First-round QB missing valuable camp time

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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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Troy Mann: Nathan Walker is 'as close as anybody' to being ready for NHL

Troy Mann: Nathan Walker is 'as close as anybody' to being ready for NHL

For the first time in a couple of years, the Caps will have some job openings when training camp opens in September. One—maybe two—of those openings could be in the bottom-six forward group.

Asked on Tuesday to name some prospects he believes could seize a spot on the fourth line, Bears Coach Troy Mann didn’t hesitate to say that he believes Nathan Walker is “as close as anybody” to being ready to make the jump from the minors to the NHL.

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Walker, the Caps’ third round pick in 2014, is aiming to become the first Australian-born player to reach the NHL.   

“I think when you look at our guys, Walker comes to mind,” said Mann, who is running the Capitals’ development camp this week. “He plays the game the right way. He’s a 200-foot player. He gets in on the forecheck. He has good stick detail.”

Walker posted 11 goals and 12 assists in 58 games for the Bears last season. Earlier this month, the 23-year-old winger signed a two-year, two-way contract extension that will pay him $650,000 per year in the NHL.  

“I’d love to see him slide into [Daniel] Winnik’s spot, from my standpoint, because he’s really grown here the last couple of years,” Mann added.

Winnik, who was the Caps’ fourth line left wing last season, will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.  

Mann also mentioned forwards Chandler Stephenson, whom he believes is “the most physically NHL ready” prospect in Hershey, as well as Riley Barber and Travis Boyd as being in the mix to challenge for a spot in Washington this fall. Stephenson played four games for the Caps in 2016-17, while Barber saw in action in three games.

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Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Pacers superstar Paul George

Sources: Wizards still in pursuit of trade for Pacers superstar Paul George

Even though Paul George remains the longest of shots, the Wizards haven't given up pursuit, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, though there's a prevailing feeling that nothing will happen before free agency opens July 1.

The Boston Celtics appear to be the favorite in working out a deal with the Indiana Pacers to land the All-Star small forward, who is guaranteed $19.5 million for 2017-18 but will opt out of his contract next summer to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Pacers haven't been able to get the deal that they want just yet, and they've called teams around the league to gauge interest in what they could get for George.

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The Wizards appear content to stand pat until the Pacers decide what to do. Keeping George, who has made it known that he wants to play for the L.A. Lakers, isn't an option for Indiana. By dealing him now, they'll at least get something for him rather than letting him walk for nothing one year from now.

Wizards point guard John Wall, who is good friends with George, is doing his best to recruit him to play in Washington with Bradley Beal to establish their own Big 3.

There's no guarantee, however, that will sustain. 

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