Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Day 2 observations from Dolphins minicamp
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins completed Day 2 of mandatory minicamp on Wednesday. ESPN.com's Dolphins page was there to take in all the action.
Here are some notes and observations:
- The offense had a bounce-back performance after a shaky outing on Tuesday. There were more explosive plays and less sloppiness. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a pair of nice touchdowns, to receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Michael Egnew, and backup quarterback Matt Moore connected on a deep throw to receiver Brian Hartline. Overall, it was about even between the offense and defense. Tannehill also threw two interceptions, to safety Reshad Jones and defensive end Cameron Wake. Neither side was dominant.
- Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey returned Wednesday after sitting out the first day of minicamp. The offensive line performed much better with Pouncey in the lineup. Here is more good news for the Dolphins: They had perfect attendance for the second straight day. The Dolphins have no contract issues of note this year.
- Linebacker Jelani Jenkins got an extended look with the starting defense. He is part of Miami’s 2013 draft class that is trying to make a jump in Year 2. The Dolphins held starting linebacker Koa Misi out of team drills. Starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan also sat out of team drills for the second day in a row.
- With Finnegan out, second-year cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis split first-team reps. Taylor is making the most of his reps so far with a solid minicamp. He intercepted Tannehill on Tuesday.
- It’s only June, but second-year kicker Caleb Sturgis was perfect today on field goal attempts, including one from more than 50 yards. Sturgis has a strong leg but is aiming to improve his consistency in Year 2.
- Backup offensive tackle Jason Fox is getting a look on the left and right side. As of June, it appears he’s the first offensive tackle coming off the bench in case there is an injury. Fox began the offseason competing with first-round pick Ja'Wuan James. But that has since stopped as Fox has played mostly as a backup to Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert.
- Miami will have an interesting competition this summer at kick returner. Wednesday’s returners were receivers Damian Williams, Matt Hazel, Rantavious Wooten and incumbent Marcus Thigpen.