Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (Achilles' surgery) is working with the first-team defense at OTAs.
Per the Miami Herald, Grimes is "looking fully recovered," despite getting beat on a deep bomb by Armon Binns. He's manning left corner with Richard Marshall stationed on the right. Rookie Jamar Taylor will compete for nickel duties once he's recovered from sports hernia surgery. The Dolphins will have more talent in their secondary this year, but the group is littered with question marks.
The Miami Herald "(keeps) hearing" rookie RB Mike Gillislee's name from Dolphins sources.
Per reporter Armando Salguero, there is great "internal excitement" about the No. 164 pick. A "longtime NFC scout" told the Herald earlier this month that Gillislee has the look of a career backup, but that's still more than can be said for Daniel Thomas. "Internal excitement" for Gillislee or not, Lamar Miller is the heavy favorite for feature-back duties in South Beach.
Dustin Keller said he declined a long-term deal from the Dolphins in favor of a one-year contract.
Keller's one-year pact is worth $4.25M. It's unclear how much the Dolphins were offering annually on a long-term deal, but the ex-Jet apparently didn't like it. "My worth wasn't where I think it was at," he said. "So I took a gamble on myself and said I'm better than everyone thinks I am. This is where I want to be longterm. But I want to prove to them I'm better than last year."
Brandon Gibson has been lining up in the slot in Dolphins OTAs.
Gibson was primarily an outside receiver in St. Louis, but the Dolphins are set outside the hashes with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Stone-handed with zero after-the-catch ability, Gibson is not a good fit for the slot, but the coaching staff has to play him somewhere after GM Jeff Ireland foolishly handed out a three-year, $9.755 million deal. The Dolphins would have been better off letting the Jets sign Gibson and keeping Davone Bess through the final year of his contract.
Dolphins TE Michael Egnew was running with the starters in Tuesday's OTAs session.
Egnew was even briefly running ahead of Dustin Keller. Coach Joe Philbin said Egnew earned the reps "after a strong offseason." It's a good start for the 2012 third-rounder, but he still has lots of ground to make up coming off a lost rookie season. He's not a threat to Keller's No. 1 status.
Dolphins DE Jared Odrick is taking snaps at defensive tackle in OTAs.
Odrick is on a positional island after the Dolphins used the No. 3 pick on DE Dion Jordan. He's also a poor fit for Miami's 4-3 defense, and is coming off a rough 2012. Odrick will likely be frequently called on to kick inside on passing downs this season.
Dolphins second-round CB Jamar Taylor underwent sports-hernia surgery on Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of training camp.
Sports-hernia operations typically only require 4-6 weeks of recovery, but it puts Taylor behind the eight ball as he transitions from the Mountain West to potential NFL starter. Taylor is competing with Richard Marshall to start opposite Brent Grimes, who is in the final stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon. The Dolphins have precious little depth after letting Sean Smith walk in free agency. They'll really be in trouble if Taylor suffers a setback and isn't ready for camp.