Preseason Game 1 – Dolphins at Buccaneers

Wow! How long has it been since I’ve posted an image of Dolphins vs any other NFL team? One day you’re sweating in your car in New Jersey with the A/C blasting because it’s nearly 100 degrees outside (most likely 130-140 degrees in the car), and the next, the Dolphins are playing their first preseason game. Unbelievable! If you’re like me, and know most of you are (at least in this regard), you can’t wait to see this team suited up and playing football again. You want to see the dynamic between Tua and Hill, you want to see if the offensive line is for real, after all the personnel changes and position changes. You want to see this defense performing like they’ve been together for a while (they have!). So what are some of the things I’m interested in seeing besides the obvious ones I’ve already outlined? I’ll tell you.

I know WR’s Cedrick Wilson and Preston Williams have been stuffed down the depth chart, and some fans have already written them off. I’d love to see a healthy dose of both of those guys. WR’s 6’5 225 who can run, and make contested catches don’t get discarded unless they have personal issues, injury issues, or both. Williams has had both, but his salary of $1.3M is totally palatable if he’s got his head on straight and he’s healthy. We brought in Cedrick Wilson from the Cowboys because he had a great season with the Cowboys playing the greater majority of snaps in the slot. Keep in mind that last year, we had our TE Mike Gesicki in the slot often but in McD’s offense, that likely won’t be the case, so Wilson Jr. has a good shot of seeing lots of playing time. He’s a veteran who knows how to run routes, find soft spots and make plays. I hope “EZ” Erik Ezukanma is as great as fans hope he is, but until the lights are on, don’t put him ahead of Wilson Jr. just yet.

The depth at DL will be tested somewhat with the release of DE Adam Butler, who did not pass his physical. Porter Gustin (formerly of the Browns), and Owen Carney Jr. a rookie out of Illinois are the backups behind Emmanuel Ogbah, who will probably be quite limited in his snaps for obvious reasons, so we’ll get a look at if what we have is sufficient, or if we need to address this with another FA pickup. In the offensive trenches, we’ll probably see a couple of plays (if that) of our starting O-line, which is LT Terron Armstead, LG Liam Eichenberg, C Connor Williams, RG Robert Hunt and RT Austin Jackson. Besides the surprise of Connor Williams at center, this how I expected our O-line to be from the get-go.

I don’t think preseason game 1 will reveal all that much, but I’m still interested to see which RB starts, who gets the most action and in what situations. Which back gets the short yardage carries, which back is in on 3rd down etc. To me, the most important thing is staying injury free. If you have bad game, fix it and do better next game, just don’t get hurt. I would like to see Noah Igbinoghene show something positive, anything really. Just give me a pass break up, an INT, a strong tackle or forced fumble, give me something. We all hope the new O-line doesn’t resemble last year’s line at all. I’m curious to see Teddy B and Skylar Thompson, who should both get lots of playing time. Oh yeah, I want to see our offense with a FULLBACK!!! I want to see Hunter Long make a bit of a splash, show us a lil sumpin’. Will Durham Smythe be the next top 10 balanced TE in the NFL? How will our ST’s look with so many big departures and new additions? Will Mostert be an electric returner and will Hill get some action back there too? Lots to see tomorrow at 7:30PM if you can watch it live, or Sunday, 8/14 at 7AM Eastern time on NFLN. Enjoy the game! Football is BACK baby!!!



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937 Responses to Preseason Game 1 – Dolphins at Buccaneers

  1. Rockphin says:

    I want him Tua throw Tua TDs per game minimum this season. 3-4 in some games if needed.

  2. Rockphin says:


  3. son of a son of a shula says:

    It’s a Jim Croce song Rock sheesh

  4. Rockphin says:


    Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene saved a sure-touchdown when he was all alone with Tyreek Hill. Cheetah came out of his break in perfect synergy with an accurate football arriving from Tagovailoa. Looking like the next splash play of camp, Igbinoghene was able to get his arm around Hill and punch the ball free. That’s back-to-back strong days for Igbinoghene

  5. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 17, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    Well all it took to disguise Superman was a pair of glasses. LOL

    I was going to mention that as well. It seems like in the DC universe it doesn’t take much to make a disguise. A little lipstick outside the edges and oh my gosh nobody can recognize you.

