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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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Its FINS CAMP....

and YG has baited Phins 78 in to a jets conversation....

the same one they have had a thousand times.....

c'mon PHINS 78....

you may not have been posting...but I am sure you have been reading...YG has gone off the DEEP END.....if a POSTER says it HOT outside because the TEMP is 104...YG will find a way to argue that heat is all relative....

the dude has exposed himself as nothing more than a pathetic shut-in.....let him be....he doesn't need your help to prove he is an @ss....

Phins78,

You have proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a total waste of time to respond to. I won't be responding to anything more you say.

Have at it, do your best to make yourself look good.

The real reason that Jets are even more perennial losers than we have been as franchise. They seem to have a very high historical affinity for being able to find even worse assclowns to run their organization than we have.

This is my historical view of the Jets woes.

Eli, seriously I don't care that much to keep talking about this. Sanchez will never be remembered by anyone who isn't a Jets fan unless they are remembering the famous running of the butts. I'm not jealous, I'm a Dolphins fan and hate the Jets with a passion. Therefore anytime someone wants to give them credit in a Dolphins blog I can't help but tear it down. Jets fans do the same thing, I know because I'm from NY. But hell if you want to discuss Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets no one can stop you. I hate them so I enjoy tearing them down. It's all good, no hard feelings.

Steve Ross, save the Dolphins. SELL THE TEAM!

Posted by: Eli | July 21, 2013 at 01:34 PM

Eli sorry that was confusing for you but I was commenting on someone elses post. 17 in ur a said something and I was commenting on it. So unless you are the same people I wasn't talking to you.

Can anyone remember the last time Kris made a pleasant, optimistic post?

All I ever see from him is negativity and hostility.

Whatever, no big deal either way.

Oh....

and Phins 78.....

YG is the ALOCO Character.....he has spent many an hour (night) asking himself questions as Aloco...and then answering as YG....

little did we ALL know that he was doing under ALMOST every other new name that appears on this blog as well....

go figure....

1:39...

perfect example....NEW NAME....same old story....

Don't sleep on McNutt. Kid was only a WR for a couple years at Iowa. He came in as a QB. Also, Iowa doesn't teach timing routes, everything is basically written in crayon. He does gave goid instincts and is clutch.

Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game, a losing effort to the Indianapolis Colts, becoming the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first playoff game and the second to win two playoff games. In his second season, Sanchez continued to develop and led the Jets to the playoffs and the team's second consecutive AFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24–19. With the win over the New England Patriots the week prior, Sanchez tied four other quarterbacks for the second most post-season road victories by a quarterback in NFL history. In leading the Jets to two consecutive conference championships, Sanchez joined quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to reach the conference championship in their first two seasons in the league.

*have good

Kris I was away for 2 weeks and wasn't aware of what has been going on. Thanks for the heads up, I'll adjust. There are probably no more than a handful of people I will be talking to in here this season and I guess Eli is just another character on this weirdo's list. I look forward to talking some Dolphins football with those of you who are sane.

Why be so obsessed with a blogger? Who cares. Move along. Get a life.

Posted by: Kris | July 21, 2013 at 01:35 PM

This why you shake your rattle for blog moderation. By troll baiting others to argue with you.

Let's see, I have exactly 0 posts to you up until now. The biggest crybaby for blog moderation, who he himself is one of the biggest blog pollutants. LOL...

I am not anybody else. That guy is a bit psycho if you ask me.

Kris what about Eli? Is he new or is that YG/trolltard as well?

Can anyone remember the last time the Dolphins were relevant?
Me neither.


NO doubt its a YG TOLLTARD......

What about blog moderation? Is this true and did one of the writers bring it up? That would be awesome! I would love it if we could all sign in using facebook or whatever just so we are accountable for our posts. Count me in with Kris, I would love one sign in that could end the multiple name bs and eliminate the crazy people who are scared to show their faces. It's coming, every blog on the net does it, only a matter of time.

You guys are seriously right out of Looney Tunes.

Get your heads examined. You are stuck in some strange fantasy world.

What the heck is this guy Kris supposed to know?

NO doubt its a YG TOLLTARD......

Posted by: Kris | July 21, 2013 at 01:50 PM


You are sick dude, seriously. Take Prozac or whatever you need.

I see I got off the bus at the wrong stop. I'm heading out into the real world now.

Kris know that you should be ward...or @ least a group home....

get back on your meds....

What I really don't get, is how everyone here are supposed have the one undeniable thing in common, "Loving The Dolphins". Yet find a way to "Hate Each Other".

Seems to come down to some sort of ill-fated competition of:

Who is or isn't the greatest fan.

If alien on this planet, for the very 1st time and reading this blog, no way would our extra-planetary want to become a "Dolphins fan".

see you next name.....

This guy Kris has been posting using the same sign in for years. He like a few of us owns up to his mistakes and has great discussions during the season about the Dolphins. It's people like him that keep me coming back. I'm certainly not here for the girly hair pulling and double talk. So I trust him much more than I trust a guy who's name just appeared today but that's obvious right? Right.

We don't HATE each other...


were just ALL sick of you and ALL your names.....

you started this fire...now deal with it....

I'm out. I'll come back when the regs are around. Peace

Thanks for the warning Kris, ttyl

Many factions here are just to big a retards to realize we're all fans of the same team and have "EQUAL RIGHTS" to express our opinions on a "FREE PUBLIC" blog.

