Miami Dolphins: 2014 NFL Training Camp Report

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 15

August, 14, 2014
Aug 14
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace expects to make his 2014 debut Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wallace missed last week’s preseason opener due to a hamstring injury but has practiced all this week. The speed is still there. Wallace caught a pretty deep ball from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in practice Thursday over Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes in one-on-one drills. Tannehill and Wallace were criticized last year for not making enough big plays. “Me, personally, I always tell you I don’t care about what nobody says,” Wallace said of the critics. “I know how hard we work every single day. I feel like it’s going to come, it’s going to happen for us.”
  • Miami tailback Knowshon Moreno practiced for a full week, but his status remains up in the air for Saturday. Moreno recently got off the physically unable to perform list and participated in team drills for the first time this week. Although he doesn’t look 100 percent, Moreno made some nice runs and showed solid hands. But the goal is to have him ready for the regular season. “I think [in] the running game, he’s starting to look like his old self,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. “I don’t know about the passing game just yet.”
  • Dolphins rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp is making an impression. Tripp was used a lot Thursday on the second team – both in base and nickel defenses. Tripp had a fumble and recovery for a touchdown in Miami’s scrimmage and nearly had an interception against the Atlanta Falcons last week. The rookie fifth-round draft pick appears to be a strong candidate for the 53-man roster.
  • Another rookie who is making plays is undrafted running back Damien Williams. He has about two weeks to continue to push for a roster spot. Williams caught a long touchdown pass from Tannehill on a wheel route Thursday and made darting runs in camp. “Playing in the NFL, you gotta make plays, you want to make plays,” Williams said. “My main priority is getting in the end zone.”
  • This was the final official session of training camp. The Dolphins will take the day off Friday in order to travel before Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers. Miami will return to the practice field on Monday.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 14

August, 12, 2014
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • Dolphins starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan returned to practice after missing the past two days. Finnegan hinted on social media that he had a death in the family. However, Finnegan did not want to get into specifics on Tuesday. On the field, Finnegan was back on the first team and also played in the slot on the nickel defense. The Dolphins rotated cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis on the outside once Finnegan moved inside.
  • Miami is making a concerted effort to get new quarterback Brady Quinn acclimated to the offense. Dolphins quarterbacks coach Zach Taylor and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor spent plenty of time in practice giving Quinn personal instruction. The Dolphins signed Quinn on Monday to compete with Matt Moore for the No. 2 quarterback job. Depending on how Quinn develops, he could make his Dolphins debut Saturday in the second preseason game.
  • The play of the day goes to Dolphins safety Reshad Jones. He was demoted to the second team this week after violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. But Jones isn’t going in the tank. He made an impressive, diving interception against Moore in team drills. Jones won't be available for the first four games of the regular season. Jimmy Wilson was promoted to the first team.
  • Miami’s defense did well with blitz packages in team drills. The Dolphins got sacks by cornerbacks Finnegan and Taylor on nickel blitzes, and Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake also beat rookie right tackle Ja’Wuan James off the edge to cause a fumble by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Miami’s pass protection looked solid in the preseason opener last week against the Atlanta Falcons. But the Dolphins’ offense struggled at times protecting the quarterback on Tuesday.
  • After three consecutive practices, the Dolphins will have their first day off this week on Wednesday. Miami will return to the field on Thursday in preparation for its second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 13

August, 11, 2014
Aug 11
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • The Dolphins went full pads for the first time this week. Miami’s coaching staff is putting a major emphasis on tackling and worked on a few full-contact drills. The Dolphins did their version of the "Oklahoma Drill" with linebackers against running backs. The running backs dominated and won a majority of the one-on-one battles. Miami’s linebackers continue to be a concern with stopping the run and covering tight ends and slot receivers.
  • Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of his strongest practices of training camp on Monday. Tannehill made strong, decisive throws and had big gains to receivers Brian Hartline, Rishard Matthews and Damian Williams in team drills. Perhaps Tannehill gained momentum from his strong start to the preseason last week against the Atlanta Falcons. He will try to build on that Saturday in his second preseason game, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Speaking of quarterbacks, one of the big stories in camp today was the Dolphins reportedly working out veterans Rex Grossman, Brady Quinn and John Skelton on Monday. Miami has dealt with quarterback injuries to backups Matt Moore (shoulder) and Pat Devlin (hamstring). Both participated in practice, but have been limited in camp. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin wasn’t willing to say what the workouts mean for his current quarterbacks. "We’ve had workouts nearly every single day," Philbin said. "This is no different. We’re always evaluating different people are out there."
  • On the injury front, Miami backup running back Damien Williams returned to practice after getting injured in Friday’s preseason game. New injuries Monday included offensive tackle Jason Fox (chest), running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds (knee).
  • Finally, the Dolphins will return to the practice field at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday for their third session this week.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 12

