5 Storylines To Follow During Miami Dolphins’ OTAs

5 Storylines to Follow During Miami Dolphins' OTAs

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The Miami Dolphins' offseason workouts are in full swing at team headquarters in Davie, Florida. Here are five storylines to follow during the club's OTA sessions.

5. How Will Competition at WR Play Out?

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5. How Will Competition at WR Play Out?

Brandon Gibson
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Most pundits didn't consider receiver an area of need in Miami entering the offseason. The Dolphins, however, weren't content with last year's corps and signed several roster-fringe wideouts and burned two draft picks on the position. Will both Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews make the team? How will second-round choice Jarvis Landry begin to fit in? Storylines to monitor throughout the summer abound.

4. How Closely Will New Offense Resemble Chip Kelly's Spread?

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4. How Closely Will New Offense Resemble Chip Kelly's Spread?

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Those who have witnessed the Dolphins practicing under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor have noticed a scheme they tab similar to Chip Kelly's fast break attack in Philadelphia. Lazor served as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach in 2013, so he's expected to bring remnants of Kelly's system with him to Miami. Could the new offense draw even more parallels to Kelly's innovative spread than expected, though?

3. Will League Suspend Mike Pouncey?

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3. Will League Suspend Mike Pouncey?

Mike Pouncey
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The NFL has yet to decide whether or not Mike Pouncey will be ineligible for any games in 2014 for his role in the club's infamous bullying scandal. It has said it wants Pouncey to undergo psychological testing before returning to the field, but Pouncey has yet comply with those wishes and told media members on Tuesday he doesn't think he should have to. Those comments probably aren't sitting well in the league office.

2. How Will Remodeled OL Come Together?

Dallas Thomas
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2. How Will Remodeled OL Come Together?

Dallas Thomas
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The Dolphins have completely revamped their offensive line save Mike Pouncey's spot. But which linemen will comprise the new-look first team? During Miami's first session open to the media, Dallas Thomas was the only moderately surprising starter, lining up at left guard ahead of third-rounder Billy Turner. It should be interesting to see how that competition unfolds. The only other starter who could be in jeopardy is right guard Shelley Smith.

1. Will LB Shakeup Stick?

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1. Will LB Shakeup Stick?

Dannell Ellerbe
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What was rumored for weeks materialized at practice on Tuesday. The media's first glimpse of the 2014 Dolphins revealed a shakeup at linebacker. Koa Misi has moved to middle linebacker while Dannell Ellerbe has replaced him at "SAM." It's unclear if the swap is merely an experiment or something permanent. What is clear is that the Dolphins are not satisfied with how the corps performed in 2013, and they have every reason to feel that way.


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