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Here's what's new at Dolphins camp

The Dolphins today worked out a couple of free agent defensive tackles as both Randy Starks and Jared Odrick missed practice with unknown injuries that the team will not report until prior to Sunday's Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. 

Starks, who missed practice Thursday but was present on the sidelines, was not even on the field today. He appeared to be nursing a leg injury of some sort Thursday. Odrick, who was healthy at the beginning of practice Thursday but had an issue midway though, worked with trainers on the side today. He similarly appears to have a leg injury of some sort.

It's obvious neither Starks nor Odrick will play Sunday against Dallas in the HOF game.

Receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline were the other starters to miss today's practice due to injuries. Wallace (groin) and Hartline (calf) are making steady improvement with their issues. Wallace said as much today and Hartline was no longer wearing the compression sleeve on his calf that he wore for protection on Thursday.

Although coach Joe Philbin said he has not made up his mind whether the injured players will play or not, it seems unlikley the club will risk either aggravating their minor injuries in the first of five preseason games. Both Wallace and Hartline want to play, however, with Hartline going back to his home state and Wallace potentially making his Dolphins debut.

The Dolphins will take a tour of the Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio Saturday. And on Sunday when they play the Cowboys, they'll be using a rudimenary game plan coaches cooked up and installed on Friday.

"Play speed is really the thing we've been talking to our guys about," Philbin said. "It's not really about Xs and Os although we have a good sound plan in. I'm sure our opponent has a good plan in as well, but it's more about our guys playing ball the right way. The things we've been practicing every single day have to show up on tape."

If the Dolphins are hoping to play "the right way" Friday's practice didn't offer an example of that.

"A lot of dropped passes and maybe some sloppiness on kickoff returns," Philbin said. "You saw the same things I did."

This is what I saw:

First, Jonathan Martin did not give up a sack today. That bears prominent mention because he's been singled out every time he loses pass-rush battles against Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan. Today there was none of that.

And it merits mention that Martin looks very good in run-blocking drills and has looked good for several days in that department.

The well-chronicled offensive line mixing and matching was not an issue today. Josh Samuda played at right guard with the staring offensive line and that's how the unit stayed throughout practice -- although Samuda also got work as a center with the second team.

Expect the starting OL Sunday to be LT Martin, LG Richie Incognito, C Mike Pouncey, RG Samuda, RT Tyson Clabo.

Dallas Thomas, a left guard part of last week, was back at left tackle with the second unit throughout practice. Nate Garner, who has played guard and tackle in games for the Dolphins in the past, worked at center today. He had one high snap and also short-hopped a shotgun snap.

On the special teams sloppiness:

It began with a kickoff walk-thru in the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (NSMB). Special teams coach Darren Rizzi told undrafted free agent rookie David Hinds he had to shift over on one repetition and Hinds failed to do it.

And Rizzi lit him up.

"I just got done telling you to shift 10 seconds ago," the coach yelled. "We went over it in meetings and I just told you 10 seconds ago to do it so why aren't you doing it?"

Hinds did have a nice practice moment later when he batted down a potential TD pass in the end zone in 7 on 7 drills.

Rizzi's special teams had other issues. Reserve kickoff return man De'Andre Presley flubbed a kickoff return. Then starter Marcus Thigpen let another kickoff bounce in front of him. The ball then bounced away from Thigpen and was free for the kickoff team to scramble for. Then Presley followed by allowing the same exact thing to happen to him.

The Dolphins got a very good practice out of wide receiver Keenan Davis. Davis had the catch of the day when he rose above two defenders who were bracketting him 30 yards downfield and caught a pass from Pat Devlin. Davis paid the price as the safety playing behind hit him high and the one in front hit him low. The blow was so hard it caused the crowd watching practice to groan in unison.

General Manager Jeff Ireland, standing only feet from the play on the sideline, clapped excitedly as Davis ended up at his feet.

Everyone else had their difficult moments. Those dropping passes today included Dustin Keller, Michael Egnew, and Kenny Stafford. Julius Pruitt caught one pass and then fumbled it. Kelcie McCray, who had an interception in Monday's scrimmage, dropped an interception. Rookie Jamar Taylor also dropped a certain interception.

