The Dolphins concluded another week of Organized Coaching Sessions today. The most important development to take place was Cam Cameron firmly declaring Rex Hadnot as the team's starting right guard. He had started the last 19 games for Miami at center. During a press conference, Cameron was enthusiastic about Hadnot playing guard, saying that, "Rex Hadnot can be as good a guard as I've been around." Cameron thought that Hadnot was a bit too big for center, but his size is perfect for the guard position. In addition, guard is Hadnot's natural position. He played guard during his first three seasons in college, but was shifted to center during his senior season. He started off as a guard with Miami in 2004. Before the draft, I was hesitant about the team moving Hadnot to guard because there wasn't a clear option to insert at center. Now, with the addition of Johnathan Ingram, Samson Satele, and Drew Mormino, there is plenty of solid, young depth at center. Hadnot played well last season, and a return to his natural position should allow him to excel even more. His knowledge of the center position and line-calls will help too, especially since he will likely be lining up next to a young guy at center. If he notices something that the center doesn't he'll be able to yell out the call, and he can direct the blocking calls if the center has to shotgun snap. Even though Ingram has been getting the snaps with the first-team offense, I expect Satele to eventually take over as the starter. It may not happen by the first-game, but with Hadnot's move to guard his chances are vastly increased. The coaches probably don't want to hand the starting job to a rookie so soon.
Here's some more info on what went down at today's OCS:
* DE Matt Roth (groin), NT Keith Traylor (ankle), RB Patrick Cobbs (hamstring), T Joe Toledo (foot), T Anthony Alabi (knee), and CB Andre' Goodman (shoulder) did not participate due to injuries. All of them except for Goodman are expected to be ready for the June minicamp. Traylor, Alabi, Toledo, and Cobbs rode stationary bikes. WR Ted Ginn was absent since Ohio State is still in session.
* First-team Offense
QB Cleo Lemon FB Cory Schlesinger RB Ronnie Brown
WR Chris Chambers WR Marty Booker TE David Martin
LT Vernon Carey LG Chris Liwienski C Johnathan Ingram RG Rex Hadnot RT L.J. Shelton
QB Gibran Hamdan FB Kyle Eckel/Reagan Mauia RB Lorenzo Booker
WR Derek Hagan WR Derek Hagan
LT Julius Wilson LG Drew Mormino C Samson Satele RG Tala Esera RT Mike Rosenthal
* QB John Beck worked primarily with the third-team, but took some snaps with the first-team. At times he looked impressive, showing good awareness and touch on his passes. At other times, he struggled, having a few passes knocked down at the line and telegraphing his throws. QB Cleo Lemon looked good in the team drills.
* FB Reagan Mauia was impressive. He showed good balance, quickness, and hands catching the ball. RB Lorenzo Booker really showed his speed during the practices.
* QB Daunte Culpepper practiced on a limited basis, taking snaps and throwing to uncovered running-backs on short routes. His passes were accurate and he looked comfortable. He didn't work in any of the team drills.
Sources: Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel
Here's a funny statement that Trent Green said on a radio show today. Even though it was said in jest (only partly, I'm sure), it really shows how much this situation is frustrating Green.
"Maybe run out on the field with my whole Chiefs stuff on and borrow a Dolphins helmet from one of the former players that are here. I think that would be stepping it up a little bit,'' joked Green. "But maybe that'd be pushing it a little bit too far.''
To make that quote even better, Green was talking about doing that during the Chiefs' Fan Appreciation Day. Nice.
Additionally, Green said that he has passed all brain scans and neurological tests that he has taken since suffering a severe concussion last season and is suffering no lingering effects.