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Thurs. morning practice report right here

The Dolphins had to move their scheduled outdoor practice inside the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble this morning as threatening skies opened up and delivered a couple of kneeknocker thunderclaps early during drills.

The fans who came to watch their team work missed a doozy of a practice, featuring some good receiver play.

Let me get this off my chest right now: I have been first in line hoping, praying, lobbying for an upgrade at the wide receiver position with a dazzling, accomplished, proven veteran. That didn't happen this offseason, but I'm starting to believe the team just might be alright without one.

Today I watched excellent work from Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo, Ted Ginn and even the two rookies -- Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline, who has now put together three consecutive solid practices.

The most impressive play to me was a sideline grab by Ted Ginn that he caught with the DB draped over him, bobbled, re-caught as he was going down, and still was able to get both feet inbounds for a 12-yard gain.

Bess had a similar sideline grab, only his was one-handed and the cornerback was not providing as tight a coverage.

Hartline had at least three long TD grabs on varous routes. He caught a 40-yard TD from Chad Henne up the seam when he cleverly pushed off on Joey Thomas, creating good separation for the score. By the way, these practices include officials and there was no flag on Hartline. Hartline also caught a 40-yard pass from Pat White for a TD in the same 7 on 7 drills. Hartline also had a nice comeback pattern catch against Sean Smith in the one on one drills between DBs and WRs.

Fellow rookie Turner caught a 30-yard pass down the left sideline from Chad Pennington that victimized Eric Green in coverage. He also had a TD catch over Will Allen in the one on one drills, effectively giving him long scores over both Miami starting corners this practice.

"He has better quickness than I initially thought," coach Tony Sparano said of Turner. "At the top of routes he can drop his weight and that [helps make cuts on routes]. And the past couple of days when the defensive backs have tried to beat him up a little bit with press coverage, he's been able to play physical out there against the press technique."

Sparano talked about how he and GM Jeff Ireland went on a road trip prior to the draft to scout players at various colleges. They went to Ohio State and were obviously impressed with Hartline. "He's a brilliant kid," Sparano gushed. "He really is."

The Dolphins worked on their two-minute drill to finish the practice and the results of this drill is testament as to why Chad Pennington is the starter and Chad Henne his backup.

Pennington steadily matriculated the ball down the field with three consecutive sideline completions, a 19-yard completion to Camarillo up the sideline and a 14-yard completion to Ginn. Jason Taylor batted one pass, preventing what would have been a nice gain to wide open tight end Anthony Fasano. The first team offense got a 41 yard field goal with 1 second remaining.

The second-team offense, guided by Henne, didn't fare as well against the second-team defense. Incompletion on first down when Cobbs dropped the pass I referred to earlier. Incompletion on second down. Incompletion on third down. There was no fourth-down play.

Third team, guided by White, saw a short completion to Hilliard on first down, an incompletion on second down and an incompletion on third down. Sparano said there will be more two-minute work in the afternoon drills.

Other notes:

As I tweeted earlier today, SirVincent Rogers is gone from the team. Sparano said he left the team. A source tells me he made his exit during a practice, walking off the field before the work was over. Fullback Chris Brown has also been waived. He's been replaced by fullback Matt Quillen.

Jason Ferguson, Channing Crowder and Matt Roth missed practice.

Joe Berger took a majority of the repetitions with the first-team offense at RG. But Donald Thomas got first and second-team reps at RG during the team running period -- in other words, the 11 on 11 run plays. It was the most work he's gotten in a team period in one practice since training camp began.

There were three blown coverages on defense that I counted. Tearrius George was responsible for one of those. Another one, which left Patrick Cobbs all alone in the flat with an entire open field ahead of him was covered up when Cobbs dropped the pass.

It wasn't all offense today. Gibril Wilson popped Lex Hilliard on a pass in the flat, causing him to juggle a pass from Pat White. As Hilliard juggled, Wilson grabbed the loose ball for an interception.

