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Some highlights and observations from Tuesday's practice

I promised you some practice highlights from Tuesday's first day of work in pads and here it is:

First, the actual contact work was light.

I sat with former Dolphins defensive end Kim Bokamper during practice and we both looked at our watches and noticed there had been no real hitting a full 90 minutes into the practice. Bokamper said in his day there would have already been a goal-line drill and some live team period done.

Coach Joe Philbin said he's going to bring the contact along slowly. Some Tuesday. More Wednesday. Team is off Thursday. Then a bit more Friday on, leading up to a scrimmage next week.

The Dolphins have completed a ton of passes to WR Mike Wallace so far, but most have been on out patterns along the sideline and slants. Ryan Tannehill did connect with Wallace on a 25-yard throw down the middle of the field early today. The reason for the connection?

Broken coverage.

Wallace was by himself, which should never happen on defense.

I will say that cornerback Brent Grimes has been excellent so far. He's faced Wallace one-on-one on several occasions and is battling on every pass. He had a beautiful PD today when he basically ripped the ball from Wallace's grasp as the two fought for it.

Good news, bad news

I'm particularly interested in the fates of Michael Egnew and Jorvorskie Lane this camp. I'm interested to see the team's plans for two players that made the team as rookies and had moments but are under pressure this year and might not make the team.

Today, for the first time, the Dolphins put Lane into his familiar lead blocker role at fullback with the first team offense. Miami has been mostly in one-back sets and using the TE as a lead blocker the first few days.

The news on Egnew has been encouraging if you trust that him doing something (anything, really) is more than he did last year. He caught a few passes Monday. On Tuesday, he caught a nice pass down the seam from Matt Moore delivered and just as I was thinking, 'That's the reason he's here and needs to do more of that,' he got stripped of the ball.

Fumble.

De'Andre Presley stipped the ball as he took Egnew to the ground. The interesting thing to me is that once the ball was out and defenders picked up the ball and started charging back up field with the turnover, Egnew remained on the ground.

He didn't immediately get back up and try to get the ball back with a strip from behind. Perhaps I'm making too much of this but every athlete is going to lose sometime. But if he's going to lose and accept it, instead of reacting by getting up and trying to change the play back to his favor, he's got no chance.

Remember Don Beebe in the Super Bowl? He ran down a Dallas defensive tackle and turned what seemed like a certain Dallas defensive touchdown off a turnover into a fumble for Buffalo and a touchback.

Beebe refused to be defeated on that play. He didn't give up despite being in a tough situation.

By the way, how many times have you seen a QB throw an interception but then make the touchdown saving tackle on that very play? Sometimes it doesn't matter, but sometimes that tackle becomes a big deal when the defense refuses to let the other team score.

Egnew should learn not to accept that once he fumbles the play is over and he remains on the ground. That's the time to get up and chase the ballcarrier to try to cause a fumble for your team.

Speaking of tight ends, Charles Clay is being more productive this camp than in previous camps. He had a very nice catch down the seam against Phillip Wheeler today. The new LB had close coverage but Ryan Tannehill fit the ball in a tight space and Clay caught it.

The Dolphins need that from Clay in actual games because 18 catches last season just isn't productive enough.

The kicking competition:

It was Dan Carpenter's day to do all the kicking. Carpenter connected on kicks from 50 and 52 yards inside the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (NSMB) and from 49 yards on the practice field. Carpenter has been hot so far in camp, not missing even once, but that streak ended when he failed from 54 yards out.

By the way, it is an interesting dynamic this competition between Carpenter and rookie Caleb Sturgis because it obviously also involves long snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields.

Fields, Denney, and Carpenter have been together since 2008 and have developed a friendship. They hang together in practice. They have lockered together. They're like the Three Amigos.

Now comes Sturgis, a rookie, trying to beat out Carpenter and break up the trio because, well, that's his assignment.

Well, it was interesting to watch today as Denney, Carpenter and Fields standing together on the sideline -- as they usually do -- while Sturgis was by himself on the sideline and obviously not a part of that group of specialists.

I'm not saying the veterans aren't being professional or are giving the rookie the cold shoulder. I'm just saying sometimes human nature is very apparent.

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Word is Odin's hottiez are really home health aides that come change his diaper.


Odin I think there is a better chance of Devlin getting hit by a meteor than Devlin starting this season.


It's funny since I've followed football there is always the small group of people that think the third or fourth string QB is the messiah.

Posted by: Darkoak | July 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I happen to agree given ZERO work with 1st string and ZERO Reg. Season reps.

Also agree about the Kool-Aid drinking on a 3rd string QB.

It's funny since I've followed football there is always the small group of people that think the third or fourth string QB is the messiah.

