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NOTEBOOK: New DBs Prepare For Patriots Week; Other Notes

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Rogers and Thomas have to make a quick transition.



Whenever it gets this late in the season and players have to switch teams it’s anything but easy, especially when that new team is in the thick of a playoff race. New Miami Dolphins defensive back Justin Rogers are Michael Thomas are finding that out.

Both players hit the practice field today for the first time after being added to the roster this morning as replacements for cornerbacks Dimitri Patterson and R.J. Stanford, who were placed on Injured Reserve. Rogers was signed as a free agent and Thomas was claimed off of the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad just in time for New England Patriots week.

“It’s challenging but this is something that I’m looking forward to,” said Thomas, who was a four-year starter at Stanford from 2008-11. “It definitely was a whirlwind but that’s the business of the game and you’ve got to make moves at times. I think this is the best thing for me and I’m so happy to be here and I just want to do my part to help this team reach the playoffs.”

Thomas, who can play safety and nickel, already knew two Dolphins players when he arrived in the locker room – wide receiver Marlon Moore and practice squad receiver Nathan Palmer. Moore was happy to see him in Dolphins uniform.

“I never got chance to see him in actual regular-season games but in preseason and in practice he was a real active dude,” Moore said. “He was always around the ball and just real assignment conscious. He’s a Stanford guy so he’s pretty smart and as a teammate you can’t ask for anyone better with a better attitude that’s going to go out there and work for you. I haven’t spoke to him about Patriots week yet but I’m going to let him know that’s a big one.”

TOYS FOR TOTS RETURNS TO SUN LIFE STADIUM

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time for more toy drives to help those children less fortunate and nobody does it better than the United States Marines and their Toys for Tots program. This is the 10th year the Dolphins have partnered with Toys for Tots and last year they collected more than 1,000 toys.

South Florida Marines will be at Sun Life Stadium this Sunday before the pivotal game between the Dolphins and New England Patriots collecting unwrapped toys. They will be setting up at all stadium gates taking collections from 9 a.m. to kickoff.

TWO TUNES FOR TUESDAY

Perfect weather for December called for another brief outdoor concert during the team’s warm-up and stretching period, with two songs being played over the loudspeakers. “I Know,” by Yo Gotti featuring Rich Homie Quan kicked things off and then the classic by Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Paradise City,” wrapped it up.

THIS AND THAT

Running back Lamar Miller, who left Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh with a concussion and did not return, was back on the practice field this afternoon but only special teams drills were taking place during the portion open to the media. He appeared to be smiling and in good spirits as he joked around with fellow running back Daniel Thomas. … Right tackle Tyson Clabo was asked about Super Bowls being played in cold weather and if he would be for that if he was the commissioner and the veteran responded by saying since he’s never been in a Super Bowl he could care less where it’s played, as long as he’s playing in it.

THE LAST WORD

“I think on Tuesday when I was able to jog on it a little bit after being in the cast and everything, that’s when I knew because I came out running immediately after I got out of the cast. I was just going through the treatment every day.” – running back Daniel Thomas on when he first had an inkling he could play again following the ankle injury
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