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1. Pouncey ready to go: The Dolphins announced Wednesday a group of players who would not be ready for the first practice of training camp, and the biggest revelation was that Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey was NOT on that list. The news maybe didn’t come as a surprise after Pouncey posted a picture of himself on Instagram on Tuesday night with a note saying he got the news he had wanted to hear. NFL Network reported Wednesday that Pouncey was cleared for practice by a hip specialist.
2. On the shelf: The list of players who were placed on either the Physically Unable to Perform list or the Active/Non-Football Injury list was highlighted by Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, who was placed on NFI. Offensive lineman Avery Young also was placed on NFI and wide receiver Rashawn Scott was placed on PUP, as Head Coach Adam Gase had indicated during his press conference Tuesday. All three players can be taken off NFI or PUP as soon as they are cleared for practice. Those roster moves followed a couple of noteworthy transactions Tuesday afternoon, the signing of veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner and the placing on linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve.
3. Veterans report: Six days after rookies reported for training camp, it was the veterans’ turn Wednesday. Tight end MarQueis Gray marked the occasion on Twitter when he wrote: “Reporting day! Year 5 let’s gooooo! Good luck to all my guys in or going to camp, may you all make plays, stay injury free and be great!” The first practice of training camp will take place Thursday at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University at 8:45 a.m.
4. Taylor talks Hall of Fame: A week and a half before he gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dolphins legend Jason Taylor conducted a national conference call where he touched on a variety of subjects, including a long list of former teammates who will be there for the ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, among them current Dolphins players Cam Wake, Mike Pouncey and John Denney.
5. Top talent: The Dolphins had 12 players mentioned on the Monday Morning Quarterback’s list of the top 400 players in the NFL. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the highest-rated Dolphins player at number 51, followed by center Mike Pouncey (80), defensive end Cameron Wake (134), safety Reshad Jones (142), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (178), tackle Laremy Tunsil (182), running back Jay Ajayi (186), defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (241), linebacker Lawrence Timmons (275), tight end Julius Thomas (327), defensive end Andre Branch (330) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (347). Writer Andy Benoit explained how the list was put together: “Does Player A do his job better or worse than Player B does his job? If it was too close to call, then the Player with the more significant job got the nod. A player’s raw talent, cultivated skill set, and role within his team’s system were taken strongest into consideration. It was all film-based; very rarely were stats a factor.”