Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (center) is greeted by wide receiver Mike Wallace (left) and tight end Charles Clay (right) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Kick Off OTAs

The Miami Dolphins were back out on the practice fields today for their first session of organized team activities, or OTAs for short. Before the session began, we were all pondering many things that we hoped would be answered today. Needless to say, the majority of those concerns or questions were answered.

Last year’s SLB Koa Misi received the first crack at the middle linebacker spot, moving Dannell Ellerbe, last year’s MLB to Misi’s old position. The team also opened with Philip Wheeler remaining in his weak-side spot. While this does not mean much – it’s the first day of OTAs, things can change very, very quickly – I for one did not expect any shift in the linebacker trio. Misi had been rumored to move to the middle spot, but that had been rumored for years. Keep an eye on this one moving forward. It seems as though the team may be looking for their best option at MLB pitting Misi against Ellerbe to find their best combination of the three backers.

TE Michael Egnew was working with the first team offense as the team’s “seam-threat” tight end. Miami had been rumored to be interested in obtaining a seam-threat option either via free agency or the draft, but if Egnew can come to life a bit and prove his third-round worth, the team would be in a great position with a plethora of good, young tight ends.

First-round pick, Ja’Wuan James worked at right tackle today with the first team, and last year’s “bust” in tackle/guard Dallas Thomas worked as the first string left guard between Albert and Pouncey. Neither of these surprise me as I am NOT one to give up on a first, second, or third round pick until AT LEAST three seasons into their career. I have shown my loyalty to Egnew and have done the same with Thomas. If Thomas can get himself going, Miami may have a very good offensive line for QB Ryan Tannehill to run his offense behind.

Former St. Louis Rams G Shelley Smith worked as the first team right guard, which is no surprise to anyone out there really. The most surprising part is this tweet from Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly:  

It’s unlikely Smith, who has never really been a full-time starter, will be handed a job. But he may be able to seize the opportunity and run with it.

CB Cortland Finnegan opened as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes, with last year’s second round pick Jamar Taylor backing him up. EXTREMELY telling in that Will Davis, another young corner, was Grimes’ back-up. Looks like it may be Taylor v. Finnegan for that top spot opposite Grimes.

WR Armon Binns was participating today as well, which is a great sign. He caught a few deep bombs from back-up QB Matt Moore. Miami has a decent group of receivers, which is not a bad thing, if they can stay healthy/get healthy.

G Billy Turner will battle Dallas Thomas for the left guard spot between the two pro bowlers in Mike Pouncey and Branden Albert. Great spot for both players and should be a fun battle to keep an eye on. Don’t sleep on Turner possibly battling Smith for the RG spot if, BIG IF, Dallas Thomas can grab the left guard spot and run with it (please?!?!).

Thank the lord we get some great news on Dion Jordan, by the way cut the trade talk BS. NOT HAPPENING! Jordan receiving a full-offseason to bulk up a bit and recover from shoulder and god only knows what other injuries the kid was dealing with. Hopefully he can kick in into full gear and get some quality snaps in this year – not saying that he didn’t last year, but you know what I mean DolFans.

Lastly, Jordan Tripp worked as the team’s third-string middle linebacker today. Tripp is receiving an extensive look at middle backer, which is where I actually valued him during the draft process. If the team can develop Tripp and Jenkins, they could have a solid young linebacking corp.

Remember, OTAs do NOT mean much of anything. Teams tend to experiment with different styles and with players in different positions. BUT, it’s finally something to talk about! So what do you think?



Tags: Charles Clay Miami Dolphins OTA's Ryan Tannehill

  • Robert T Bruce

    Love the dolphins i hope they have a great season can’t wait the season to start

    • TylerMcMullen

      You and me both, Robert! 100 days!!

  • Marshall summerlin

    Tyler thanks so much for the update as fans really appreciate it you do a good job buddy keep it up all of you guys do there thanks again have a great day since fIn4ever!!!

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thank you for your kind words Marshall! They mean a lot!

  • crazie12

    What do u think abt dolphin using Jarvis Landry as the vikings and seahawk uses Percy Harvin? If Landry is as advertise I think he could handle that role.

    • TylerMcMullen

      You know, I think that’s a decent idea, I really do…BUT I’m not sure he can fill that type of a role. Harvin is really in a class of maybe two or three others in terms of athleticism in the game. Landry is not as athletic, but does have a great set of hands and is probably the most reliable option on the team ALREADY. He’ll challenge Gibson and Matthews for the slot role and will probably end up grabbing that spot before the season ends. He’s THAT good.

  • Marshall Summerlin

    your welcome Tyler as always I enjoy reading the articles that you guys write. I like the style that you guys all write with. I think you bring us all of the information up to date as needed as fast as possible and I like the positive outlook that you always seem to have for the Miami Dolphins I like yourself Bryan, Eric, and the others just do a you know wonderful job like I said keep up the great work Fins up!!!! Fin4ever

  • Johnny

    I’m telling you guys… Like last year:: Keep an eye on WR Binns..

    • TylerMcMullen

      Yes sir! They have a solid group of receivers if Gibson, Hartline, and Binns come back healthy and ready to go.

  • Johnny

    I don’t know if it’s good or bad… My man WR Armon Binns catching a 70yd bomb from Moore with CB Taylor covering him … I guess it’s bad for CB Taylor and good for WR Binns… If Binns has half the camp he had last year (before getting injured), he will make this 53…
    1. Wallace
    2. Hartline
    3. Gibson
    4. Landry
    5. Binns
    Sounds right to me.. With Gibson, Landry, and Mathews playing Slot (most of the time).. One has to go.. Can’t be Gibson (“dead money”), and won’t be Landry (2nd round pick)… So again, it looks like Mathews is the odd man out.. Will be cut.. Won’t make the practice squad.. And highly doubtful someone would offer a draft pick in a trade..
    Phins up!!!