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Dolphins being patient with WR Turner

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

There was speculation throughout the offseason that WR Patrick Turner, the Dolphins' third-round pick in 2009, would be on the roster bubble in training camp. He was only active in two games last season and didn't make a single catch. Things didn't get better after the season, as a back injury kept him out of OTAs. Despite his issues, sources expect Turner to make the 53-man roster. He'll likely be the team's No. 5 receiver heading into Week One. Observers say Turner has had an inconsistent showing in camp, and some would argue he has been outplayed by undrafted rookies Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace. Moore was actually ahead of Turner on the first depth chart released by the team. There is little doubt that being a third-round pick is part of the reason for his relative job security, but the Dolphins like Turner's size and are willing to give the USC product more time to develop.

 

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