  6. Rockphin says:

    I would absolutely hate living in the DC universe. First of all there’s not enough lighting. Second of all if I change my hat my mom won’t fucking recognize me how aggravating with that be??!!

    What are you doing in here I’m calling the police. Boss it’s me! I just ran out of disposable contacts and I’m wearing my glasses!!

  7. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, Brett Baty is making his major league debut tonight, playing 3rd and batting 8th.

  8. bailbondmike says:

    Looking forward to seeing more of Cameron Goode, Kellen Diesch, Ben Stille and a few other newbies this weekend.

    Looks like we have found, at least, some PS keepers in the late rounds and UDFA’s. Goode has the potential to make the 53.

  9. son of a son of a shula says:

    The flood of talent ushered in over the last few years shouldn’t come as a surprise all that much with Marvin Allen in house, he gets a lot of credit for being involved with KC as they built a perennial winner. It’s happening here now. We’re lucky to have this dude here. Good times ahead long suffering Dolphins fans.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yep! I think he scouts college and Reggie McKenzie scouts the NFL.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Him too, another top notch evaluater. Grier set himself up pretty nice.

      • Tim Knight says:

        People like to focus on negatives with Grier but he’s done a really good job as GM since Ross handed him the keys in 2019 as the top football man.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Yes sir this is the best we’ve looked going into a season this century

      • Tim Knight says:

        He brought in two people that could take his job. That’s a high character person who isn’t insecure.

  10. Mike E. says:

    Tim – I was watching the game. Is there anything better than a rookie hitting a HR in his first AB? Especially in a huge game like this one. Loved seeing his family celebrate

  11. Wyoming85 says:

    Things could be worse

  12. Tim Knight says:

    I liked in the 1st PS game that Boyer still ran the Amoeba defense and Cover 0 even with backups. That’s what we do.

  13. ukfinfan says:

    Morning Cav
    Did you get an invite from me to join the Sports Listings on Plat? If not, I’ll ask how to do it. There are 9 channels worldwide showing Hawks vs Bears tonight (excluding local channels). I’ll email it to you so you can see how it works (easier than putting it on line then linking it here) if you haven’t already seen it?

    • CavalierKong says:

      Morning (or afternoon) UK,

      It took me a minute to figure it out (I’m new to telegram and am still figuring it out), but yeah, I have that group invite and see the listings.

      Thanks, bro 🙂

  14. steveccnv says:

    Above someone wrote ⛄️ on fire, just like Minkah most of his praise comes from playing centerfield, ⛄️ though he is a better Blitzer, tackler and cover guy than Minkah, but let’s not mistake his man to man coverage skills with X, saw him get Iggied a few times at camp by Sanders and others

    Overall though the NFLs top safety is Minkah, so I’d say ⛄️ is going to be all pro as soon as the NFL politics allow it

  15. steveccnv says:

    Hello McFly…

    Just read an article that mentioned the game will be aired live in Las Vegas

  16. steveccnv says:

    Prediction: Mohamed Sanu, Trent Sherfield, Erik Ezukanma

    100% agree these 3 make the roster

    EZ would based on draft slot, but he’s looked good also

    Sherfield could make it from STs alone, but he too has looked good as a WR, like Braylon Sanders with experience to back it up

    Sanu, being a vet gives us injury protection, plus he’s an MM blocker, so he’s a keeper at least this year to show the others how to block from WR position

  17. steveccnv says:

    Doggie, I drove thru Kingman 4 weeks ago, on my way to FL, tried to post it here, but didn’t have any bars

  18. Rockphin says:

    He is going to be really good. (Look away football gods, look away) as long as he stays healthy.

    is this his third orange jersey?