Chris Clemons had a nice pass defensed (PD) against Anthony Armstrong, knocking away what seemed like a certain 35-yard completion in one on ones. Smith, Jason Allen and Will Allen also got PDs in the one on ones.

One of the secrets of figuring out which bubble players will make it onto the 53-man roster is watching the special teams. If a bubble guy is lining up with the first-team punt, field goal, kick return and kickoff, he's more likely than not going to make the team.

Here are some bubble players I saw today working with the starters on teams, suggesting they are in Miami's plans for the moment: Erik Walden, Charlie Anderson, Jason Allen, Cameron Wake, Courtney Bryan.

None of these players has a secure spot on the roster. But all are currently figuring prominently on Miami's special teams. So, it stands to reason, if they excel at their special teams assignments, if they don't do anything to lose their current starting special teams status, they likely will be on the team.

Tony Sparano will conduct his press conference in the next few minutes. Will update you with the latest when he's done.


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I heard that Sean Smith may have been injured today. What do you know?

Courteny Bryan sticking would mean we keep 5 Safeties... When we have other DB's who fill some of that role. Maybe he'll stay, but I didn't think he would.

Matriculated? My word. Is a certain journalist getting ahead of himself? ;) - thanks for the update Mando...

Armando - thanks for all your insight

When do you think Thomas will be able to complete a full practice with the first team? Is he that much better then Murphy and others?

Does matriculated mean you can't see old girlfriends anymore?

Well, Gang, it's one day - ONE day - until my U.S. Citizenship Swearing In Ceremony. Here are some thoughts:

1) While not a fan of Bill Clinton, he said one thing in his first inaugural address that I thought a perfect description for the United States: "There is not one thing wrong with America that can not be fixed by what is right with America."

2) If I could have 5 Dolphins attend my swearing-in ceremony, I think I'd choose the following:

a) Don Shula
b) Dan Marino
c) Paul Warfield
d) Larry Csonka
e) A.J. Duhe

3) If I could have 5 beautiful actresses attend (backdated to a more attractive time in their lives) I would choose the following:

a) Veronica Hamel (1980)
b) Jaclyn Smith (1977)
c) Audrey Hepburn (1954)
d) Rita Hayworth (1941)
e) Shannen Doherty (1992)


5) Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins #1
Cause we're the
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins #1

6) In the second Our Gang short featuring Ms. Crabtree, she drives a bunch of kids to class in her jalopy. While on the way, Jackie Cooper confesses his devotion to her, and she kisses him right on the mouth! That is SO HOT! How come none of my teachers drove me to school and made out with me?

7) I was always amazed during the Jimmy Johnson years (and I guess during the early Wannestedt years) how the tables were turned in the trenches - it was the DOLPHINS' DEFENSIVE LINE that was effectively "holding" the offensive linemen, for the purpose of permitting Zach Thomas the freedom to use his great instincts and make tackles. I haven't seen anything similarly effective since then.

8) My family in Toronto won't be able to make my swearing in ceremony. :(
They have to attend a stupid cousin's wedding tonight.

9) Great film dialogue doesn't always look like great dialogue on paper. For instance, if you read the script for "Glengary Glen Ross" and saw the page that had Kevin Spacey's character say multiple times to Jack Lemmon in the span of 10 seconds, "Will you go to lunch?" you would think - what the hell is that? But on film, it was BRILLIANT.

10) I love my wife. I love America. I love the Dolphins. In that order. Having said that, even though the Dolphins are #3, I STILL love them more than all you bozos combined.

Good Summary of the practice.

Glad that your coming around on the receiver thing too. So long as Chad P is the boss we are better off without a clear number 1 receiver.

Run, wildcat and dink and dunk - sounds like the potential for the long ball might be there too.


Blah blah blah, You are the bozo!

Dear Anti-Nathaniel,

As you are aware, the first amendment to our constitution prohibits Congress from making any laws restricting our freedom of speech. For this reason, I joyously salute your freedom to make your ad-hominem remarks. I take no offense. Nay, sir. As a strict constructionist who doesn't try to alter the meaning of our founding fathers' glorious words, I will defend to Soiled Bottom's death your right to disagree with me.

