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Special teams the emphasis on Thurs. evening

The Dolphins worked a ton of special teams this afternoon. Field goals. Kickoffs. Kick returns.

You should know that Chris Williams will be handling all the kicks versus Carolina Saturday evening. "For me, right now, I would say there's a pretty good chance of that," coach Tony Sparano said. "I'm not 100 percent, but there's a pretty good chance of that."

The intriguing thing about Williams, so fast, so necessary if the team is to give Ted Ginn Jr. and Davone Bess some rest from special teams, is that he doesn't necessarily have to make the team as a receiver.

"It would be a nice luxury down the road if you are making that choice," Sparano said. "In other words, if we make that choice that down the road Chris would be on the tea for special teams purposes, we would hope that he would also be able to play receiver in ball games and help that way.

"That would be a good luxury to have, but not a necessity to whether or not he makes the team."

The kicking duel between incumbent Dan Carpenter and challenger Connor Barth was heated today.

Carpenter connected from 32 yards. Barth connected from 34 yards.

Capenter from 41 yards. Bang. It's good. Barth from 41 yards. Bang. Good.

Carpenter from 34 yards. Goot! Barth from 36 yards. Goot!

Carpenter from 42 yards. Good. Barth from 42 yards. Good.

Moving to the right hash, Carpenter from 42 yards. It's good.

Moving to the right hash, Barth from 42 yards. Yup, it is good.

Joey Porter, who missed the moring practice with a sore toe, was back for the afternoon work. Honestly, though, players were in shells for this practice so there wasn't a lot of physical work. Jason Taylor, still excused attending to an illness in his family, was replaced in the starting base look by Charlie Anderson. In the nickel and dime package, Quentin Moses got a lot of snaps with the starters where Taylor typically plays.

I noticed running back Ronnie Brown favoring his left leg at times during the practice, but he did all his work. It is likely nothing, but I'm just reporting what I'm seeing.

Today was the final day of open training camp practices. Training camp is over, as far as I'm am concerned. Yes, the team has only one more two-a-day practice -- that on Tuesday -- but it will not be open to anyone, including the media.

As a result, there is but one more Classic Training Camp moment left. I will add that to this post later this evening. Come back for that, if you would.

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