August, 10, 2014
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • The Dolphins returned to the practice field for the first time since their 16-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Sunday’s practice was mainly centered on special teams, form tackling and fundamentals. Miami particularly struggled with tackling in its first preseason outing. “We had a little bit of extra time, we got an eight-day week,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “So I felt this was an opportunity to take advantage of it.”
  • Miami running back Knowshon Moreno showed some progress Sunday. After coming off the physically unable to perform list last week, Moreno started with only individual drills. But Moreno did some competitive work in one-on-one passing drills and made several sharp cuts on his knee, which was recently operated on. Moreno also made some nice catches in drills. It is unknown when Moreno will return, but he’s making strides.
  • The Dolphins have narrowed their field on punt returns. Wide receivers Marcus Thigpen, Jarvis Landry and Damian Williams were the three players fielding punts Sunday in practice. Miami has an interesting decision to make. Landry had a 48-yard punt return and appears capable of handling that position. “I just made one cut, got vertical and made a play,” Landry said. “I can’t say thank you to coach [Darren] Rizzi enough for giving me a chance and giving me an opportunity to really do it after not having too much film of doing it.” If the Dolphins can find a kick returner, Thigpen’s spot could be in jeopardy. Thigpen has been Miami’s primary kick returner the past two seasons.
  • On the injury front, Dolphins defensive lineman A.J. Francis will miss multiple practices with a knee injury. Rookie running back Damien Williams also was sidelined after getting carted off the field Friday. But he did some jogging in practice, which is promising. Fellow running back Mike Gillislee also didn’t finish practice. Miami cornerback Cortland Finnegan also was not present but indicated on social media that he had a death in the family.
  • The Dolphins will return to the practice field Monday at 8 a.m. ET for practice No. 13. Miami is preparing for Saturday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 11

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was a bounce-back day for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He struggled mightily this week and had his two worst practices of training camp on Monday and Tuesday, when he threw a combined six interceptions. But Tannehill was sharper Wednesday. He made several nice throws to receivers Damian Williams and Rishard Matthews. Tannehill did have one interception in practice, but the pass was tipped and fell into the hands of Miami linebacker Jason Trusnik.
  • The “Play of the Day” goes to Miami rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. Not known for his speed, Landry surprised the Dolphins’ defense by running past defensive back Kevin Fogg for a 50-plus yard touchdown reception in team drills. Landry caught the ball in stride on a ball thrown by Miami backup quarterback Seth Labato. Landry received a high-five from teammate Mike Wallace, who usually runs the deep routes. Landry, a second-round pick, has been very good so far in training camp. He’s steady, reliable and will be difficult for the coaching staff to keep off the field at this rate.
  • On the injury front, the Dolphins saw the return of running back Knowshon Moreno, who missed all of training camp because of knee surgery. Moreno dressed in full pads but only participated in individual drills. It seems unlikely that he will play this week in Miami’s exhibition opener. Also, starting defensive end Olivier Vernon returned to practice Wednesday from a back injury. Vernon’s chances of playing Friday are more optimistic.
  • New Dolphins center Samson Satele got first-team reps for the third day in a row. Therefore, it would be surprising if he is not the starter Friday against the Atlanta Falcons. Satele signed a one year, $2 million contract over the weekend and split first-team reps on Monday. But the past two practices Satele has worked nearly exclusively with the first team. Satele is expected to replaced injured Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey in Week 1 of the regular season. “All we have to do is solidify,” Satele said. “Once you find that five, and then just work the next couple weeks of communicating up front.”
  • The Dolphins will have their first “travel day” of the 2014 season. They are off from practice and heading to Atlanta on Thursday. Miami will play its preseason opener at 7 p.m. Friday against the Falcons.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 10

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5
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DAVIE, Fla. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:


