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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Live minicamp blogging starts at 2 p.m. Friday


The Dolphins open a three-day rookie minicamp Friday but it is interesting to me that rather than two-a-days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Dolphins are working only once Friday and once Sunday.

Saturday will be the only day the rooks go through two workouts. Friday and Sunday offer only single practices.

Don Shula (pictured) typically worked the rookies twice a day all three days so they could get their vomitting out of the way early. But what did he know; he only won 347 games.

I will be blogging live Friday starting promptly at 2 p.m. so join me then. This minicamp is closed to the public but I will be your eyes and ears to tell you what is going on assuming the Wifi at Dolphins camp remains reliable.

Some things I will be looking for:

1. How involved will Bill Parcells be at practice, if at all.

2. Can LT Jake Long get through the entire weekend without passing out. Seriously, he is said to be in great shape, but the South Florida heat has worn out many a great player down through the years. The heat down here is going only half-speed right now. We'll see if Long, at 318 lean pounds, can keep up.

3. I will be gauging QB Chad Henne's arm and release time and comparing it to John Beck.

4. Will DE Phillip Merling participate? He said he was feeling no ill effects from the hernia surgery and he worked out for scouts earlier. Will he work this weekend?

44 Comments:

Anonymous WAFINFAN said...

Armando,

Appreciate your watching out for us. I'm really interested in how Beck looks, and would appreciate your views.

8:34 PM  
Blogger WNC Phin Fan said...

I would love to see how the sonofa slugger looks as well as the other O-line dude. Whoever plays QB will only be as good as those guys up front. And let's see how the converted QB looks running routes too.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous save_us.y2j said...

Looking forward to the updates! You rock, Armando!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wafinfan beck won't be playing. this is a rookie camp. henne will be the only quarterback playing

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested to see how that new guard from the 4th round does. That can decide the fate of this year's line. we already know what long and smiley will give us

10:12 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Can you update us on Jayson Foster, please? Thanks!

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please ask Sporano if Merling will be playing linebacker or defensive end? thanks!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Beck will not be at the rookie minicamp.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

And I'm pretty certain Merling will be used at DE.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Chase said...

Does vonnie holiday still play for the dolphins? I swear you never hear about him anymore

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please update us on the the new receivers, i.e. Davone Bess, Selwyn Lymon, and Jayson Foster. They all bring something different to the table and I believe at least one of them should catch on. Lymon was a top HS prospect with size and speed, and if he can stay out of trouble off the field could be a steal, along w/ the possible slot WR Davone Bess who has great hands.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here video on one of the recievers we pick up from Georgia Southern I believe. I think we got something here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR7gvbo9X-0&feature=related

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry you'll have to cut and paste.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

I'm glad Parcell's isn't making them do two-a-days. Who cares about being in shape, being tough, and... winning.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Don Shula started in 1970 he had four a days!!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Anon I agree w/you about Jayson Foster.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merling's playing weight at Clemson was at 272 pounds which would be great as a OLB in a 3-4. But you could be right as he could keep adding on the weight which he has already done due to the injury and play DE.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devon Bess has an amazing ability to catch the ball and could end up becoming a steal for the dolphins. Armondo, can you update us on his performace this weekend?

5:26 AM  
Blogger kyle said...

What's the deal with the new required registration for the site? Tell the genius in management that came up with that one, I'm headed over to the sentinel. Too bad. I preferred the herald.

Kyle in Delray

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Cam Cameron said...

What does it matter what Don Shula did? He isn't the coach. I love Shula, but in fairness, Bill Parcells has won as many Super Bowls as Shula, and Parcells did it in a time when there were more teams in the league. Honestly, stop being a baby about this regime.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Chico said...

Armando, check and see if Kelly Popinga is aware that he has a girl's first name and spanish pecker for a last name. If that guy grows up in miami he changes his name to something less shocking. Kelly Morronga maybe.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Armando, could you also take a look at the running back Parmalee and see how he looks.I also like the fact you will be looking at Henne vs Beck.I really hope Henne can clinch the job and we hopefully have a QB of the future with him.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Armando,

PLEASE PLEASE!! Keep an eye on (W.R.) Marcell Reece, 6*3|240lbs, the videos i've seen on this kid are amazing.

Let us know how he does! Thanks!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous DolfanTom said...

"Don Shula (pictured) typically worked the rookies twice a day all three days so they could get their vomitting out of the way early. But what did he know; he only won 347 games."

Mando, Mando, Mando .... you're a bright guy, why do you feel the need to whine 2-3 times a week? Let these guys get a season or two in before judging, OK? I love Shula to death, but he wasn't perfect either. How 'bout that "great" defense he built to go along w/ Danny's greatness (rolling eyes repeatedly).

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm interested in how much Bill participates, but also could you tell us what Sparano is doing? He's kind of in the background, and this is his chance to step up.

Also, very interested in Henne and Bess.

