By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on July 27, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have engaged in three days' worth of training camp sessions entering the final week of July. The Dolphins are one of the more interesting teams in the NFL as they have numerous positional battles and key players returning from injury. Here are five things to watch for during Dolphins' training camp.
The Miami Dolphins have one of the deepest groups of wide receivers in the entire league. In fact, Joe Philbin has vocally stated this is the deepest set of receivers the team has had since he became head coach in 2012. While Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline have the starting receiver spots locked up, the rest of the depth chart is still unsettled.
New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has vocally stated that Mike Wallace will be used in a variety of ways in this year's offense. Wallace will be used on the right side, left side and in the slot of offensive formations. By moving Wallace around in preset formations, Lazor and the Dolphins hope that it can confuse opposing defenses and create mismatches in the process.
Knowshon Moreno still has yet to officially return and engage in practice sessions since arthroscopic knee surgery last month. On Day 3 of training camp, Moreno and center Mike Pouncey worked on the sideline with trainers. The sixth-year running back was expected to be the Dolphins' starting running back, but a lack of conditioning and a serious knee injury has drastically set Moreno back on the depth chart.
Marcus Thigpen has been the Dolphins' kickoff and punt returner over the past two seasons, but 2014 might be a different story. The Dolphins have utilized Thigpen, Jarvis Landry, Damian Williams and Brent Grimes at the returner positions during OTAs. If Thigpen is to lose his returner position, it will spell the end for the Hoosier product.
Part of the change in offensive philosophies due to the hiring of Lazor as offensive coordinator will be the increased usage of four- and five-receiver sets. With the Dolphins lining up more receivers on more plays in 2014, quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be expected to make as many as four or five reads on pass plays for the first time in his three-year NFL career.
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