Dolphin Roundup 8/5/04


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Training Camp Heats Up
DAVIE - Defensive end David Bowens will be working against a familiar face in Houston the next two days when he goes against Todd Wade, the former Dolphins' right tackle who is now with the Texans.

Bowens, who was slowed by hand surgery in 2002 and knee surgery in 2003, is trying to re-establish himself, and with Adewale Ogunleye holding out, he is getting an opportunity.

"I'm starting to get into game shape," said Bowens who played in the final four games last year. "After going through the hand two years ago and the knee last year, I feel like I have been through it all. My hunger for the game has grown because I haven't been able to play."

It isn't often that you get a chance to work against a former teammate who has moved to another team, but it should help Bowens and Wade.

"I know how I can beat him," Bowens said, "and he knows how he can beat me. He knows the little things about my game, and I know the little things about his game. I don't know how much his game has changed or improved with different coaching so we will have to adjust to each other."
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DE Kenny Holmes, a former Miami Hurricane, tried out. The New York Giants released him. Holmes, a good pass rusher, had 5.5 sacks and 32 tackles.

Holmes, a 6 feet 4, 265-pound native of Vero Beach, was a first round draft choice of Tennessee in 1997. He played four years with the Titans and three years with the Giants. For his career, he has 324 tackles, 38.5 sacks, 10 fumbles caused and 10 fumbles recovered.

"We have a short list of players at a number of positions," Wannstedt said. "If they become available, we bring them in and take a look just as we did with [RB] Stacey Mack."

Holmes could be a possibility for depth if Ogunleye's holdout becomes extended. If negotiations remain at an impasse, Ogunleye could sit out the season's first 10 games.
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Wannstedt will be looking to improve team chemistry, evaluate how his players compete against another team and see how quickly the Dolphins adjust to things that they haven't seen during the two practice days with Houston.

"We will be able to get a little more of that training camp mentality," Wannstedt said. "It be a lock-down for a few days. Competing against players other than your teammates will also be a nice change. You also need to see how quickly the players adjust to something that they may be seeing for the first time."

The offensive line and the quarterback will be tested by Houston's 3-4 alignment and its zone-blitzing tendencies. Wannstedt sees his young, athletic offensive line playing aggressively.

"This will be an eye opener for these guys," Wannstedt said. "The biggest challenge [against Houston] will come with the quarterback and offensive line."
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C Seth McKinney will have a chance to visit with his brother, C Steve McKinney, during the visit to Houston. Their parents also live in Houston. He is 1-1 in games against his brother.

Two years ago, the Dolphins won a preseason game in Houston 24-3, and the Texans stunned the Dolphins in last year's season opener 21-20 in Pro Player Stadium.

"I don't know how much I'll see my brother," McKinney said. "He'll probably be working on another field, and he's slowed down right now with a [hamstring] injury. We'll have some free time so I'll get a chance to see them, but I will probably be pretty tired most of the time."
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Radio Caracol (1260 AM) will be the Dolphins' Spanish language radio flagship. Radio Caracol is part of the GLR Network, and their games will also be aired on the network's stations in Mexico. GLR stations throughout Latin America and Spain will also carry Dolphin programs. Rene Giraldo and Roly Martin will be the game announcers.

OGUNLEYE STALEMATE

Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said he had ''nothing new to report'' on the negotiations between the team and Adewale Ogunleye.

That's because the team and the representative for the unsigned Pro Bowl defensive end have had no meaningful negotiations in more than two weeks. Both sides are sticking to their bargaining positions and neither side has offered a compromise during that time, according to sources familiar with the talks.

The lull is bothering both sides.

Wannstedt has told confidants he is eager for the Ogunleye deal to be signed and is concerned the team's MVP is not in camp already after missing the entire offseason conditioning program.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus is equally concerned there isn't more urgency in working out a deal.

''Last week, I talked to the Dolphins and asked when they wanted to resume negotiations and I was told they would revisit Wale's situation in the near future,'' Rosenhaus said. ``That's the way we left it.''

The Dolphins, meanwhile, seem to be bracing for an extended holdout by Ogunleye. On Wednesday, they brought in former University of Miami defensive end Kenny Holmes for a tryout.

SPOTLIGHT ON FEELEY

The Dolphins split time pretty much down the middle between quarterbacks Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley the first four days of training camp, but that changed Wednesday when Feeley took a sizable majority of the repetitions.

Wannstedt said there was no significance to the change as the two players battle for the starting quarterback spot.

McMICHAEL HAPPY

Tight end Randy McMichael released a statement Wednesday, following Tuesday's news that the Broward attorney's office will not prosecute him over a domestic violence incident with his wife this offseason.

''I'm glad things turned out the way they did,'' McMichael said. ``Now I'm going to move forward and concentrate on nothing but football.''

-Receiver Marvin ''Snoop'' Minnis was excused from practice Wednesday for personal reasons but Wannstedt said he is expected to return to the team today when it travels to Houston.

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By The Source
Aug 5, 2004
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