It was a day for establishing practice habits. It was a day to make sure fundamentals were on point. It was a day in which Dolphins coaches challenged players mentally.
The result of Tuesdays two practices at this voluntary veteran minicamp?
""I really liked the way the guys worked," coach Joe Philbin said. "I thought their work ethic was excellent. Obviously, we made a lot of mistakes from a technique and fundamental standpoint. There wasn't a whole lot of blown assignments believe it or not so I think the guys were attentive, I think they gave effort. I think we're off to a good start."
Cameron Wake was the only player of 64 on the roster who did not report today. He has missed various times this offseason to call attention to his displeasure over his contract situation.
The quarterbacks-- David Garrard and Matt Moore -- split the reps "almost dead even" Philbin said and Wednesday Pat Devlin will get more work.
The center-quarterback exchange was sloppy today. Moore and Mike Pouncey, who had issues last year, had a couple of problems with the exchange today.
A lot of my twitter followers mocked me when I mentioned I like Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as Miami's first-round pick if they select at No. 8. Some said it makes no sense to add another defensive tackle when Randy Starks, Jared Odrick and Paul Soliai are likely defensive tackles.
Well, the Dolphins don't necessarily see Odrick as a 4-3 DT. They think he might be a fit as a 4-3 DE.
"We're intrigued by him," Philbin said. "We think he has a chance to fit in a couple of different spots. Obviously, in the sub packages he's done a good job inside as a rusher. We think he may have a fit as an outside (defensive end) player as well."
Speaking of Ryan Tannehill, it is obvious that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, formerly Tannehill's coach at Texas A&M, has briefed the Dolphins on his former quarterback. But it's not like you think.
"We've talked obviously a lot," Philbin said. "We''ve had draft meetings. We've discussed him as an individual. We've watched his film. Obviously, Mike has been around Ryan for a long, long time. But it wasn't like we sat around and said, 'OK what about him at No. 8?"
"Remember a coach doesn't have the same perspective on the draft that a general manager has. A coach doesn't exhaustively watch player A and compare him to B and to C and to D and to F ... We really haven't had any discussions where he should go. But certainly he's a resource so we've asked him some questions about him."
Jake Long said he feels "as healthy as I've felt in a while." Old Faithful is back.
Odrick and linebacker Karlos Dansby, meanwhile, missed work both in the morning and afternoon drills with unknown injuries.