Thursday, March 18, 2010

Miami Dolphins Mar. 18 News & Notes

  • The Dolphins hosted restricted free agent linebacker Rashad Jeanty on Thursday, which could be a precursor to him signing an offer sheet. In that event, the Bengals would have seven days to match the Dolphins' offer and retain Jeanty, but would not receive any compensation if they decide not to match due to the low tender they gave Jeanty. In Miami, Jeanty would be a reserve linebacker and special-teamer, though he could compete for playing time on defense.
  • Newly-signed guard Richie Incognito will wear No. 68 for the Dolphins, according to the team's official website. Incognito previously wore the number with the St. Louis Rams from 2005 to 2009, before switching to No. 62 with the Bills last season after No. 68 was taken by former Dolphins guard Seth McKinney in Buffalo.
  •'s Tim Graham believes the signing of Incognito "doesn't bode well" for Dolphins guard Donald Thomas, and I agree. Fans were excited when the 2008 sixth-rounder earned a starting job as a rookie, but he's done little to separate himself in two seasons and was eventually benched for Nate Garner late in 2009. My guess is that Thomas takes a backup role to Incognito in 2009, while Garner heads back to the bench as well as a versatile sixth lineman.
  • Dolphins' starting quarterback Chad Henne doesn't believe Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is "an NFL quarterback," and I share that opinion. I don't care for how Armando Salguero implies Henne is in the same boat, because really the two players aren't even in the same ballpark. I do, however, agree with Salguero that if Tim Tebow isn't an NFL quarterback, neither is Pat White.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly beats me to the punch and breaks down Karlos Dansby's contract with the Dolphins.
  • In the midst of a contract standoff with punter Jeff Feagles, the New York Giants have added former Australian rules football semi-pro Jy Bond to their roster. As you may recall, Bond was picked up by the Dolphins last April, only to be waived in June. It seems his quest to make it as a pro punter is still ongoing.
  • Virginia Tech defensive end Jason Worilds posted some impressive numbers at the Hokies' Pro Day, including a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. Although he lacks ideal size at only 6-foot-1, Worilds' measurables are sure to catch the eyes of the Dolphins, who could consider him for their outside linebacker position on the second or third round.
  • ESPN's Todd McShay considers Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan and South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul the only two defensive ends worthy of the Dolphins' No. 12 pick, but concedes neither is a "typical 3-4 outside linebacker." I personally like Pierre-Paul's potential there, and think he'd be a good pick for the Dolphins. I do find it interesting that McShay is a little bit more down on Sergio Kindle than some, but I agree that Michigan's Brandon Graham is unlikely to draw consideration that early in the draft.

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