Tag:Sean Smith
Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:20 pm
 

Will Allen to IR hurts Dolphins DBs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So much for keeping DL Charles Grant, CB Will Allen, DL Marques Douglas and OL Cory Procter around on the 53-man roster.

As Miami selected four players off the waiver wire (Clifton Geathers from Cleveland, Robert Rose from Seattle, Joe Reitz from Baltimore and Jermey Parnell from New Orleans), four of the Dolphins who thought they made the team Saturday were gone today.

Allen – who tore his ACL last October but still hasn’t recovered – might be the most important deletion. He was placed on IR, meaning he’s lost for the year and leaving the Dolphins secondary in a bit of turmoil. CB Sean Smith has not been impressive in training camp, Jason Allen – who’s bounced between safety and corner – reportedly has replaced him in the starting lineup and Miami has released Nate Ness (he was immediately snapped up by Seattle).

“I feel comfortable with the group. I think Vontae (Davis) has really had a really good camp, so I feel really comfortable there,” coach Tony Sparano told the media today. “I thought Jason Allen had a really productive camp. I think Sean’s (Smith) gotten better. I know that Sean had a couple rough go’s at times in a few ball games, but I feel the guy’s gotten better. He’s another one of these two-year players.

“The addition of Nolan Carroll I think is going to be good for us there, and Benny (Sapp is a good addition). I think those people will help us a little bit; they give us jobs at the game and at the same time are competitive corners. We’ve got five corners that I feel like can go in the game and compete. We’ll see. I know they’re young; I got it, but they were young last year too.”

With that comfort level – even though many of us think he shouldn’t feel comfortable at all – that made it easier to place Allen on IR.

“Obviously knowing more about Sean and Vontae and seeing the progress of Jason Allen makes those decisions easier I think,” Sparano said. “Getting the surprise, I wouldn’t call it a surprise, I shouldn’t call it that, but seeing the progress of Nolan Carroll throughout this whole camp. I think those type of guys make that decision a little bit easier. It certainly isn’t an easy decision to be able to do that with a ten year guy.”

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Breaking down Camarillo for Sapp

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reasons Minnesota traded for Miami WR Greg Camarillo are pretty evident. As we’ve talked about the past few days, Sidney Rice is most likely going to be out for the first half of the year – there’s even some talk about placing him on the Injured Reserve list, meaning he wouldn’t play at all – and the Vikings needed another WR to complement Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

That, of course, assumes Harvin and his migraine headaches will be OK to play.

Now with Camarillo, the Vikings have a possession receiver who should beat out Greg Lewis for the starting job. Camarillo is a good blocker who rarely drops a pass (Football Outsiders says he didn’t drop a pass in 73 attempts last season), and two seasons ago, he led Miami in receptions.

Though he’s been termed a South Florida hero – he caught a game-winning 64-yard TD pass in 2008 that gave Miami its only victory of the season – depth isn’t a problem in the Dolphins receiving room. Without Camarillo, Brian Hartline will take over his WR duties, and Patrick Turner will have a better shot at making the team.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins need help with the depth in their secondary. As Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins points out, the Dolphins were beat for big plays in their first two preseason games, and coach Tony Sparano said that aspect of their game needed to improve.

Plus, three of the four starting defensive backs (CBs Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and FS Chris Clemons) are second-year players, so the fact Sapp has playoff experience and can provide some veteran leadership is a big positive. Sapp, though nothing better than a nickel CB, will provide some of that. Plus, the fact Will Allen isn’t back yet also is a reason for Miami’s coaching staff to worry.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 8:28 pm
 

Miami shuffles the deck

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two interesting moves at Dolphins training camp today.

1) Coach Tony Sparano moved third-string C Andrew Hartline to the first team and dropped Jake Grove and Joe Berger, both going for the starting spot, to the second and third-string, respectively.

2) CB Sean Smith, who started all 16 games as a rookie last year, was dropped to the second team while Jason Allen took first-string snaps.

The significance in all this? As the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero suggests, Smith has had a bad training camp, taking a beating from WR Brandon Marshall and other Dolphins receivers and looking disinterested at times, while Hartline – an undrafted rookie free agent from last year (pictured, right) – has a chance to win a spot somewhere on the squad.

The interesting part about Allen is that he’s been such a disappointment since the team took him in the first round of the 2006 draft. Salguero wrote that he doesn’t expect Allen to take Smith’s starting spot, and it’s hard to argue that point, because Allen has never given a reason for anybody to believe he can be a successful first-team player.

As for Hartline, we probably shouldn’t make too much of the move. As Dolphins Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins writes, Sparano had talked about wanting to move around some of his players.

"I feel like I'm a pretty athletic guy," Hartline told the Herald. "I feel like I can play multiple positions. I think I can play guard-center-guard so maybe they feel like they can take me instead of two guys. But I can't speak for them."

At this point, it seems unlikely Hartline could take the starting spot from Grove and Berger. Grove started 12 games last year before an ankle injury knocked him out and he run-blocks very well. Berger is better in pass-protection, but he’s also not quite as strong. Hartline is more mobile, but he’s less-experienced and spent some of last year on the practice squad.

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 2:54 pm
 

First look at the Dolphins secondary

This offseason, much of the focus on the Miami Dolphins has been on their defensive front seven: 
  • Is the pass-rush overly dependent on outside linebacker Cameron Wake having a breakout season?
  • Will Randy Starks transition well to nose tackle?
  • Is inside linebacker Karlos Dansby indeed worth boatloads of money?)Vontae Davis getting fooled. (Getty Images)
What hasn't been getting attention is the Dolphins secondary. Bill Parcells invested two high draft picks on cover corners last year: First-round pick Vontae Davis (getting abused in the picture) and second-round pick Sean Smith.

Davis is the better athlete, has outstanding quickness and the wheels to run deep with a receiver. He's confident in a playmaker sort of way. Smith brings to the table fantastic size (6-3, 214). He's stiff in change-of-direction, but his long arms allow him to take unique angles against receivers in one-on-one matchups.

The bottom line is the Dolphins have two high-drafted second-year corners who have both become starters. Few teams lay this kind of foundation at one of football’s most valuable positions. What’s more, veteran Will Allen is healthy again and should be one of the top nickelbacks in the league (that is, assuming Allen doesn’t blow everyone away in training camp and reclaim a starting job).

Long-term the Dolphins secondary looks set. Short-term it could still prove to be an Achilles' heel. The young corners are prone to mistakes (this showed up on film again and again last season). Exacerbating those mistakes is the weakness of the free safety position.

Gibril Wilson was awful in coverage and got released. In searching for a replacement, Parcells low-balled free agent Antrel Rolle and passed on former Saint Darren Sharper. Thus the Fins enter ’10 with Packers castoff Tyron Culver manning centerfield. Culver is athletic but better suited for dime duties. His only competition for a starting job, however, is fifth-round rookie Reshad Jones.

As Dolphins RapidReport correspondent Chris Perkins will address later today, much of the pressure falls back on the defensive front seven to take away the run game and prevent opposing quarterbacks from operating with a clean pocket in 2010. And if that happens, it's up to those young corners to make the most of the opportunities that come when pressure is applied in the trenches.

-- Andy Benoit

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