First-round QB missing valuable camp time


First-round QB missing valuable camp time

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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, still unsigned, missed the Miami Dolphins' first practice of training camp Friday.

The eighth pick in the draft, Tannehill is the first quarterback selected in the first round by the Dolphins since they took Dan Marino in 1983.

Tannehill's agent, Pat Dye Jr., did not respond to an email requesting comment.

"He's obviously not here, so we're not done yet," general manager Jeff Ireland told reporters after practice. "Progress is being made. It's progressing, I should say. Communication is ongoing on both sides, from Pat and our group."

Tannehill is expected to be part of a competition for the starting job along with returning starter Matt Moore and veteran offseason acquisition David Garrard.

"It's disappointing when you don't have all your players in, regardless of who it is," Ireland said. "You want to have all your players out there. Things are progressing and we're going to keep communicating until we get this thing done."

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John Wall responds to NBA GMs survey: 'That's just more motivation'

John Wall responds to NBA GMs survey: 'That's just more motivation'

Most rankings put out by online outlets are simply material for page clicks and fodder for debate among fans. Few carry the weight of a survery of league general managers.

But even the opinions of those who construct rosters can't necessarily be taken as gospel. This year's NBA GM survey put out by included some things Wizards point guard John Wall just doesn't agree with.

Wall wasn't even listed among the best four point guards in the league. While he was ranked as the second-fastest player with the ball, he was nowhere to be found among the best passers. Not even under the honorable mentions of the 'also received votes' category.

That last one irked Wall more than any. He spoke on the subject after the Wizards' win over the Raptors in their preseason finale on Friday night.

"I see it every day on my Twitter. It's funny. I enjoy it. A guy that finished in the top two of assists last year can't pass? I guess so," he said.

Wall, who has averaged 10 assists per game in each of the last two seasons, says he is no stranger to being overlooked. 

"I've been an All-Star and have done this and that in my career. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of something," he said.

"Everything anybody has to say about John Wall, it's never in the top of five category of anything. That's just more motivation for me. They have their opinion. I know what I do. My teammates believe in me. They trust me and see everything I do and all the hard work I put in. One day they will respect me."

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McClellan, House, Ochefu make Wizards' final 15 after cuts

McClellan, House, Ochefu make Wizards' final 15 after cuts

Rookies Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House didn't play much to end the preseason for the Wizards, but all three free agents made the cut as the roster now stands at the league maximum of 15, league sources tell

The Wizards finished the preseason 4-3 after Friday's 119-82 rout of the Toronto Raptors. Ochefu played only six minutes and House and McClellan didn't touch the court.

All three have non-guaranteed deals, meaning the Wizards have the flexibility to waive them at any time without penalty before the second week of January when their deals become fully guaranteed.

Casper Ware, Johnny O'Bryant and Jarell Eddie, who appeared to have an inside track because he played here last season, had a $175,000 guarantee and shined in Las Vegas summer leauge play, were waived. 

Ochefu, McClellan and House all received partial guarantees to attend training camp.