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Dolphins camp Day One in the books

The first Dolphins training camp practice of 2013 has come and gone. Here are the highlights:

Rookie first round pick Dion Jordan was in attendance after signing his contract Saturday, but did not practice today. He spent most of the morning on the sideline doing calisthenics. He is on the Non-Football Injury list, according to coach Joe Philbin.

That means Jordan, who had shoulder surgery in February, cannot practice for now. Philbin declined to elaborate as to Jordan's status but one thing is clear, the rookie isn't going to hurry his return.

"Right now I've got to take care of my body first," he said. For any athlete, when this is your job and this is what your whole motivation is, it’s frustrating not being out there and watching the guys go. But I understand my health is the main concern right now. So that’s what I’m going to focus on.”

Frankly, it is five months since his surgery. I don't see this is a major issue at the moment. If we're sitting in the same spot in three weeks, then we have an issue.

On a much more positive front, cornerback Brent Grimes looked great in practice today. Truly. He moved with ease following a season in which he missed all but the first game because of a torn Achilles. Grimes and Richard Marshall, who also missed much of last year because of a bad back that required surgery, were the first-team cornerbacks and got the better of the receivers today.

The most clear sign that Grimes is back is he wasn't even wearing ankle tape to stabilize the repaired area. "I never do, I don't like it," he said. ""No reason to."

While the starting DBs looked good, the same cannot be said of the first-team passing game. The first play of practice on the field before an announced crowd of 2,700?

Ryan Tannehill threw a nine route to Mike Wallace down the right sideline. It was overthrown. It didn't get much better from there.

"It wasn't our cleanest day," Tannehill said afterward. "We definitely have some rust we have to knock off."

Tannehill found Brian Hartline on multiple occasions and that shows his familiarity with the veteran. But none of those were deep connections. Tannehill's throws across the middle were much more crisp. He connected with Dustin Keller and Brandon Gibson on seam and in-cuts several times.

But the most productive receiver of the day?

Marvin McNutt, a first-year player out of Iowa. The kid caught five passes.

The much anticipated training camp debut of Jonathan Martin at left tackle was uneventful. He was not beaten on any pass-rushes by Olivier Vernon, who worked with the starting defense at right end.

The same cannot be said of first-year left tackle Jeff Adams. Although quarterbacks aren't being hit (or touched, really) it was clear Adams gave up at least two sacks had this been game action. He had a tough day.

The beneficiary of Adams' struggle was Vernon. He collected both sacks.

Second-team center Josh Samuda also was inconsistent today, with the most obvious sign of that coming when he short-hopped a shotgun snap to quarterback Matt Moore.

Speaking of offensive line, right tackle is not an issure right now. Tyson Clabo, wearing No. 77, looks like a good, solid, professional. He's just ... good. Nice technique. Nice tempo. He knows what he's doing for the most part.

As to the much talked about kicking competition. Dan Carpenter took all the kicks today. He connected on all of them. He was 10-for-10, with the longest from 49 yards out. Caleb Sturgis did not kick today.

The starting units today:

Defense -- DL was Olivier Vernon, Paul Soliai, Randy Starks and Cameron Wake up front. Jared Odrick spent much of his time inside at DT and also shared snaps with Starks with the first team. At LB Koa Misi, Dannell Ellerbe in the middle and Phillip Wheeler. Grimes and Marshall were at CB. Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons were at safety.

Offense -- OL was Martin at LT, Richie Incognito at LG, C Mike Pouncey, RG John Jerry and RT Clabo. WRs were Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline in two-wide and Brandon Gibson added to the three-wide. Tight end was Dustin Keller and obviously Tannehill at QB.

By the way, I think I figured out why the Dolphins didn't show greater interest in Vonta Leach for the start of this camp: Tight ends worked as lead backs quite a few times today. It was interesting to see Dustin Keller and Charles Clay in that role.

[UPDATE: At tight end it was Charles Clay and Dion Sims behind Keller today. Michael Egnew was on the far field working with the third and fourth-team offense. So much for him having a great offseason. A rookie has already passed him, apparently.]