  • There were questions coming into the season with how much veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan has left in the tank. Miami’s free-agent pickup signed a two-year contract after a pair of down years with the St. Louis Rams. But Finnegan has had a solid training camp and Tuesday was his best day. He had three interceptions -- two off quarterback Ryan Tannehill and one off Matt Moore – to cap a strong practice. Finnegan is solidifying a starting cornerback job opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. “He got a lot left in the tank,” Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. “He’s a really smart guy. He knows how to play the combinations of routes. He’s seen every combination you can possibly bring. He’s a smart guy and takes chances.”
  • It was another rough day for Miami’s offense overall. Tannehill and Moore combined for five interceptions. Tannehill was picked by Finnegan (twice) and Grimes (once). Moore's picks also were to Finnegan and Grimes. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said the turnovers are not what the team wants, but he’s trying not to get too high or too low with practices. On the flip side, the defense was terrific and easily won the practice against the offense.
  • The Dolphins added several key players to their injury list on Tuesday. Starting defensive end Olivier Vernon (back), running back Daniel Thomas (hamstring) and tight end Michael Egnew (concussion) all will miss multiple practices, according to the team. It’s also unlikely any of these players will participate in Friday’s exhibition against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • With Vernon out, Miami 2013 first-round pick and backup defensive end Dion Jordan has received first-team reps this week. It appears Jordan most likely will get his first career start -- albeit in the preseason -- Friday against the Falcons. This is a good opportunity for Jordan, who had a non-descript rookie year and will be suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Still, Jordan is having a solid camp and continues to make plays in practice.
  • The Dolphins will return to practice Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET for their final practice of the week. Miami will have a travel day on Thursday and take the field Friday for its preseason opener against the Falcons.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 9

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill had perhaps his worst practice of training camp Monday. Tannehill threw three interceptions in team drills, including two returned for touchdowns by cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Will Davis. Tannehill’s third interception was to safety Reshad Jones. Tannehill’s day was erratic, and it comes following a good performance Saturday during the Dolphins’ annual scrimmage. To his credit, Tannehill didn’t play with many of his key wide receivers and worked with a new center in Samson Satele.
  • The “Player of the Day” was Davis, who was all over the field. Davis had the pick-6 off Tannehill and at least three pass-breakups in team drills. The second-year cornerback has a penchant for making plays and is now working on his consistency. "I just had aggressive opportunities to make plays, and I made them," Davis said. "It was one of those days where I came in, made a play early, which fills you up, and then you’re reacting right [to the ball]."
  • Miami’s injury list continues to grow. Today I wrote about ailments affecting tight end Charles Clay (knee), backup quarterback Pat Devlin (hamstring) and kicker Caleb Sturgis (groin). During practice the Dolphins suffered additional injuries to defensive end Olivier Vernon, tight end Michael Egnew and offensive lineman Nate Garner. The Dolphins had several full-padded practices in the past week, and the injuries are adding up.
  • The Dolphins continued to mix and match on the offensive line. Satele and Sam Brenner rotated with the starters at center. Shelley Smith took snaps with the first team and second team at guard. Miami is still using a lot of combinations on the offense line and eventually must settle on a starting five to begin developing continuity.
  • The Dolphins will take the field again at 8 a.m. Tuesday for their 10th practice of training camp. Miami continues to prepare for its first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he will determine playing time for the offense and defense after practice on Wednesday.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 8

August, 2, 2014
Aug 2
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • Saturday was highlighted by the Dolphins’ annual team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. It was a good day for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw for two touchdowns. Tannehill played mostly against the second-team defense during the scrimmage but looked sharp. His two touchdown throws were for 9 yards to running back Lamar Miller and 7 yards to tight end Dion Sims. Tannehill saved his best throws for the red zone, which will be key this season. “It felt good today,” Tannehill said. “It’s good to be in our stadium. It’s good to be in front of some fans. Myself and the rest of the offense, we’re growing day by day, getting better day by day. I feel myself becoming more in tune with the plays coming in, just having an idea exactly of what to do with the ball every play and that’s exciting for me.”
  • There were several very good plays by the defense in this scrimmage. The two that stood out most were Cortland Finnegan’s deep-ball interception off Dolphins backup quarterback Pat Devlin and rookie linebacker Jordie Tripp’s 70-plus yard fumble return for a touchdown. Tripp stripped rookie running back Damian Williams and recovered the ball in stride for the defensive touchdown.
  • Miller, Miami's incumbent starting running back, had a good day running the ball. He reeled off a pair of runs for 14 yards and 10 yards, showing good shiftiness. Miller also broke through several tacklers, which is something he didn’t do enough of in his first year as a starter last season. “He’s a guy that’s got a lot of skill and talent, and good speed,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Saturday. “He does have elusiveness. I think that showed up today.”
  • The first-team offensive line actually held up well. There were no sacks allowed from the starting five in the trenches that included left tackle Branden Albert, left guard Daryn Colledge, center Nate Garner, right guard Dallas Thomas and rookie right tackle Ja’Wuan James. Miami is still trying to find its right combination up front. But Saturday’s performance was promising. “I think we got better today,” Albert said. “We just did a good job, from the quarterbacks to the running backs.”
  • There was one injury of note: Dolphins starting tight end Charles Clay went down early with an apparent right leg injury. The ailment didn't look serious, but Clay didn't return to the scrimmage.
  • After the scrimmage, the Dolphins announced their 2014 “Walk of Fame” members. The group includes former Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison, running back Tony Nathan, guard Ed Newman and defensive end Jeff Cross. The group will be inducted Sept. 21 before Miami’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The Dolphins are off on Sunday. Miami will return to the practice field on Monday at 8 a.m. ET to continue training camp at the team’s headquarters in Davie.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 7

