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Team Report - MIAMI DOLPHINS

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The Miami Dolphins' revamped offensive line had a shakeup in Friday's opening practice of training camp. The interior was manned by center Shelley Smith, right guard Dallas Thomas and left guard Daryn Colledge.

The Dolphins ended mini-camp with center Mike Pouncey, Thomas at left guard and Smith at right guard.

Everyone knew change was coming because Pouncey had hip surgery to repair a torn labrum after mini-camp. Pouncey and running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) were placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Friday.

But few expected Smith to get the first shot at center, a position he's never played in a NFL game.

"I played a little bit in college, a little bit in high school," Smith said, "but I haven't had the opportunity yet in the NFL. So it will be a new challenge for me and I'm looking forward to it."

Coach Joe Philbin said Friday's offensive line change was purely on an experimental basis.

"I will tell you that we're going to be looking at a number of combinations," he said. "This is practice number one and this is the way that we wanted to look at it today, we'll take a look at the film and go from there. But we will be moving some guys around, and taking a look at guys and how they respond."

The Dolphins, of course, allowed a NFL-worst 58 sacks last season.

Left tackle Branden Albert, the Pro Bowl selection acquired from Kansas City during free agency, and right tackle Ja'Wuan James, the first-round pick from Tennessee, are still in the spots they had during offseason workouts.

The interior of the line is a bit of a mess, however.

Sam Brenner, the backup center who also plays guard, was expected by many to get the first shot at starting center. And there was thought backup left tackle Nate Garner might get the second chance. Those changes would have been easier than moving the starting right guard (Smith) to center, and moving the starting left guard (Thomas) to right guard.

Smith got some work at center during OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and mini-camp.

"We certainly think he has the ability to play the position," Philbin said. "As you know, that's a critical position in the offense. It's hard to play that position if you don't get a number of quality repetitions in there. So we wanted to get him in there today and let him get to work at the center position."

On the first 11-on-11 play in Friday's practice quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a bad exchange with Smith. Tannehill also was sacked a few times even though players weren't wearing pads.

The offensive line seemed to do well in run blocking as running back Lamar Miller made several impressive runs.

The Dolphins will find out more about the offensive line Sunday when they'll be in full pads for the first time.

Still, the bottom line is the Dolphins will take the field with five new starters during their Sept. 7 season opener against New England. And even Colledge admitted it's rare for an offensive line to enter a season with five new starters.

"Almost never happens anymore," Colledge said. "It's tough. It's hard out there. But again, the great offensive lines are the ones that can keep five, six guys that play the entire year. You don't need always to have best offensive line or a bunch of Pro Bowlers. You need to find guys that can consistently play and line up for you every single week."

CAMP CALENDAR

Players report: July 24

First practice: July 25

NOTES, QUOTES

--Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is expected to miss eight weeks of the regular season recovering from hip surgery.

Initial projections called for Pouncey to return in October, likely around Week 5, but his return could be delayed according to multiple reports.

Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins' OTA sessions. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Pouncey was the lone holdover from the Dolphins' 2013 starting offensive line, but that group is again in flux as training camp gets underway Friday.

The Dolphins are contemplating using starting guard Shelley Smith at center. Daryn Colledge was signed to a one-year deal when Pouncey's surgery was announced.

Pouncey has missed just two games since being drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2011 draft. He was forced to miss those games last season while dealing with a gall bladder issue.

--Running back Lamar Miller could open training camp as the starter because Knowshon Moreno had surgery on his left knee and could be sidelined when camp opens in late July.

The news that Moreno required surgery could explain a couple of things. Moreno reported to OTAs a bit heavy, especially in the face and stomach. Moreno was also unable to unseat Miller and Daniel Thomas to take snaps with the first- and second-team offense.

Moreno, who had more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage last season with Denver, was signed with the expectation he'd become the starter.

--The Dolphins' new offense, brought in by coordinator Bill Lazor, features lots of pre-snap motion. It also moves wide receiver Mike Wallace around. Last year, under offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, Wallace stayed planted on the right side of the formation.

"I love it," Wallace said of the offense. "He just brings a different type of excitement to the table. I love Coach (Mike) Sherman, but Coach Lazor's a real different type of guy. So I'm really excited about it."