Due to the collective bargaining agreement, there are no real two-a-days anymore. The second practice of the day is a walkthru and, unlike last year, the Dolphins have closed those to the media. So this is it.

The Dolphins will practice at 8 a.m. Monday. I will tweet in real time until the club shuts down electronic coverage. You can follow me on twitter for those real-time updates. 

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Foist

Armando,

Dashe says you are a fin hater and a Jet fan and that you've admitted this. Is it true?

Fan- 2. A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport, art or entertainment form, or famous person.

Posted by: Dashi | July 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Objectivity- judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices.

Posted by: Dashi | July 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Yo cRAP sTAINS,
Welcome

Dashi

Would you teach us today why the sun rises in the east?

Can't wait to see the Jordan/Wake show. DBs look good. NE it's on. GO DOLPHINS!!!'

Thanks Mando.

Wonderin,

Mando Will Say No He Is A Redskins Fan. (How Convenient)

But Anybody That Has Read This Blog For Years Has Seen Mando Slip Up And Admit His Love For The Jets. Heck, He Has Even Praised M.Sanchez Multiple Times. Mark Sanchez.

He Has Even Praised M.Sanchez Multiple Times. Mark Sanchez.

Posted by: Dashi | July 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM


Maybe it's because he led the team to 2 straight AFC title games? Something no fin QB has done since Griese.

Was todays practice full contact in pads?

Eli,

I Don't Care If The Jets Win The SB. They Get Zero Praise From Me.

And It Was During The Regular Season.

Why Would Mando Comment On The Jets In The Playoffs? Unless He Was A Fan. Cause Mando Doesn't Post General Football Stuff.

Today is day 1 of practice and at least for today everything is wonderful so let's roll with it!!!

No Negativity Today!!!

By the way, I think I figured out why the Dolphins didn't show greater interest in Vonta Leach for the start of this camp: Tight ends worked as lead backs quite a few times today. It was interesting to see Dustin Keller and Charles Clay in that role.

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And You Just Figured That Out?

I've Been Posting For Days How C.Clay Will Be The FB. And How The TEs Are Replacing The FB. Not Just Here But In The NFL In General.

Fraud,

No Pads For The First Couple Days.

Dashi my friend,
Slow your roll brother.
Today is day 1 and it is a day for blind celebration.
We all agreed not to be negative today.

Go fins

Dashi,
Thank you for answering my question.
The longest journey begins with the first step.
Today Martin looked like a rock solid LT vs Vernon.
Even though there were no pads we'll take that as positivity.
:D

Fraud,

When It Comes To The Fins, Dashi Is Never Negative.

Now If You Talk Negative About The Fins Then Dashi Will Criticize Back.

Dashi Is A Miami Dolphins Fan. Proud To Be Called A Homer.

Nice to hear that Brent Grimes is playing well and his injury concerns are, well, not really a concern anymore. Still looking for Jamar Taylor to make an impact.

I've Been Posting For Days How C.Clay Will Be The FB.

Posted by: Dashi | July 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM


Um, he was brought in as a FB, HB, TE from the get go. This is not news. Your posting about it for days is no revelation. Armando is just confirming they will be trying various existing players at FB.

Maybe you are the negative one jumping all over him for anything he reports?

Any word on Rishard Matthews?

My Bad If My Post @12:20 Sounds A Little Condescending. I Was Just Saying That I Was Talking About Our TEs Lining Up At FBs, For A Couple Days Now. That Signing Leach Wasn't A Good Idea.

Charles Clay Is A Better RB Than M.Gillislee.

Charles Clay Will Be Our 3rd Down Back.

It is a good day to have camp up and running, and good to have 5 pre season games. Bill

Starting to look like this will be a redshirt year for Dion Jordan. Hopefully next season he is ready to go!

Dashi, Are you sure you don't have a poker stuck up your ars?

