well, that one trick -- getting deep -- led him to average more than 1,200 yards over the 2010 and 2011 campaigns and total 26 touchdowns between 2010 and 2012. Plus, second-year Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill performed well during OTAs and has continued to do so in training camp.

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Dolphins don't want to 'overload' Jordan 

August, 14, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins knew of Dion Jordan's lingering shoulder injury which required off season surgery when the team traded up to draft the pass rusher No. 3 overall. The team is now being cautious with the injury after Jordan missed a couple days of practice.

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A look at Fins TEs, RBs 

August, 13, 2013
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Back in 2011, the Miami Dolphins drafted running back Daniel Thomas in the end of the second round and FB/TE Charles Clay early in the sixth round, but neither Thomas (3.5 YPC career average) nor Clay (34 career receptions, 5 drops on 27 targets last season) have become complete players. However, the Fins' coaching staff still likes their potential, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

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How Fins' LTs fared Sunday 

August, 5, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins have a very intriguing defense and lots of potential at the skill positions on offense, but how well their 2013 campaign goes will depend a lot on what they can draw out of their offensive line. The one glaring hole in that line is arguably the most important spot: left tackle. As we noted last week, Jonathan Martin has had trouble slowing down rookie Dion Jordan and second-year defensive end Olivier Vernon in practice. So how did Martin and his backup, Dallas Thomas, fare in their first preseason action Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys?

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The Miami Dolphins will kick off the NFL preseason Sunday evening against the Dallas Cowboys, but there are a number of questions regarding their offense that they hope won't turn into long-term concerns. First off, Mike Wallace is nursing a groin injury and Brian Hartline has a calf strain; both have missed some practice sessions. However, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald said, "I'm certain if there had been a game today or a regular season game this weekend, both Hartline and Wallace would be playing."

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