- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Miami Dolphins completed their offseason workout program this week with the conclusion of mandatory minicamp. The team is officially off until training camp.
Let’s see what is on the minds of Dolphins fans as we head into this rest period for the team.
@JamesWalkerNFL do you see the dolphins offense struggle for a couple months?
— ZPop (@ZachPuopolo94) June 17, 2014
James Walker: Every new offense has its share of growing pains, Zach. I've seen it come together quickly with some teams and watched it take half a season before a group really finds its groove. It's really up to the Dolphins players and coaches how long this process takes under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. I think Lazor has the right approach to throw everything at his players and have high expectations that they will respond. But it has looked shaky at times. The Dolphins' offense had probably the worst practice I've seen this offseason on Tuesday to start mandatory minicamp. There were three interceptions, about four would-be sacks and a few dropped passes. It also doesn't help they are facing a defense that's been together for three years and is not going through the same growing pains.
@JamesWalkerNFL Is the defense playing well or the offense just playing poorly?
— Tyler Worden (@TylerWorden) June 18, 2014
Walker: Good point, Tyler, that Miami's defense deserves some credit. This is a starting group that, for the most part, has been together for three seasons. Continuity helps, especially this time of year when both sides of the ball are working on things and ironing out the wrinkles. To its credit, Miami's defense has hit the ground running so far. But the true test remains when the pads come on in training camp and the preseason.
— AnthonyFuda (@Anthonyfuda3) June 17, 2014
Walker: Anthony, thanks for being a loyal reader. The Dolphins signed (and paid) Knowshon Moreno in free agency to be the starting running back. But Moreno hasn't been the best tailback in organized team activities and minicamp. That distinction goes to Lamar Miller, who is getting first-team reps. Moreno didn't show up in the best of shape but still has time to make up ground. But Miller is doing a solid job as the incumbent of keeping a distance between the two running backs.
@JamesWalkerNFL What about Terrence Fede? Starks backup?
— Raff (@RafaDz90) June 17, 2014
Walker: Miami's seventh-round pick is showing flashes, Rafa. Fede had the best play of practice on Tuesday when he dropped in coverage and made a leaping interception off Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore. Keep in mind, Fede is listed at 277 pounds. So his leaping interception raised some eyebrows. Fede moves well for a player his size. The Dolphins also have had success with seventh-round draft picks lately. Both receiver Rishard Matthews and defensive back Don Jones made the team as former seventh rounders in 2012 and 2013, respectively.