Having said all that, you suck.

nathaniel, gives the same old lines all the time.can you give some thing new and please no more women w/plastic faces .

Armando, about Miami receivers I would like to say one thing............Told you! :P

Nathaniel...You suck donkey balls!!! Stop poisoning the blog!

thanks mando. Great summary!


I dont care for any ad - hommy hommy grits, or whatever that is. Corn ball

Tennis, for you, something completely original:

I used to feel guilty for the man who had no arm ...

Until I met the man who had no stump.

Nathaniel, for you, something completely original:

I used to feel guilty for the man who had no peenis.

Until I met the man who calls himself Nathaniel

Nathaneil, You struck first by calling evryone a bozo. You suck, now everyone is jumping on the anti-nathaniel bandwagon, come aboard.

Nathaniel said

"While on the way, Jackie Cooper confesses his devotion to her, and she kisses him right on the mouth! That is SO HOT! How come none of my teachers drove me to school and made out with me?" Nobody would kiss you becuase you look like a little fat toad.

Anti-Nathaniel, I like you.

Your sentence construction bespeaks a simplicity not unlike the standard 4-3-4 defense.

Your growling antagonism towards me would make Dick Butkus proud.

Your intense dislike for me betrays a homoerotic desire sublimated in ad hominem attacks.

In short, when I'm swearing to defend and uphold the Constitution tomorrow, you will be in my thoughts. Thank you, my fellow American. Thank you and God bless.

I oppose you anti-nathaniel, for promulgating hate of the worst kind. Hate towards me.
I take my leave of thee, as I am at present in my underwear and Lone Ranger mask in hot sweaty pursuit of my young Cuban manservant, Mango who has gone missing somewhere on my estate wearing a pair of Jordache cutoff jeans and high heels. The chase is on and I am a most stern taskmaster. Good day and adieu, sir.

That last "Nathaniel Dodsworth" was of course not the authentic Nathaniel Dodsworth. But I do salute the parody. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And it was, indeed, a very clever facsimile. But some constructive criticism? The real Nathaniel Dodsworth is not so foppish. Although well-schooled and a patron of the arts, he is decidedly masculine, rugged, and beloved by the ladies. Yet he is no cad, Sir. For all his fantasies about Sally Struthers and Shannen Doherty, he is a one-woman man.

good to hear the receivers are stepping up the effort. looks like we will be OK at RG afterall.

mando, the Alfred Oglesby story was funny as hell. i actually know the guy from a business venture. he is a pretty cool guy and a savvy business man as well.

Any word on why SirVincent Rogers walked?

Dear Mr. Salguero

It has come to my recent attention that my life may be in extreme danger.

I'm typing this post from under my bed in my secret lair in my moms basement.

I just read this in this article.

" I will defend to Soiled Bottom's death your right to disagree with me."

The way I'm seeing this is Mr. Dodsworth and Mr. anti Dodsworth are haveing an argument and it wont end till I'm dead.

Must I be sacrificed to end this argument ?
Can't they just spit and shake hands ?

I've decided to wear a disguise as Ron Jeremy till this thing blows over.
I just need the nose, hair and about 8 more inches.

I'd also like to say welcome our new american Mr. Nathaniel Dodsworth :)

You made it out Canada just in the nick of time my new brother, America is out of maple syrup and as soon as where done with Iraq and Iran we will be looking north.

Soiled :)

Great to hear that the big day is tomorrow nathanal, again i wish i could attend but i understand you when you say you don't want any paparazzi there, believe me the menace knows how troublesome those guys could be, they wouldn't leave me and cameron Diaz alone for one minute, again Mr. Doddsworth i SALUTE YOU SIR..

