I'm pretty sure he'd be amongst the top three names (Binns, Brian Hartline and Rishard Matthews) mentioned if you polled all my peers because Binns, a waiver wire claim late last season, makes things happen daily for whatever quarterback he's working with.
And this has been consistent for all five practice sessions the media has seen. On Wednesday I noticed Binns got some first-team reps as the slot receiver, which happens to be the role he filled late last season when Davone Bess was sidelined by a back issue.
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I'm starting to suspect he could push newcomer Brandon Gibson for that spot, and coach Joe Philbin didn't exactly put up a STOP sign when I asked about the coaches developing Binns as a slot receiver.
"We would love to attack the middle of the field in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s easier when you have a bigger body at times cruising through the middle," Philbin said, referring to the 6-foot-3, 209-pound receiver. "If guys have a little bit longer arms, they are a little bigger, then the quarterback has a little extra room. Those types of things. So that’s one of the reasons we wanted to get him in there.”
Philbin said the biggest difference between Binns and the rest of Miami's playmakers has been his "play speed."
"I think that’s the one thing we’ve noticed as a staff," Philbin added. "I’m usually the kiss of death, but he is playing faster. He is playing fast, and he is catching it when he gets an opportunity."
I'm extremely curious to see if Binns, who caught 24 passes 277 yards and one touchdown last season playing for the Dolphins and the Bengals, continues to makes plays during today's final practice session, and when training camp begins in late July.
If Binns, a former University of Cincinnati standout, does he could work his way up the depth chart.
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— The Dolphins are planning to practice outside all day today if the weather allows. Humid day but skies are clear for now.
— Today is the final minicamp kick day. Dan Carpenter is 4-of-5, and Caleb Sturgis is 3-of-5 on kicks of 40-plus. It is Carpenter's day.
— Rookie CB Jamar Taylor, who is rehabbing a surgically repaired groin, is doing his work on the side.
— Defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers told me he's not too concerned about the time Dion Jordan has missed. Says he'll get caught up quickly.
— Because Dion Jordan is rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder he could report to Davie next week to work with the medical stuff.
— Tight end Dustin Keller doesn't appear to be working for the third straight day.
— Michael Egnew has spent all camp working as the starting tight end on the line. He's had an up and down camp. Few catches.
— Lamar Miller has spent all of camp as the starting tailback. But Daniel Thomas gets sprinkled in with the starters.