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DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins completed Day 4 of training camp on Wednesday. The AFC East blog has been with the Dolphins all week to bring you the latest.
Here are some notes and observations from Miami’s practice:
The Dolphins’ offense bounced back after an awful session on Tuesday. Particularly, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw the football better and was sharp. He made several nice throws to Mike Wallace, which included a back-shoulder throw for a touchdown that showed flashes of the pair’s potential. Tannehill also made a couple of nice throws to receiver Armon Binns for big gains. Most importantly, Tannehill did not turn the ball over Wednesday after throwing a pair of pick-sixes against Miami’s defense on Tuesday.
Miami’s No. 3 overall pick, Dion Jordan, increased his level of participation but was still limited in his second practice back from his shoulder injury. Jordan is moving around well and certainly looks the part in pads. But the team is being cautious and keeping him from contact for now. Jordan said he expects to be full-go in a few days.
The Dolphins did a lot of work on their red zone offense and defense Wednesday. This is a big emphasis for Miami head coach Joe Philbin, who wants his offense to score more touchdowns and his defense to continue to force field goals. That combination makes a big difference in close games.
Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis is struggling early in camp. He missed another pair of field goal attempts Wednesday and has fallen behind veteran incumbent Dan Carpenter. The Dolphins' official stance is the best player will win the job. However, money could play a factor. Sturgis is due to make just $405,000 in the first year of his rookie contract. Carpenter will make $2.68 million if he makes the team. The Dolphins could save more than $2 million and valuable cap room by going younger at the position. But Sturgis must prove that he can be reliable. I haven't seen it so far.
Miami’s kickoff returners were Marcus Thigpen, Lamar Miller, Jasper Collins and Nolan Carroll. Thigpen did a good job last year and is the clear favorite. But the Dolphins must explore backup options.
On the injury front, Miami backup running back Cameron Marshall suffered a leg injury during practice and didn’t finish. Rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor missed his second day of practice for an undisclosed injury. Taylor dealt with a sports hernia injury all offseason.
The Dolphins will have their first day off of training camp on Thursday. Miami will return to the practice field on Friday at 8 a.m. ET.