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Amaya's play draws attention to rookie

The Dolphins have already had one practice today and are headed for another in the next hour. And safety Jonathon Amaya is going into that practice with something of a streak on the line.

He has an interception in each of the last two practices this minicamp.

What does that tell coach Tony Sparano?

"Tells me the ball comes to him," the coach said. "One thing I also know off the film is unless there's someone else in that body, this guy is going to hit you."

Amaya, an undrafted rokie free agent, apparently hasn't been making too many mistakes, either. "Not many mental errors," Sparano said.

[Afternoon practice update: Amaya didn't get a pick in the afternoon work Saturday. Steak over.]

Sparano talked about Pat White during his press conference today and part of the conversation was about the quarterback's weight. The coach said White has gained 18 pounds since he was drafted by Miami while lowering his body fat. He has gained between 8-9 pounds since the end of last season.

Speaking of weight, Sparano said he's dropped 30 pounds since the end of the season. And he lost it in the orthodox fashion: Working.

The strength coach is kicking the heck out of Sparano and he's looking good.

(I remind you another AFC East coach has lost weight this offseason but decided to do it by having a lap band surgery.)

On other matters: Lionel Dotson, who has not worked in this minicamp, is nursing a tweaked shoulder ... Linebacker Brian Johnson missed this morning's practice. Sparano said he was excused.

I must share with you the highlight of the morning practice: Handoff to Ricky Williams, he sprints outside the tackle and runs stright into Koa Misi. Misi falls back on his butt. Trucked. Welcome to an NFL practice, rookie.

Finally, coach Sparano confirmed that Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline are all competing for one starting job -- the second starter job alongside Brandon Marshall. Each brings something good to the table.

My prediction: Hartline wins the job because he is the best combination of size, speed, and intelligence. He can also play all the positions. We'll see. Nothing is set in stone.

[Afternoon practice update: Phillip Merling had a sack during the team period. (Insert cynical comment here if you wish) ... Karlos Dansby impressed the heck out of me on one pass play when he ran step-for-step with Lex Hilliard down the left sideline. Dansby is 6-4 and 250 pounds. Hilliard is 5-11 and listed at 240 pounds ... Corey Procter seems very comfortable only a week or so since joining the team. He's working at left guard and is getting some snaps with the starting unit, although most are coming with the second-teamers.]

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