Thursday, August 22, 2013
Previewing Thursday with the Dolphins
By James Walker
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins will hold their final practice of the week that's open to the media Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Miami will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Here are three things to look forward to with the Dolphins on Thursday:
- The biggest story Thursday involves starting guard Richie Incognito and his incident at a South Beach nightclub earlier this summer. The reported details have been murky. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Incognito punched and knocked out a security guard. However, the Miami Beach police report has no mention of Incognito throwing a punch and says Incognito told police he was attempting to break up the fight. Incognito will have a chance to meet with the media after practice and tell his side of the story.
- I'm also curious to see if Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill finishes the practice week strong. Tannehill hasn’t been consistent this week and threw picks in his last two practices. On Wednesday he threw a pair of interceptions to rookie cornerback Will Davis and backup linebacker Lee Robinson. Last week Tannehill had his best practices of the summer and it resulted in a quality preseason performance against the Houston Texans. As with most young quarterbacks, consistency is the key, and Tannehill has been up and down all week.
- This is another important day for Miami projected starting guard John Jerry to get up to speed. Jerry has been full-go in practice for the first time since injuring his knee earlier this month. Barring any setbacks, it appears Jerry will make his preseason debut on Saturday. Jerry is working with the starters and gradually improving. His movement was better on Wednesday than it was earlier in the week. The goal is to get Jerry enough work to be prepared for Miami’s regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 8.
I will be live at Dolphins practice Thursday to provide all the latest developments mentioned above and more. There will be a full report this afternoon in the AFC East blog. But if you cannot wait that long, simply follow me on Twitter for up-to-second updates and observations from Dolphins practice.