Posted by: Darkoak | July 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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I agree, there's always "The Grass Is Greener" Faction, but I'm not one of them.

From the start, I thought Tannehill was over-drafted and way to raw for the Job Sherman and Philbin Handed Him. I had a total meltdown on draft day. First time in my life that I ever turned the TV off during the draft.

On top of that, I still believe that had we given Devlin all the exact same opportunities that we gave Tannehill, we'd have a better starting QB TODAY!

For the sake of the season, I hope I'm wrong. It's just my own personal opinion, but I believe Devlin, if given the chance, will eventually be twice the QB that Tannehill ever will be.


Odins real name is Buttswalee.
From the land of boo boo and turds.


For the sake of the season, I hope I'm wrong. It's just my own personal opinion, but I believe Devlin, if given the chance, will eventually be twice the QB that Tannehill ever will be.

Posted by: odinseye | July 24, 2013 at 01:31 AM

There is no doubting this kid is intriguing but still to raw given ZERO shot to this point. Best example of skills and polish would be Kurt Warner who needed the reps in the World League and Arena to polish his game.

There is no doubting this kid is intriguing but still to raw given ZERO shot to this point. Best example of skills and polish would be Kurt Warner who needed the reps in the World League and Arena to polish his game.

Posted by: fin4life | July 24, 2013 at 01:45 AM
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I never did say he would start this season, nor that I think he should.

My comments were for an open and HONEST competition.
Rookie or not, nothing Tannehill did last season should GUARANTEE him as the starter. On the contrary, his performance is the best evidence for an open and honest competition.

At this point, I would HOPE like hell Tannehill wins the competition. But I no matter what, I believe it should be a wide open competition.


At this point, I would HOPE like hell Tannehill wins the competition. But I no matter what, I believe it should be a wide open competition.

Posted by: odinseye | July 24, 2013 at 02:01 AM

Agreed! You don't want him getting to comfortable given he's done nothing to merit it thus far. Like we've discussed many times this Off-Season Tannehill has the physical gifts but does he have it upstairs and that just isn't smarts but that will that the greats show? I think competition would only help in this aspect not hurt if were looking at it along those lines.

In the breez....

Thanks for the info...

But me and probably 12 other NFL QBs (if not all) would disagree with you about "no one in the nfl throws the back-shoulder" better than #17"....

To be honest....Tanne showed great resiliency....and the ability to learn from his mistakes....but great throws (any of them) were few and far between.....there is a reason his OC is touting him as the most improved player as one of his goals....

But I still liked the rest of your perspective.....

Those weights won't lift themselves.....

Check in later....

Mike D bailed the sinking ship....

Carpenter cost us at least 2 games last year, I would definitely take a good look at sturgis

Why Paterno never gave Devlin a decent shot in Penn St I don't know and I'm not going to second guess the great Coach. Why Devlin wasn't drafted I don't know either. But at Delaware, he was certainly a more efficient QB than Flacco was and has impeccable form. Winning move by Ireland in acquiring him. Either we got us a brilliant backup or great tradebait if given a chance to display his talents.

Hey let's post 19000 more times whether or not Tannehill has it.

You guys are like 17 year old girls talking about nail polish! How many months can you all go on and on and on about the same subject as though it was the first discussion?

Oh that Tannehill, yeah he has the physical attributes, but does he have the rest? We need to find out blah blah blah

Hey Monte,Give Martin a chance before you throw him under the bus. Jake Long was a great left tackle in 08,09,& 010,but 011,& 012, not so much. I liked Jake also,but I hated Parcells for using a #1 overall on an offensive lineman when he could have given us a franchise QB (Matt Ryan) six years ago!

Has Ireland been fired yet?

One of my biggest issues I had with Dan Marino was that after an interception he would just stand there and curse, while the defender would run right past him for a pick six.

Or he would make a fairy effort to run after him like a goose chasing a chicken.

See interception Dolphins vs 49ers 1986 in the orange bowl.

What I would have loved to see was for Marino to run down the defender and tackle him.

Sometimes Marino did run down the field after one of his INT's but it was to yell at the WR not to try and stop the defender. I've seen him run past the defender to get to the WR lol

Because Kristina's life doesn't revolve around a football blog....


Posted by: Kris | July 23, 2013 at 03:09 PM


Whatever you say Mr. Soap Opera. Your actions speak much louder than your words.


Marino was the only QB in NFL history to cry after a loss.

I love watching sports writers like Mando and Omar over analyze early season practices. This early THILL / Wallace nonsense is a great example.

We all get that the 'chemistry' between THILL and Wallace is important. We also assume it will build throughout the practices, preseason games, and regular games. Wallace and Roth built it over several seasons.

