Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Dolphins minicamp: Ochocinco flashes
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins concluded their first practice of a three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday. The AFC East blog was there to take in all the action.
Here are some things that stood out from the first practice:
- All eyes were on Chad Ochocinco Tuesday, and the former six-time Pro Bowl receiver showed good flashes. Ochocinco worked with the second-team offense and made several nice catches. He caught a deep post over the middle and showed good quickness and hands. He also plucked a low pass from hitting the ground during warm ups, and a nice, leaping catch over Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith. It was a solid practice for the 34-year-old receiver.
- Ochocinco was solid. But overall I thought it was a shaky day for the quarterbacks and receivers. Both David Garrard and Matt Moore threw pick sixes to cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Karlos Dansby, respectively. There also were four drops (by my count) on offense in team drills. Drops have been an issue all offseason for Miami.
- Garrard worked with the first team, but Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin says don't read too much into it. Moore was with the second team and rookie Ryan Tannehill was the No. 3 quarterback. Philbin said you will see other quarterbacks get a shot with the starters, but he's liked what he's seen from Garrard so far.
- Although it's hard to tell without contact, I like the pressure the defense is getting on the quarterbacks. There were several would-be sacks and quarterbacks scrambling around by all levels of the defense after getting good pressure.
- The Dolphins have no shortage of punt returners. Starting running back Reggie Bush and receivers Davone Bess and Clyde Gates were returning kicks. Rookie running back Lamar Miller also is an option, although he didn't field picks on Tuesday.
- Keep an eye on receiver Roberto Wallace. He's a big target who can also move. Wallace caught a touchdown pass during Miami's two-minute drill. Garrard says he's an intriguing receiver that Garrard wants to work with more closely. He thinks Wallace, who has just six career catches, can start putting it all together this year.