August, 1, 2014
Aug 1
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was a semi-light day at Dolphins camp. Miami has its annual team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Therefore, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin gave many of his veterans a light day of work. Veterans such as defensive end Cameron Wake, cornerback Brent Grimes, left tackle Branden Albert, guard Daryn Colledge and safety Louis Delmas dressed but did not take part in team drills and most individual drills. Friday wrapped a physical week of practice where the Dolphins had three sessions in full pads.
  • Dolphins backup receiver Rishard Matthews continued his solid week with another strong practice on Friday. Matthews made a series of nice catches in team and one-on-one drills. Matthews received increased reps after Mike Wallace rested this week with a hamstring injury. Matthews is on the roster bubble this summer because the Dolphins are very deep at that position. Matthews is battling with veteran Brandon Gibson and rookie second-round pick Jarvis Landry for the slot-receiver position.
  • This was the first practice out of several where the Dolphins didn’t have issues with the snap. Since Tuesday, Miami centers Nate Garner, David Arkin and Shelley Smith all had botched snaps throughout the week. Friday’s practice was clean in that regard. Also, backup center Nate Garner returned to practice from an ankle injury. However, he did not participate in team drills.
  • More on the injury front, quarterback Matt Moore hurt his shoulder this week and will miss multiple practices. He will not play in Saturday’s scrimmage. The same goes for rookie receiver Matt Hazel (concussion) and linebacker Tariq Edwards (knee).
  • Here is the Dolphins’ weekend schedule: Miami will hold its annual scrimmage Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET at Sun Life Stadium. Then, the Dolphins will take the day off Sunday. Their first preseason game is Aug. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 6

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • After a poor practice on Wednesday, the Dolphins’ offense responded Thursday with a better session. Miami's offense was crisper with fewer drops and no apparent sacks. Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and backup Pat Devlin both made several nice throws in the full-padded practice. Dolphins tight end Charles Clay and receiver Rishard Matthews were two who consistently made plays.
  • However, there was a recurring issue with poor snaps. On Thursday, centers Nate Garner and David Arkin combined for three bad snaps in team drills. The Dolphins have been plagued by bad snaps all camp with Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey sidelined with a hip injury. Garner, Arkin and Shelley Smith have all experienced bad snaps in the first week of camp. “In football, you can’t win with the ball on the ground,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “I’m confident we’re going to get it fixed.”
  • On the injury front, receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring), center Sam Brenner (ankle) and receiver Damian Williams (unknown) all sat out practice Thursday. Receiver Matt Hazel and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson were banged up in practice and did not finish.
  • Miami had a good session of one-on-ones between the offensive line and defensive line. The Dolphins' defensive line has mostly won in camp, but the offense showed well on Thursday. Among the one-on-one victories were left tackle Branden Albert over defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan, and first-round pick Ja'Wuan James over defensive end Terrence Fede.
  • The Dolphins will return to the practice field Friday at 8 a.m. ET for their final practice of the week. Miami will hold its annual team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday at 9:30 am.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 5

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
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DAVIE, Fla. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:


