• If second-round pick Jamar Taylor sees the field for the first time this preseason. There’s a good chance the rookie corner gets a few snaps after missing the first two games with the lingering pain from sports hernia surgery in the spring.
Both the starting offense and defense will get their most work of the preseason Saturday. Philbin said the first-stringers will play at least the first quarter, and possibly more.
Every snap the stars are out there will be a chance to compare themselves to a playoff team from a year ago.
“On paper, you can probably look and say we’ve probably made some improvements, but I’m one of those guys where the proof’s in the pudding,” said defensive end Cam Wake. “Until you actually make something happen, it hasn’t happened yet.”
On Wednesday, the Dolphins decided on their specialists for 2013. On Thursday, they ensured all three will be under contract through 2016.
Long snapper John Denney, who was entering the final year of his contract, has signed a three-year contract extension, the team announced Friday morning. The deal is worth about $1.2 million per season.
Denney, the 6-5, 255-pounder, enters his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Dolphins. In his career, he has played in 128 consecutive games, which places second all-time in Dolphin history.
Denney has amassed 34 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over his career. He originally joined the Dolphins as a undrafted free agent following the 2005 NFL Draft.
Earlier in the week, Caleb Sturgis was named the team’s kicker. Sturgis, Denney and Brandon Fields all have four years left on their respective deals.