The van is parked in front of the Dolphins training facility and players hauling luggage are on their way out. Rookie minicamp is in the books.
The star of today's practice was easily safety Chris Clemons, who had two interceptions. Not only was Clemons a terror for quarterbacks, he was quite impressive in the classroom throughout the minicamp.
"He's a guy that stood out and did a good job that way," coach Tony Sparano said. "He did a good job of getting people lined up and communicating. Then he gets his hands on two footballs and finished the play ... It was impressive to me."
The interesting thing is Clemons has a reputation as something of a hitter and he hasn't had the opportunity to make a mark hitting folks yet because these have been non-contact practices.
Sparano said he was also impressed with the way receivers Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner and linebacker Cameron Wake absorbed the information coaches were drowning them with this weekend. "His recall was good also," Sparano said of Wake.
Sparano said five veterans today volunteered to speak with the greehorns about being professional and what it means to be part of the Dolphins and how this team wins. The players who came in were Will Allen, Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess, Matt Roth and Reggie Torbor.
Back to the field:
Receiver Todd Lowber did not practice today because of an undisclosed injury.
Quarterback Pat White got better and better throughout the weekend. I thought he was gaining confidence in the pocket and it showed in that he was less deliberate in his delivery. He also impressed Sparano with his mental alertness and recognition.
"We did some check-with-me stuff in today where he's got two plays and has to get them into the right one," Sparano said. "And he got them into it right."
I continue to be fascinated by the practice matchup of 6-5 WR Patrick Turner and 6-3 cornerback Sean Smith. Smith got the better of the matchup Friday. Saturday was pretty much even if not leaning toward Turner. On Sunday, Turner won the battle including a deep sideline gain.
For the record, I do not relate to you any information on the trenches guys -- outside of them jumping offsides -- because, let's face it, these guys aren't playing football yet. I've seen too many linemen on either side of the ball impress during minicamps where there is no hitting.
And then they disappear when the pads go on and the hitting begins. So to relate scouting reports about a guy's feet is ridiculous to me. I will tell you, however, that Louis Ellis is becoming something of a media favorite because he simply flashes a lot.
But Ellis is apparently headed to a diet and conditioning program because at 315 pounds, he loses steam as the practice wears on.
Finally, the Dolphins announced Michael Dee has been hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium. It probably doesn't matter much to you other than the fact his hire does not change in any fashion the way the football operations is run.
Owner Stephen Ross said he remains the only person football czar Bill Parcells reports to.