“We’ve seen him play both positions,” Philbin said. “He’s got ability at both spots.”
• Running back: If Mike Gillislee impresses in the next four months, he could challenge Daniel Thomas for the No. 2 job behind expected starter Lamar Miller.
“I really like this kid,” Ireland said. “He’s got a very good skill set. He can pass protect. Kind of paid his dues at Florida. He was a one-year starter. He runs it very well. He’s tough.”
• Linebacker: A strong next four months could earn fourth-rounder Jelani Jenkins the top backup job. He’s competing with Jason Trusnik, Josh Kaddu and Austin Spitler, among others. Trusnik is steady and reliable, and Philbin likes Kaddu’s upside.
Jenkins is “very quick, very athletic,” Ireland said. “He’s going to be a core special teams player for us.”
• Kicker: If Caleb Sturgis performs at least as well as Dan Carpenter in the next four months, there’s a good chance Sturgis would win the job because he’s younger and cheaper.
“We’re not giving the job away to Caleb or to Dan,” Ireland said. “They’re going to be in pretty good competition in camp.”
THIS AND THAT
• Left tackle Bryant McKinnie declined an offer from Miami to take a better deal with Baltimore, worth up to $7 million over two years.
• Though two national media outlets suggested the Dolphins might have interest in Tim Tebow, they have not pursued him and are happy with their quarterback situation as is, team sources said.