Published: July 6th, 2010 | Tags: Buffalo Bills, Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson, Eric Wright, James Hardy, Jason McCourty, Joe Haden, Josh Freeman, Koa Misi, Miami Dolphins, Ryan Mouton, Sheldon Brown, Steve Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
With no Joey Porter, and no Jason Taylor, the Dolphins are in the process of filling both spots at outside linebacker heading into training camp.
Rookie second-round pick Koa Misi appears to have locked down one spot on the strong side. From there, questions remain. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes the other starter will have to emerge from a group that includes Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses and Erik Walden.
Kelly relays that Anderson has spent the offseason working with the first-team defense and will likely start camp in the same position. How effectively the Dolphins replace Porter and Taylor will be something to watch as training camp shakes out.
Here are a few other notable items that caught my eye:
- Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer believes the Browns will work in rookie first-round pick Joe Haden slowly as the third cornerback behind veteran starters Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown. Even so, the Browns have upgraded at corner.
- While Chan Gailey has called his quarterback situation “wide open,” the same holds true at wide receiver. Much is left to be decided at camp, but it sounds like James Hardy has pole position opposite No. 1 WR Lee Evans, with some strong competition from Steve Johnson, according to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.
- Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune notes the Bucs will revert to more of a West Coast scheme in order to aid the development of QB Josh Freeman.
- Another position battle is expected to ensue in Tennessee. With Cortland Finnegan entrenched at one cornerback, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean writes the other spot is up for grabs, with Jason McCourty currently holding the lead on Ryan Mouton, Tye Hill and Alterraun Verner.