Pouncey said there’s “no question” that playing at some point in the first six games is realistic, though he declined to give a target date.
“We had a couple discussions about it,” he said of the PUP possibility. “I’m just letting them make the decision. I hope I’m not on PUP, but it’s not up to me. I want to play.”
Pouncey said his recovery has gone as well as can be expected. Privately, Dolphins officials also are encouraged by his progress.
“I’m going to keep doing my rehab and letting it get stronger each week and just waiting for the coaches to tell me when to play,” he said.
The Dolphins have been encouraged by the development of rookie Walt Aikens, who has consistently been getting second-team snaps at free safety, often alongside Michael Thomas, and ahead of safeties Don Jones and Jordan Kovacs.
Aikens, 6-1, played cornerback at Liberty last season but was a safety when he started his career at Illinois. He said the Dolphins are still giving him some snaps at cornerback.
“I am loving the transition,” he said. “The fact I can cover as a corner and transition into safety makes it a little bit easier. I am covering tight ends that are not as fast as No. 1 receivers.
“It’s great. I can read the whole offense now and see it from a different perspective. [Defensive coordinator Kevin] Coyle stays on me. He’s correcting the mental errors I have.”Joe Philbin
“I don’t know about the passing game quite yet,” Philbin said. “Overall, “he’s looking better.”Charles Clay’s
“He’s day-to-day,” Philbin said. “The longer you’re out, the more of a period of getting acclimated back into football. I’d love to have him out here as soon as possible.”Rishard Matthews
“It’s about being mature and growing up,” he said. “I believe I’ve done that. It’s about consistency. Sometimes, I make good plays. The next day, I would be [subpar]. I knew I had to show the coaches I can get better. I think I’m doing that.”Jarvis Landry
“It’s fun because you know you’re going to get the ball,” said Landry, who’s competing with Marcus Thigpen, among others, for the job.Caleb Sturgis Danny Hrapman Jordan Tripp Dannell Ellerbe Damien Williams Michael Egnew