Some observations from training camp
*That quarterback competition that everybody is mocking? Well, Trent Green and Cleo Lemon really are sharing time with the first team offense. Today, Lemon took the first-team snaps after Green did that yesterday. "I really believe it's an open competition," Lemon told me Wednesday.
*Rodrique Wright, injured all of last year, has pretty much changed his body configuration. He's leaner, stronger, seemingly quicker than he was last year when he got only a few weeks of work following shoulder surgery. I'm told he might have been a first-day draft pick had he not been injured before the draft. He went in the seventh round. Now playing outside rather than DT, he might actually push for playing time.
*Rookie middle linebacker Kelvin Smith didn't look like much in the offseason camps. But he's been much better since the pads have gone on. The guy isn't fast or necessarily strong. But he's a hitter. He has a chance to make the team as a backup to Zach Thomas if he can show some of his instincts and hitting potential on special teams.
*Recently acquired TE Courtney Anderson is 6-6 and 270 pounds. He should be able to destroy people with his blocking, but I definitely haven't seen that. He looks like a better pass-catcher than blocker. In that respect, Justin Peelle's job seems secure.
*Drew Mormino isn't ready to be an NFL starter right now so the Dolphins are really kidding themselves thinking of him as a starter at right guard. But that is right now. Today. The guy's work ethic is amazing and his toughness is unquestionable. Give him a couple of months and he will be a legit competitor to start. Give him a year and the job should be his. Not bad for a sixth round pick the Dolphins found only because they were studying Joe Staley. (Good job Randy Mueller!)
*Jason Allen is starting to worry me. He is a first round pick that really isn't playing up to the draft pedigree. At least not so far. Understand that the Dolphins need help at CB. Andre' Goodman is still not ready following two offseason shoulder surgeries. Well, Allen not only isn't working with the first team, he's not even the No. 3 cornerback. Mike Lehan is filling that role with Goodman hurt. That means when Goodman returns, Allen could be further down the totem pole of cornerbacks. Unless the light bulb suddenly pops on brightly, Allen would be the No. 5 cornerback at best behind starters Travis Daniels and Will Allen, Goodman, and Lehan. Disappointing.