Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Dolphins camp notes: John Jerry returns
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins returned to practice Wednesday after a day off. The team is preparng for Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans.
Here are some notes and observations for the Dolphins:
John Jerry returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since the first week of training camp.
Wednesday marked the return of potential starting guard John Jerry. He injured his knee in the first week of camp and just made it back. The Dolphins tried many different combinations at right guard and never found a solid replacement. Jerry lined up with the starters during warm-ups but only did individual drills. He never participated for the team portion of practice and went inside the building early for rehab. “He’s been on vacation,” Dolphins guard Richie Incognito said jokingly of Jerry. “He’s been hanging out in the air conditioning, sucking down Gatorade and relaxing while the rest of us have been working. But it’s good to have him back out here. It's good to see him healthy and moving around.”
It was another good day for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He made several nice throws down the seam to tight ends Dustin Keller and Charles Clay, a deep ball connection to receiver Mike Wallace and a back-shoulder throw to Clay on a two-point conversion. Tannehill has proved that he can make all the throws. He’s been in a good rhythm this week, which is important when playing against the tough defense of the Texans.
No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan continued to rehab his shoulder inside for the Dolphins. All week, Jordan warmed up inside the bubble but hasn’t joined the team outside. He hasn’t done much in practice all week, and chances are looking slim that he will play in the third preseason game. When asked about Jordan, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin wouldn't elaborate on his progress. “All players deal with all different types of things at various times. So we are well aware of the situation,” Philbin said. “Things happen to players all the time. I’m not concerned about it.”
Two other absences of note were backup quarterback Pat Devlin and backup offensive Nate Garner. The Dolphins re-signed quarterback Aaron Corp Wednesday to provide an extra arm. Corp may get some playing time in the Texans game. According to an NFL.com report, Garner has a shoulder injury. He was getting a look this week at right guard before suffering the injury on Monday.
It was rookie Caleb Sturgis' day to kick for the Dolphins. He was 3-of-4 with his only miss coming from 57 yards. Sturgis has taken the lead over veteran incumbent Dan Carpenter in Miami’s kicking competition. It’s pretty much the rookie’s job to lose at this stage.
Finally, the Dolphins were ranked 16th by Forbes in terms of overall value of the franchise in the NFL. The Dolphins are worth $1.07 billion, which also is third in the AFC East. The New England Patriots were second in net worth at $1.8 billion. The Jets were sixth at $1.38 billion, and the Buffalo Bills were 30th at $870 million.
The Dolphins will take the practice field Thursday for their final day of training camp.