The kicking competition continued today with rookie Caleb Sturgis connecting on all his kicks, from 42, 47 and 52 yards out.

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A Childish 58 year old.

YG let it slip a long time ago. By now he's at least 60 or 61.

Your Welcome YG!

Thanks Odin.

That must really embarrass YG.

How can a man be so insecure about their age?

I know you should never ask a woman for her age. But YG was acting like a B'tch about it.

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I don't understand why it is so difficult for YG to talk football and leave personal feelings about other bloggers out of it. Even worse when you have to pretend to be other people because everyone has lost respect for your known sign in name.

Excuse me for interrupting the usual deluge of adolescent ridicule. I was mistakenly talking football again.
It is a shame that most of you people are so easily baited into these exchanges; likewise that YG, whom does exhibit intellect at times, chooses to play these childish games in disregard to adult conversation.
Regardless of whether he is employed to acquire hits on the blog or not; a lot of fault for the condition of the blog being so derelict lies with the people who bite on his proverbial hook. Otherwise he would resort to constructional conversation to get responses.

Dashi swallows

No self respecting 60+ year old should act the way YG does.

YG is older than my dad. Hehehe.

But he still has about another decade left to live. Unless he has been mistreating life. Shucks. I really hoped he was older. Or had less to live.

GoodSense

Maybe you should take a closer look at those you choose to blog with. I doubt you would bring any of them to your Thanksgiving table, out of sheer embarrassemnt.

How can someone so Old know so Little?

Seriously. This isn't joking anymore.

YG's Football IQ is smaller than his shoe size. How many times does he just say the most ridiculous things.

And his attitude towards everyone. This explain his "blacks" comment from a couple days ago. He has been Ignorant for more than a Half a Century.

Dashi and Odin are OBSESSED with YG!! HILARIOUS!!!!

I still want to hear it out of the Horses Mouth. Your Age YG.

YG is older than my dad. Hehehe.

Posted by: Dashi | August 03, 2013 at 12:02 AM

What if he was 70 or 90, what is the put down about age?

My son is a big MORON.

It isn't a put down. That is a Fact.

I just want to know how can someone so old be so ignorant.

Your age 1st Dashi.

Dang YG has got Dashi's number. Have you seen anyone SOOO obsessed with another blogger? He is pulling dashe's strings like a ventriloquist!

I'm not here to invite people to dinner, but I wish you all a joyous Thanksgiving which you will have much to be thankful.

I told you I'm in my late 20s. You been known that. Heck, you even tried to make fun of my age before.

Don't be ignorant.

Now how does it feel that I act more civil than you and show everyone their proper respect. While you are some Crazy Old Man. Who is constantly insulting everyone. Derange and Delusional.

dashe you need to get a life dude! you've spent your whole friday night yapping about yg????


what a sad existence you have.

Weak.

How many times have you repeated the same thing?

I guess after you reach a certain age you forget what you said 5 minutes ago.

I'm 32

How could someone be so obsessed about an anonymous blogger?

Creepy.

Some people have no lives.

Times 2.

So we know you are at least 64.

And from your tantrums about the 72 Dolphins and Joe Ferguson. That puts you around that age.

Know I've talked to many people who are older than me. And you are the first person I've seen that is so annoying and ignorant.

dashe, so you got nothing better to do than hang out on a blog on a friday night and whine about someone?

Says the guy who looked up the Wikipedia definition for Dashi.

I take that back it only took you 4 minutes to forget what you just said.

dashWad is having an odin type break down. odin shut the blog down for two days! dashe needs help and affection.

dashi,

What possesed your parents to name you after fermented seaweed? Were they descendants of tuna? You must have endured a lot of ridicule in your life.

Dashi,


Serious question. Are you mentally retarded? That would explain everythng.

Nick I had the same question. That dude is a real freak show. Kinda sad.

DASHI = SOUP NATZI

Wow!

