THIS AND THAT

The Dolphins are off this week, but a lot happened in recent days. Here's a recap of the latest happenings around Dolphins camp.

-- Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was honored at the team's Kickoff Banquet as the 2003 team MVP. Other award winners included Wade Smith as the top newcomer, Shawn Wooden for community service and Junior Seau for leadership. Larry Chester won the Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media.

-- Everyone knows by now about Seau's unfortunate comments during his acceptance speech when he used the word "faggot." Seau issued a public apology the next day, saying the comments came out of his "stupidity" and that he needed to take sensitivity classes.

-- During the awards banquet, Coach Dave Wannstedt said the defense had a chance to be the best in franchise history, and he said the next day he wouldn't say anything he didn't believe.

-- Rookie cornerback Will Poole has changed his jersey number from 40 to 27. The number last year belonged to Terrell Buckley, but he recently signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

-- Wide receiver David Boston has shed about 13 pounds in recent weeks.

-- The Dolphins have begun experimenting using Chris Chambers as a slot receiver in three-wide formations.

-- The Dolphins also are toying with the idea of using Larry Chester as a blocker on kickoff returns.

-- The Dolphins last week worked out running back James Allen and cornerback Reggie Austin.

-- Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh continues to make progress from ankle surgery, and he was off crutches last week.

-- Former Dolphins defensive end Dunstan Anderson (1997) was killed in an auto accident in Southwest Florida.


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