Miami Dolphins Defensive Twenty-One of teams active Gameday 46

On every given NFL weekend (other than during bye weeks), 32 teams of 46 active players each equating to some 1,500 participants take to the gridiron. The overwhelming vast majority of those inclusions are NFL average No-Name Joe's, the backbones of the league of which without, Professional Football would not exist.

The Top 100 are the only one's that draw much notoriety. In a league of 32, if each team were fortunate enough to employ three of the Top 100 you'd have a total of 96 players. However. An extreme few if any teams at all have more than three of the Top 100 players on their roster, several teams dress three of the Top 100 on a weekly basis, many have two, some have one while others have none.

The National Football Leagues Players took a vote on who they think are The Overall Top 100 players for 2015. The final conclusion was that The Miami Dolphins Defense has three of the leagues Top 39 forces with Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh leading the way as the leagues 24th best player, followed by Corner-Back Brent Grimes at 38th with the tailgating Defensive End Cameron Wake 39th.

The Sky's The Limit.
For the first time in many years, The Miami Dolphins are ahead of the NFL's talent curve.

A couple weeks ago the suggestions of 22 active Offensive players and 3 Specialist were offered up toward the game-day roster of 46 which left a void for 21 active Defensive players. Of course the numbers relating to the Offensive and Defensive units are etched only in pencil and can potentially be reversed slightly, or perhaps even drastically. However. In attempting to create a well balanced roster at every position, the numbers came out as they did from this particular point of view with Two backups for every defensive position.

Miami's Dolphins opened their 50th training camp just yesterday July 30th, and all were in attendance while things went well according to reports. Here are the names and numbers of those trying to make the opening day cut on Defense.

Game Day Active Defensive Twenty-One.

Defensive Tackle (4)
93 Ndamukong Suh, 6-4, 305, Age 28, 5 years experience (2015 Free agent acquisition)
90 Earl Mitchell, 6-3, 310, 27, 5
94 C. J. Mosley, 6-2, 312, 31, 10 (2015 Free Agent acquisition)
97 Jordan Phillips,6-5, 329, 22, Rookie

Defensive End (4)
91 Cameron Wake, 6-3, 262, 33, 6
50 Olivier Vernon,6-2, 268, 24, 3
79 Derrick Shelby,6-2, 282, 26, 3
78 Terrence Fede, 6-4, 282, 23, 1

Cornerback (4)
21 Brent Grimes, 5-10, 190, 32, 8
22 Jamar Taylor, 5-10, 200, 24, 2
24 Brice McCain, 5-9, 187, 28, 6 (2015 free Agent acquisition)
29 Will Davis, 5-11, 190, 25, 2

Safety (4)
20 Reshad Jones, 6-1, 215, 27, 5
25 Louis Delmas, 5-11, 210, 28, 5
35 Walt Aikens, 6-1, 210, 24, 1
31 Michael Thomas,5-11,201, 25, 2

Linebacker (5)
53 Jelani Jenkins,6-0, 245, 23, 2
55 Koa Misi, 6-3, 252, 28, 5
58 Chris McCain, 6-5, 250, 23 1
57 Jordan Tripp, 6-3, 240, 24 1
52 Kelvin Sheppard,6-2,252, 27, 4

Conditional and/or Situational Game-Day Inactive/Occasionally Active Roster Spots 47 through 53.
Defensive Tackle
76 Anthony Johnson,6-2, 304, 22 1
96 A.J. Francis, 6-5, 330, 25, 1

36 Tony Lippett, 6-2, 192, 23, Rookie Corner Back/Emergency Receiver
30 Zack Bowman, 6-1, 196, 30, 7 (2015 Free Agent acquisition)

41 Cedrick Thompson, 6-0, 208, 22, Rookie

42 Spencer Paysinger,6-2, 236, 27, 4 (2015 Free Agent acquisition)
49 Zach Vigil, 6-2, 240, 24, Rookie

Hoping for One of Ten (total O & D) Developmental Squad Positions.
Defensive Tackle
73 Calvin Barnett, 6-2, 317, 23, 1
62 Deandre Coleman,6-3, 315, 24, 1

Defensive End
98 Emmanuel Dieke, 6-6, 257, 24, 1
47 Ray Drew, 6-5, 276, 22, Rookie
67 Kendall Montgomery,6-5, 262, 23, Rookie