If you don't agree, just don't coe here. no one's holding a gun to your heads forcing you to. You only prove yourselves to be "CRYBABY" b-tches, and The Herald's "NON-COMPLANCE" to your wishes, seems they fully agree this is what you are.

Whiney, crybaby b-tches. LOL...

Tannehill still stinking up is a very bad sign. Clearly, he wasnt worth a 1st rd pick.

I fully well know that Fejj Fuller can get quick separation for a big receiver as he is. But his TD Today means nothing without pads. Same goes for McNutt.

Kris,

Sounds like there's been much time in between, since your mother last changed your sh-tty pamper. The smell here is undeniable.

Ladies, please stop your endless bickering and celebrate your lesbian lifestyle with class and dignity.

No problem Phins 78....

YG has pretty much shot his load during this off-season.....and exposed himself for ALL who were watching to see....

pretty sad stuff...

i'm out as well....

I mean, is there any QB in Tsnnehils draft class thats worse them him?

Krissy comes here to whine of needing a sh-tty pamper change.

You wont get here crybaby, go whine to your mother, or file a case against her with child protective services.

Phins78,

You want to talk dolphin football with those who are sane?

When you yourself are not full sane, how can you honestly determine what a sane person is? You determining what sanity is or is not, is about as scary as having a 2nd holocaust.

Phins78,

We've seen your chat-buddies", we're well aware of your definition of sanity. ROTFLMAO....

Asking for a moderator is the same as asking for censorship. That is a dangerous road.

Monte, there is a LOT of competition for "dumbest poster" on this blog but I must say that you consistently display the most irrational, ill-informed, and flat out moronic views of them all.

It truly is a credit to your consistency that you never, ever manage to make so much as one intelligent post or cobble together even a remotely interesting or illuminating opinion.

It is difficult to be so awful all the time but somehow you have managed to do it.

Congratulations!

Anyone so obsessed with an anonymous blogger must be extremely frustrated in life.

Kris,

What happened to you bro? Always on edge these days. Did you catch your wife cheating again?

The Jets suck! So does Sanchez!
This is a blog for MIAMI DOLPHIN FANS!!!

Stupid trolls....

Posted by: Tracyh474 | July 21, 2013 at 02:19 PM

The real issue is why would a loving parent name their son Tracy? It would lead one to grow up very sexual genderly confused.

Kris,

What happened to you bro? Always on edge these days. Did you catch your wife cheating again?

Posted by: Concerned blogger | July 21, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Tracyh, um...what does the h stand for? Uh, well...nevermind.

NoodleArm was the Jets QB for the 10 years prior to Sanchez getting there. (Favre was there for the 1 season).
While NoodleArm was the starter for 10 years he was also benched every season for 10 years.
When you talk about which team has been shhtyist the past 15 years please include NoodleArm.

Peggy Gravel, a neurotic, delusional, suburban housewife, and her overweight maid, Grizelda Brown, go on the lam after Grizelda smothers Peggy's husband, Bosley, to death. The two are arrested by a cross-dressing policeman who gives them an ultimatum: go to jail or be exiled to Mortville, a filthy shantytown ruled by the evil Queen Carlotta and her treasonous daughter, Princess Coo-Coo.

Peggy and Grizelda choose Mortville, but still engage in lesbian prison sex. They become associates of self-hating lesbian wrestler Mole McHenry, who wants a sex change to please her lover, Muffy St. Jacques. Most of Mortville's social outcasts—criminals, nudists, and sexual deviants—conspire to overthrow Queen Carlotta, who banishes her daughter, Coo-Coo, after she elopes with a garbage collector, who is later shot to death by the guards.

Why are you guys bashing Tannehill?
Why are you guys bashing each other?
Why can't we all be happy together?

Sorry to hear about that Kris, must be rough. You might want to take a DNA test to make sure it is really your daughter.

Underground criminal Divine lives under the pseudonym "Babs Johnson" with her mentally ill, egg-loving mother Edie, delinquent son Crackers, and traveling companion Cotton. They all live together in a pink trailer on the outskirts of Phoenix, Maryland, in front of which can be found a pair of eponymous plastic pink flamingos. After learning that Divine has been named "the filthiest person alive" by a tabloid paper, jealous rivals Connie and Raymond Marble set out to destroy her career but come undone in the process.

I see there is nothing worth commenting on today.

Joe Philbin has put on some weight, looks 100% more relaxed than last year, even Happy.

Philbin has a marvelous, dry sense of humor. It wasn't as much in evidence last season--understandably--because of the horrible family tragedy he endured but I see it more often now.

The players genuinely seem to like and respect him as well. Philbin is already well regarded among his peers, too.

The more I see of Tannehill the more he reminds me of Henne.

Will this be the year Chad Henne gets us over the hump?
Hopefully he will hook up with Ochocinco for a ton of scores.
Need some improvement out of Sampson Satele. He's a little light in the butt for a center.
Will the chicken ever be exorcised out of kick returner Ginn?
Shawna Smith better step up this year with 10 picks or we'll be forced to cut/trade him.
No more fist pumps from Coach Spo this year please.
We should have drafted Daniel Thomas out KSU.

ahhhhhh finally football go finsssssssssss egnew please just quit

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