It's football season!!!!!!
The Dolphins have begun their preparation for the Falcons today. Vontae Davis was on the field practicing. He is still nursing a left knee injury. He was wearing an electric stimulation device to quicken healing in the area after practice.
Outside linebacker Quentin Moses did not practice today. "Moses was ill today so we got him out of here," coach Tony Sparano said.
The ongoing story at camp today is the placing of tight end David Martin on the injured reserve list -- not on the waiver wire as reported elsewhere. That thrusts Joey Haynos to a starting role in the double tight end set -- which the Dolphins used more than 50 percent of their offensive downs last season.
The Dolphins categorize their TEs as an F or a Y. Martin was the F while Anthony Fasano was the Y. The difference between the spots?
The F moves around a lot. The F can line up in the backfield. He can split out wide. Or he can be on the line of scrimmage. The Y is home position next to the tackle.
"Last year, especially the Jets game, prepared me for the F position which was David's position," Haynos said. "It was a good bit of experience so it really helped. I knew this could happen on down the line but it happened now and I'm ready for it."
The Dolphins are lessened today because they are now without a player that averaged 14.5 yards per catch last season. He had a 61-yard TD catch. He had eight catches of 20 yards or more.
But Sparano notes that while Martin was injured most of the offseason, Haynos was getting all his repetitions in OTA days and minicamps.
"I'm very excited," Haynos said. "This will be a good amount of playing time for me and now I've got to make the most of my opportunity. Obviously David had a really productive year last year but I'd like to have this offense not skip a beat."
To make sure that happens, quarterback Chad Pennington kept all the tight ends and several receivers, including Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo and Patrick Turner, on the field for extra work after practice. Pat White was out there, also.
As to the addition of Davon Drew, plucked off waivers from Baltimore, Sparano said the team liked him "a lot" coming out of the draft.
"He has outstanding receiver skills," Sparano said. "He was very good against press technique against his college team."
Sparano admitted the team has to get Drew better at blocking.