Dolphins host Titans tonight

Roster cuts loom after final preseason game

The Miami Dolphins will host the Tennessee Titans tonight in the final preseason game for both teams tonight in the newly renamed Hard Rock Stadium but don’t expect to see too much of starters who have won their jobs over.  One of the positions that are still being scrutinized is the tight end position.  Expect to see a lot more possessions to the starting tight ends, Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims who have both dropped their share of passes in the preseason, managing only six catches for 34 yards.

“I’m starting to get a good feel for what he (Cameron) likes,” Dolphins 3head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with him over the last couple of weeks as far as, ‘What do we need to do different that I can get you a little bit in a rhythm?’ I feel like we’re kind of starting to hit some of those things.”

“I think they’ll be a little more impactful than what they’ve been,” Gase added.

The team must get down to the NFL mandatory 53 players by 4 PM Saturday afternoon so this final game will mean a lot to some of those still on the bubble.  Look for the third TE slot to garner attention with MarQueis Gray, Dominique Jones and Thomas Durate all fighting for the spot.  Also look for the final receiver slots to be battled over by Leonte Caroo and Jakeem Grant as well as the backup safety position.  Expect to see rookie RB Kenyon Drake to see minutes in his first preseason game.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab your tickets and get out to celebrate your Miami Dolphins!

Dolphins grind out a 17-14 victory against Seahawks

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and in the NFL every one counts.  To give an example of how lucky the Fins were, they produced a meager 192 total yards against the Seahawks 462 total yards.  Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill went 21 for 29 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers while the Seahawks Sam Bradford  who went 26-39 for 315 yards.

The Miami defense may be in for a hard couple of weeks as the team has thinned even more at the CB  with star Richard Marshall still questionable for their next game against the Colts in two weeks.  With the bye, hopefully some of the CB’s will be able to get back on the field.  The team promoted De’Andre Presley from the practice squad and have been working RJ Stanford into the system.  Stanford last played for the Panthers but is making the best of his stiuation.

“He (Stanford) has been diligent assignment wise, scheme wise. I think he has made a good contribution so far,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “Obviously he doesn’t have a lot of reps in the games but I think he’s making progress, picking up the scheme, understanding what we’re asking in the job requirements of the position. I like his development.”

The Dolphins will be on the road and  next face the NY Jets (3-3) on Oct. 28.  Be sure to get your tickets to the next home game, Sunday November 11th against the Tennessee Titans.

Seahawks Sign Flynn; Dolphins Interview 49ers’ Smith

The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn, a career backup in Green Bay, on a three-year deal, bringing in one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to try to solidify Seattle’s quarterback position.

The deal left the Dolphins, after being turned down by Peyton Manning and rejected after a brief courtship of Flynn, turning their attention to Alex Smith, the free agent who led the San Francisco 49ers to the playoffs last season. Smith left the Miami complex after a five-and-a-half-hour meeting Sunday.

The visit could affect the Manning sweepstakes because the 49ers are among three finalists for him, with the Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans.

The 49ers had been working to re-sign Smith but also went to North Carolina last Tuesday to watch Manning work out at Duke. Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, enjoyed his best season in 2011, under the first-year 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Smith and Manning have the same agent, Tom Condon.

There is now much less uncertainty in Seattle. Flynn has been a reserve in Green Bay, stuck behind the All-Pro Aaron Rodgers — much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.

When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, when he threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay’s regular-season finale.

That sealed Flynn as one of the top free-agent prospects this off-season. Terms of Flynn’s deal were not released, although the owner Paul Allen took to Twitter to congratulate General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll on signing Flynn for three years. reported that Flynn’s deal was worth up to $24 million.

Flynn’s deal answers one of Seattle’s big off-season questions. The Seahawks have focused mostly on bringing back their own free agents, most notably running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant.

The only quarterback with experience on the Seahawks’ roster is Tarvaris Jackson, who played through a pectoral injury for more than half of last season, winning admiration in the Seahawks’ locker room. But he never took firm hold of the job.

“We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris,” Carroll said.

The Dolphins were expected to conduct another quarterback interview Monday, with the veteran David Garrard.

After all of their shopping, it is possible the Dolphins will stick with the incumbent Matt Moore, although there are doubts that he is a franchise quarterback.

MANNINGHAM TO 49ERS The 49ers landed another wide receiver in a headline-making week for the team, agreeing to terms with the free agent Mario Manningham on a two-year contract Saturday night. Randy Moss joined the roster last Monday. The agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that Manningham, the former Giants wideout, had reached a deal with the 49ers, who lost to the Giants in the N.F.C. title game.

Manningham had five receptions for 73 yards in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots, including an over-the-shoulder 38-yard catch between two defenders on which he managed to stay inbounds to start the game-winning, 88-yard touchdown drive.

The 25-year-old Manningham had 39 catches for 523 yards and 4 touchdowns total last season in his fourth year with the Giants.

Manningham and Moss will join a receiving corps that includes Michael Crabtree, the 49ers’ 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft.