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Why you should take everything you hear with a grain of salt

For the past couple of months, football fans everywhere have been hanging on every word written or spoken about their teams. In particular, everybody wants to know how their rookies are looking in practice.

Dolphin fans are obviously no different. For months, I've been highlighting the various practice reports from OTAs and mini-camp. We've been talking about how sharp Chad Henne has looked or how quick Karlos Dansby has looked.

But it's important to remember that none of this really matters at this point. And we really can't even be sure how accurate these claims are - especially when two sources write essentially two different things.

A few days ago, Pro Football Weekly posted an item that reads as follows:

We haven't seen him compete in full pads yet, but Dolphins observers said second-round pick Koa Misi isn't blowing anyone away in OTAs and minicamp. Misi, who is transitioning from playing defensive end in college to outside linebacker, is penciled in as Miami's starter on the strong side. Evaluators say Misi needs to work on developing his pass-rush moves before he can become an effective rusher off the edge.

But today, Adam Schein calls Koa Misi the top "rookie revelation" from mini-camp:

I think that one of the biggest rookie developments in minicamps this spring has been rookie linebacker Koa Misi running with the first team of the Miami Dolphins.

Misi proved worthy of being a first-teamer. I think he will shock the world with close to eight sacks and a Brian Orakpo-like effect on the Dolphins. His veteran teammates raved about his performance.

So which one is it?

This is just further proof that we should take everything we hear this time of the year with a grain of salt. Let's just wait to see with our own two eyes before making any kind of judgments.