  19. steveccnv says:

    Yes 3

  20. steveccnv says:

    I’d bet the fatties playing DT around the league don’t want to face the outside zone

    If every team used the OZ the big fatty DTs would become extinct

    He had some nice runs at camp I attended, think about what Mostert’s speed will do

  21. steveccnv says:

    Marcel Louis-Jacques Retweeted
    Jake Trotter
    Resolution on the Deshaun Watson situation coming today, per league source. #Browns

  22. mf13ss says:


  23. Wyoming85 says:

    Practice is a wrap – no surprise that Jevon Holland got the orange jersey, and he made a case for a threepeat. He had his fourth pick this week as the defense scored picks on all three drive in the 2-minute period, one from each QB. Fejedelem and Munson the others
    11:18 AM · Aug 18, 2022·Twitter Web App
    Quote Tweets

    Travis Wingfield
    Replying to
    Jevon’s play list might be my favorite… Kings of Leon Sex On Fire is my favorite tune we’ve heard all camp
    Travis Wingfield
    Hill, Sanders had the catches on the 2 best balls/biggest gains of the day. Tua w/ a dime down elevator shaft; Tyreek held quiet hands until the ball fell into the bread basket to prevent Needham from elevating. Sanders stacked a DB and pulled in a contested 50-yard dime by Ted
    Travis Wingfield
    Jaelan Phillips had a sack on one of my favorite pass rush reps of camp. Jab step upfield, used the inside hand on the inside shoulder pad and chucked his man to clear a path to the QB
    Travis Wingfield
    Kellen Deisch has those sweet feet, man. On the Teddy-to-Sanders deep ball, he was all alone on his block, kept the feet chopping and was able to redirect to the secondary move.
    Travis Wingfield
    Myles, Sony and ZaQuandre had some nice runs today – the running backs as a whole seem to be getting better every day with the quickness of decisions and hitting it quickly
    Travis Wingfield
    The day belonged to the defense, much like this week did. All three levels look pretty well tuned up. Excited to see both sides go against someone else Saturday/next week. Podcast and story coming later today

    • steveccnv says:

      Kellen Deisch has those sweet feet, man. On the Teddy-to-Sanders deep ball, he was all alone on his block, kept the feet chopping and was able to redirect to the secondary move.

      He’s back from injury, would be nice to see him make the roster, he’s got some upside

  24. steveccnv says:

    Having an issue posting the orange jersey tracker link

  25. steveccnv says:

    Yo yo yo Tua

  26. Wyoming85 says:

    It’s pretty long! But it’s good!

  27. Tim Knight says:

    As far who who makes the 53 we could see some surprises because Mike McDaniel and his staff might value players differently than what we’ve seen in the past. Of course there is a core that we all know will make the team.

  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    Here is my list for a lock on making the 53:
    Ced Wilson
    Armstead and Jackson
    Eichenberg and Connor Williams
    R Hunt
    van Ginkel
    Raekwon Davis
    Brandon Jones
    Jerome Baker
    Channing Tindall
    the LS
    the PK
    That is half a team — 26 players.

  29. stangerx says:

    “I just like how with outside zone, you’re stretching the defense laterally. When you’re displacing the defense, you’re making them have to cover a lot more field. It opens up certain lanes and certain holes that I’m able to take advantage of. I remember seeing a play we had – it was early in training camp. We were running an outside zone to the left and there was an unblocked man in the hole. But because you have everyone stretching laterally, there can be an unblocked man in the hole and I can still press that hole, make him miss and get back to a back gap – a gap one space behind it and still make a positive run out of it. Sometimes with inside zone, you’re working more vertical so the space is a little more tight. I feel like here when we stretch people laterally, that’s really what I do best. That’s pressing holes and bursting through the hole.”

