Dolphins training camp postcard (cont.)
The outsized intrigue in West Virginia passer Pat White is equaled only by the outsized indifference the rookie has in discussing himself. Generously listed at six feet and 190 pounds, he could be easily mistaken for an intern in the team's media relations department when clad in a t-shirt and shorts. Moreover, he has an intern's meek disposition, speaking in the kind of soft, measured tone of a junior employee who is careful not to say anything to jeopardize his employment.
But he's hardly in any imminent danger of losing his job. Selected 44th overall, White was considered a reach. But the Dolphins were beguiled by his abilities as a runner and a passer and believed that a player of his caliber could enhance its successful Wildcat offense with a downfield passing component it did not have last year. Sparano said the team has put together a "Pat Package" of plays that capitalize on his unique skill set.
The site of Dolphins veep Bill Parcells kibitzing with his players on the field is hardly curious to anyone who has watched him coach over the last 20 years or tuned into an NFL Films production in the last 10. But the sight of him kibitzing with Jason Taylor certainly was. After all, it was a little more than a year ago that the six-time Pro Bowl pass rusher complained of receiving the silent treatment from Parcells, who was upset that Taylor had basically blown off offseason workouts to appear on the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars. The rift led to Taylor being shipped to the Redskins for two future picks -- one of which became White. After an injury-plagued year in Washington, a humbled Taylor re-signed with the Dolphins in May (for considerably less money than he was making) and has been a standout performer so far in camp, showing much of the intensity and perfectionism that has become his trademark.
1. Despite stats that rank among the NFL's best tight ends, fourth-year pro Anthony Fasano isn't ready to put himself among the league's elite just yet. "I was able to make some plays when called upon, but there's still some consistency problems that I'm trying to work on this year, both in the running game and the passing game," he said.
2. Rookie free agent wideout Brennan Marion has some of the world's worst luck. After tearing his left ACL on the last play of his senior season at Tulsa, he tore it again in practice Tuesday while running patterns, summarily ending his tenure with the Dolphins.
3. Two players -- third-year safety Ethan Kilmer and rookie tackle SirVincent Rogers -- quit the team in as many days, both without explanation. The Dolphins didn't have much of one either. Seems odd given that it's only the first week.
4. Since purchasing a 95 percent interest in the Dolphins in January, real estate magnate Stephen Ross has been on a mission to revamp the team's fusty image -- starting with its more than 30-year-old fight song. At a party on Friday he unveiled a remixed version by Florida hip hop impresarios T-Pain and Pitbull that's expected to get plenty of airplay at Land Shark Stadium during the season.