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  • Jamil Douglas pulls ahead at right guard for Dolphins

    BY BARRY JACKSON
    [email protected]


    Rookie Jamil Douglas has pulled ahead of Billy Turner in the competition at right guard, according to two people briefed on the situation. Turner was informed of that Monday and was naturally disappointed. The Dolphins still have time to settle on a starter before the Sept. 13 opener at Washington.
    Though Turner — a third-round pick in 2014 — has shown flashes, his inconsistency concerns coaches. Douglas, meanwhile, has made a strong impression on the coaching staff.

    Douglas, the rookie fourth-rounder from Arizona State, has gotten work at both left guard and right guard during the past month. He started at left guard on Saturday against Atlanta, with Turner at right guard.

    Douglas played left guard and left tackle with the Sun Devils, so playing on the right side would be something of an adjustment.
    “Very pleased with Jamil, particularly for a rookie,” offensive line coach John Benton said a few weeks ago. “Handles himself like a pro.”
    Dallas Thomas is the likely starter at left guard.
    Center Mike Pouncey predicted that the team’s young guards “are going to shock a lot of people. They have really surprised me. I have seen the strides from last year to this year, and it’s amazing to see how far all those guys have come.”


    THIS AND THAT

    Rishard Matthews, who wasn’t even assured a roster spot a month ago, not only appears a lock to stick but also could end up starting. He started ahead of Kenny Stills on Saturday, alongside Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings. After requesting a trade this past spring, Matthews said Monday he is “glad I’m here for another year.” He said all he wanted was a fair competition and it “definitely has been fair” and he has tried to “show that I need to be on the field more offensively.”
    Said Ryan Tannehill: “He has had a heck of a camp. We came in together, so I’ve spent a lot of time with him and seen him grow over the past four years. I would say that over the last six months I have seen the most growth from him. He is growing as a man, growing as a player and developing his game in all aspects. His consistency is at an all-time high.”

    ▪ Kicker Caleb Sturgis, the front-runner in his competition with Andrew Franks, said he “definitely” did not do enough “early” in camp to secure the job, “but I’ve been hitting the ball better lately.”

    ▪ Cornerback Jamar Taylor (quadriceps) was the only player who missed all of Monday’s practice but said he expects to be ready for the regular-season opener. But running backMike Gillislee left practice and was working on the side during a short session open to reporters. Linebacker Jordan Tripp returned to practice after missing two weeks with an ankle injury. Offensive tackle Jason Fox returned after missing a week with a concussion.
    ▪ With Kirk Cousins named the starting quarterback in Washington and Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo, that means the Dolphins will open the season potentially facing these six QBs: Cousins, Blake Bortles, Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Marcus Mariota and Bobby Hoyer. Not exactly a murderer’s row.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nf...#storylink=cpy








  • #2
    Kenny Stills being injured the first part of camp hurt him and Matthews took over. I still see Stills though eventually being on the field starting more due to his deep threat.

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    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      Agreed. He's our deep threat, but I think a lot of it will come down to situational football.

  • #3
    I see a lot of rotation with the receivers. I think all 5 of them will get plenty of chances.

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    • #4
      I find it very disappointing that Billy Turner wasn't able to solidify his spot, especially since his only real competition was a totally green rookie..Jamil Douglas may have some game but i think this is more about Turner not having enough game than anything else, plus he seems to constantly stay dinged up, sigh-h-h, why can't we ever fix our OLine woes???

      I agree with 'Nole, we may have certain WR's listed as starters but i think they're all gonna be pretty much interchangeable with a lot of rotating in & out going on..Same with Sims & Cameron at TE...

      Also, i don't see Gillissle making the cut..Jamar Taylor can't be counted on; he's ALWAYS hurt (He & Koa Misi should form a club!)

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      • cuchulainn
        cuchulainn commented
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        Turner is a natural LT. He never played guard previously to my knowledge. Douglas was highly ranked as a guard coming out, but spent his last college season playing at LT, which dropped his stock. If Douglas had played guard all 4 years, he likely would have gone higher in the draft. Hoping that Turner can move back to LT at some point.

      • Alpha
        Alpha commented
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        I think we need to be CLOSELY watching the waiver wire when teams cut down to 53. We could definitely use a veteran G and FS. I'd love to see a decent LB shake free too as I'm just not confident there. They're okay - we have young guys with potential....but only Jenkins is a clear cut NFL starter.

      • Daytona Dolfan
        Daytona Dolfan commented
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        Misi & Taylor we're going to start a club but when the went to sign the papers they got a paper cut and were out for two weeks.

    • #5
      Turner was a small school guy that looked great against lesser competition. However, now that he is seeing NFL caliber competition he is struggling. Maybe he gets it, but seems like Miami always wants to outsmart someone when they draft. I don't say draft only big school players, but I sure would make the big school players my first look. It's not always about trying to get a movie written, those big school guys are there and seeing better competition for a reason.

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      • #6
        Originally posted by Phin4Ever View Post
        Kenny Stills being injured the first part of camp hurt him and Matthews took over. I still see Stills though eventually being on the field starting more due to his deep threat.
        It's never a bad problem having too many young talented receivers. I love the fact that Matthews made the best of his situation instead of crying like most do, I know the beigining of the free agency didn't start off well for Matthews in terms of demanding a trade but he seems to have made the best of it.
        Last edited by NY8123; 09-01-2015, 11:21 AM.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by ONOle1 View Post
          Turner was a small school guy that looked great against lesser competition. However, now that he is seeing NFL caliber competition he is struggling. Maybe he gets it, but seems like Miami always wants to outsmart someone when they draft. I don't say draft only big school players, but I sure would make the big school players my first look. It's not always about trying to get a movie written, those big school guys are there and seeing better competition for a reason.
          Hoping to see him back at LT...

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          • #8
            Would be nice to have Turner at LT as many here. I won't go as far as to say we may be looking at him as our future LT but all teams need a good Backup regardless if a year from now we use a high round pick on a LT.
            The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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            • #9
              Old friend Donald Thomas was just cut by the Colts. Maybe we should pick him up and throw him into the mix too.

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              • #10
                I don't really care what "names" are starting on the o-line, all I care about is that they can protect the quarterback and open up some running lanes.

                There are a lot of mouths to feed with as far as our wide receivers are concerned. It's a shame that our 1st and 3rd round picks are both coming off injuries and are behind, which means RT will take that much longer to develop "chemistry" with them, and since both are fast that "chemistry" might take a lot longer than expected.
                Last edited by DolphinsFreak; 09-01-2015, 06:13 PM.

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                • #11
                  Turner might be best suited to move to LT the position he played in college. He doesn't seem to have enough strength to play OG so if he has the athleticism to play LT that might be the best fit for him.

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