Mr. dodsworth congrates on your citizenship. sometimes your comments make me laugh. today they strike me as odd. first you call out your fellow dolphins fans. makes me think your not a team player. then you accuse a fellow dolphins fan of homoerotic thoughts because he responds to being called a bozo. does it strike you as ironic you had thoughts of another man with desires for you first? doesn't that mean it's actually you who has such desires? i'm sure you will come up with something witty in way of a response. Seeing as your not even a citizen yet where do you get off claiming “ our founding fathers” or the right of constitutional free speech?

Thats great stuff soiled..

Guys did you realize today 64 years ago we dropped the a-bomb on japan???

The menace is on line, shoot a Q to the menace...

Dear Mr. Menace

When was the first F-Bomb used ? :)

Soiled :)

sammo loves to get with nathaniel and have some banana jam

My question for the menace, when are you getting off this blog today ?

Mr . Doddsworth. It's funny that , just when you're becoming an american citizan. America is starting to become like Canada. How Ironic !

hi . plumber

First F bomb was used 5 seconds after the C- bomb was used, and not sure N.j when Ill be off the blog...Whats the next Q for the Cuban??

havent been on here in awhile…
its good to hear nathaneil is going to be an american and its good to see the cuban still posting

and thanks for the updates mando keep up the good work

cuban, do you know how to plant tomatoes ?

Negative..But i do know how to cut sugar cane

sorry vollyball i don't swing that way. im sure you enjoy a good spikeing tho.

u think a cook out on september 13th sounds good?
friends food and our beloved dolphins sounds like a good time to me

A BAR-B-Que on the 13th of sept, sounds great, Should we invade Atlanta????There used to there city burning aren't they??

i have no idea but i have to go work now

We have good wr's,some with speed,height,route-running ability and from what i've seen and heard they all catch the ball extremely well. A diva wr's is not needed & would only stunt the growth of the wr's on the team. We need only 1 me player and that's ronnie brown he deserves it. I can see top 4wr with 70 or more catch and that's damn good. We need to be careful what we ask for! I love our wrs.

Atlanta was burnt to the ground when the union soldiers got to Atlanta in 1865, thus almost ending the civil war..More trivia..not only is this blog great for learning about the beloved air breathing mammals but its educational too..

The cuban has a Q for the peeps,if the mighty porpoise is a air breathing animal, why aren't they found in fresh water????just wondering, is there a marine biologist out there??

There are fresh water dolphins in the amazon river.

They are call bufeo

I'm going to vomit if anyone mentions Jason Allen again. Cut him and move on.

Ummmmmm, matriculate? Enrolling the ball at University or entrusting it to its mother's care? Sorry, but that is beyond a bit of a reach. I am pretty sure you didn't find that in your thesaurus sport. A swing and a miss.

I have question for Cubano

What ex dolphin name you think cooler Sirvincent or Scorpio Barbers?

Carlito, How are you doing. Are they the dolphins that are mammals or are they the dolphin thats a fish??

Scorpio....Sir vincent sound like a wrestlers name..


No dolphins is fish, this why we can no be squish!

The freshwater dolphins is mammal and called bufeo colorado and is pink. I am sure they are Nathaniel favorite Dolphins because of color. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Ok guys the menace has to wrap it up so conishiawa bitcches, the cuban is signing off for now

Dear Mr. Menace

"The cuban has a Q for the peeps,if the mighty porpoise is a air breathing animal, why aren't they found in fresh water????just wondering,"

"River dolphins are four living species of dolphin which reside in freshwater rivers and estuaries. They are classed in the Platanistoidea superfamily of cetaceans. Three species live in fresh water rivers. The fourth species, the La Plata Dolphin, lives in salt-water estuaries and near-shore marine environments. However, it is scientifically classed in the river dolphin family rather than the oceanic dolphin family."

Soiled :)

solied bottom, do no steal my thunder. No one like know it all.

soiled , tell us the story of ali baba and the 40 thieves

You know soiled i'd almost swear you are nathanal Doddsworth ....

cuban, you don't know that ?it's very clear that he's .

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