MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins opened their offseason team activities Tuesday morning and had most of the team’s new players at the team’s facility in Davie.
However, there were some notable exceptions. Franchise tagged defensive tackle Randy Starks is not with the team and may skip most of the team’s offseason work in hopes of getting a long term contract from the team.
Also missing from the workouts is the Dolphins’ number three overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, defensive end Dion Jordan. The team’s top draft pick can’t join the team yet because Oregon hasn’t ended its school year yet. Once Oregon is done, Jordan will join the team.
One other player who as recently as 24 hours ago wasn’t planning on attending the OTA’s was there Tuesday morning. Safety Reshad Jones was considering skipping the OTA’s to protest his contract situation, but the team promised it would address the situation and Jones was there Tuesday morning.
The Dolphins are full of intrigue this year thanks to the plethora of new faces on the team that have been acquired in the offseason. Plus, the team wants to see how quarterback Ryan Tannehill has developed and if left tackle Jonathan Martin is up for his new job.
According to ESPN’s James Walker, Martin’s “arms do look bigger, more defined. It’s clear he hit the weights this offseason.” That would be welcome news for Fins fans hoping he can fill the shoes of former left tackle Jake Long, who left via free agency this year.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly also tweeted that running back Daniel Thomas and tight end Charles Clay were practicing without restrictions, while guard Lance Louis was continuing to rehab his knee on the sidelines.
The other position to watch will be cornerback. The Fins hope Brent Grimes can step in immediately and improve the play from Sean Smith last season. Grimes is coming back from a torn Achilles that he suffered in the first game of the season.
If Grimes and Richard Marshall don’t make it back in time to start the season, Miami will be faced with an extremely young secondary to start out the year.