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The 5 Biggest Miami Dolphins Rumors Before Training Camp

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The 5 Biggest Miami Dolphins Rumors Before Training Camp

Jarvis Landry
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Training camp is only 15 days away for the Miami Dolphins. Joe Philbin's club will enter the 2014 season with enough talent to surprise, but also enough questions to falter. Here are five rumors surrounding the franchise as camp draws near.

5. Derrick Shelby on the Rise

Derrick Shelby
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5. Derrick Shelby on the Rise

Derrick Shelby
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Dion Jordan's four-game suspension for a positive drug test means Derrick Shelby, a third-year defensive end, will garner an extensive role to at least begin the year. Quietly, Shelby was solid in 2013, producing 2.5 sacks and positive run defense grades by Pro Football Focus' estimate. If Shelby can become a more consistent edge rusher, he should be a regular in the rotation, even when Jordan returns.

4. Jarvis Landry Ready for Large Role as Rookie

Jarvis Landry
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4. Jarvis Landry Ready for Large Role as Rookie

Jarvis Landry
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When the Dolphins nabbed receiver Jarvis Landry in the second round of May's draft, many predicted that the LSU product would be relegated to the No. 4 or 5 spot on the depth chart given Miami's depth at the position. According to reports from OTAs, though, Landry was able to consistently separate and caught everything thrown his way. If he can do the same this summer, there's no reason why he can't catch on as the No. 3.

3. Micahel Egnew Primed for More Snaps

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3. Micahel Egnew Primed for More Snaps

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Through two seasons, Michael Egnew has posted a grand total of seven reception for 69 yards. But that lack of production might not have been entirely his fault. Former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman insisted on using Egnew primarily as a blocker. Egnew is closer to a receiver than an in-line tight end, though, and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor appears to recognize that. Expect Egnew to see plenty of snaps from the slot in 2014.

2. Lamar Miller Will Be Feature Back

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2. Lamar Miller Will Be Feature Back

Lamar Miller
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After rushing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno was expected to be Miami's No. 1 back upon his signing. As Moreno struggled with a lingering knee issue, though, Lamar Miller took most of the first-team snaps this spring. Miller never broke out like some predicted in 2013, but the shoddy play of his offensive line was a major reason why. The Dolphins' revamped front should eventually do wonders for him.

1. Daniel Thomas Will Hang on to Roster Spot

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1. Daniel Thomas Will Hang on to Roster Spot

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Considering the aforementioned health of Knowshon Moreno, running back Daniel Thomas isn't necessarily the sure cut most expected him to be. Thomas' first three years in the league were miserable, as he's managed a mere 3.6 yards per carry, but the Dolphins simply don't have much depth at running back and his salary isn't astronomical by any stretch. Unless one of the undrafted runners shine, expect Thomas back in Miami.