Have to love the CBA. No two a days, apparently the players can't handle it. It's funny because from the time I was 12 years old two a days were the standard. From Highschool to pro's everyone did two a days. Then two people out of hundreds of thousands died and now we have walkthroughs. Pfffttttttt

Glad to hear Martins debut was uneventful and I look forward to hearing that more often. When an offensive lineman doesn't stand out it's a good thing imo.

Also not surprised to hear the defense got the better of the offense. We all know defense is always ahead of offense at the start of camp. Not to mention we have a pretty damned good defense. But if this team is going to have any kind of success this year we have to start hearing about the offense dominating once and awhile during camp, it should be 50/50 or close to that. It can't be like years past where the defense handles them all of training camp and we hope the offense figures it out for game one. They need to show up by the end of the week and give the defense some good battles.

Maybe it's because he led the team to 2 straight AFC title games? Something no fin QB has done since Griese.

Posted by: Eli | July 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

This is a false statement. Mark Sanchez did NOT lead the Jets to two afc championships. It just never happened and that statement isn't even close to realistic.

LMAO Yeah, if it wasn't for Mark freakin Sanchez the Jets never would have been close to playing in two championship games. I mean he took that team on his shoulders and willed them to back into the playoffs. What a hero. I wonder how long before the rookie replaces him this season? What a flippin joke, Mark Sanchez, hahahahaha smh


Maybe it's because he led the team to 2 straight AFC title games?

Posted by: Eli | July 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM


Mark Sanchez did NOT lead the Jets to two afc championships.

It just never happened and that statement isn't even close to realistic.

Posted by: Phins78 | July 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM


One poster says: "AFC Title Game".

One poster says: "AFC Championships".

This happens all of the time in this blog. Reading comprehension is essential!

This is a false statement. Mark Sanchez did NOT lead the Jets to two afc championships. It just never happened and that statement isn't even close to realistic.

Posted by: Phins78 | July 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM


Nothing false about my statement. Your distortion of my statement is what is false. I didn't say championships, I said title games. Obviously they didn't win either one.

If you are going to bash a QB for not performing, you owe giving them credit when they do perform. Sanchez made a lot of clutch throws those two seasons. Sure he has sucked ever since, but that isn't the point.


Maybe it's because he led the team to 2 straight AFC title games? Something no fin QB has done since Griese.

Posted by: Eli | July 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

This is a false statement. Mark Sanchez did NOT lead the Jets to two afc championships. It just never happened and that statement isn't even close to realistic.

Posted by: Phins78 | July 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM


One poster says: "Maybe it's because he led the team to 2 straight AFC title games? "

The other poster say: "It just never happened and that statement isn't even close to realistic."

Reading comprehension is at times grossly terrible. The poster never said:

"Sanchez lead the Jets to two afc championships."

As one poster " falsely comprehended".


Also responding with LMAO and hahahaha only makes you look like an immature idiot.

This is our true
We have officially made it a whole hour without being negative.
Now let us repeat this hour over and over again.

Jordan is injured?? WTF Ireland???


Also responding with LMAO and hahahaha only makes you look like an immature idiot.

Posted by: Eli | July 21, 2013 at 01:05 PM


Clearly he was making a failed attempt to down play the fact that he was totally wrong once he spotted his mistake.

Sanchez was a good QB up until Brian Schottenheimer left the Jets. He has more road playoff wins then Marino had his entire 18 yr career.

Phins78 = Craig M's cousin

jordan, another wasted pick?

That other poster was right in warning others that the reading and comprehension on the blog is dismal. It's scary how bad it really is.

If Jordan is out its another crap Irescum draft.

Dude you know what I meant. Two afc title games. We all know what he did and didn't do.

HE DID NOT LLLLEEEAAAADDDDD the Jets to crap. He made a lot of clutch throws? Every qb does. The team backed in to the playoffs because Sanchez isn't good enough to LEAD a team to anything.

So your assertion that Mark Sanchez led the team to two straight afc title games is false. The defense and running game had WAY more to do with that teams success then Mark Sanchez.