I'll be working until late and then I'll check your blog. Any info is great!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on Foster and Bess updates. Langford too......hell, I guess everyone really.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous harry cane said...

everybody show up to dress out? should be there by now?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Scott in NC said...

Armando - as best I can tell, the University of Michigan's graduation ceremony was last Saturday. In the past, it seemed as if rookies were not able to participate in any team activities except this one minicamp until their graduation ceremonies were held. Given that Jake Long has already signed a contract, will he be participating in all of the regular team functions from this point forward? Thanks.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omar is dominating you as a beat writer. Not only is his blog more creative and fact filled; he isn't the gossip monger, attention craved crap writer that you are. The funny thing is when I asked his opinion of you he gracioiusly bowed out and said he respected you. I seriously doubt anybody else in Miami does, including the Dolphins management. You blew the J.T. story way out of proportion only for your personal gain. I saw your cheesy smile on ESPN.. Hope you are getting what you want! Karma my friend. Think about doing some real journalism, it may pay dividends eventually.
Have a great day!
Dolphindude

12:55 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Sooo, let me get this straight... You hate me but you come on my blog, you watch me on ESPN, you read my stories to determine that I am a gossip monger, and you spend time asking Omar about me on his blog.

Dude, get over me. I'm married.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Here is the Dolphins minicamp roster:

1 Dan Carpenter K
7 Chad Henne QB
11 Justin Wynn WR
14 jayson Foster WR
15 Davone Bess WR
26 Lex Hilliard RB
27 Will Billinglsley CB
31 Jalen Parmale RB
35 Aaron Lane CB
48 Matthew Mulligan Te
49 Kelly Popinga LB
57 Titus Brown LB
60 Mike Byrne CB
61 Shawn Murphy G
63 Kory Robertson NT
66 Don Thomas G
67 Darren Heerspink T
70 Kendall Lnagford DE
71 Lionel Dotson DE
73 Dan Gore T
79 Jake Long LT
84 Selwyn Lymon WR
86 Marcel Reece, WR
97 Phillip Merling DE

The team also has 15 workout players trying to earn an invitation to training camp. They are:

6 Radamez Rubio Gaytan, K
8 Willie Copeland QB
36 Rolly Lumbala, FB
38 Tim Mixon CB
40 Roger Williams S
41 Scorpio Babers CB
42 Khristopher Kasparek TE
44 Aaron Weathers S
45 Sam Juckeba LB
50 Brandon Ogletree LB
53 Brandon Renkart LB
58 Keith Saunders LB
62 Anthony Toribio NT
78 Chris Capote, G
93 Brandon Jones DE

1:19 PM  
Anonymous harry cane said...

ok guys,

either get off mando's case and get a life. he is just making a living and giving those of us who care some valuable info.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard rumors of Jason taylor being shopped to Oak for lamont jordan and a pick. is this true?

Also, Dan LeBatard is Tony Kornheiser biological son!

Jim Belleville, il

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I originally read your blog to gather information regarding the Dolphins, the team I love. I was appalled by the story that you posted. I couldn't believe Jason Taylor and the Dolphins would both be acting in such a manner. After discussing the situation with a few other sports writers, they all tend to agree that you and your friends here at the Herald blew the story up during this down time for personal gain. I've read a couple of your other blogs and a lot of it is garbage. I saw you on ESPN out of pure coincidence. Trust me though; I didn't listen to a word you said. I did ask Omar, out of curiousity. I wanted to see if his opinion(which I value) was the same as several of your peers. I seem to think he feels you are a rat but he didn't say that. I won't post on any of your blogs again, just wanted to let you know you are getting dominated.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous: Just wanted to let you know you're getting boring to me. Begone.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando, don't pay any attention to this a-hole. I doubt seriously he knows anyone in the media. More likely he is in the media and is envious he got his butt kicked on information by you.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Cane,
You are a schmuk that sucks at the power t*t of Armando. You love his garbage only because your pathetic life has nothing more to look forward to.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright I'm down tearing Armando to shreds. If anybody wants to get some real insight on Dolphin football head over to sunsentinel.com and click on the blog for todays rookie mini-camp. Omar Kelly will be doing a live blog.
Armando have fun! Maybe you can write a column about how Jake Long already doesn't like JT because JT doesn't like Parcells. Great drama story to hang everybody over 'til the next mini-camp.
Dolphindude

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha, buttwipe has already clicked on here three times in 30 minutes. Good job, Mando.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous murph the surf said...

mando - good data you are expelling...this is the lord's work. tell us about the rookie interaction as well (with each other). which ones seem to mesh and which ones get fired up at each other. and how big is this jason foster kid from GaSo?

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know about Rolly Lumbala. I heard he does a Jolly Lambada.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mando can you give updates on the receivers broughts in specifically foster, bess, and lymon?

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does Popinga feel today? He's probably excited. Nothing could be worse than having to cut Popinga. Hopefully Popinga is out there standing tall making us all proud.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphindude...Thanks for the heads up on Oma's blog. I thought I'd have to suffer trough this National Enquirer's wannabe blog.

2:39 PM  

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