Stock Up, Stock Down: Miami Dolphins

Miami DolphinsThe Miami Dolphins held an open, intrasquad scrimmage last night, with their preseason opener a mere six days away. Unfortunately for the fans, free agent addition Mike Wallace sat out the scrimmage, as did last season’s leading receiver Brian Hartline.

Earlier in the week, wideout Armon Binns was lost for the season when he tore his ACL and MCL, and second-year wideout Rishard Matthews also missed the practice due to an undisclosed injury. So, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t have his full complement of targets for this run.

And it showed. The first-team offense struggled to move the ball against the first-team defense, recording just one first down on their first four drives. As the scrimmage continued though, Tannehill found success in the red zone. Tannehill finished the night going 9-for-13 for 75 yards and three touchdowns, unofficially. His longest TD went 24 yards to H-back Charles Clay. The QB also found new TE Dustin Keller for a TD in the red zone.

One of the bigger concerns coming into camp was the ability of the revamped offensive line to hold up and protect Tannehill and create space for the running game, and, due in part to some early injuries and a general shuffling of players, the o-line didn’t do anything to alleviate those concerns.

The defense had more would-be sacks than could be counted during the scrimmage. Even though Pro Bowl DE Cameron Wake had a quiet night, starting safety Reshad Jones had two sacks, DE Olivier Vernon had a strip sack, and rookie Dion Jordan had at least one sack. (Jordan was close to a second sack, but it’s being credited to Koa Misi since the QBs couldn’t actually be hit.) Vernon’s forced fumble was just one of the turnovers the defense forced. The D forced a fumble by rookie RB Mike Gillislee, and had interceptions of Matt Moore (a pick-6 by safety Kelcie McCray) and Pat Devlin (an INT in the end zone by rookie Will Davis to end the scrimmage).

Overall, the defense shined. The Dolphins may sport a Top-5 D-line, which will help a secondary in flux and a stable of new LBs, but the struggles of the O-line are concerning. The running game was non-existent, as no holes could be created by the O-line, and the fact that Tannehill was missing four of his top five wideouts should temper the doubt swirling around the first-team offense’s inability to move the ball.

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Book Review: Thieftaker, by D.B. Jackson


Thieftaker, by D.B Jackson (published by Tor Books on July 3rd, 2012), is a thoroughly entertaining, genre-blending story that I could barely put down. Mixing elements of urban fantasymystery, and historical fiction, Jackson crafted a wonderful novel that would satisfy fans of any or all of those genres.

Set in 1765 Boston, Jackson used his historical knowledge to masterfully craft a vivid world for his characters to roam. Historical events, like the Stamp Act riots, and historical figures, like Samuel Adams, helped believably develop the turmoil of life in Boston just before the American Revolution.

Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker and conjurer, is the protagonist of this story. Kaille is hired by a wealthy merchant to recover a brooch stolen from the man’s murdered daughter. Throughout his tense inquiry, Kaille is faced with myriad obstacles and well-drawn characters that impede his progress. Jackson’s development of those secondary characters bolsters the story and provides the protagonist with the necessary foils and support along his journey. He peppered the novel with just the right amount of backstory to round out the characters while not losing any of the narrative’s momentum.

The development of the Magic System within the world was perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the story. Jackson clearly presented the reason, limitations, balance, and cost of magic throughout the novel, which blended seamlessly into the historical tapestry of the story and the requisite mystery elements that had to be in play.

Jackson channels his inner-Raymond Chandler in this one. The story kept me guessing throughout, with the specter of the antagonist looming just out of sight for so much of the narrative.

My rating for Thieftaker is 5 out of 5! I highly recommend this novel to fans of urban fantasy, mystery and, perhaps most of all, historical fiction. I know I’ll pick up the second novel of the Thieftaker Chronicles, Thieves’ Quarry, as soon as possible.

Don’t miss the link below to Lucienne Diver’s blog. Diver is D.B. Jackson’s agent, and he wrote a guest post on her site about writing historical fiction and point of view.

He also took the time to ReTweet something I posted recently:

Here’s one of his Tweets to get more information on his protagonist, Ethan Kaille, and one of Ethan’s primary antagonists, Sephira Pryce:

D.B Jackson Links

Here’s a link to the author’s website:

Here are some free samples of his work:

Here’s a link to a Thieftaker short story, A Spell of Vengeance, from Tor Books:

Here’s a link to Amazon to get your own copy of the book:

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