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Miami Dolphins Training Camp Profiles: Armon Binns

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Miami Dolphins training camp profiles give you a look at players who either are not known commodities or are on the roster bubble. Today it's Dolphins' WR Armon Binns. What does Binns have to do to make the roster coming off of a major knee surgery?

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Armon Binns currently faces a flurry of competition at the wide receiver position and will have to fight valiantly for a spot on the Dolphins' final 53-man roster.

Binns, a former Cincinnati Bearcat and Bengal, was in line to not only earn a spot on the roster but also a large chunk of playing time. Binns, who scored 21 touchdowns in his final two years of college, was scoring multiple touchdowns a day in offseason workouts for the Dolphins before an extremely unfortunate and untimely ACL tears.

Binns ACL tear was a huge progress stopper and caused everything that Binns had accomplished throughout the 2013 offseason mean nothing.

Binns is back and ready to make a mark in training camp for the second straight year, but he faces a much more difficult slate of competition this time around and a new playbook to master.

What does Binns need to do to earn a roster spot this year and prove that last offseason was not a fluke?

1. The most important thing for Armon Binns to prove this training camp is that he has recovered from the debilitating knee injury that he suffered in training camp nearly a full year ago.

Binns was a touchdown machine in 2013 offseason workouts before tearing his ACL. It's nearly impossible for him to that form if he is feeling lingering effects from his surgery, such as a loss of quickness or ability to separate.

The worst possible effect is that Binns plays with reluctance and fear of re-injuring his knee. Binns is a bigger-bodied target who is easier to take down around the legs, so if he is feeling uncomfortable with bodies around his knee then his play will undoubtedly show it.

Binns' big body and ability to go up and get a pass is one of his best attributes, but fear of receiving a cheap shot to the knee (a huge topic of discussion at the beginning of the 2013 season, if you remember) could create a timid style of play in Binns.

If Binns loses his aggressiveness in attacking balls in the air then his chances of making the roster will be greatly reduced.

2. Binns must prove he is a redzone threat. Binns is the second tallest wide receiver on the team and must be able to use his full catch-radius in the redzone. Binns, as previously stated, was an absolute touchdown machine in college and in last year's offseason workouts, so logic says that he will thrive in this area.

3. Binns must also prove that he has learned the new playbook of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Lazor's system features a ton of motions which puts a bit more responsibility on receivers as they have to make sure they are lined up correctly and must process more information.

However, the hardest part, as it is with most new systems, will be learning the new terminology. Of course the same can be said for each member of the offense, but if a receiver doesn't understand a call from the quarterback then it will most likely lead to a wasted play or a turnover.

Binns has a tough task ahead of him in making the Dolphins' roster as this wide-out corps is much more talented than last year's group. Binns nearly leapfrogged both Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews (two of my personal favorites) on the depth chart before his ACL tear, but this year he will need to prove it all again. Only this time he will have much more adversity to deal with.

I'll tell you this, if Binns makes the team then he deserved it and you should be excited to see him play. While Binns isn't the quickest or fastest (he's your classic "possession" receiver), he has big-play potential in the red zone and one-on-one deep balls as he has strong, soft hands and a large catch-radius to win 50-50 balls over defenders.