- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins completed their annual scrimmage Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Here are several notes and observations:
The top two plays of the night go to Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill connecting with his tight ends. First, Tannehill made a nice 24-yard connection to fullback/tight end Charles Clay for a touchdown. Clay got open over the middle, caught the ball in stride and rumbled past safety Jimmy Wilson for the touchdown. Tannehill also connected with starting tight end Dustin Keller on the sideline for an impressive 14-yard touchdown reception. Tannehill had three touchdowns total on the night, with his third going to tailback Daniel Thomas on a swing pass.
Dan Carpenter was the only healthy kicker in the scrimmage and had a rough night. Rookie Caleb Sturgis sat out with a reported groin injury. Carpenter was 3-of-5 on his field goal attempts. He missed two 49-yard field goals wide left. Carpenter also had an extra point blocked, and you cannot win a lot of games that way. Carpenter already is in the hot seat for missing timely kicks last season. He certainly didn't help his case in this scrimmage by leaving seven points on the board.
The turnout was impressive, especially considering how much Dolphins fans have been bashed for not showing up to Sun Life Stadium. The announced crowd was 22,876. Afterward, coach Joe Philbin thanked the fans for showing up.
Dolphins starting receiver Brian Hartline was held out. He was dressed for the scrimmage during warmups but appeared to pull something and sat out the rest of the night. Fellow starting receiver Mike Wallace also didn't play.
Miami No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan got some quality reps. He registered a sack on backup quarterback Pat Devlin. Jordan also lined up against starting left tackle Jonathan Martin and ran by him to pressure quarterback Tannehill on another. It’s good progress for Miami’s top pick. Jordan has been brought along slowly by the Dolphins. Starting defensive end Olivier Vernon also had a strip sack against No. 2 quarterback Matt Moore in one of the top plays for the defense.
It was an up-and-down night for Dolphins rookie RB Mike Gillislee. He started fast in his first career appearance at Sun Life Stadium. Gillislee caught a screen pass for a first down and also made a couple nice runs outside. But Gillislee fumbled on a run up the middle late. It was a rookie mistake that won’t make the coaching staff happy.
The Dolphins will shift their attention to the Hall of Fame game this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. Miami will take Tuesday off and return to the practice field on Wednesday.