Miami Dolphins TC Report: Binns, Matthews Injuries Hurt Depth at Receiver

Dustin Keller catches a pass Sunday morning. Courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com

The Miami Dolphins lacked star power and depth at receiver in 2012. Entering training camp, it appeared they had both in 2013. But their depth at the position has taken a hit over the past 24 hours.

Armon Binns, the presumed fourth receiver, suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee during this morning’s practice. Binns was in the midst of a solid camp after a great offseason of OTAs and was projected to become a significant contribution this season.

Look one spot down the depth chart at the position and the Dolphin sustained another injury. Rishard Matthews was held out of practice this morning with an undisclosed injury. There is no timetable set for Matthews’ return but the rumor is he could miss “several weeks.”

The Dolphins’ top three spots at receiver are set, but now they’ll have to count on options like Marvin McNutt and Jeff Fuller to round out the corps. And don’t be surprised if Miami signs another receiver in the next couple of days to go along with the new wideout they inked last night…

Dolphins sign WR Smith, cut QB Corp

With depth suddenly a concert at wide receiver, Miami signed free agent Andrell Smith late Saturday night. Smith is a big target at 6-foot-3, 217 pounds.

To make room for Smith, the Dolphins released quarterback Aaron Corp. Corp was nothing more than a camp body as backup passers Matt Moore and Pat Devlin have both played well so far in practice.

Despite throwing a pick-six to rookie Will Davis, Devlin had his best session to date this morning given the extra reps.

Jerry update

According to the Miami Herald, right guard John Jerry is indeed dealing with a knee injury. There is still no word on how significant that injury is, but the Dolphins are hoping Jerry responds to treatment and won’t require surgery

Surgery would put Jerry’s availability for the 2013 season in doubt. The Dolphins continue to experiment along the first-team offensive line with Jerry sidelined…

Dolphins try a couple more O-line combinations

So far, the Dolphins have experimented with Richie Incognito at right guard, Dallas Thomas at left guard, Mike Pouncey at right guard and Josh Samuda at center. Today, we were introduced to two more potential lineups.

Sam Brenner, an undrafted rookie out of Utah, saw reps with the first team at right guard. That look will likely be short-lived. Miami giving backup cener Josh Samuda snaps with the starters at left guard with Richie Incognito on the right side might actually be a solution that sticks, though.

Samuda has impressed in practice dating back to last year’s training camp and could be on the verge of earning a starting spot if he plays well in the preseason games.

Tannehill tosses two touchdown passes

After some undeserved criticism during the first few practices of camp, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has responded with some efficient workouts. He hasn’t thrown an interception since throwing two on Tuesday.

Tannehill had his fourth consecutive solid practice this morning, connecting with Brian Hartline and Marcus Thigpen for touchdowns. And his rapport with Mike Wallace is getting stronger by the day, according to reports.

Patterson remains starter opposite Grimes at CB

After getting a look with the first team on Saturday, Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson stayed put with the starters today. He’s outplayed his competition in Richard Marshall so far in camp and Marshall is a better fit inside at the nickel anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see if Patterson can stay consistent covering Brian Hartline in practice and starting-caliber receivers during the preseason.

Dion Jordan gets 11-on-11 reps

First-round pick Dion Jordan continues to progress, taking snaps during 11-on-11 work for the first time this morning. Jordan still has a long way to go to top Oliver Vernon at right defensive end, but it’s a start.

Lance Louis, who could eventually become the starter at right guard, participated in some contract drills for the first time since tearing his ACL last season with the Bears.

First fight of camp

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick and offensive lineman Josh Samuda threw down this morning. Given the daily grind of training camp, a fight was bound to happen at some point.

I’m sure the Dolphins didn’t mind seeing some fight from Samuda, who is attempting to lock down a starting spot at guard.

Up next

The Dolphins will hold an intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow nigt at Sun Life Stadium. It’s expected to begin at about 7 p.m. and tickets are free.

Sources: Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, ESPN’s AFC East blog


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