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Folks in Miami may not recognize John Beck, even though he's been in town through myriad minicamps and his face has been on TV and newspapers throughout south Florida.

However, if they see a guy in a grocery store, intensely studying a play sheet atop a baby stroller as his wife, Barbara, fills up a shopping cart, one may assume they've run into the Miami Dolphins' second-round draft pick.

Beck has taken his gym-rat self to the next level, immersing himself deep into the Dolphin playbook as if it's some kind of lost treasure map. He's deployed a memorization technique, trying to master the complicated huddle calls required by Miami, a play-call system far more complicated than the one he used at Brigham Young University.

"Making reads, throwing the ball and running plays isn't much different than what I experienced at BYU, but the verbiage they use when calling out a play at the NFL level requires two to three times more words and its much tougher."

Beck's best bet is repetition, something he experienced when learning Portuguese to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Portugal.

How complicated is it?

Well, at BYU, his huddle call for a basic pass play would involve two words, usually a color and a two-digit number.

With the Dolphins, who use a lot of shifts and motion, the call could involve eight to 10 words or phrases, each signaling a specific aspect of the play.

Source: Deseret News
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Some Dolphins players believe Ted Ginn will play more receiver as a rookie than coach Cam Cameron suggests publicly. Derek Hagan will begin camp as the No. 3 receiver (provided Marty Booker is still with Dolphins), but Ginn could challenge.

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MIA - Dolphins QB Beck Challenged

Source: Dick Harmon, Deseret Morning News

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback John Beck is finding it quite a challenge to master the complicated huddle calls required by the Dolphins. At BYU, his huddle call for a basic pass play would involve two words, usually a color and a two-digit number. With the Dolphins, who use a lot of shifts and motion, the call could involve 8 to 10 words or phrases, each signaling a specific aspect of the play. "Making reads, throwing the ball and running plays isn't much different than what I experienced at BYU, but the verbiage they use when calling out a play at the NFL level requires two to three times more words and it's much tougher," Beck said.
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Dolphins release oft-injured WR Campbell
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DAVIE, Fla. (July 6, 2007) -- The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Kelly Campbell three weeks before the start of training camp.

Campbell hasn't played a regular-season game since 2004 because of leg problems, yet he said earlier this offseason that the quadricep injury sustained during Miami's training camp a year ago that kept him out for all of 2006 was no longer bothersome. The Dolphins re-signed him as a free agent in March.

Campbell caught 57 passes over a three-year span (2002-04) with the Minnesota Vikings, gaining 18.6 yards per catch and scoring eight touchdowns.
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MIA - Dolphins In No Hurry To Lock Up Players

Source: Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

Although C Rex Hadnot will be Miami's top unrestricted free agent next spring, the Dolphins informed his agent they want to see how he fares in his move to right guard before making an offer. In addition, there have been no extension talks with OT Vernon Carey and OLB Channing Crowder, both signed through 2008.
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One Fins starter can't understand why Miami didn't spend to upgrade the secondary, instead of linebacker. And some Fins players, privately, continue to disagree with how Daunte Culpepper's situation has been handled.

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MIA - Dolphins WR Chambers Charged With DUI

Source: Jeff Darlington, Miami Herald

Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and speeding, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's crime log. Chambers, who hasn't had any legal troubles during six seasons in the NFL, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. He was later released on a $1,750 bond. Details of the arrest were not immediately available. Neither Chambers nor his agent, Ben Dogra, could be reached.
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Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers passed a breathalyzer test at the police station after his Saturday morning arrest for driving while impaired, reckless driving and speeding, according to sources.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Chambers was taken into custody at 2:31 a.m. Saturday. He was released on $1,750 bond Saturday afternoon, and is scheduled to appear in court today at 1 p.m. He has been working out in North Carolina in preparation for training camp, to which veterans must report on July 27.

Saturday, Mecklenburg Capt. Lisa Goelz said there are no police reports for traffic violations, and Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said the franchise was "in the process of gathering more information."

Source: Sen-Sentinel
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Miami could pursue veteran defensive tackle Darwin Walker if he's released. His agent, Albert Irbe, said Walker won't report to the Bills' camp without a new deal. Buffalo, under that scenario, would return Walker to Philadelphia by Aug. 5 for a sixth-rounder, and the Eagles probably would release him. Walker then would go to the highest bidder, Irbe said. Miami will have significant cap space once Daunte Culpepper is gone.

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Although the Dolphins believe Lorenzo Booker is ready to be Ronnie Brown's backup, they likely would explore veteran options if Brown is hurt, Booker struggles in camp or potential third-stringers Jesse Chatman and Patrick Cobbs flop. Free agent Corey Dillon likes the Dolphins, but they haven't called.

Source: Miami Herald
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Dolphins release Culpepper after one season

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MIAMI (July 17, 2007) -- The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Daunte Culpepper, ending the former Pro Bowler's short stint in South Florida and wrapping up what became a contentious split between the player and the team.

The Dolphins made the move in a one-sentence release, without further comment.

Miami tried for weeks to trade Culpepper, the former Minnesota star who was acquired by the Dolphins before the 2006 season even though he was coming off major knee surgery. Culpepper never regained his form last year, struggling in four games before the team shut him down so he could continue rehabilitating the knee.

A grievance filed by the NFL Players Association on Culpepper's behalf against the Dolphins was scheduled to be heard July 18, after the team told Culpepper he couldn't fully participate in offseason practices. That move came shortly after Miami traded with Kansas City for quarterback Trent Green, who's expected to be the new starter for the Dolphins.

Culpepper, who serves as his own agent, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
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Dolphins released QB Daunte Culpepper.

With Culpepper's grievance scheduled for Wednesday, the Dolphins wanted to avoid a messy situation. The move saves $1.3 million in cap space and frees up Culpepper to speak to any suitors. The Jaguars are the only team who has publicly shown interest and remain the heavy favorite to sign Culpepper. | 7/17/2007 4:16:00 PM
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MIAMI (AP) -Second-round draft choice Samson Satele signed a four-year, $2.89 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, but the team's top two picks remained unsigned Thursday, three days before the scheduled reporting date for rookies.

The deal signed by Satele, a 311-pound center from Hawaii, included a guaranteed $1.225 million. He was taken with the second of Miami's two second-round picks in April.

Still unsigned were Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr., the Dolphins' first-round choice, and quarterback John Beck of Brigham Young, a second-round pick.

Miami rookies are scheduled to report Sunday and begin practice Tuesday. Training camp for the entire team starts July 28.
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Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter's eventful trip to a Las Vegas casino reportedly will only affect his wallet and not his playing status.

According to a report on the NFL Network, Porter is expected to be fined three game checks today after he was convicted of battery against Bengals tackle Levi Jones in a March fight in a casino. The report on the league's own TV channel said Porter won't receive a suspension, but he will lose a total of $141,176.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment, saying there was nothing to announce as of Thursday night. Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said the team cannot comment until an official announcement is made.

Source: Sun-Sentinel
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The deadline to finish signing this year's rookie class is upon the Dolphins, and the team worked toward completing the final two deals late Sunday evening.

It appears the last-minute negotiations will be successful for at least one of the remaining top picks. When rookies were to report for a late-evening dinner Sunday, quarterback John Beck and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. had yet to finish contracts -- but both were close.

Beck, who needs to finalize a few sticking points, could agree to terms as early as this morning, possibly before a late-morning orientation meeting. Beck's team of representatives was expected to come back one more time with some final demands on Miami's most recent term sheet.

Source: Miami Herald

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