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Dolphins still looking for guards

The Sports Xchange

--The one position the Dolphins didn't address in the draft was offensive guard, which was critical considering Joe Philbin plans to implement a zone blocking scheme, and admitted he needed more athletic offensive linemen to pull.

There's presently one offensive lineman on Miami's roster who is an effective pulling guard, and that's center Mike Pouncey.

"We pulled a little bit," Philbin said when asked about the team's minicamp last week. "We did some of those schemes during the three-day camp. I wouldn't say that I'm totally sure yet, to be quite honest with you. We did a little bit (of pulling) but not enough for me to say definitely one way or the other."

--After not addressing safety in the draft it has become clear the Dolphins intend to enter training camp with Reshad Jones, Chris Clemons, Tyrell Johnson, Tyrone Culver and converted cornerback Jimmy Wilson as the candidates vying for the two starting safety spots.

"I didn't think this year's draft at safety position was a real strong draft (class)," Ireland said. "You can miss on some of those guys if you're not put in the position to really get those (top talents)."

Philbin mentioned Wilson as one of the safeties who stood out to him during the five practice minicamp.

--The Dolphins will hold a rookie mini-camp next weekend for the draftees, undrafted rookie free agents, and the players on the roster who haven't played in an NFL game. Philbin said his goal is to keep it simple.

"Hopefully, if the play's going right, get everyone to step to the right and not run into one another," Philbin joked. "It's going to be more of an orientation. We're going to get them oriented with the weight room, get them oriented to some of our player engagement programs. We're going to get them adjusted to our practice structure, our practice tempo, our schemes, our classroom environment, our weight room environment, all those things."

--Ryan Tannehill visited South Florida on Saturday and quickly dived into the playbook of the team's offense.

"It was pretty familiar," Tannehill said. "I was excited. It's been a while since I've seen those things, I guess a few months. I'm really excited to get back into it and see there's some changes, but the foundation of it's all the same. I'm excited to get into the new stuff that they've added that we didn't have at A&M, and get on the field and start working plays."

--This is the first time since 1991 that the Dolphins have selected a pair of Miami Hurricanes in the same draft when fourth round pick Lamar Miller got added to Olivier Vernon's third-round selection on Friday.

In '91, Miami used its first-round selection (23rd overall) on wide receiver Randall Hill and its eighth-rounder (220th overall) on defensive back Roland Smith.

"I was upset at first, but now I'm happy with where I'm at," Miller said, addressing his slide down the draft board, which had a lot to do with his surgically repaired left shoulder. "I'm going to make the best of it. I don't regret anything. I'm just ready to put the team on the map."

"Let's hope one day we can retire this number." --Dolphins owner Steve Ross told Ryan Tannehill upon giving him jersey No. 17.

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