Miami Dolphins’ OTA Winners and Losers

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The Miami Dolphins will be wrapping up their final session of OTAs today. After a great three weeks of OTAs, the future is starting to look quite bright for this young and exciting Miami team.

While there was some excellent showings by specific players, there was also a handful of disappointments. So let’s delve into the topic for some more in depth analysis.

 

# 4: Winner(s): Receiving Corp

 

May 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Armon Binns (19) during organized team activities at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 

Last season, Miami’s top five receivers going into OTAs were Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee, Davone Bess, Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace. This season the team’s receiving corp consists of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, Brian Tyms, Chad Bumphis, Jeff Fuller (?).. Quite a turn around, eh?

 

According to multiple sources, the Mike Wallace-Ryan Tannehill connection is beginning to look good, real good. Wallace was brought in to not only take the top off the defense, but to also help open things up for other receivers.

 

Many pin this guy as a “one-trick pony”. I have no comment on this, mostly because I think that is absolutely absurd.

 

Hartline and Gibson are also looking great. Both are showing great awareness and strong hands – seems like we always say this about Hartline, doesn’t it?

 

The real winners, though, are the lesser known guys.

 

Second-year pro Rishard Matthews is looking to improve on a rookie season in which he tallied 11 receptions for 151 yards (13.7 ypr) and no touchdowns. The 6’0”, 210 pound receiver could end up challenging Gibson for snaps out of the slot position.

 

Receivers Brian Tyms and Armon Binns are also impressing coaches. Both have great size at the receiver position, which is something this Miami team is desperately in need of.

 

And do not sleep on UDFA Chad Bumphis. Many have thrown this kid’s name out there and I honestly did not buy into anything I saw. But I am now hearing that many are impressed with this kid’s hands, understanding of the route tree, and his ability to make plays in space. Many compare him to former UDFA Davone Bess. Don’t sleep on Bumphis, fellas.

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Tags: Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins OTAs 2013 Randy Starks Ryan Tannehill

  • Bill Stowers

    What ever happened to my favorite player from last years off season? Chris (7/11) hogan? And has the presence of chad pennington as a guest coach helped tannehill at all?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Too early to tell with Penny being there, Bill. Tannehill is definitely looking great though and should be cutting down on his turnovers this season!

      Hogan was cut last year and has been floating around the league from practice squad to practice squad. He was however picked up by the Bills and was actually active in the Buffalo – Miami game late last season, but I don’t know if he is still with the team or not.

      Thanks for the read and the comment!!

      • Bill Stowers

        Thanks tyler, living in indianapolis small things like that are tough to find. As always another great article. Never stop writing for phinlhanatic hahaha.

        • TylerMcMullen

          Thank you for your very kind words, Bill! It’s people like you that keep me going!

  • Jcartwright67

    I’m going on a limb here and reveal that Dan Carpenter has already hired a moving company and they’ve started packing. He’ll play in the NFL somewhere for the league minimum. Starks will be on the wrong side of 30 after playing out his $8M+ contract this season. He deserves the long term deal but I doubt he’ll see the big one from Miami given the depth and lower salaries of players on the roster or in upcoming drafts. Always excited to read about Egnew performing well, I think Tannehill, the WO group, and Miller are givens, but its the TE group is whom I’m really pulling for this summer to mature into an exciting red zone threat and chain movers.

    • TylerMcMullen

      I totally agree my man. I think he hired a moving company when they selected Sturgis to be honest. He definitely will be playing somewhere next season, just not for Miami.

      I’m really excited about this TE group, to be honest. Could be a big help in Tannehill’s development. Stay tuned!

      Thanks for the read and the comment!

    • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

      1) I cringe whenever i hear a Miami Dolphins’ fan already give up on Egnew after just one season. Yes, some players come into the league pro-ready, but others you have to give them some time to develop. Somewhat related is John Jerry’s situation: those who discount him because of he showed up overweight in the past should remember that Soliai developed into a fairly good player despite having the same issues the first few seasons he came into the NFL.

      2) One of the most overlooked aspects of the ‘Phins’ offseason FA “spending spree” is that if the one-year-deal signees (Grimes, Clabo, and Keller are the ones I can remember off the top of my head, so there might or might not be more) and Miami can develop players behind them (such as Egnew, perhaps), Miami can let the former walk next year in FA and re-coup lots of compensatory picks in 2015.

      • Jcartwright67

        Don’t cringe my friend…nobody wrote anything about giving up on Egnew, just that we hope he develops.

        • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

          I meant Dolphins’ fans in general (and yes, many of them have given up on Egnew) rather than you in particular. My apologies for not making that clearer.

  • tpl

    The WR corp definitely is better than last year. Wallace will stop safties from crowding the line of scrimmage, and open up the run. Hartline and Gibson should encounter single coverage most of the time. I look forward to seeing keller, sims ang Egnew play TE.Just maybe we’ll see both egnew and keller in some goal line formations.