    — Chase Edmonds

  30. steveccnv says:

    What I’ve been saying for 2 years

    Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
    “It’s the most accurate, catchable ball I’ve ever seen.” – Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel on what he’s seen so far from Tua Tagovailoa.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Tua has always been known as a very accurate passer. Funny thing is he was also one of the best deep passers in college but now he supposedly can’t throw deep.

  31. steveccnv says:

    From ESPN Jake Trotter

    The Browns have the cap space — almost $49 million — to make it happen. And, with Garoppolo’s trade options seemingly barren, they have the leverage to reconfigure his $24.2 million base salary to ease the hit on the cap.

    Why would they need to reconfigure, if they’d still have 25m in cap space? What a maroon

    Thay should change his cap for this year, so they have more to carry over, so they can count it against next year’s cap with the money they carried over

  32. stangerx says:

    From Habib. Didn’t know Waddle was suffering in some way. Him and Armstead recoving from live action against Tampa?

    If anything, Thursday’s practice raised more questions than they answered.

    Left tackle Terron Armstead, who has rested for significant portions this summer, did not practice. Receiver Jaylen Waddle was limited and has barely worked this week as the team is cautious about an undisclosed ailment.

  33. stangerx says:

    “When you see Tyreek and Jaylen on the same side, it’s high awareness they’re going deep. When they go deep, they have different routes so you can’t anticipate what route it is. Are they doing a post? Corner route? Sit down route? It’s tough to transition and adjust defensively, with how they can break down their bodies on a dime.”

    — Eric Rowe on defending Tyreek and Waddle when they line up on the same side.

  34. Wyoming85 says:

    Most likely to be called spam

  35. stangerx says:

    “That said, I am supporting DeSantis. DeSantis has just gone from being awesome to being unbelievably good. We have someone who is better than Trump. Way better than Trump.”

    — Alex Jones

  36. steveccnv says:

    Player each team should cut article

    However, Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones was one of the worst deep passers in the league, per PFF, and failed to create rapport with Agholor. The 29-year-old is in the second year of a two-year, $21.8 million deal, and his $14.9 million cap hit is an albatross. New England can save $4.9 million if it cuts him now.

  37. mf13ss says:

    Again, I don’t introduce politics, but I will reply when I deem necessary…

    stangerx says:
    August 18, 2022 at 5:37 pm
    “That said, I am supporting DeSantis. DeSantis has just gone from being awesome to being unbelievably good. We have someone who is better than Trump. Way better than Trump.”

    — Alex Jones
    Alex Jones, IMO, is a NUT JOB… who cares what that fool thinks? What’s more, is that supposed to be the ‘kiss of death’ to DeSantis, or the ‘kiss of death’ to Trump?

    I dunno, but CNN fired Brian “Humpty Dumpty” Stelter today… and I don’t care what he thinks, either.

    No offense intended to ya, Stanger, I just don’t see the point of your post, man.

    • mf13ss says:

      Stanger, I must say… I AM impressed by how you keep up on politics, man. I’m the exact same way, truth be told. I respect that about ya! 🙂

  38. mf13ss says:


  39. naplesfan2010 says:

    about that MRI … back surgery was successful today … according to the doc.
    We’ll see.
    I need to be able to sit through a Dolphins game without cramping up.
    Plus I want to be able to drop a 9-iron pin high 3 feet or less to the left.
    Not that I’ve ever been able to do that.

    • mf13ss says:

      Oh! Didn’t realize you were under the knife, man. I truly hope your back surgery works for you, Naples. Best of luck and success to you, sir.

  40. naplesfan2010 says:

    If Waddle is at all banged up, they need to sit him for the rest of pre season games.
    I think he’s made the team.

  41. mf13ss says:

    I know some of y’all follow baseball relatively closely, but I haven’t for a great many years. However, I’ve been tracking Albert Pujols all year long… strictly to see him beat A-Roid (Alex Rodriguez) on the all-time HR list. What’s more, he has a shot to make the 700-HR club.