Expecting them to connect on BOMBS throughout practice is ridiculous. Most long balls will come from 'broken plays' like the one during practice yesterday. If a pro-bowl CB like Grimes has Wallace covered during practice (when we all know Wallace isn't goint to run full speed to avoid injury) then THILL should find an open receiver vs. throwing a 'jump ball' to Wallace. Occassionally that is fine to try but the coaches are trying to reach this young QB to find the open receiver and not create turn overs. So, lets not pressure this kid through the media to become a BOMB artist.

I think most of their 'chemistry' needs to be built on regular slants and outs. If we can increase Wallace's touches and not rely solely on him for the long ball that will give the Fins even more value and chances to win.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

YG @ 8:52....

me and the rest of the blog saw it the 1st time...when you posted it Yesterday....

you really don't get it do you.....I guess your the last to know that you are irrelevant....

your insults...your post...your MANY...MANY names have rendered you irrelevant....you don't matter...it doesn't matter....I expect nothing less from you....and you ALWAYS deliver.....

you are officially in blog purgatory as far as I am concerned...save this post....it will be the last time I will respond to you.....

Of course....the disclaimer will be that I can tell it's you.....

have fun cyber-stalking today.....people should start posting soon....

DOLPHINS ON NFL AM TODAY

WARREN SAPP IN THE SCENE

Kris,

You keep saying YG is irrelevent and that you don't care about his posts yadayadayada yet you keep retailiating.

If Sturgis holds his grounds and kicks as we'll as Carpenter then I believe Sturgis will get the job. 3 mil vs 400k?

Today the offense is ahead of the defense!!!! Gads what can it mean?!?!?
Lol looks like all the hand wringing from yesterday can be re-done today. And for those that wanted to get on Ireland for the Jordan pick you can now switch over to the Taylor pick as he is still down and out.

I watched 'Hard Knocks' 2012 and could already tell, with certainty, Egnew SUCKS!. He is not an NFL TE. Why are they wasting anymore time on him? Not only by his play but, by the look on his face. He SUCKS!

Let's see...it's the start of Training Camp and folks are concerned that the Offense didn't come out like gangbusters with Tannehill throwing 80-yard bombs to Wallace, etc.
Well, it takes time for an Offense to gel together! The O-line has to become a cohesive unit and everyone (especially free agents) has to get used to the cadence of the snap count and rhythm and timing. That takes a little while to develop. Smart move by Philbin to get an extra week of practice early (and an extra Pre-season game) before the bullets start flying and it counts on your record. Especially with a very young team. So, don't push the panic button just yet, folks! After all we're talking about PRACTICE....(a la A. Iverson). Besides, some players don't practice well, but save it for the game (Wake is one and I think so is Wallace).

(Insert negative comment regarding offense/defense here). YIKES!

(Insert Stephen Ross is a cheapskate comment here).

If you are in here daily getting complaining time and again about anonymous bloggers.....


....you don't have a life.

Yes, I splurge on 3-ply toilet tissue.

I deserve it.

If you need to come to a blog to tell others your life doesn't revolve around the blog....it probably does...and...

....you don't have a life.

maybe if marino makes a tackle on 1 of his many pix six , he wouldn't be 1-10 in road p/o's.
lol

Victims of genderless names such as Tracy and Kris often have social issues.

when u'r qb decides 2 quit on the play ,every1 else on the o quits 2.
a leader.?
lmao.

Mr Ross:

Please sell the team ASAP.

Thank You.

IT'S WAY TOO EARLY TO MAKE A FINAL CONCLUSION ON HOW THIS TEAM OR ANY UNIT (OFFENSE/DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS) WILL BE THIS SEASON. WAY TOO EARLY, BUT ONE THING YOU CAN SAY IS THAT GOOD COMPETITION IN PRACTICE WILL MAKE THE PLAYERS BETTER WHEN GOING UP AGAINST LESSER OPPONENTS. YES AND THE OPPOSITE ALSO HOLDS TRUE. RIGHT NOW WE AS DOLPHIN FANS SHOULD ONLY BE CONCERNED ABOUT INJURIES AND IMPROVEMENT BEFORE WE TAKE ON CLEVELAND. FORGET PRESEASON, ITS ONLY FOR ROOKIES AND VETS ON THE VERGE OF BEING CUT. IF THIS DOLPHIN TEAM STAYS HEALTHY AND CONTINUES TO IMPROVE THEY WILL BE A FORCE THIS YEAR. WHY? THEY ARE TALENTED AND YOUNG AND AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES YOUNGER LEGS/BODIES RECOVER QUICKER FROM NAGGING INJURIES THAT ALL TEAMS HAVE. THE KEY FOR THE FINS IS TO PUT TEAMS AWAY IN GAMES THAT THEY HAVE OR HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD IN, THIS ALLOWS THE DEFENSES TO FOCUS ON RUSHING THE QB AND FORCING TURNOVERS AND ALLOWS TEAMS TO REST IT'S STARTERS MORE IN THE LONG HAUL. THIS IS WHY MANNNING,BRADY,BREES,RODGERS,TRY TO SCORE AND SCORE AND SCORE TO PUT THE GAME OUT OF REACH. THE FINS DEFENSE I FEEL WILL BE IN TOP 10 IN FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED(#1 IN RED ZONE LAST YEAR) SO IF OFFENSE CAN GET MORE TOUCHDOWNS THAN FIELD GOALS THIS TEAM WINS 10/11 GAMES EASY. STAY HEALTHY KEEP IMPROVING AS A UNIT AND THIS TEAM JUST MAYBE AFC EAST CHAMPS!!

