Monday, March 30, 2009

Preseason opponents revealed; Dolphins desperate to move Beck; Derenthal to work out

The NFL released a halfway complete preseason schedule today, with all teams' opponents and weeks they play them. Specific dates and times will follow, but for now this is what we know of the Dolphins' preseason schedule:
  • Aug. 14-18 - vs. Jaguars
  • Aug. 22-23 - vs. Panthers
  • Aug. 27 (on FOX) - at Tampa Bay
  • Sept. 3-4 - at New Orleans
No surprises here. Only difference from recent years is the addition of Carolina and absence of Kansas City, but we still have the two other Florida teams like always and in general always stay close to home. That's typically how they do it.

As an Atlanta native, I'm glad to see we have one game on national television, which ensures the place I watch the games here in Georgia won't have to use a sling box or try and pick up a Miami satellite feed in order to see the game.

Beck available for any amount

ESPN's John Clayton (via Rotoworld since I don't pay for ESPN Insider) reports Dolphins third-string quarterback and 2007 second-round pick is available to teams for any amount and teams "need only make an offer."

This is no surprise since Beck has no future in Miami as a Cameron draft pick. It'd be nice if the Dolphins could trade him for a conditional seventh-rounder, but clearly teams don't think much of him and the Dolphins don't have much leverage.

In all honesty, it wouldn't surprise me to see a quarterback drafted in the mid-to-late rounds and/or signed as a rookie free agent to compete with Beck for the third-string job. If Miami can't trade him and can find their own third-stringer to develop as Chad Henne's backup, Beck's not safe in Miami.

Temple's Derenthal to work out for Dolphins reports that Temple center Alex Derenthal will work out for the Dolphins. A second-team All-MAC selection in 2008, Derenthal started all 47 possible games for the Owls during his collegiate career after redshirting in 2005.

Despite his impressive college resume, Derenthal is limited physically and is an extremely borderline pro prospect. In fact, NFL Draft Scout has him as the 719th overall prospect. Not that there are roughly 250 picks in the draft, so essentially this guy has about the same shot of getting drafted as I do.

If Derenthal makes it into a camp (and even that's not a guarantee) he'll have an uphill battle competing for a backup gig.