QBs who lead their teams. Tom Brady, Arron Rodgers,Eli Manning, Peyton Manning.

Qb who makes throws once and awhile but relies heavily on a stout running game and top 3 defense?

MARK SANCHEZ

"It wasn't our cleanest day," Tannehill said afterward. "We definitely have some rust we have to knock off."

Tannehill is not accurate enough to be an NFL QB. Why didnt someone on the Dolphins realize this BEFORE the draft?

Sanchez is a "caretaker qb" not a "franchise qb". This is what has been fully proven.

With a very good defense, run game, and very good recievers. He can lead you to the brink of a sb. He's the epitome of a classic "caretaker qb".

WE HAVE A GARAGE MANGER FOR GM

AND A CORNED BEEF COACH

TO
BE
OR
NOT TO BE

"Mike Wallace dropped a number of catchable footballs during day one."

SANCHEZ > TANNEHILL

-"The Dolphins opened up training camp with a relatively crisp practice, which featured few turnovers and botched snaps."

The pads come on Wednesday. Until then, it's better to focus on who the starters are, the different packages, etc.

Bruce Smith > Dion Jordan

This is exactly what I was saying ("Sanchez is a "caretaker qb" not a "franchise qb". This is what has been fully proven.)and that is all.

Look, come into a Dolphins blog and talk up our biggest rivals garbage qb and you're going to take some s%$t.

Is this a surprise to anyone? If so you're pretty stupid.

The qb is always referred to as "the leader" of a team.

Whether its Sanchez, or any other qb, when a team fails he gets an "UNFAIR" portion of the "BLAME". When a team "SUCEEDS" he gets an "UNFAIR" portion of the "ACCOLADES".

This is the was it has always been, and probably will always be. Trent Diler lead the Ravens to a sb victory. However, we know that this isn't entirely true, but its "PARTIALLY" true. It isn't an "OUTRIGHT" lie either.

Sanchez has been inconsistent but he's performed great in the playoffs. Cant take that away from him.

still need a qb

They are probably going to use a 1 RB setup at least at the beginning of the Game.

ALoco character I know you're trying to get under my skin by using the key words we have argued about for a couple of years. You know, the things you think might annoy me into reacting. This is my only reaction,,,,,YAWN.

It's so boring bud. I'll be ignoring a lot of posts in here this season so don't be surprised when I talk around your long list of made up characters. It's not worth my time, have a great season and enjoy. Good luck and happy hunting.

Wallace is going to hate Tannehill after playing with Big Ben.....

So your assertion that Mark Sanchez led the team to two straight afc title games is false.

Posted by: Phins78 | July 21, 2013 at 01:15 PM


Just because you say it's false, doesn't it's false. The QB takes the blame when bad and gets the credit when good.

You can say Sanchez led the Jets to a miserable season last year and I'm sure you would agree with that.

If you can't admit it, so be it.

You are just either pissed or jealous he has had more success than any of our recent QB's have had.

Actually, Shottenheimer's departure wasn't the end of Sanchez, It was the corrosion of their defense, injuries and departures of recieving and running game weapons.

The last couple seasons the Jets inarguably are and were not the same as those teams making 2 straight afc championship appearances. Also, Braylon Edwards departure was an "astronomical blow" to Sanchez's passing success.

Hey, I'll give him that. He was on a team that went to two afc championship games. One year they went because two other teams lost their last game of the season and missed the playoffs but whatever. They made it and he was there. Mark Sanchez had a decent two year career (can't count last year as decent) that is now coming to an end. Great guy and I wish him all of the luck in the world in his new career.

This is exactly what I was saying ("Sanchez is a "caretaker qb" not a "franchise qb". This is what has been fully proven.)and that is all.

Posted by: Phins78 | July 21, 2013 at 01:22 PM


Again distorting my original comment. Nowhere do I ever say Sanchez was a franchise QB. Nowhere.

Quit making things up and stick to what is written. You clearly have issues.

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