From Tony Figueroa (@tonyfigcis):
With coach McDaniel talking about bringing in freshmen slowly, would you expect an OL starting a pre-season game together or training together and fit into a game in the first week? Thank you!
Hi Tony, this is a very good question and I would like to tell you that the wild card in that equation is Terron Armstead. I expect the other O-lin guys to start in pre-season and maybe a few more reps, but I’m not sure about Armstead given his circumstances (credentials, age, injury history). I think dolphins would err on the side of caution with him.
From Orlando Aloisi:
If Tua is good but only good, does he get an early extension?
Hey Orlando, this is obviously a question that only Dolphins can answer, but remember that the team can buy themselves annually to make this kind of decision by exercising Tua’s Year 5 option for 2024, which they will have to decide by next May. So, if Tua has a good but only good season in 2022, I would expect the team to exercise the fifth year option. If he’s had a great season, there’s definitely a long-term extension.
From Olive Grove John (@Owlizee):
Can you see Fins doing more deals this season or do you think they’re saving the first and second round picks as a Plan B in case of Tua Bombs?
Hey OGJ, First off (and I know this will come as a shock to some fans who decided they knew I was going to hit Tua at every turn), I’d be pretty surprised if Tua bombed his ground as an NFL quarterback way above the bombshell. But, yeah, I’d be surprised if the Dolphins gave up one of their first-round picks before the end of the 2022 season. For starters, is there anyone out there who would be worthy of a first-round pick in a position the Dolphins need? Not where I sit.
Biggest surprise yet?
With no pads yet and basically no contact, this pretty much eliminates all line workers and linebackers. However, I very much liked the work of rookie wide receiver Braylon Sanders, who shows talent in his ability to adapt to the ball. And then I’d be backing second-year cornerback Trail Williams, who totally looks like he’s part of someone who could play in the NFL for a while.
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From Shane Klingerman (@MarylandDolfan):
Who has been the most outstanding and who do you need to see more of in bootcamp?
As mentioned earlier, it is difficult to include workers in the line, although Gillan Phillips has been notable in every single practice thus far. He’s among the standout artists, as is Jaylen Waddle. Tyreek Hill had a massive workout on Saturday, but lost points for dropping him on a short pass from Tua the day before. For those who need to escalate the matter (again excluding the linen workers), I’m not sure there is anyone to mention as I don’t think it’s fair at this point nor is there anyone I can say has really struggled with my best point.
From Richard J. Leonard (@SLICK6971):
Was Defense running on Cover 0 a lot?
Hi Richard, I’m not sure I’m allowed to reveal this information based on Dolphins’ media reporting policy, although I will tell you as a public statement that all NFL defenses every year are pretty vanilla at this point in training camp.
From Cameron (@Camo335):
Is Michael Dieter being traded before the season starts?
This question was asked before Deiter’s foot injury was revealed and Dolphins are hoping to get a better idea of his condition on Monday, but that doesn’t change my answer here and it would be no. First, why would the Dolphins trade the only player on the list with the experience of starting the NFL in the center? And then, what exactly can a dolphin expect to get if it’s not good enough to get around even for depth?
From JT (@JeffT32Phins):
Is Gaskin the team? Is Preston Williams about to lose a spot on the list? Do you see Williams sticking to the C, or will they eventually walk out of the team to fill the spot?
Hey GT, three kids for one here, right? Well, here are my thoughts: I went back and forth on Gaskin and I think he has a better chance than most of them to make the team, so I’ll call it 50-50. I find it hard to see Preston Williams on the 53-man roster partly because he doesn’t play special teams and also because there are a lot of good candidates for that last spot. For Conor Williams, it’s still pretty early, but if you ask for a prediction now, I’ll go from 51 to 49.
From Shawn Williams (@swilliams3205):
In case I wasn’t late… What newbie, if any, has stood out in a positive way so far?
Hi Sean, Realizing that it’s tough for the linebackers and linebackers to shine at this point in camp, I think I should go in here with two wide receivers, Braylon Sanders and Erik Ezukanma. I love the body control that each player shows as they go up the ball. Izukanma will make the team a fourth-round pick, but I think Sanders is positioning himself sixth (if the Dolphins end up keeping six on the 53-player roster). At the very least, I would have expected Sanders to stay on the coaching staff (assuming he removes the concessions, of course).