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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Update following Saturday's morning practice

Here's a quickie update from Saturday morning's camp practice:

It's interesting to see CB Will Bilingsley and WR Jayson Foster go against each other. These are probably the two fastest guys on the field so when Foster runs 9 routes it is all about going fast. Foster got behind Billingsley once this morning, but Chad Henne's pass was overthrown.

Coach Tony Sparano noted Billingsley has caught the eye of the coaching staff with that 4.29 speed but, "he needs a lot of work," he said, with his technique.

Davone Bess has been OK during the workouts but he seems to slow down as the practice wears on. "He has pretty good ball skills," Sparano said, "but he needs work from a conditioning standpoint."

The curious thing about that is Bess played at Hawaii and they threw the ball on practically every down. So he should be used to running route after route after route without losing his breath.

Second round pick Phillip Merling has shown "more strength," than Sparano thought he had. But the coach said practically all the rookies need to improve their strength.

Not to pick on the tryout players, but TE Khristopher Kasparek can't seem to keep his shorts from falling down. And QB Willie Copeland has a penchant for throwing balls all over the place, which makes judging the receivers very difficult.

One receiver that has caught the ball well is Marcel Reece, but at 231 pounds he's not exactly a burner.

By the way, the Dolphins conditioning program for vets is six weeks in. They have gone through 24 conditioning sessions, according to Sparano.

Finally, the Dolphins today signed defensive tackle Anthony Toribio from among the tryout players at the current minicamp. “Anthony was here on a tryout basis and really showed to everyone what can happen to a kid when he comes to camp in shape and works hard,” said Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland in a statement. “In addition, his signing will improve the depth at nose tackle and will help us get younger at that position.”

Toribio is from Central High School in South Florida. Miami represent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks , Mando. Love your work.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank's, A.S.


2:30 PM  
Anonymous FINSFAN said...

Good looking out Mando!!!!!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando-positive vibrations....go phins!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Spectre said...

Armando---J. Long did not know who S. Ross was, and I presume, never said hello to him during practice yesterday. I await your columns and blogs about how this rift & this insult threaten the teams future and once more reduce the Fins to laughingstock. Should Huizenga intervene and broker an introduction? Will Parcells & Ireland be subjected to Ross's wrath? Come on dude, hop on this Controversy before LeBatard. PTI, here you come!

2:39 PM  
Blogger chewbakazcok said...

Does Barry Manilo know you raid his wardrobe! Haganaga.....alright!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous harri cane said...


how are the RB's & LB's doing? what side is merling on and what base defense are they running, the 3-4? thankx


3:20 PM  
Anonymous harri cane said...

these freaking guys at the sentinel love your blog it looks like mando. save some vodka for my russian wife !

3:22 PM  
Blogger dolphanrobb said...

Thanks for the blog Armando. Omar and the boys at Sun sentinel couldn't buckle your sandals. Keep up the great work!

4:38 PM  
Blogger lacesoutdan said...

Hey Armando - Something interesting about Jayson Foster you might not know:

He won this year's Walter Payton award which goes to the best offensive player in Division I FCS.
Some other players who have won this award in the past are Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook and basically Parcells two favorite players of all-time - Tony Romo and Dave Meggett. I'd say there's a very good chance Tuna loves him and he makes the team.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous ucf finfan said...

Hey Mando, about the vets doing their off season workout. Have the injured boys been participating? Ricky, Ronnie, Channing and Ring my Bell to be specific.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice words Mando - don't worry about all the dissers, they have no life.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome to read about camp while living in NC now - thanks for the virtual tickets

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'mando--any word yet on the fallout from Long dissing Ross?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous SWflafan said...

Give it a break people, or is it just 1 person. If you figured out all by yourself how to access the other paper's blog, then get your @ss over there already and leave us alone here.
What?!??!? You still here? I said get your @ss over to that other paper already.

Nice work Armando, I always enjoy your articles and blogs. I do ask 1small favor if you please.
Please stop trying to turn Jason Taylor into the Brittney Spears of the NFL.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, one of the things I love about your writing and this blog is that you are Miami through and through.

I know you love the U. And whenever you get a chance, you give the 305 and the 954 some major props. You are the best homeboy!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have yet to see the physical info on the new guys in camp not drafted. Can you list the Person, position and height and weight of each of those that joined the drafted rookies please? thnx Mike W
Oh Just another note of interest reference Jayson Foster he is they ONLY player in NCAA history to
Score a TD on a 80+ yd kick off return
Score a TD on a 80+ yd punt return
Score a TD on a 80+ yd pass thrown
Score a TD on a 80+ yd reception
Score a TD on a 80+ yd rush.
Interesting huh.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando just got back from church. I decided to forgive you for being the worst beat writer in florida.

Props to Omar! Vist the

8:42 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anonymous SunSentinel employee: The church of Satan does not really count as church,

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, it is possible to enjoy Armando's blog as well as Omar's, which I do. If everyone shared the same opinion and wrote the same stuff, what fun would that be? :)

9:33 AM  
Anonymous The truth hurts said...

What is the stupid infatuation with Omar Epps some dude on here has? This is Salgero's blog and it is the best one available to Dolphins fans on the web.

I know because I've surfed them all. I know other people are trying, but I just don't see the same depth of coverage anywhere else.

So if you don't like this blog, don't come here. But it is really silly to post little comercials for other blogs just so they can compete.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...You know, it is possible to enjoy Armando's blog as well as Omar's, which I do. If everyone shared the same opinion and wrote the same stuff, what fun would that be?"

I agree. I was just tired of Armando's whining. Does he want to write or not? I check out all the blogs - herald, sun sentinel and pb post. Why would I care who writes them? I don't personally know Armando or Omar. I just expect them to be informed. So I scratch my head when people here say go to the sentinel if you don't like Armando, and what appears to be a bunch of his aunts and uncles come on to give him empty props to boost his ego. Whatever.

So far though, I'm disappointed with the camp reports. Omar, and that guy from the PB Post wrote a lot of stuff about Henne, just from what they observed. This is what Omar wrote so far: 1. Beck has a quicker release. 2. Henne overthrew a pass. So I wouldn't mind a little more information.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

7:14 AM  

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