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Monday, September 03, 2007

Preparations for the real deal begin in earnest

While many of you are having a relaxing Labor Day by the grill, the Dolphins are preparing for the start of their regular season.

And things are truly different.

Ronnie Brown wasn't returning kicks in practice. So much for that preseason head game.

Anthony Alabi, the preseason starting right tackle, was working with the scout team today. L.J. Shelton is back to his starting role at right tackle, where he is still not a great player but simply the best Miami has right now.

"We still need to get more out of him," coach Cam Cameron told me today.

Cameron has confirmed what I wrote last week about the running back competition: Brown and Jesse Chatman will share the load this year, regardless of which one starts from week to week. In that regard, the committee meeting of the Dolphins running attack is in session.

"You need two backs in this business," Cameron said. "You can't interpret that as a negative. But you'll see both those backs in a game."

For those of you worried about the fact the Dolphins only kep two tight ends on the roster, Cameron points out that the third tackle -- Alabi -- will serve as a tight end that can report eligible.

"We've got more tight ends than you're going to see on the depth chart," Cameron said. "We're not going to throw it to 'em."

Finally, Joey Porter is very much on track to play Sunday against the Redskins.

With the exceptions of cornerback Andre' Goodman and rookie Drew Mormino, who is slated for shoulder surgery soon and is out for the year, the Dolphins are healthy.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team has some growing up to do know that they keep that many rookies....I like the youth movment going on with the team....now the real fireworks beging...sit tight and fasten your seat belts
GO FINS 10-6

3:40 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

Armando, do you feel Cameron will go after Caldwell given their history? I've been wanting Caldwell in Miami since he was a free agent from San Diego a year ago, and I've been hoping New England would release him given their massive quantity of receiver this preseason. It seems like a legit possibility - have you heard anything?

3:43 PM  
Blogger JaxDolphin said...

NE didn't/won't cut Caldwell.

4:50 PM  
Blogger JaxDolphin said...

imo

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Patriots website says Reche Caldwell has been cut. So, he's available if Coach Cameron wants him.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

jaxdolphin - first of all, Caldwell has already been cut. Secondly, it's obvious looking at your blog you don't know too much about football.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caldwell drops balls too...dont know if is better then Hagan, but he has the experiense of the system and looked very good at times
Thank you pats

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Armando - The Dolphins web site posted their depth chart at 5:10 today. It reports Ronnie Brown as the primary kick returner and Alabi as the starting right tackle. What gives?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Two things:

Depth charts from websites, especially the team's website, lie. The Dolphins won't tell you what I already told you in this post until Wednesday. Brown is not the starting kick returner and Alabi was not first-team in practice today, Shelton was.

As for Reche Caldwell, Jeff Darlington of The Herald is chasing the possibility of a story and he tells me NOTHING is going on between the team and Caldwell right now.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

It seems Patrick Cobbs made the team, and yet I haven't heard anyone (such as Cameron) say a word about him. I thought he looked outstanding. What's the story on Cobbs and why all the silence about him?

TH

8:26 PM  
Anonymous IPSE DIXIT said...

TH,

This morning, after practice, Cameron said, ""You just evaluate the tape, you open your eyes, you trust what you see and we felt like he earned a spot. Now he knows he's going to have to make his way on this team as a special teams player and that's the important thing. We think he's got room for growth as a special teams player."

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Oscar Wilde said...

Did any other team cut a promising offensive lineman the Dolphins could sign?

As the o.line is currently constituted, Trent Green is going to go from "scrambled eggs" to "toast".

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Tom (Tennessee) Williams said...

Hey, y'ol bugger! Yes, Oscar, two OL have been signed. The information is everywhere. I'm surprized someone as ass toot as you hasn't noticed.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous john michaels said...

Tom, I'm sure you meant "astute." Anyways, I'm relly excited about the OL we get from San Diego, Cory Lekkerkerker. 6'7, 323 lbs, just an absolute mountain of a man. Plus, he knows Coach Cameron's system, and could be on the field sooner than you think. Great pickup!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Michaels, I'm sure you meant "really".

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woot

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Oscar Wilde said...

Hey, Tennessee, isn't Armando sexy?

I can't wait to see him in the restroom at the Minneapolis.

11:52 AM  
Blogger JaxDolphin said...

Hey Chris, everybody makes mistakes, I said it was in my opinion, and he was a late cut. At first I wanted to get him as well, then I remembered what a bust he is. I can't find your blog for a comparison.

5:08 PM  

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