Friday, May 4, 2007

Friday Minicamp Updates

The Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post have released some nice minicamp reports. Here's the most important info from them:

* Every player was at the camp except for DT Dan Wilkinson and TE David Martin (flu). As expected QB Daunte Culpepper, DT Keith Traylor, OT Anthony Alabi, and WR Ted Ginn spent most of their time riding the stationary bikes on the sideline. Even if Ginn is healthy by the next minicamp (June 8-10), Ohio State will not have had its graduation yet so he will not be able to participate.

* Here's the line-ups:

First Team Offense
QB Cleo Lemon FB Cory Schlesinger RB Ronnie Brown
TE Justin Peele WR Chris Chambers WR Marty Booker
LT Vernon Carey LG Chris Liwienski C Rex Hadnot RG Dan Stevenson RT L.J. Shelton

Second Team Offensive Line
LT Joe Toledo LG Samson Satele C Johnathan Ingram RG Tala Esera RT Mike Rosenthal

First Team Defense
DE Jason Taylor DT Vonnie Holliday DT Fred Evans DE Matt Roth
SLB Joey Porter MLB Zach Thomas WLB Channing Crowder
CB Will Allen FS Renaldo Hill SS Yeremiah Bell CB Travis Daniels

Second Team Defense
DE Chase Page DT Paul Soliai DT Rodrique Wright DE Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
LB Robert McCune LB Donnie Spragan LB Derrick Pope
CB Jason Allen S Travares Tillman S Cameron Worrell CB Michael Lehan

* QB John Beck, working with the third-string offense, showed a strong arm but had trouble with the quickness of the defense and he also let the clock run out twice. He did display quick feet.

* RB Ronnie Brown said that he is about 8 pounds overweight. FB Reagan Mauia displayed some good hands out of the backfield. RB Lorenzo Booker showed just how fast he is. Booker also joined WRs Kelly Campbell, Derek Hagan, Chris Chambers, and Az-Zahir Hakim in returning punts. Ted Ginn looked on from the sideline while special teams coach Keith Armstrong coached him about the position that he will undoubtedly be manning.

* WR Derek Hagan looked particularly impressive, making all his catches.

* P Brandon Fields is showing the same kind of strong leg that Donnie Jones had.

* Injuries - WR Kelly Campbell went down with a lower leg injury but quickly returned to the field. However, after returning, he was limping. This guy just cannot stay healthy and I don't see how he makes the team. CB Andre' Goodman also had to leave the field. It's uncertain what injury he sustained but it could have to do with his surgically-repaired shoulder.


QB Daunte Culpepper said during today's minicamp that he expects to be able to participate in the June minicamp and that by training camp in July his knee will be 100% healed. Reports from today's camp say that he looked much healthier than during the April camp and that he doesn't walk or run with nearly the same limp. He said that there is no swelling in his knee.

Although it seems inevitable that Trent Green will be coming to Miami, I still don't think the team should release Daunte. This was very encouraging news, and if true I think he would make a much better starting QB for the Dolphins in 2007 than Green. However, with Cleo Lemon and John Beck also on the roster I can't see how he will stick with the team, but it makes no sense to get rid of him at this point. I fear that Miami will have undergone his entire rehabilitation process only to let him go and watch him catch on with someone else and succeed.

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