QB SCHOOL III VIEWS

The Dolphins are in the midst of the third of five quarterback schools, and is as often the case it is the younger players who are attracting a lot of attention. Here are some early observations from this latest offseason minicamp.

-- Yeremiah Bell continues to impress with his work at safety, and it's looking more and more like he has to be considered a legitimate candidate to land the starting free safety position. At this early stage, Arturo Freeman probably would rank as the leader, but that's because he has more familiarity with the defense than either Bell or free agent acquisition Antuan Edwards.

-- Interesting comment from Coach Dave Wannstedt, who said on Tuesday he would anticipate 2003 top draft pick Eddie Moore to push for a starting job this season. With Morlon Greenwood coming off the best season of his career and veteran Junior Seau on the other side, we frankly see this as Wannstedt trying to instill some confidence in his young player or perhaps shift the focus away from the fact Moore was the team's top pick last year and it might be a while before the Dolphins get a major contribution from him. But we'll say this about Moore: He does move very well at linebacker.

-- Wannstedt continues to say good things about quarterback Sage Rosenfels, but it's difficult — if not impossible — to envision him putting himself in the thick of the battle for the starting quarterback job. At this point, we're still calling likely that A.J. Feeley will wind up starting with Jay Fiedler as the No. 2 guy.

-- Whether Ricky Williams had a legitimate reason for missing Tuesday's practice or whether he simply forgot, is it really that big a deal? Williams has done everything asked of him during his time with the Dolphins and this is a June workout.

-- Don't look for the Dolphins to get a lot of helps from the few June 1 cuts because there isn't a big-time offensive lineman or receiver suddenly available. Carolina wideout Muhsin Muhammad would be a great addition, but word is the Panthers aren't letting him go despite some thought he would be a salary-cap casualty.

-- Muhammad would really help because the Dolphins flat-out don't have a clear-cut No. 3 wide receiver to go along with Chris Chambers and David Boston. The likes of Derrius Thompson, J.R. Tolver, Snoop Minnis, Kendall Newson and Sam Simmons all have had their moments this offseason, but nobody has consistently stood out.

-- We've said this before, but it bears repeating again: We can't tell you that much about the offensive line's progress because there's virtually no contact up front. It does remain a concern, but the real gauge of where the group is will come when training camp starts in July.


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