By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on June 2, 2014
The Miami Dolphins began the third phase of their OTAs last week as they look to improve upon their 8-8 record from 2013. The Dolphins have several new key additions to the fold, as well as many veterans returning from last year's squad. OTAs and training camp will be vital for the 2014 Dolphins squad as they will look to become playoff contenders in 2014. Here are five things we've learned from Dolphins OTAs so far.
The Dolphins filled their left tackle void with the signing of free agent Branden Albert. However, they have yet to fill other positions along the offensive line, and that includes left guard. Dallas Thomas and third-round draft pick Billy Turner will compete for the position leading into the season. However, it was Thomas - not Turner - who received first-team reps at LG during the start of OTAs.
Although the Dolphins would like for Jarvis Landry to become the franchise's slot receiver, Landry doesn't have the spot locked up just yet. Landry played in the slot and on the outside during the Dolphins' first full-squad practice open to the media. It was noted by James Walker of ESPN.com that Landry could also field punts for the Dolphins in 2014.
After Mike Wallace's disappointing 2013 season, the Dolphins considered trading Wallace. Due to Wallace's large salary cap figure of .25 million in 2014, the veteran receiver did not receive any interest on the market. According to Walker of ESPN.com, Wallace was the last player to leave the practice field following a two-hour session last Tuesday. During Monday's drills, Wallace caught three touchdowns during team drills.
Although it's expected Knowshon Moreno will be the team's starting running back come September, that has not been the case so far in the month of June. Moreno received third-team reps when OTAs began last week. He continues to receive reps behind Lamar Miller. If the former Denver Broncos running back hopes to be the starter, he'll have to work his way up the depth chart.
Another Dolphins player who was on the trade block this offseason was none other than DE Dion Jordan. Though the Dolphins had a trade offer for Jordan, they decided to keep Jordan in Miami for at least another season. The former No. 4 overall pick was a non-factor during his rookie season, as the Dolphins only played him on third down due to his weaknesses in the running game. Jordan has bulked up for 2014, as he now weighs 265 pounds.
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