  • It was another sloppy day for the offense. The Dolphins are experiencing growing pains learning an up-tempo scheme under first-year coordinator Bill Lazor. This was one of those sessions where the Dolphins had poor throws, numerous drops and offensive line issues. I counted at least five drops by Miami receivers in what was probably the worst practice by the offense since the opening day of training camp. "I obviously haven’t looked at the film yet, but my instincts tell me that the defense had the upper hand," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin admitted.
  • The center position is starting to become a major concern. For the second day in a row, Shelley Smith had two errant snaps to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The second bad snap was a ground ball that skipped past Tannehill in team drills. Soon after, backup center Nate Garner finished practice on the first team. Miami tried several different combinations in an effort to find the best five on the line. In addition to Garner, rookie guard Billy Turner also worked with the first-team offense at times on Wednesday.
  • The play of the day goes to Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline. Early in team drills Hartline beat cornerback Jamar Taylor deep for a 60-plus yard touchdown reception. Miami’s offense protected Tannehill enough for him to throw a pretty deep ball that Hartline caught in stride. To Taylor’s credit, he responded with an interception of Tannehill and had a couple of tipped passes.
  • The three punt returners Wednesday were receivers Marcus Thigpen, Jarvis Landry and Rantavious Wooten. Thigpen is the incumbent but must compete to keep his job with punt and kick returns.
  • On the injury front, Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace had the day off. He said earlier this week his hamstring was tight. Backup center Sam Brenner, who was carted off the field Tuesday, did not practice but spent time on the sideline watching the offensive line. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey (hip) and running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) continue to be on the physically unable to perform list and worked on the side with a team trainer.

The Dolphins will continue their training camp Thursday at 8 a.m. ET.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 4

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • On Tuesday the big story was first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who spoke with the media for the first time in training camp. Lazor comes from the Chip Kelly school of offense and is implementing a fast-paced scheme that saw a lot of success in Philadelphia last season. Lazor is confident that his group will make major strides in 2014. "It’s my job to show them they can go faster," Lazor said. "It’s my job to take them to places that maybe they didn’t think they could go. Anytime you do that with a player, you see their eyes kind of widen."
  • The Dolphins may have some pending center issues on the horizon. With Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey (hip) out for approximately four to eight weeks, there have been some hiccups filling the position early in camp. Shelley Smith has moved from guard to center. But for the second time in four practices, Smith had trouble with the snap. “It’s definitely a concern, but I’m also confident we will clean it up and get it addressed,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “Ball security is the No. 1 thing we talk about every night in training camp.” Also, backup center Sam Brenner was injured Tuesday with an unknown ailment. Nate Garner took over as the No. 2 center.
  • Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan continues to have a strong training camp. Jordan had the play of the day on Sunday with a pick-six off quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and Jordan flashed again Tuesday with at least one would-be sack in team drills. The bad news is Jordan is suspended for four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Jordan will play in the preseason but won’t be available until October.
  • Miami worked mostly on red zone drills. This is an area where the Dolphins must be better. The offense performed better than it did at the start of training camp, which is a good sign. Miami settled for a lot of field goals last year and averaged just 19.8 points per game.
  • After going full pads on Sunday and Tuesday, the Dolphins will take the field again on Wednesday without pads. Miami is building up in practice to Saturday’s team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 3

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
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DAVIE, Fla. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was the first day in pads, and I really liked what I saw from Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry, who had his best practice of training camp thus far. Landry, Miami’s second-round pick, had a plethora of quality catches in team drills. His two most impressive were a long touchdown down the seam from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and an impressive snag over the middle for a first down on a tough throw by backup quarterback Matt Moore. Landry isn’t the fastest receiver or the best athlete. But he is reliable, runs good routes and has great hands.
  • The play of the day goes to former first-round pick and backup defensive end Dion Jordan. He made a very athletic play Saturday during team drills to intercept a screen attempt from Tannehill and take it to the house. It was the type of flash the Dolphins hope to see more of from their 2013 No. 3 overall pick. But Miami will have to wait as Jordan was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
  • In fact, it was another so-so day for Tannehill, who continues to experience growing pains learning a new offense. Tannehill made some nice throws, such as his touchdown pass to Landry and a connection over the middle to receiver Mike Wallace for a 25-plus yard gain. But Tannehill also made some questionable decisions in team drills that would look bad in a game situation. Tannehill’s errant screen pass to Jordan was his worst play, but the quarterback also nearly threw another interception to cornerback Jamar Taylor and suffered at least two would-be sacks. At some point, things need to click for Tannehill, who enters an important third season.
  • On the injury front, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey (hip) and running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) worked on the side with trainers, as expected. Slot receiver Brandon Gibson took part in his first padded practice since last year’s knee surgery but he didn’t finish the session. His status will be monitored throughout camp.
  • Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller had a good day with several nice runs. Miller looks like a decent fit for Miami’s new offense and has taken advantage of spread situations. The Dolphins asked Miller to get a little bigger in the offseason to help with durability and pass protection. “I want to say he weighed in at 221 or something like that,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin explained. “He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been, and I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever.”