28 Bobby McCain, 5-9, 195, 21, Rookie
37 Sammy Seamster,6-0, 205, 24, 1

38 Don Jones, 5-11, 205, 25, 2
44 Jordan Kovacs, 5-10, 210, 25, 2
32 Shamiel Gary, 6-0, 205, 25, 1

45 Mike Hull, 6-0, 232, 24, Rookie
46 Neville Hewitt, 6-2, 219, 22, Rookie
48 Jeff Luc, 6-1, 256, 23, Rookie

The final 20 mentioned hopefuls will get the majority of reps in a game day evaluation process of the rosters backbone wanna-be's in Pre-Season game one. That particular game takes place at the Chicago Bears in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS ON THURSDAY AUGUST 13th : )), We'll be lucky to see the starters through the first quarter, and The Dolphins aren't about to show much of their meaningful playing cards at this early juncture !!

THANK YOU for an Open-Minded Read, and we look forward to your angle of view : )) !!


Miami Dolphins Ready to Make us Young Again

It’s brutal hot here in Florida… The rain decides every afternoon around 5:00 to cool that orange ball of fire. That’s how easy it is for my mind to wonder into Miami Dolphin land. I have visions of the (old) logo, flipper and Islamorada. Fishing from the railroad tracks under the old seven-mile bridge. Watching bottlenose porpoise chasing after green backs and pinfish with a cold beer in my hand, life was good!

I got my toes in the water
Ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world
A cold beer in my hand
Life is good today
Life is good today

Then all this damn growing up had to happen! College, marriage, kids, divorce, kid’s cars, kid's college, rat tracking up some damn corporate ladder until I looked back and wondered WTF happened to all the time? I don’t want to grow up anymore; I want to grow down. Oldness hit me like a brick in the face…

I turned jaded, a cantankerous fat ugly old man, with nothing good to say about anything. Sometimes we have to stop and look around, take it in, tell a beautiful woman you think she’s beautiful. Tell your boys who love your Miami Dolphin rants what you’re thinking. Tell the youngster who started this blog to be careful about getting old because it happens so fast…

It comes down to passion - passion takes energy - passion takes commitment - passion takes time, sounds too much like love to me and maybe that’s what I’ve given up on. I can’t love my Dolphins anymore because I can’t love anything. Maybe the whole damn thing got too commercialized and I watched it happen while I grew old.

The kid’s dad wanted seats closer to the 50 yard-line but there was only one open next to me and one four rows back. Why did he buy them and sit the kid next to me? The kid didn’t know a cover-2 from 4-quarters, couldn’t see a zone when they tried to fake a man. The kid couldn’t see nothing… Danny saw it all, every time! Every time I pointed to Duper and screamed, “man – man!” The kid started to see…

He brought the “D” and I brought the “FENSE”. He brought the helmet and I brought the orange hair. He brought the passion and I hung on to it for a little longer. He grew into a teenager, then then a young man, always keeping his dad four rows back. One fateful game against the lowly Jets, he jumped up and cheered when THEY SCORED…

WTF??? Has the world gone crazy? WTF are you doing?

“The receiver is on my fantasy team,” he told me…

“Your what?”

“You’re too old to understand… I want the Dolphins to win but if they lose and my fantasy team wins, who cares if the Dolphins lose.”

That was the brick… Man that thing was harsh and hard, that’s when “old” bashed me in face and wouldn’t let go. I was “old.” I couldn’t separate this fantasy thing from the real thing. I couldn’t make a team with a Jet, or a Patriot, or a Bill, for that matter… I couldn’t make a team with a Raider, or a Redskin, or a Texan, or any damn team from New York! I hated the 49ers for winning Danny’s only shot leaving him in some also-ran category.

I didn’t renew the seats. The kid told me he was off to college and he wouldn’t be back for except maybe a couple games so they were not going to renew.

Like that, it was over. I was old…

When the corporate ladder came calling in Tampa, I moved on. Another kid started this site and somehow stole back some passion from me, now he’s off getting old… He doesn’t realize the thing that made him young was the passion. The thing that drew people to him was the passion. His passion will go other places for a while but then one day someone will call him old…

I’m just going back to Islamorada…

I got my toes in the water
Ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world
A cold beer in my hand
Life is good today
Life is good today

Miami Dolphins 2015 Prognosticated Offensive Roster

The Miami Dolphins are 24 days shy of Training Camp 2015's July 30th start which is two weeks previous to Pre-Season Game One at Chicago's Bears on August 13th.

