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  1. #1
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    Put up or Shutup time for some Dolphins...

    There comes a point in every professional athlete's career where he realizes he can't live on potential alone.

    At that point productivity is the only currency that counts. Paul Soliai, and a number of Dolphins, have reached that landmark in their NFL careers.

    The Dolphins' coaches see some promise in Soliai, the former fourth-round pick. But if he doesn't start maximizing on his physical ability, accompanying it with what coach Tony Sparano desires, which is some "professionalism," the overweight nose tackle will find himself churned soon.

    During next month's training camp the Dolphins are hoping Soliai, the last Samoan standing, will prove he's more than just another fat guy. The offensive linemen claim he's the most difficult defender to move, but will he improve his work ethic enough to prove he deserves to spend another season as Jason Ferguson's understudy, and can potentially serve as Ferguson's replacement.

    Here's a look at a couple more Dolphins who are entering a poop or get off the pot season.

    CB Jason Allen - This former first-round pick has finally run out of excuses. Superior athletic ability has taken him this far. It's now time for Allen, who has collectively spent an entire year at cornerback, to master the technique and assignments needed to become a reliable member of the secondary. Allen was decent when called on to serve as the nickel cornerback last season (just omit his lackluster performance against Randy Moss in the second Patriots game), but then he broke his hand and never resurfaced. He's presently playing behind the two rookie cornerbacks.

    DE Phillip Merling - The former Clemson standout is presently penciled into the starting defensive end spot created by Vonnie Holliday's release this offseason. But does the 2008 second-round pick deserve it? His stats from last season certainly don't say so. The Dolphins are banking on the belief an elevated role for Merling will produce and elevated level of production. Merling's showing during training camp, and the exhibition season must be good enough to keep Randy Starks, one of last year's most productive players per snap, as a reserve.

    CB Nate Jones - Jones was overlooked for much of last season, but when he was finally called on to serve as the nickel cornerback the former Cowboy excelled, contributing the bulk of his 23 tackles, three sacks and one interception in the final six games. Considering the Dolphins' stable of cornerbacks has gotten much younger, and more athletic through the addition of Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, Jones must prove he can still fill a role on the team to land the final cornerback spot.

    WR Anthony Armstrong - The practice squad is designed to help young players develop so they can eventually contribute as a member of an NFL team's 53-man roster. Based on the buzz this Arena Football League veteran has created this offseason, the team's second fastest receiver might be at that point. If he continues to contribute in a way that can't be overlooked by the coaches (and finds a special teams role) Armstrong might get the promotion he seeks. He's presently pushing Brandon London for that final receiver spot.


    http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/
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    Jason Allen isn't getting a shot this year he is done for us.

    Phillip Merling!? It's his second year in the league and came on strong at the end of last year! he shouldn't be on this list.

    Nate Jones isn't anything specail just a good depth guy and ST guy so he really doesn't have to prove anything. Everyone already knows what you're going to get out of him.

    The deck is stacked so far against AA but I mean he's done everything right to this point so it won't be his fault if he doesn't make the team. Could end up being a numbers thing.

    Soliai really needs to put up or shut up this year. I have seen some progression from him over the years, but he needs to have a breakout year if he wants to have a future with our team, otherwise we are going to have to go outside for our replacement for Ferg


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonnieB23Ricky View Post

    Phillip Merling!? It's his second year in the league and came on strong at the end of last year! he shouldn't be on this list.
    I know what the hell is Omar thinking its his second year in the league, I mean he wasn't even starting last year so thats why he didn't have good stats. What the hell is with this you suck until you prove it mentality of some media members, players can't have potential?

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    allen and jones wont be around next year

    armstrong...
    eh 50-50

    merling wont start, starks will start ahead of him

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    I dont know what the hell is wrong with jason allen, he has all the talent in the world but he just cant put it together...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Megatron View Post
    I dont know what the hell is wrong with jason allen, he has all the talent in the world but he just cant put it together...

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    When it comes to 3-4 DEs, stats never tell the true story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Megatron View Post
    I dont know what the hell is wrong with jason allen, he has all the talent in the world but he just cant put it together...
    He truly is a safety so hopefuly he gets a shot somewhere else


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    Quote Originally Posted by BALLER71 View Post
    When it comes to 3-4 DEs, stats never tell the true story.
    couldn't agree with you more

    I really don't get this article, it's so bad in so many ways, it's like a random seahawks or vikings fan took a shot at writing an article for the fins.

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    merlings 2nd year shouldnt be his year to put up or shut up so this article lost all credibility in that statement alone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Megatron View Post
    I dont know what the hell is wrong with jason allen, he has all the talent in the world but he just cant put it together...
    Too much of a tweener in my opinion, good at some things, master of nothing. So hes basically average.

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    CB Jason Allen - I hope he'll make it as the 4th CB or maybe even back up FS, but I don't really see that happening
    DT Paul Soliai - I think he'll end up starting by the end of the year
    DE Phillip Merling - He just has to beat out Kendall Langford from what I saw last year
    CB Nate Jones - I think he future depends how Jason Allen is doing. So there's a good chance he'll make the team
    WR Anthony Armstrong - I don't know with the log jam at WR and how much money they invested in other WR's, but the move Wilford to TE. You never know.

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    Yes everybody...lets give up on Merling already?
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    i would trade our first,our 1st next yr and cam wake for aj green.Locker isnt a project hed start day one
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    i think cutler is worth 2 1st rounders and a 3rd thats just me though

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    Jason Allen, Switching him back and fourth from S to CB killed him. IMO he will be gone this year.

    Merling, I don't why in the world he is in this list. I was really impressed by him and Langford.

    Jones, I think he will stay especially if JA gets the boot. Really showed me something to the end of the season last year.

    Armstrong, looks to me it all depends on his pre-season performance.

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