Miami – It was 1 p.m. on an October Sunday in 1983, and Miami Dolphins rookie Dan Marino was about to take the field for his first NFL start when veteran teammate Lyle Blackwood approached him on the sideline. I was always joking around too much,” Blackwood says in his Texas drawl.
Ryan Fitzpatrick likely would have produced his best NFL season if the grizzled veteran stayed on the trajectory he was on with the Miami Dolphins before they benched him. Chan Gailey offense was growing with Fitzpatrick as the conductor. His quick decision-making and savviness in the pocket was helping a young, and potentially fragile offensive line grow up and develop much-needed chemistry.
According to a source, the Dolphins ideally would like to sign one of the four defensive tackles to their practice squad and evaluate them for a week or longer before deciding whether to promote that player to the 53-man roster, though it’s possible one could be signed immediately to the 53 if that player is particularly scintillating in a workout. Miami also could opt to promote rookie practice-squad defensive tackle Benito Jones to the 53-man roster.