    Today, he hit #690 (GRAND SLAM)! He’s now only 6 behind A-Roid and 10 HRs away from joining the elite of elites in the 700-HR club!

    • Wyoming85 says:

      Fuck that sum-bitch!
      He was an Astros killer his whole career!

      • mf13ss says:


      • mf13ss says:

        Unless it’s the Patsies* (Belicheat*, Lady*, etc) regarding Dolphins records… or LeBUM James chasing Michael Jordan… I love witnessing history being made in sports.

        Pretty sure Pujols didn’t use steroids, and I DO NOT LIKE A-ROID.

  42. naplesfan2010 says:

    About my 53 list above, Byron Jones is full-on PUP still.
    He might go IR
    or that deal where he can come back after 6 games or whatever the rules are now.
    So I left him off.
    Ingold is also in that gray zone. Cethan played for him in Tampa.
    … …
    I left Rowe off, who is a player I really like, but I think his days here are numbered.
    If not this year, then sometime, we’ll move on from him.
    Again, I defer to the cap experts here about his money hit vs. Mackenzie Alexander
    and / or his roster spot vs. needing to keep an extra player somewhere else,
    or a DB who plays ST, if Rowe can’t do that.
    Melvin Ingram has not made the team IMHO,
    nor has Roberts.

    • mf13ss says:

      I hear ya on your thoughts and appreciate it. JMO, Ingram and Rowe are already on our 53. And once Byron comes off the PUP, he makes it as well.

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t see Ingram, Rowe, and Byron not making our 53.

  43. naplesfan2010 says:

    yeah Steve, laughing, pretty obvious list, huh?
    But I mean it as a LOCK list, a sure thing, as in no way they don’t make the 53.
    Lock is the opposite of Bold Prediction in a way.
    For a Bold Prediction,
    I say Tindal, Ezukanma, Goode, and Skylar
    all have multi year exciting careers for us.

  44. steveccnv says:

    Well Seattle and Gino look awful

    Bears run game (Ebner) and D look good, but consider the opponent

  45. steveccnv says:

    M13, that cut list I talked about above said Seattle should cut Penny

  46. Tim Knight says:

    I’d be surprised if Ingold doesn’t make the team. He does the FB stuff McDaniel and OC Frank Smith covet.

  47. Tim Knight says:

    Without being a Dolphins homer, but as a football fan, Jevon Holland has the look of an all-pro. I’d say the same thing if I followed him on another team. He always flashes. The same with Jaelan Phillips. These two 2nd year players take our defense to another level.

    • steveccnv says:

      And they didn’t get it going last year until midseason, about the time we started winning, coincidence?

      • Tim Knight says:

        Nope it was because of them. Maurice Jones-Drew was right about Holland and most draftniks said Phillips was the best pure pass rusher in the draft. There aren’t a lot of 6-5 265 sub 4.6 guys who are strong and know how to play football walking the planet. Both players want to be dominant. Those two players remind me of the kind of players the Ravens would land.

      • Tim Knight says:

        If Tindall joins the group as a difference maker we could be really good on defense.

      • steveccnv says:

        Tindall bit last week, it may take him 1/2 a season too, but I expect a lot out of him

    • Rockphin says:

      You know it!

  48. steveccnv says:

    Seattle still has Metcalf and Lockett, but do they have anything else?

    Worse than Houston?

  49. steveccnv says:

    Gino Smith is who we thought he was, and we thought he sucked

  50. steveccnv says:

    Seattle beat SF twice last year, we won’t see that this year or even 1 win

  51. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    August 18, 2022 at 9:51 pm
    M13, that cut list I talked about above said Seattle should cut Penny
    Interesting, and I’ll tell ya this… I’ve been following Penny ever since his days at SDS. HE is the guy who can take advantage of an outside-blocking scheme. His best runs come from G-T, and outside Tackle. Not to mention, he has to body to bulldoze up the middle in short-yardage/GL sits.

    I don’t forecast him getting cut by Seattle… but in the event he does (and w/o injury), I think we should be knocking on his front door.

