Justin Smiley, Dolphins left guard: In this space last week, I selected Dolphins right guard Donald Thomas, who lost his starting job late last season and seemed even more on the spot with the signing of free agent Richie Incognito. But it now appears the Dolphins have identified Smiley as the player they can live without. The Dolphins signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract one minute into the 2008 free-agency period. Over the weekend, the Dolphins told Smiley not to show up for the offseason conditioning program because they were trying to trade him.
Rex Ryan, Jets head coach: He's getting ready for his closeup. Less than two weeks after undergoing lap-band surgery to control his obesity, Ryan said he already had shed 30 pounds, a difference that was obvious at this week's NFL owners meetings. But be prepared to see more of a lesser Ryan. He'll almost certainly be the leading man on "Hard Knocks" this year. HBO has selected the Jets to be the next subject for its behind-the-scenes training camp series, and I have a feeling Ryan will dominate the scenes.