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Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-08-25


Miami Dolphins Strategy and Personnel 2008-08-25
--TE Justin Peelle, fighting for the third tight end spot with Sean Ryan, didn't help his chances Saturday. He seemed to have caught a 22-yard touchdown pass but the officials ruled he didn't come down with the ball after taking three steps with it. Peelle also failed to knock down a pass that resulted in an interception thrown by Chad Henne. Peelle carries a huge contract for a third-stringer.


--WR David Kircus was cut Friday. Kircus, out of football since 2006 dealing with off-field issues, displayed excellent hands and an ability to stretch the field all preseason but was made expendable with the sudden emergence of former AFL standout Anthony Armstrong and the steady play of Greg Camarillo.

--CB Chris Roberson, out since 2006 dealing with a shoulder injury, was cut Friday. A late arrival to the team, Roberson couldn't catch up to young corners Joey Thomas and Will Billingsley. Also, Chris Crocker's ability to play safety and corner hurt Roberson's chances.

--RB Patrick Cobbs, a survivor of three different Dolphins regimes in the last three years, looks like a lock for the third running back spot behind Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams because of his excellence on special teams. He returned the opening kickoff Saturday for 39 yards and made a big hit on kick coverage.

--RB Jalen Parmele will most likely join Patrick Cobbs as the fourth running back after gaining 88 yards on seven carries in the second half, including an 80-yard off-tackle burst and a 2-yard touchdown in which he carried half the Chiefs' front-line into the end zone.

--RG Donald Thomas, a sixth-round pick out of Connecticut, was officially named the starter by coach Tony Sparano.

--CB Travis Daniels was traded to the Browns for an undisclosed draft pick. Daniels, who started 14 games his rookie season in 2005 under then-coach Nick Saban -- also his coach at LSU -- has struggled with injuries and deep coverage since.

--C/T/G Steve McKinney was released. The 10-year veteran never fully recovered from last year's knee injury.

--PK Jay Feely was cut despite coming off a franchise-record year on field-goal accuracy, making 21 of 23, with both misses coming on muddy fields. Tony Sparano said rookie PK Dan Carpenter outkicked the eight-year vet, making 93 percent of 40 practice field goals, while Feely contended he only had 20 opportunities before a groin injury shelved him.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: LDE Kendall Langford, a third-round pick out of Hampton, was officially named starter by coach Tony Sparano, beating out veteran Randy Starks and fellow rookie Phillip Merling.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: DB Jason Allen, who struggled last year while rotating between cornerback and safety, played both positions Saturday and had a late interception. Chris Crocker started the game in Allen's place at free safety.

ROOKIE REPORT: QB Chad Henne wasn't as impressive against the Chiefs, completing 2 of 7 passes for 14 yards. ... RB Jalen Parmele busted of an 80-yard run against the Chiefs. He finished with 88 yards on seven carries while Lex Hilliard had 20 yards on six carries. ... WR Davone Bess continues to lock up the slot spot with two catches for 14 yards. ... LT Jake Long and RG Donald Thomas continue to anchor the revamped starting O-line by keeping their QBs clean against the Chiefs while opening up holes for Ricky Williams and Co. (123 rushing yards).

INJURY REPORT:

--RB Ronnie Brown sat out with a sprained right thumb and with just five carries this offseason will probably be brought along slowly when the season starts with Ricky Williams expected to be the workhorse. "They're both competing, and right now Ronnie's not out there," coach Tony Sparano said after promoting Williams to the top of the depth chart.

--LB Edmond Miles injured a knee during Saturday's game and will be evaluated. Miles is one of the best special teams players on the team.

--CB Michael Lehan, out since early June with an ankle injury, returned to practice this week and then had one of the Dolphins' three picks Saturday.

--DE Vonnie Holliday made his exhibition debut Saturday after sitting out the first two with a tweaked hamstring, and notched one of the Dolphins' five sacks.



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Added: August 25, 2008

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