    • steveccnv says:

      The reason for the cut was his availability or lack of

      • mf13ss says:

        I hear that, man. Put him in a stable (rotation), and he’s going to ROCK.

        If Seattle tries to utilize him as a bell-cow back like Ricky Williams, he’s an injury risk.

  52. steveccnv says:

    Eason has a big arm, but no pocket presence or accuracy

  53. manitobafinfan says:

    Steve : I agree , Seattle looks like shit.. commentators are saying “ this will be a good team come RS” I’m not buying it .. I lump them with Jaxonville, Atlanta, and maybe Chicago and Cleveland as fighting for 1st overall pick

  54. Tim Knight says:

    To me Tindall fits the Amoeba defense as he learns the finer points as an off the ball LB. Use him to attack as a blitzer and play STs, as you coach him into a 3 down LB.

  55. Rockphin says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    August 18, 2022 at 3:05 pm
    Here is my list for a lock on making the 53:

    No Mike Gesecki? Even on the Franchise Tag? An oversight or do you think he gets traded?

    • pheloniusphish says:

      I can see Gesicki getting traded. He would have to play out the franchise tag with the new team, then sign a new deal next FA period. Then Smythe becomes the #1 and maybe we keep Tanner.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      Lot of teams need a TE right now.

  56. Rockphin says:

    I think it was probably more of an oversight by Naples, but we will see when he replies.

    I don’t see Gesicki getting traded, but what do I know?

    What I DO think is that Smythe and Long will be #1 &#2 next season.

    I think they will try to stash and develop the other big WR we have in Conner.

  57. Rockphin says:

    I really wish the guy would put it all together. I was so hopeful we had drafted a gem when he started as a rookie. Look at this play where he pancakes TWO players. LOL

    • steveccnv says:

      News lately is he’s getting in better shape and making a case to be on the 53

      We can surely use him, for example Armstead is out and we move Eichenberg to LT, we would then have the option of Kindley or Deiter at LG

  58. Rockphin says:

    Leos are the best!

  59. pheloniusphish says:

    Since when does FMU have a Facebook page? Who maintains it?

  60. naplesfan2010 says:

    Phel nailed my thinking on Gesicki. I mean I love the kid, but he was one of the few starters who played Tampa. Coaches were watching him block, plus they put a nice catch on tape to sell him.
    I think if they decide he just can’t block, he’s gone in the scenario Phel described.
    Like I said, that list was those I feel are a lock.

    • steveccnv says:

      He’s got enough on tape that 1 catch in preseason isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion

      At worst you just play him as a wr, not going to get much for a TE on a franchise tag

      Wouldn’t you rather have Gesicki on the field in a 5 wr set than Sanu or Sherfield?

  61. steveccnv says:

    Watching Eason last night made me feel how fortunate we are to have Tua

    4th down on Seattle’s last drive, goal to go, thinking his arm strength is less important, than his accuracy, as he threw some pretty shitty passes in that series

  62. Ken says:

    Gisecki is not getting traded.

    • steveccnv says:

      Ditto that

      On 3rd or 4th down near the goal line he’s a huge mismatch, we at least need to get to the trade deadline and see what he can do in this O

  63. naplesfan2010 says:

    I even left off Teddy. His body language was stressed on the sideline. I think he’s feeling the pressure from Skylar,, who played a whole game with no picks or fumbles.
    … …
    Teddy has a good contract amount for trading.
    He’s a viable spot starter if a QB1 goes in NY or LV or Dallas.
    I forget who their backups are.

  64. steveccnv says:

    Last year after injuries we had guys like Ford and Hollins playing wr, this year we have guys like Cracraft, who is a better wr than both about 10 deep on the list

  65. naplesfan2010 says:

    Skylar is not your usual 7th rounder. There were a lot of QBs who came out last year, which pushed him down,, along with playing for a traditionally bad college program..
    He started like 40 games, compare to 17 for Tannehill, threw for 7000 and ran for a thou, and he’s older than the kids who come out early.
    He doesn’t seem frantic and shocked like most rookie QBs.
    He neither gave up too quickly and took off running, nor did he just stand there and hold the ball till the pocket collapsed.
    He took 3 sacks I think, but 2 were on Kion, who I think almost played himself off the team.

