Found June 07, 2013 on Dolphin Shout:
Caleb Sturgis was a two-time Lou Groza Award finalist at Florida. (Photo: Joe Lyons) Could a rookie kicker taken in the fifth round be one of the more important Miami Dolphins this season? Certainly. Kicker Caleb Sturgis from the University of Florida will battle Dan Carpenter this offseason for the team's kicking job in one the more intriguing yet largely untalked about position battles. As Dolphins fans have learned over the past few years, the kicker position is important. A former Pro Bowler, Dan Carpenter has been inconsistent at best over the past three years and perhaps even more surprisingly, has battled injury. Carpenter went 22-for-27 last season and hit a game-winner as time expired against Seattle, but in recent history, Carpenter has not been there when the game was on the line. His 81.5 field goal percentage last season ranked just 24th in the NFL and he was just 2-for-5 from 50 yards and beyond. And in a season in which the Dolphins stayed in the pl...

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Chad Johnson coming to grips with his NFL mortality

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Philbin: There is still a lot Wake can improve on

When you're considered to be at the peak of your career, simply maintaining your level of output is usually enough to keep the boss happy.But NFL football isn't your average profession, and in Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake's case, his boss sees plenty of room for improvement in the star pass rusher.“Absolutely, there is a lot," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin...

Fins 'excited about' undrafted free agent McCray

BY SEAN DONOVANFor any undrafted free agent, making an NFL roster requires hard work, dedication and a little luck.It also doesn't hurt if your head coach is gushing about your play on the practice field, as is the case with second-year safety Kelcie McCray.“McCray is a guy that we we're excited about,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said recently, according to the team...

"Hard Knocks" having trouble finding a host team -- again

"Hard Knocks," the popular documentary produced by NFL Films and HBO covering one team through training camp, is having trouble finding a host team. Sound familiar? It should. Last season, the show covered the Miami Dolphins after pursuing other fruitless leads. The problem with "Hard Knocks" is that it's simply intrusive. Yes, it gives fans unprecedented...
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