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NOTEBOOK: Taylor Playing Catch-up; Other Notes

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Cornerback working to get back in the swing of things after missing first two preseason games.



Rookie second-round pick Jamar Taylor is still playing catch-up to a certain degree, but he keeps making steady progress.

And the cornerback from Boise State isn’t going to stop working until he gets back to the form that made him such a draft pick in the first place.

“I’m definitely not where I want to be,” Taylor said. “I’ve still got a lot of learning to do since I missed (some of camp). I’m still just going to keep the hammer toward the nail in the training room and keep on trying to get better.”

Taylor sat out the first two preseason games before making his debut in a Dolphins uniform in the game at Houston, where he got 11 snaps on defense and four more on special teams.

Against Tampa Bay on Saturday, Taylor got 24 snaps on defense and 10 on special teams. Taylor’s stat line against the Buccaneers showed one pass defensed, as he knocked the ball away from starting wide receiver Mike Williams on a pass by starting quarterback Josh Freeman.

Taylor didn’t sound too impressed with that play after the game.

“The dude should have caught it, but I just kept on fighting for it,” Taylor said. “I think he was kind of dropping it, I just kind of knocked it at the last minute. But I should be a little closer and probably should have picked it.”

All in all, though, it was a good night for Taylor, if for no other reason than he’s starting to get back into the swing of things.

“Definitely starting to get the feel of playing football back, getting back out there and starting to feel more like a player,” he said.

SAYING GOODBYE

Like all NFL teams, the Dolphins have two waves of roster cuts to make this week, first down to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then to the final 53 by Saturday night.

The Dolphins remained at 84 players after they ended practice on Monday.

Head Coach Joe Philbin was asked Monday how he typically handles telling players they’ve been let go.

“I have a lot of respect for what these guys do,” Philbin said. “I’ve seen a lot of them, they’ve been here since April 15, since the offseason program began. They make a lot of sacrifices. This is a demanding profession. There’s not a ton to discuss, but you typically just thank them for their contributions and the way they’ve acted on and off the field and wish them the best of luck.”

EXTRA WORK

The Dolphins ended up practicing solely inside the bubble Monday because of threatening weather.

After the workout, Marcus Thigpen, Chad Bumphis and Rishard Matthews sprinted outside to start fielding punts from the Jugs machine.

Linebacker Lee Robinson, meanwhile, was working on a sled by himself.

CATCH THE DOLPHINS LIVE

Dolphins fans anywhere in the country will be able to watch live the preseason finale against New Orleans, thanks to the NFL’s Preseason Live package.

For $19.99, fans can have access on their computer or tablet to out-of-market games not televised nationally. For details, go to dolphins.com/preseasonlive.

The game against New Orleans will be broadcast live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area on WFOR-TV (CBS 4), in Fort Myers on WBBH-TV (Channel 2), in West Palm Beach on WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48-Spanish); and in Orlando on WRDQ (Channel 27) and WFTB MegaTV (9.2 as well as on digital cable via Comcast channel 209, CenturyLink Channel 10, Cox Cable 118 and Decca Cable channel 717).

Jesse Agler will provide the play-by-play call, with former Dolphins greats Bob Griese and Nat Moore providing analysis.

For those who can’t catch the game live on Saturday, it will be replayed by the NFL Network on Sunday at 3 a.m.

THIS AND THAT

Philbin wouldn’t rule out the possibility Monday that some of the Dolphins starters would see action in the preseason finale Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. … After guard John Jerry returned to practice last week, the Dolphins had two more offensive linemen back working Monday — Nate Garner and Will Yeatman. … The musical selections during the stretching period were “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West, “Type of Way” by Rich Homie Quan and “Turn’t Up” by Lil Twist/Busta Rhymes.

THE LAST WORD

 LB Dannell Ellerbe on how good the Dolphins defense can be: “I feel we can be as good as we want to be as long as we put in the work, come out here and grind every day. Just focus. We have to focus on every play.”
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