Each NFL team has a 53 man roster while just 46 can dress on game-day.
Here's an Early Bird look at the Miami Dolphins Offensive Nest.

Special Teams (3)
Long Snapper John Denney
Punter Brandon Fields
Kicker Caleb Sturgis

Offensive Lineman (9)

Starting Center
Mike Pouncey, 6-5, 305, Age 25, 5 years experience (2014 Pro-Bowl Guard)

Left & Right Tackle
Branden Albert, 6-5, 310, 30, 8
Ja'Wuan James, 6-6, 318, 23, 1

Left & Right Guard
Dallas Thomas,6-5, 315, 25, 3
Billy Turner, 6-5, 315, 23, 1

Second String & Backups
J.D Walton, 6-3, 305, 28, 6 (Sixteen 2014 starts as NY Giants Center).

Jason Fox, 6-6, 310, 27, 6

Jamil Douglas, 6-4, 304, 23, Rookie
Jeff Linkenbach, 6-6, 325, 28, 6
(Both are possibilities to supplant Thomas and/or Turner),
as is Pouncey if all else fails.

Offensive Lineman Outside of the 46, Looking in at a 53 Man Roster Spot
C/G Sam Brenner, 6-2, 310, 25, 2
OT Mickey Baucus, 6-8, 293, 23, Rookie
G Jacques McClendon, 6-3, 324, 27, 4
G Donald Hawkins, 6-4, 310, 23, 2
G Michael Liedtke, 6-3, 305, 23, Rookie
G Aundrey Walker, 6-6, 315, 22, Rookie
G Dionte Savage, 6-4, 343, 23, Rookie
Watch the waiver-wire for released veteran tackles.
(Dolphins are extremely thin at Tackle, fingers crossed for Brandon Albert's health)!

Tight-End (3)
Jordan Cameron, 6-5, 249, 26, 5
Dion Sims, 6-4, 265, 24, 3

On The Bubble
Arthur Lynch, 6-5, 255, 25, 1

Potential Bubble Busters and/or 47th thru 53rd thru Developmental Squad Participants.
Tim Semisch, 6-8, 267, 23, Rookie
Jake Stoneburner, 6-3, 249, 25, 2
Gerell Robinson, 6-4, 220, 25, 2

Running-Back (3)
Lamar Miller, 5-10, 224, 24, 3
Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 221, 22, Rookie
Damien Williams, 5-11, 221, 23, 1

Outside Of The Perennial 46 Man Game-Day Roster
LaMichael James, 5-9, 195, 22, 3
Mike Gillislee, 5-11, 216, 25, 2

Wide-Receiver (4)
DeVante Parker, 6-3, 209, 22, Rookie
Kenny Stills, 6-0, 194, 23, 2
Jarvis Landry, 5-11, 202, 22, 1
Greg Jennings, 6-0, 195, 31, 9

Hoping To Catch Potential Fifth Receiver Game-Day Position. (1)?
Rishard Matthews, 6-0, 215, 25, 3
Matt Hazel, 6-1, 202, 23, 1
LaRon Byrd, 6-4, 225, 25, 2
Tommy Streeter, 6-5, 215, 25, 2
Michael Preston, 6-5, 213, 26, 2
Tyler McDonald, 6-3, 190, 24, 1
Nigel King, 6-3, 210, 22, Rookie
Christion Jones, 5-11, 187, 22, Rookie
Damarr Aultman, 5-11, 198, 23, Rookie

Quarterback (2)
Ryan Tannehill
Matt Moore

Outside, Lookin-in at the 53 man roster.
Josh Freeman
McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Game-Day (46)
3 Special Teams
9 Offensive Linemen
3 Tight Ends
3 Running Backs
5 Receivers
2 Quarterbacks
25 Total

With Four Wide-Outs, and Three Tight-Ends totaling Seven true receiver options.
Does Miami need a fifth game-day Wide-Out?
If so? Only 21 Defensive Roster Spots would remain!
How-Bout a fourth running-back, OR another tackle?
At which point only 20 roster spots would remain for the DEFENSE!

Stay-Tuned for 21 Defensive Game-Day Roster Spot suggestions.

Thank You for an Open-Minded Read, and we look forward to your angle of view : )) !!