Tannehill did complete a deep pass to Wallace Friday, which should soothe many fans who struggled through the duo's difficulties last season. But overall Tannehill still appeared inaccurate on his deep throws.

--Defensive end Dion Jordan, who will serve a four-game suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs, didn't elaborate on the issue Friday. "It sucks personally," he said of the suspension. "It's my job but I'm not able to participate with my guys that are out here working with me and going through the same type of thing."

--Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the second-round pick from LSU, continues getting rave reviews from teammates. On Friday, even owner Steve Ross said he was excited about Landry. Ross: "I think he's really going to be somebody that's going to surprise a lot of people and really bring some excitement to this team."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

--MLB Koa Misi seems to be in the right place at the right time in his new position. But Sunday, when the players wear full pads, Misi's move from SLB will get a better gauge.

--RB Lamar Miller is the starter once again because Knowshon Moreno (knee) is on the PUP list. Miller had a good practice Friday both running and receiving. He hasn't been tested as a pass blocker. A noted weakness from last season.

--RT Ja'Wuan James, the first-round ick from Tennessee, continues to struggle against three-time Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake. But that's to be expected to a certain extent.

--TE Michael Egnew had a so-so showing Friday. He was a frequent target on short routes and did a nice job catching the ball. But Egnew still struggles as a blocker.

--S Jimmy Wilson is holding his job as a nickel (slot) CB. Wilson has been active the entire offseason getting his hands on passes.

PERSONNEL TRACKER

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--T Tyson Clabo (not tendered as UFA).

--LG Richie Incognito (not tendered as UFA).

--TE Dustin Keller (not tendered as UFA).

--LT Bryant McKinnie (not tendered as UFA).

--WR Marlon Moore (not tendered as UFA).

--G Danny Watkins (not tendered as RFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED

--T Ja'Wuan James (1/19): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Jarvis Landry (2/63): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--G Billy Turner (3/67); 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--CB Walt Aikens (4/125); 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--TE Arthur Lynch (5/155): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--LB Jordan Tripp (5/171): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Matt Hazel (6/190): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

--DE Terrence Fede (7/234): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--WR Armon Binns: ERFA; terms unknown.

--LB Jonathan Freeny: ERFA; terms unknown.

--CB Brent Grimes: Potential UFA; $32.025M/4 yrs, $6M SB/$16.95M guaranteed.

--DT Randy Starks: UFA; $10M/2 yrs.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--T Branden Albert: UFA Chiefs; $46M/5 yrs, $8.5M SB/$25M guaranteed.

--G Daryn Colledge: FA Cardinals; terms unknown.

--WR Kevin Cone: Not tendered as ERFA by Falcons; terms unknown.

--S Louis Delmas: FA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Cortland Finnegan: FA Rams; $11M/2 yrs.

--T Jason Fox: UFA Lions; $795/1 yr, $65,000 SB.

--DT Earl Mitchell: UFA Texans; $16M/4 yrs, $9M guaranteed.

--RB Knowshon Moreno: UFA Broncos; $2M/1 yr, $500,000 SB/$1.25M guaranteed.

--G Shelley Smith: UFA Rams; $5.5M/2yrs, $500,000 SB/$1.5M guaranteed.

--WR Damian Williams: UFA Titans; $800,000/1 yr.

--WR Stephen Williams: FA Jaguars; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Nolan Carroll: UFA Eagles; $5.2M/2 yrs.

--S Chris Clemons: UFA Texans; $2.7M/2 yrs, $450,000 SB.

--G John Jerry: UFA Giants; $770,000/1 yr, $25,000 guaranteed.

--T Jonathan Martin (traded 49ers).

--CB Christopher Owens: UFA Chiefs; terms unknown.

--CB Dimitri Patterson (released).

--DT Paul Soliai: UFA Falcons; $33M/5 yrs, $14M guaranteed.

--LB Austin Spitler: Not tendered as UFA/Ravens; terms unknown.

--CB R.J. Stanford: Not tendered as RFA/Bengals; terms unknown.

--T Will Yeatman: Not tendered as RFA/Texans; terms unknown.

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