Analysis: Nobody really expects Pennington to be the fourth quarterback on this team, right? This was done perhaps as a signal that Pennington won't play much at all in the preseason because Sparano knows what he's got with him, but the truth is that should something happen to Henne, it almost undoubtedly would be Pennington and NOT Thigpen or White in the action.
Analysis: Nothing really surprising here, even though some might put Hilliard ahead of Cobbs.
Analysis: At the first wide receiver spot, the only thing of interest is Grice-Mullen being fifth when we figured he'd have a legitimate shot at making the roster. His leg injury early in camp clearly set him back. As for the second wide receiver spot, can't help but notice Patrick Turner behind rookie free agent Marlon Moore. Tells us Turner clearly is no lock to make the team.
Analysis: Martin is only fifth because he just signed. He'll be second -- if not first -- by the end of the preseason.
John Jerry, Cory Procter
Analysis: The thing that jumps out on the offensive line, of course, is Berger being listed ahead of Grove. Grove has battled injuries early in camp and this regime is known not to have a high degree of tolerance for guys who get hurt (see Smiley, Justin). Beyond that, Jerry being listed first as a rookie is impressive, but Gardner landing at No. 3 at left tackle doesn't bode well for the 2009 sixth-round pick.
Analysis: Nothing really jumps out here. Merling is still listed on the depth chart because he hasn't been put on IR or the NFI list yet.
Analysis: Again, nothing stands out here. Misi is listed with the first team, but Ikaika Alama-Francis has stood out more in camp and might make a push for that starting job. The weakside linebacker job appears to be Cameron Wake's to lose after Charlie Anderson lined up with the first team in the OTAs.
Analysis: No surprises here. Jason Allen has performed well lately after a rough start in camp, but it wouldn't surprise us to see Nolan Carroll move past not only Oglesby but Allen as well as the backup to Sean Smith. At free safety, we're not ready to concede the starting job to Clemons, who hasn't made big mistakes at camp but also hasn't made many plays. Jones, meanwhile, has flashed while breaking up some passes.
Patrick Cobbs, Tristan Davis, Nolan Carroll
Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Taurus Johnson
Analysis: The Dolphins have no backups at punter, kicker or snapper, which means they're relying on Denney, Carpenter and Fields continuing to get the job done and not getting hurt. In terms of returners, you can pretty much cross off Tristan Davis because he's not likely to make the team. Bess should hang on as the punt returner, but we get a feeling Carroll's explosiveness could push him ahead of Cobbs as the kickoff returner before long.