REPORT DATE: July 24
SITE: Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, FL
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Miami is coming off a controversy-filled campaign which ultimately resulted in offensive tackle Jonathan Martin leaving the team after being bullied by linemate Richie Incognito and others.
Head coach Joe Philbin survived the embarrassing scandal but is likely on a short leash considering owner Stephen Ross 86ed embattled general manger Jeff Ireland in favor of Dennis Hickey and gave Hickey full autonomy over all personnel matters.
One thing that is certain is that the Fish need improved play from the O-line. Miami allowed a league-high 58 sacks and couldn't protect Ryan Tannehill with Martin and Incognito or without them.
The Dolphins started the rebuild up front by giving ex- Kansas City left tackle Branden Albert a monster deal in free agency and drafting Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James with the 19th overall pick.
KEY OFFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Albert isn't an elite left tackle but he's probably in the tier just underneath. The 6-foot-6 veteran is a huge upgrade at the position and should make Tannehill feel a lot more comfortable in the pocket.
KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Miami was able to bring in veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan to team with Brent Grimes on the outside. Finnegan has seen his better days but he's always been a scrappy player who competes and brings a nastiness contagious to any defense.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 8 - at Atlanta, 7:00 PM Aug 16 - at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM Aug 23 - vs. Dallas, 7:00 PM Aug 28 - vs. St. Louis, 7:00 PM