The Dolphins are off the field and here is what we know:
Matt Roth talked about having surgery on a torn groin three months ago. The surgery, according to Roth, has helped his mobility which is important for a strongside linebacker. The injury, Roth said, was left over from the 2007 season and he played through it the entire 2008 season.
Roth is down to about 275 pounds and is able to eat like a normal human being now. Last year he was eating five meals a day -- "mostly fish and lean chicken" -- to keep his weight up during the offseason. He said he was around 285 at this time last season.
It was a big day for rookie cornerback Sean Smith, who worked with the first group in the redzone defense. He was at one cornerback while Will Allen was at the other spot. The second-team corners were Vontae Davis and Eric Green.
Please remember this is a one-practice update. We do not know if Smith has somehow passed Green or if this was merely the situation today. I guess coach Tony Sparano's contention that there is no depth chart now is true. Guys are in and out of the lineup, mixing and matching, with great frequency.
I thought Jake Grove had a very good practice -- please remember they're not in pads. He did outstanding work in one-on-one drills, driving Louis Ellis off the line when normally it's the nose tackle that initiates the contact and moves the center. Let's just say we didn't see that kind of work from Samson Satele at any point in practices last year.
Brandon Frye continues to work with the first-team offensive line.That line left to right is Jake Long, Justin Smiley, Grove, Frye and Vernon Carey. The second-team line L to R was Andrew Gardner, Shawn Murphy, Joe Berger, Frye and SirVincent Rogers. Yes, Frye is getting a lot of repetitions.
Andy Alleman continues to sit out most of the drills. Murphy, a fourth-round pick last season, is still running second-team but he's looking better. He did nice work on one goal line play, pulling from his left guard spot and basically erasing safety Ethan Kilmer on the play.
John Nalbone is getting a lot of love from the Dolphins in that he's getting the opportunity to operate with veterans when the team is in on goal-line and redzone offense. Unfortunately for him, he had a nice pass from Chad Henne in his hands for a touchdown .. but lost that TD when Tyrone Culver slapped the ball out of his hands.
Kicker Dan Carpenter, the only player on the roster who has absolutely no competition in camp, had a fine day. He connected on 6 of 6 FG attempts. Excellent.
The Dolphins, as you know, canceled their awards banquet last season after decades of celebrating the event. There is no banquet this year, either, but the team is announcing its team awards Friday in kicking off the Inaugural Miami Dolphins Foundation Celebrity Weekend.
The awards are the Don Shula Leadership Award, the Nat Moore Community Service Award, and the Dan Marino MVP Award. Tell me which players you believe are worthy of these awards based on their 2008 performances.
[BLOG UPDATE: Check out the next post on this blog as it includes coach Tony Sparano's comments following the day's field work.]