Up next, the Dolphins will have their first day off of training camp on Monday. Miami will next take the field on Tuesday.

Dolphins Camp Report: Day 2

July, 26, 2014
Jul 26
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was a better day for the Dolphins' offense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got off to an awful start to training camp Friday. There were fumbled snaps, false starts and the timing was off. Miami's offense Saturday was sharper. Tannehill made several nice completions to receivers Mike Wallace, Damian Williams, Armon Binns and rookie Jarvis Landry. The quarterback option also worked, as Tannehill made two nice runs in team drills.
  • Miami's defense also made plays Saturday. Safety Reshad Jones and cornerback Brent Grimes both had "Play of the Day" candidates with a pair of interceptions. Jones picked off Tannehill on the sideline, while keeping his feet in bounds, after a deep-ball attempt to Wallace. Grimes also jumped a route and intercepted Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore in stride during seven-on-seven drills and took the pick to the house for a defensive touchdown.
  • Miami continues to give quality reps to second-year defensive end Dion Jordan. He is suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The Dolphins have to figure out how to get Jordan ready for the season while also preparing the defensive end who will be available the first four games. "It's a delicate balance," Philbin said Saturday. "Dion needs work at defensive end, he needs work on the fundamentals. ... But we do have to also be cognizant that we’re getting ready for a [regular-season] game. It’s a balancing act and we have to find the right mix."
  • Keep an eye out for rookie running back Damien Williams. He showed nice flashes during organized team activities and minicamp. Williams had another nice day Saturday with inside runs and good moves in the open field. He is competing in a deep group of running backs that includes incumbent starter Lamar Miller, Knowshon Moreno and Daniel Thomas.
  • Looking ahead, the Dolphins will have their first practice in full pads on Sunday. The intensity and physicality should go up a couple notches. The team will have their first off day of training camp on Monday.

Dolphins camp report: Day 1

July, 25, 2014
Jul 25
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DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp:
  • It was a shaky day for the Dolphins' first-team offense. The first two plays in team drills were a timeout and fumbled snap by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and new center Shelley Smith, who is filling in for injured Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey. There also were drops by receivers, two near picks by Tannehill to cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Jamar Taylor and not much going in the running game. Miami's defense definitely won on Friday. “It's the first day, it's not going to be the prettiest practice we have,” Tannehill said afterwards. “Obviously, I don't think today is the practice we wanted to have with the balls on the ground and the sacks. But we have to have something to build off of. The quicker we can get those corrections made, the better we will be.”
  • The first-team offensive line had three changes from the final day of minicamp. Smith moved from left guard to center in place of the injured Pouncey (hip). Free-agent pickup Daryn Colledge was put in at left guard and Dallas Thomas moved from left guard to right guard. Miami head coach Joe Philbin said nothing is set in stone. “I will tell you that we will be looking at a number of different combinations,” Philbin explained. “This is practice No. 1. This is the way we want to look at it today."
  • Dolphins fans in attendance Friday got to see something they rarely saw last season. Tannehill and No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace connected on a deep ball in what was easily the play of the day. Wallace beat second-year cornerback Jamar Taylor by a couple steps and Tannehill hit Wallace in stride for an approximately 40-yard gain. Tannehill and Wallace struggled with deep-ball connections last season.
  • Here is more good news for the Dolphins: Everyone passed their conditioning tests. There had been issues with other teams around the NFL with players failing conditioning drills and missing the start of training camp.
  • The Dolphins have an interesting balance this summer with second-year defensive end Dion Jordan. He was suspended four games for violating the NFL's conduct on performance enhancing substances but can participate in training camp and the preseason. Jordan's role as the third defensive end didn't appear different Friday from what we've seen in minicamp and organized team activities. The Dolphins must balance getting Jordan reps to get him ready for later and reps for players behind him who will fill in during the first four weeks of the regular season. “We're disappointed in that, but Dion's going to be out there,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey explained. “He's going to be out there competing. He's going to be out there growing.”

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