lol

TK

Did you grow up on a funny farm? You mean to say you never learned how to use paragraphs?

Who do you think is going to read one giant paragraph all in CAPS?

Ginn actually won some games for us with his returns.

Posted by: Sam | July 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM

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"Games," plural?

I can think of one. That Jets game where he was brilliant. Which others?

Posted by: the same name | July 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM

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Seattle, scored a touchdown with two defenders on him

2 watt can rag on Dan but "pardon the pun" nothing tops this for QB ineptitude.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuvz15OjCVc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVuvz15OjCVc

Hey Armando,

How about an article for today's (WED) camp!!!

Why is the Sun-Sentinel always one step ahead!!

LOL, Ted(I fall Down)Ginn was the WORST AND THE CUBEN means the worst player the fins ever drafted....

Does anyone know if it's possible to buy one of the teal practice jerseys?

THANK GOD FOR BRENT GRIMES

FINALLY A SHUT DOWN CORNER

DOLPHINS START SEASON AGAINST ELITE QB'S

JORDAN GRIMES DEFINETELY NEEDED AS WELL AS NEW LB'S

GOOD JOB MOVING ODRICK INSIDE

LAMAR MILLER & KELLER = X FACTOR


Does anyone know if it's possible to buy one of the teal practice jerseys?

Posted by: Canadian Jake

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Yes.

Where can you get them? I've tried checking all the online stores I can think of

wow i love these people predicting a top 5 defense.anyone would look good against this putrid 20 play offense to score.just remember what you typed while your watching them get shreded by new orleans, atlanta,new england,and heck prob buffalo and clevland while were at it.just remember they felt d was so awful(no pash rush & inept secondary) last year they cleaned house on several positions.or perhaps a better question would be if they were so great why losses to clevland,buffalo,arizona,and the jets at home.or how about tebag tearing them up in one quarter to come back after a 15 pt lead.i could go on but go ahead and give me the cheerleader speach about howim wrong and they got new players and bla bla bla.garbage in garbage out

SAME NAME!! DID YOU WATCH ANY DOLPHIN GAMES LAST YEAR ? IF YOU DID YOU WOULD KNOW THAT DEFENSE WAS NOT THE REAL PROBLEM IT WAS A LACK OF OFFENSIVE SCORING THAT COST THIS TEAM AGAINST,JETS(HOME) BUFFALO,CARD, NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT THE TEAM STARTED A ROOKIE QB AND HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MR.CARPENTER'S MISSES AND SEAN SMITH'S FAILURE TO INTERCEPT ANDREW LUCK'S PASS AT INDY THIS DOLPHIN TEAM DESPITE IT'S TERRIBLE SECONDARY WOULD HAVE EASILY WON 10 GAMES. FOOTBALL IS AGAME OF INCHES AND ANY MISTAKE OR LACK OF EXECUTION IS COSTLY. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU THAT THE FIRST 5 GAMES WILL TELL THE STORY OF WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF AND IF THEY DO NOT IMPROVE THEY COULD EASILY GO 0-5 BUT THEY DO HAVE BETTER TALENT AND IF THIS TEAM IMPROVES FROM 42 SACKS TO SAY 55 AND 20 INTS THEY MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. THE KEY IS NOT JUST T-HILL BUT ALSO THE HEALTH OF BRENT GRIMES,IF THIS GUY CONTINUES TO PERFORM LIKE HE HAS SO FAR AND JORDAN CAN BRING 5-7 SACKS THIS TEAM MAKES PLAYOFFS. THE ONE THING THE DOLPHINS HAVE IS A GOOD COACH WHO WHEN HE PUTS IT TOGETHER THE FINS WILL DOMINATE THE AFC FOR THE NEXT DECADE. GO DOLPHINS AFC EAST CHAMPS !! WHY NOT!

To everyone pointing out Phins first round mistakes I have one name to lay on you all, Billy Milner, taken 25th overall in the first round, started 9 games for us and zero for the Rams the next year. That is the definition of BUST!!

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