The Miami Dolphins
remain the only AFC East team to hit the field for training camp. With Miami taking a day off to recharge, let's update our "Stock Watch" from the team's first week of camp.
Keep in mind, it's very
early. The first week of camp is just a sample in the wide scope of an entire season. The Dolphins have five preseason games this year and things will change.
But here is how I view things after the first week of training camp:
1. Dolphins offensive line:
Miami's starting offensive line has been inconsistent, and the second team has been worse -- not the kind of start this much-maligned group wanted. The Dolphins are struggling this week with picking up blitzes and creating big running lanes for the tailbacks. Center Mike Pouncey
is in tremendous shape and has moved very well. But there are questions about the rest of the unit. I've heard the refrain that Miamiís front seven is very talented, which is true. But Miami isnít the only talented seven in the NFL. The Dolphins' O-line must get it together and step it up.
AP Photo/Lynne SladkyDefensive end Olivier Vernon, a third-round draft pick in 2012, is making waves at Dolphins camp.
1. Olivier Vernon, defensive end:
Vernon got a golden opportunity this offseason and heís running with it. With Jared Odrick
moving virtually full-time to defensive tackle and rookie first-round pick Dion Jordan
recovering from shoulder surgery, Vernon has been Miamiís starting defensive end all offseason. Vernon appears to be getting better and better each week. He had a very strong first week of camp, including two sacks Tuesday of Tannehill. Vernon has a tall task to hold off Jordan for the starting job in Week 1 -- but is doing a good job of it so far. He looks poised to have a solid Year 2 in Miami either way.