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Assistant HC/QB Coach Jim Caldwell Takes Leave Of Absence

Chris Kowalewski

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The Miami Dolphins have announced that Assistant HC/Quarterbacks Coach, Jim Caldwell will be taking a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins, citing heath reasons.

Jim Caldwell brings an experienced level of coaching leadership to Miami as the Dolphins aim to mentor their young QB prospect, Josh Rosen.

Caldwell is still expected to be available as a consultant and information resource for the team through the 2019 season, but clearly there are larger pressing concerns for the 64 year old coach.

Brian Flores had surrounded himself with experienced staff heading into his debut season as Head Coach and the impact of Caldwell’s regular presence will likely only make the road a little more difficult.

Whatever the issues may be, our best wishes at Locked On Dolphins go to Coach Caldwell for a speedy and full recovery.

 

 

Physically located across the pond, but mentally always in Miami. A qualified lawyer, NFL sponge, aspiring writer and self-proclaimed IKEA furniture construction expert, he’s looking ahead to a brighter future for the Dolphins after decades of wading in the depths of mediocrity. Always on the search for any excuse to talk all-things Dolphins.

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Miami Dolphins First-Half Jiffy Report v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Who are the Miami Dolphins’ risers and fallers in the first half of the second preseason game v. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Risers

Sam Eguavoen

The former CFL linebacker has continued to impress, and that was on full display during the first half. Eguavoen was shooting gaps and hitting the ball-carrier in the backfield.

He also was responsible for a forced fumble that was recovered by the Miami Dolphins. All arrows are pointing up for Eguavoen to make the roster and an impact for the team during the regular season.

Jerome Baker

Baker quickly made an impact as a blitzer as he rapidly got to Jameis Winston and at least got hits out of that exchange. While Baker needs to get stronger to bring down the quarterbacks and get sacks, it was a great sign to see Baker show this type of pressure.

Charles Harris

Have you noticed all the Risers are defensive players? Well, many of the defensive guys have flashed and surprised me so far in the game.

Harris showed some progression going into his third year, especially in this game. He showed improved hand-placement techniques and used it to get two sacks.

Fallers

Preston Williams

Williams had two major drops that could’ve been first downs. Williams has been a hot name for the past couple of weeks but has cooled down a little bit if this first half is any indication.

I don’t think it’s anything major; I’m sure he’ll get it cleaned up, but he’s fallen back down to Earth somewhat with the easy drops.

Williams did almost redeem himself with a nearly acrobatic touchdown catch but had just barely gone out of bounds.

Michael Deiter

It was only a matter of time before Deiter started struggling. He’s a still a rookie after all. He was responsible for a false start and got lucky that another was missed. It was just all-around rough for Deiter.

 

 

 

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Miami Dolphins waive DE Jonathan Woodard, add LB Terrance Smith

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Miami Dolphins waive defensive end Jonathan Woodard and sign linebacker Terrance Smith

The Miami Dolphins have made their first move after the start of preseason. In this move, the Dolphins have released Jonathan Woodard, who has been in a cycle of signing and re-signing with the team starting back in 2018.

Terrance Smith was added in the subsequent move to fill the vacancy. Smith had spent three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after signing with them as an undrafted player in 2016.

Terrance Smith only played in seven games in 2018, but he had earned three starts in his first and second years in the league during 2016 and 2017.

Jonathan Woodard, on the other hand, was with the Miami Dolphins during 2018, where he endured a tumultuous season of being waived, re-signed, added to the practice squad, and being promoted. He had been fully active up through the first couple of weeks of training camp but was injured during one of the practices.

Before joining the Dolphins in 2018,  Jonathan Woodard had also gotten cups of coffee with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. While he flirted with the Falcons’ practice squad and was added to the Jaguars’ PUP list, he failed to make his mark with either team, ultimately.

Woodard played in six games with the Dolphins in 2018, and he also was one of the names that took their lumps during last Thursday’s preseason game. This exchange is a low-impact move since Woodard was fighting an uphill battle to make the final roster. Terrance Smith can be considered a long shot after just now being vaulted into the mix.

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Miami Dolphins Sign Robert Nkemdiche

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The Miami Dolphins have bolstered what is arguably the strongest unit on their roster, though they’ve done so with a tepid player.

According to the Miami Dolphins official twitter account, the team has signed defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and subsequently placed him on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

Nkemdiche, a former teammate of Laremy Tunsil‘s at Ole Miss, has been a disappointing former first-round pick (#29 overall) for the Arizona Cardinals.

Within the past 9 months, Nkemdiche has suffered a torn ACL, was arrested twice in June, and was released by the team that drafted him. Which means Nkemdiche is the perfect reclamation product for the Dolphins to pursue.

Throughout his first three seasons, Nkemdiche has been active for 27 (out of a possible 48) games (56%) and has only made 6 starts during that time. He has forced 2 fumbles, recovered 1 fumble, recorded 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss (TFLs), and 10 quarterback hits.

For comparisons sake, Charles Harris has 3 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss and 17 quarterback hits….in his two-year career.

If there is a silver lining in all of this, Nkemdiche recorded all 4.5 sacks, 9 of his 10 TFLs, and 7 of his 10 QB hits last season. You could argue there is still room for Nkemdiche to grow, but he wore out his welcome when he showed up to Arizona’s training camp overweight.

Like Harris, Nkemdiche was selected to to the physical traits he possessed; however, he was an incomplete football player. The Cardinals saw this raw talent and believed they could bolster their defensive line and create a football player out of him. And just like we’re seeing with Mike Gesicki now at tight end, you can’t always take an athletic human and turn them into a football player.

Nkemdiche might be a candidate to return from IR in the middle of the season, giving the Dolphins a fresh, starting-caliber player at defensive tackle. This will help minimize the number of snaps players like Vincent Taylor and Davon Godchaux will have to absorb later in the season – especially if this team expects to make any kind of playoff run.

Between the two homegrown defensive tackles (Taylor and Godchaux), recently drafted Christian Wilkins, and reliable backup Akeem Spence, the Dolphins should be in a luxurious position at defensive tackle when the season begins. The buy-low addition of Nkemdiche should only be a good thing for Miami’s 2019 outlook.

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