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Miami Dolphins News You May Have Missed - 9/7/11

Here are the Miami Dolphins news stories you may have missed over the last 24 hours:

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Commentary: For Miami Dolphins, beating New England on Monday is Job 1
It's only one game. There are 15 more to follow. Makes no sense, therefore, placing ultimate importance on Monday's season opener with New England, especially since the Dolphins' most recent division-championship team started 0-2 in 2008.

Dolphin Digest: Targeting Takeaways Key To Topping Pats | Miami Dolphins
The members of the Dolphins defense have big plans for the 2011 season, and the biggest thing they can do to take the next step this season is come up with more takeaways.

New England Patriots cut Gerard Warren, add Dan Gronkowski - ESPN Boston
The New England Patriots made a couple of interesting moves on Wednesday, cutting defensive lineman Gerard Warren on Wednesday and signing tight end Dan Gronkowski, the brother of current Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Dolphins Quarterbacks:

Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne’s confidence is showing - Miami Dolphins -
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne is ready to carry on after a solid preseason. ‘There are a lot of things I can do with this offense,’ he said.

Miami Dolphins' Chad Henne and Tony Sparano get another chance to get it right
Dolphins training camp had barely begun, but hometown fans already were booing Chad Henne and chanting for Kyle Orton at the "welcome back to football" practice Aug.

Sports buzz: Analysts critique Dolphins; UM postscripts | Sports Buzz
Simms was irritated when ESPN (Herm Edwards) ranked the Dolphins’ quarterback situation as the NFL’s worst. "What – are you crazy?" Simms said

Dolphins Offensive Line:

How will the Miami Dolphins use versatile OL Ryan Cook? – Miami Dolphins – Sun-Sentinel
The Miami Dolphins’ acquisition on Monday of Ryan Cook isn’t something that generated a ton of buzz. He’s only an offensive lineman, after all, and one who’s been mostly a reserve at that during the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Dolphins Defensive Line:

Miami Dolphins think deep front seven can make defense one of the best in the league
The Dolphins' defense made significant improvement in its first season under coordinator Mike Nolan in 2010, climbing from 22nd to sixth in yards allowed and giving up 57 fewer points than in 2009.

Dolphins Linebackers:

Cam Wake Media Availability Video | The Finsiders - Miami Dolphins

Jason Taylor And Friends Help Make It Cool To Go Back To School | Miami Dolphins
Thanks to the Jason Taylor Foundation, the Old Navy store at the Tower Shops in Davie was transformed into a Miami Dolphins reunion of sorts Monday night, with some special school kids the primary beneficiaries.

Dolphins Coaches:

Miami Dolphins' coaching staff has gotten younger, more hands-on
No offense to Dolphins linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, or anyone else who has taught Cam Wake throughout his football career.

Coach Sparano Joins The Finsiders, 9/6/11 | The Finsiders - Miami Dolphins
The head coach sat down with The Finsiders to discuss Chad Henne, Reggie Bush and the new look to the Dolphins offense as the team prepares to open the 2011

AFC East Roster Swaps:

Spy Game alive and well: AFC East foes taking turns signing each others’ players | The Daily Dolphin
The AFC East has been infiltrated by spies. How else to explain the flurry of roster activity that has seen four players switch sides in their AFC East

New England Patriots sign just-released Miami Dolphins linebacker A.J. Edds
Former Dolphins linebacker A.J. Edds became the latest player to switch sides in an AFC East rivalry when the New England Patriots claimed him off waivers Tuesday and added him to their 53-man roster, a league source confirmed.

Patriots, Dolphins swap waiver pickups before opener | ProFootballTalk
There were some eyebrows raised when the Dolphins claimed Patriots tight end Will Yeatman over the weekend. An undrafted rookie free agent presumably wouldn't know a lot at this point about the Patriots Week One gameplan, but these are the sort of conspiracies fans love.

Three Things: Did the Patriots make another steal in A.J. Edds? – Mike Berardino – Sun-Sentinel
Thing 1: Apparently I touched a nerve among Miami Dolphins fans last night when I suggested via my Twitter account that linebacker A.J. Edds, picked up by the New England Patriots on Tuesday, could blossom into another Mike Vrabel

Dolphins Touchdown Club:

Touchdown Club Kicks Off 11th Season In Honor Of Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich | Miami Dolphins
For 10 strong years Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich put all of his heart and soul behind the Miami Dolphins Touchdown Club and succeeded in giving so much back to the community in the process.

Dolphins vs. The "Experts"

Dave Hyde | Sun Sentinel blogs | Hyde5: Are Dolphins really the 29th ranked NFL team?
Are the Dolphins the 29th ranked team? If the Dolphins want to sneak up on people, the landscape is being drawn for them. Pro Football Talk is the latest to make fun of them. In its rankings, the Dolphins are listed 29th, ahead of just the Broncos, Redskins and dead-last Bengals. Even Carolina, who looked awful in preseason, is 28th. Hell, Buffalo is 24th.

National media providing Miami Dolphins with plenty of bulletin board material | The Daily Dolphin
One thing the Dolphins don’t have a shortage of entering this NFL season: Bulletin board material. Yes, the Dolphins sometimes do print out negative