Friday, May 4, 2012
Dolphins rookie minicamp notes
By James Walker
First-round quarterback Ryan Tannehill wasn't the only rookie worth watching Friday for the Miami Dolphins.
Here are some additional notes from Miami's rookie minicamp:
- A lot of Dolphins fans are intrigued about fourth-round pick Lamar Miller from the University of Miami. He is considered one of the sleeper picks in this draft, whose stock fell because of a recent shoulder injury. The rookie tailback says he's getting healthy. He ran without limitation during team drills. "I felt pretty good to just come out here to compete," Miller said. "I’m showing the coaches what I can bring to the team, whether it's special teams or the offensive side of the ball."
- It's just one practice, but rookie seventh-round receiver Rishard Matthews outperformed sixth-round pick B.J. Cunningham. Both will be battling for roster spots this summer. In fact, there's a chance both could be fighting for the same roster spot. Matthews made some nice catches, including a beautiful deep ball from Tannehill in team drills. Cunningham's biggest play was a drop over the middle from Tannehill that led to an interception.
- Third-round pick Olivier Vernon is another hometown product from the University of Miami. He grew up in Miami, played for the Hurricanes and is now expected to add a pass rush for the Dolphins. "It's a better feeling to represent your hometown and put Miami on your back," Vernon said. "I knew they needed a pass-rusher, but I didn’t think [Miami] would be interested in me."
- An underrated note was second-year quarterback Pat Devlin showing up this weekend to compete at rookie minicamp. Devlin hung around last year, mostly on Miami's practice squad. But Devlin knows his tenure is on thin ice after Miami acquired Tannehill in the draft and David Garrard in free agency. Devlin needs to get as many reps as possible now and most likely will have to land with another team.