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    Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    QB ahead of schedule, but it's still uncertain if he'll be ready for opener
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    Updated: 2:26 p.m. MT June 9, 2006
    DAVIE, Fla. - Daunte Culpepper did what everyone wanted to see.

    The new Dolphins quarterback, in his first public workout since joining the Miami Dolphins, dropped back during a morning minicamp session Friday and saw no one open.

    So he took off running — looking every bit like his former self.

    Culpepper, who had surgery in November to repair three torn ligaments in his right knee, sprinted down the field during a non-contact drill against players not wearing pads. He also ran back to the huddle and showed no signs of being limited at all despite wearing a knee brace.

    Culpepper did not speak with reporters Friday, but his teammates are impressed with his progress.

    “Pleasantly surprised and inspired,” defensive lineman Kevin Carter. “I’m glad he’s feeling a lot better, especially with the severity of the injury that he had. I mean, it’s only June and he’s running around pretty good. So it’s a pretty good indication that hell be ready to go full-speed come season time.”

    Culpepper, who was acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings, has been taking part in all practices during the team’s offseason program, which began in May.


    Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Culpepper is ahead of schedule, but won’t say with any measure of certainty if the quarterback will be ready for the season opener Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.

    But Saban also hasn’t ruled out Culpepper playing in the exhibition opener at home against Jacksonville on Aug. 12, either.

    “He’s doing very well physically,” Saban said. “But I’m not surprised because I see him every day. Does he still have work to do? Absolutely. Are we ready to make any predictions about his future? Not really, because that’s all day-to-day and week-to-week and hopefully he’ll continue to make the kind of progress that he’s made.”

    Culpepper appeared to be throwing the ball well, connecting on two passes downfield to receivers Marty Booker and Wes Welker. Dropping back and planting on his surgically rebuilt knee did not seem to be problematic.

    Receiver Chris Chambers was happy to see Culpepper move so well.

    “I’d rather him go out here and react the way he has to react and not think about if he’s going to get hurt if he runs down the field,” Chambers said. “I’ve seen him do it numerous times already in camp so it’s nothing I think about. Myself and all the other guys are salivating on the opportunity to get some of those broken-down plays and get a lot of big plays that way with a guy who’s mobile.”

    The Dolphins’ other new quarterback, Joey Harrington, also participated in the minicamp, giving fans — who are allowed to watch at this time of year — their first look at the former Detroit Lions starter.

    Saban said Harrington has “been a real asset” and defended the decision to trade a conditional sixth-round pick in 2007 to Detroit even though the Lions were planning to release Harrington for salary-cap purposes.

    “We thought the practice time was important, but we also thought that there was no guarantee that if they cut the guy that we’d get him,” Saban said. “So we secure the future and we also get the guy here to practice. I think it certainly enhances the developmental process, especially in our situation where there is some question as to who will be the quarterback, whether it’s because of physical injuries and things like that.”

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

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    So he took off running — looking every bit like his former self.
    So what happened next? did he fumble the ball? j/k :wink:

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    "scottishvike" wrote:
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    So he took off running — looking every bit like his former self.
    So what happened next? did he fumble the ball? j/k :wink:
    just kidding? why ? its the truth..its amazing how this guy with hands of stone still gets time here..time to move on ? :scratch:

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    Maybe I should start working out in the Wal-Mart parking lot too.


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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    Amazing what a second rate Health South facility can do for you.

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    That is the past.. Time to move on to the players that are still with us, and that can help us win..

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    The present says that he has the highest completion percentage in the history of the NFL over career, something like that. I saw it on ESPN yesterday.

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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

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    QB ahead of schedule, but it's still uncertain if he'll be ready for opener
    The Associated Press


    Updated: 2:26 p.m. MT June 9, 2006
    DAVIE, Fla. - Daunte Culpepper did what everyone wanted to see.

    The new Dolphins quarterback, in his first public workout since joining the Miami Dolphins, dropped back during a morning minicamp session Friday and saw no one open.

    So he took off running — looking every bit like his former self.
    The problem with this statement is that he did in fact look like his former self. Which means inconsistent play under pressure and fumblitis, like scottishvike and 2beersTommy stated. Plus, someone who recently tore 3 ligaments in his knee might want to consider shifting ever so slightly to becoming a pocket passer. I don't care how well a person rehabs his knee. The fact is it was injured thus more susceptible to further injury.

    Moss and the Raiders last year, Culpepper and the Dolphins this year...seasons marked by injury.

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    well pin a rose on culpeppers nose
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    Re: Culpepper's progress impresses Dolphins

    From Saban's PC today
    (On if Daunte Culpepper’s size gives him more of an advantage playing quarterback) – “I don’t know that large makes better. I like him because he’s a good player and he has been a good leader, he’s a tremendous leader and he’s had a very positive influence on our offensive team with his presence and his leadership. You don’t have to be big to be that. I think the fact that he is big creates some advantage for him. He’s very strong, he’s hard to sack because of his size and he’s also very athletic and has some ability to scramble and keep plays alive. That’s one of the things that we’ve had to preach to our players on offense; because the quarterbacks are better athletes than what we’ve had, the plays are going to last longer. You’ve got to finish the play – receivers down the field, offensive linemen. Don’t stop. A guy’s not going to sack the guy with one hand. He’s going to move in the pocket and keep the play alive. Last year we were so oriented to get the ball out quick, which was successful for the guys that we had last year. I think that’s a process that our players are going to have to grow more accustomed to. I’m pleased with the progress that we’re making in that area, but I think it’s important.”
    Intresting how many times he is being complimented as being a great leader on offense. At one point he was even geting the offense together on off days so he could work with the receivers and the TE's. Leadership ablitiy was suposedly one of his question marks but it sure hasnt been a problem so far.

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