Dolphins notes from training camp

July, 27, 2012
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DAVIE, Fla. -- The first day of Miami Dolphins training camp is in the books, and the AFC East blog was there to take in all the action.

Obviously. the biggest story of the day was the absence of quarterback and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill. You can find our earlier blogs on Tannehill here and here.

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AP Photo/Alan DiazBad haircuts are part of camp for Dolphins rookies like Chas Alecxih.
Here are some additional notes:

  • The offense made some plays, but I didn't like the overall sloppiness. I saw three fumbled snaps (two by Matt Moore, one by David Garrard), four dropped passes and two interceptions. I might have missed a bad play here and there, but that alone was enough to deem it a sloppy practice for the offense. The offense did make some big plays, too. But rest assured the coaches will focus on cleaning up the mistakes.
  • Moore and Garrard rotated first-team reps throughout practice. For what it’s worth, Moore started team drills Friday with the starters before they began rotating. “It just means he’s over with the ones [to start] today. They had to give it to somebody,” Garrard said. “We will continue to battle throughout training camp."
  • I liked what I saw in the training camp debut of receiver Chad Johnson. He made several nice grabs and got open on more plays where the quarterback didn’t see him. Johnson looks like he still has it physically. His cuts in and out of breaks looked solid on the first day. Johnson caught a pair of 15-yeard hook routes that looked like vintage Johnson. The interesting thing is the Dolphins are giving Johnson some work with the first team. Miami is doing everything it can to get him up to speed. The Dolphins need him to produce.
  • This week we mentioned this is a big year for outside linebacker Koa Misi. He made one of the best plays of the day with a pick-six off Moore. Misi looks more comfortable in a 4-3 defense, and the Dolphins hope the new scheme produces a better year. Misi is a former second-round pick in 2010 who has yet to live up to his potential.
  • There was rookie hazing going on, as well. Rookies on the defense got special haircuts, courtesy of veteran defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Rookies got golden blonde hair dye and had their heads partially shaved. Rookie second-round pick Olivier Vernon got the most stylish cut. “I took my time with that one,” Soliai said with a smile.

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