A six-pack of notes on a Thursday afternoon:
### You would like to see two of Jeff Ireland’s pet projects, Daniel Thomas and Michael Egnew, give a convincing reason for Miami to keep them in the next week.
They could still survive initially even if they don’t because nobody on the roster has necessarily outplayed them for the No. 3 running back and tight end jobs, respectively.
Thomas, who has been limited recently by a hamstring injury, “was having a good camp,” Joe Philbin said today. “Hopefully, we can get him some game action here soon. He’s a good fit [for the zone-blocking scheme].”
But Mike Gillislee remains out with a hamstring and Damien Williams (17 carries, 22 yards) hasn't made a convincing enough case for the No. 3 running back job. Nor has Orleans Dawkwa, obviously. So Thomas might survive my default.
As for Egnew, “he missed a little bit of time [with a concussion], but he’s come back,” Philbin said. “He got a limited amount of playing time the other night. He’s had a good week of practice. So we’ll take a look at him again in the game on Saturday and see how well he performs.”
Charles Clay and Dion Sims will be on the team, and I presume rookie Arthur Lynch will be too unless he’s surprisingly placed on injured reserve. That leaves Egnew competing with Kyle Miller, Brett Brackett, Harold Hoskins and every tight end who will be released over the next two weeks.
### Philbin is encouraged by how well Brandon Gibson has returned from last October’s major knee injury.
“When he got hurt in New England, third down, he was one of the leaders in the league in terms of percentage of conversions,” Philbin said. “I think he’s a quarterback-friendly guy. He’s got very good hands and he’s smart. He can read coverages, understands the leverage, when I turn out and turn in, when I should stay on the move, when I should sit down. So I think the quarterbacks, most of them, get comfortable with him pretty quick.”
### Remember those five UM players who left early after the 2011 season? Give Ireland credit for drafting the only two who have had successful careers to this point: Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon.
We were reminded of this today when the Patriots released Marcus Forston, who played in three games for them last year. Of the other two, Tommy Streeter (TampaBay) and Brandon Washington (St. Louis) are trying to win roster spots.