Roster moves made
With two season ending injuries in two days and a player leaving the team, some cleaning up duty was in order. That consisted of the team reportedly placing linebacker A.J. Edds on the IR, placing running back Kory Sheets on the waived/injured list, placing receiver A.J. Wallace on the reserve/left squad list, and resigning cornerback Evan Ogelsby, who was recently cut.
The Dolphins risk losing Kory to another team as he goes through the waiver wire, but it's unlikely anyone will bite given he's an unproven back-up who wouldn't be able to contribute until 2011. That being said, expect the team to retain Sheets and place him on the IR with Edds. Who knows, maybe 2011 will be a better situation for him in Miami with either Ronnie, Ricky, or both possibly out of town, as they are currently in the last year of their contracts.
More rave reviews for Marshall
There are certain players that just stand out. Brandon Marshall fits the bill. He reportedly had another dominate practice tonight, and was nearly unstoppable on the jumpball fade to the corner of the endzone, scoring two touchdowns. Take a deep breath Dolfans, we still have a week and a half before we see Mr. Marshall in live action, and over a month before he suits up for a game that actually matters. Yes, it's hard to contain the excitement, but these reports will have to suffice for the time being.
Same for Cameron Wake?
Maybe Wake isn't the all-around player the Dolphins want him to be, but it's becoming evident that they may have an elite pass rusher here who could be on the verge of taking the league by storm.
Tonight, Wake reportedly "roasted" Vernon Carey, getting to the quarterback by turning the corner with dangerous speed. Once again, he's started every practice session so far in camp, and weakside linebacker doesn't seem to be the competition it was supposed to be. Which is fantastic in my book.
Maybe he doesn't defend the run or drop into coverage as well as we would like, but in a league that is increasingly becoming more and more pass happy, if you have a double-team commanding stud of a pass rusher you play him as much as possible. You don't just hand him a third-down role and give the Tom Brady's and Mark Sanchez's out there a pass on early downs.
Pencil Nolan Carroll and Patrick Turner in on your 53-man roster predictions
Over the last few days, both Nolan Carroll, a fifth-round corner out of Maryland, and Patick Turner have been turning heads at camp. Nolan has been making notable plays on the ball, whether it be pass breakups or interceptions, and Turner has been making outstanding catches left and right.
Now, before you jump back on the Turner bandwagon, remember back to last year's camp, when he also impressed pretty consistently but was a non-factor in the regular season. Still though, both players are making enough plays on a consistent basis to earn roster spots. Carroll is working in the dime package, where he will likely have to make due for this season with the three guys in front of him being Davis, Smith, and Will Allen, but could potentially be an ace special-teamer, as he has experience on both the punt and kickoff teams and has even been mentioned as a candidate for kick/punt return duties.
Patrick Turner would be the fifth receiver if this season started today, and if he can continue to make plays he will keep that role. Taurus Johnson appears to be his biggest threat at the moment, spending tonight as the first-team kick-returner, but the Dolphins will most likely give Patrick Cobbs Ted Ginn Jr.'s old job, given he's already a virtual lock on the final 53-man roster and has been solid as a returner in the past.