    • steveccnv says:

      PS is ripe with straight up play, he hasn’t seen anything yet, he passed the first test, that’s it

      The practices I saw he threw several passes that made him look more like Eason, than Tua in the accuracy department

  66. naplesfan2010 says:

    I would never trade Gesicki, but I’m not McDaniel.
    I would be very cautious with Teddy, because if Tua is hurt, who is Teddy’s backup?
    But can we afford to keep 3 QBs?
    Do we have slots for 4 TEs?
    After losing our first pick for next year, would it be good to get a 2nd rounder from a bad team for Gesicki??

  67. naplesfan2010 says:

    I love Mostert and so does McDaniel I think, but he is one leg twist from the end of his career.

  68. naplesfan2010 says:

    Sanu and Sherfield CAN block and were with McDaniel before. New HCs often trade fan faves from previous regimes. Putting Gesicki on the tag was like putting him on probation, like “show me.”

    • steveccnv says:

      Yes, show me this year, so we can see how you fit in this O

      You don’t dump a player like Gesicki until you know he doesn’t fit, practice and PS aren’t enough of a test

  69. naplesfan2010 says:

    I reserve the right to add players to my lock list.
    After all, I have to get to 53.
    So as we play preseason games,, and they cut down from 85, I’ll build up my lock list.

  70. Rockphin says:

    tight end Tanner Conner, guard Solomon Kindley, linebacker Brennan Scarlett, tackle Greg Little and fullback John Lovett. Conner, Scarlett, Little and Lovett watched at least a portion of practice.

    Conner, the impressive rookie free agent tight end from Idaho State, was spotted with a brace on his left knee.

    Hopefully the brace is just precautionary. He is looking like Mini-Gesicki.

  71. pheloniusphish says:

    I like Gesicki, but if he can’t play inline and block, he’s not for this offense. Conversely he is a top 10 receiving TE (which has trade value, at least a 2nd and possibly even a 1st round pick. Or a top shelf-ish player), but Miami has plenty of receivers.

    • Mike E. says:

      He can’t be a 2nd RD pick, and certainly not a 1st. He’s on a franchise tag so that totally devalues him. If he had 2 years on his contract left, you might get a 2 or a 1, but not on the tag.

  72. pheloniusphish says:

    Might be able to trade Kindley to the Giants. They’re signing FA to have enough OL-men to practice.

  73. bailbondmike says:

    He is looking like Mini-Gesicki.
    But is much faster (4.37 pro day) and runs better after the catch.

  74. steveccnv says:


    Does not have exceptional straight-line speed but takes advantage of open seams when his quarterback is on target.
    Goes up high for jump balls. Good flexibility and reach to snatch back-shoulder throws.
    Has enough upper-body strength and tenacity to be very effective as a downfield blocker. Is not shy about taking on his man, provides some pop and will open a running lane for his back at the next level.
    Has long arms to stiff-arm defensive backs in the open field. Willing to lower his pads to run through tackles for extra yardage. Goes over the middle, can spin out of tackles and take the big hit.
    He is quicker than fast and lacks elite wheels to simply blow by defenders, but he has good football speed.
    Has very good size and strength. Longstride with deceptive speed.
    Very soft, natural hands to cleanly catch away from his frame. Concentration is excellent. Has the lateral agility and strength to get into and out of routes smoothly.
    Lacks foot quickness to separate and could be more physical. He has yet to get the maximum potential out of his natural athletic ability.
    Hands are good, not great. Will drop some easy balls and sometimes will body catch. Occasionally fails to high point.
    Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest.

  75. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!!

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