REPORT DATE: July 26th
SITE: Miami Dolphins Training Facility, Davie, FL
CAMP OBJECTIVES: The cameras will be rolling in South Florida this summer, and the Dolphins figure to provide plenty of entertainment for HBO's "Hard Knocks" series with the compelling position battles that will take place at camp. The headline story will undoubtedly be at quarterback, where three players are in the mix to run first-year head coach Joe Philbin's West Coast offense. Matt Moore entered the offseason as the favorite after a solid 12-start stint under the old staff last season, but will need to fend off rejuvenated veteran David Garrard, who missed all of 2011 with a back injury but showed well in the team's minicamp sessions. Miami also spent its first pick in April's draft on athletic Texas A&M triggerman Ryan Tannehill, and the rookie should receive plenty of preseason work to state his own case. The pecking order at wide receiver is equally as cloudy, with holdovers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess joined by the always-colorful Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and ex-Panther Legedu Naanee for the right to be the new No. 1 target in the wake of Brandon Marshall's offseason trade to Chicago. Competitions also exist on the right side of the offensive line, with rookie second-round choice Jonathan Martin contesting Lydon Murtha at tackle and free-agent pickup Artis Hicks vying with disappointing 2009 third-rounder John Jerry at guard. The Dolphins didn't have much turnover on defense, but the switch to a 4-3 look under new coordinator Kevin Coyle will require some fine-tuning. Top pass rusher Cameron Wake will now work at right end after previously excelling as a stand-up linebacker, with former first-round pick Jared Odrick entering the starting lineup on the opposite side.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 10 - vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 - at Carolina, 8 p.m. Aug. 24 - vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 - at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.