If you haven't watched any video on Will Davis, you're missing out. Go to miamidolphins.com and do yourself a favor: Watch!

Watch the kid play or practice, it's great. But I'm talking about some interviews. The Kid seems genuine and humble. He just seems like the perfect kind of Guy you would want on your football team. Not even a hint of thug!

BTW - Davis has 6 int's(should have been 8)in the past 4 days. The two drops weren't good, but his coverage on those two plays were.

I predicted Davis would earn a starting job before camp even began. I'm not tooting my own horn when I say that I'm even more convinced of it now. I'm just pointing out how Great this Kid looks ALREADY!

From Dolphins.com:

3) Young Guys Making Waves: Not only is rookie Will Davis making a name for himself, but there are several other young players standing out. Tight end Dion Sims has really improved his opportunity not only to make this team, but also make an impact in the passing game. His body type allows him to not only play along the line of scrimmage, but gives quarterback Ryan Tannehill a huge target in the middle of the field. Sims has shown sure hands, and a great feel for finding the open areas in zone coverage.
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This is exactly what I've been telling you guys about Sims. At Michigan State he was known as a pass catching Tight End that needed to improve his blocking. Which he did his Senior Season. Sims was known for stretching the seems and finding the soft spots in the zone.

Competition is great, but I think it's a forgone conclusion. Sims will compliment Keller's skill-set perfectly and form one of the best TE Tandems in the AFC. Maybe the league.

It's pretty ironic. I was so sick of hearing about The Pats TE Tandem and how we could have drafted Hernandez. What a difference a year can make.

This Draft Class is ALREADY starting to make Ireland look good.

Odin.... I agree with you about this draft class.

I've attended several practices and spoken to enough people who attended the ones I missed to know that Dion Jordan is going to be a damned special player. As much as I am a Cam Wake fan, and know he has a lot of football left, I am also aware Miami missed many years of his possible career. Wake is already 30. He may remain elite for 2 or 3 years, but just like Jason Taylor, they lose a step. Jordan and Vernon should be excellent long term DE's.
Will Davis has all the look of a great CB. He kills it with Int's. And yeah, Dion Sims has that look also. Jamar Taylor is still a ?. But he looks as good as a guy post hernia would I suppose? Dallas Thomas is in development at LT and has already logged time with the 1's...Jelani Jenkins is doing good with the 2's at OLB. Caleb Sturgis is going to kick because of $$. Gillislee has serious speed and cuts, he makes the team and will likely contribute this year as Miller did last year. It looks like Thomas may be short yardage and Gillislee a change of pace guy. The only guy I have not heard much about because there are so many in front of him is SS Don Jones. I'll have to look into his camp. The Hernia that has kept Jamar Taylor off the field is a bummer. He is certainly the most gifted between Himself and Will Davis. But the injury really proved some so called "experts" who said Davis would not transition to NFL speed well wrong. He has what? 5 or 6 Int's already...?

EVERY SINGLE PICK, 9with a ? on Jones) has shined at some point. If every one make the team that would be a GREAT accomplishment... if 3 can start and 5 can contribute, your talking about one of the best drafts Miami ever had.... Jeff and his staff along with Joe and Mike are to be congratulated just for getting so many solid players... and 3 possible Elites in Jordan, Gillislee and Sims. We'll have to see how Taylor and Davis pan out, But I see two future starters on each Corner.

Breeze,

Steady there big fella.....it's still camp time and the team hasn't even played a snap yet. 'Jordan, Sims and Gillislee as possible elites'.....come now....bit early for that, no? Based on what? A few practices you've seen?

I believe Jordan has a chance to be special. I thought that before we even drafted him. I saw pass rush as a big need and this was before Vernon stepped up. The rest are still question marks at this point. I'm really encouraged by the start Will Davis is having but there will be growing pains. Is anyone convinced he'll start from day one? I'm not. This is like spring training in baseball. How many guys look like All Stars in the Grapefruit League only to fritter off once the regular season starts. WAY too early to be making some of these claims.

You saw NOTHING of Dion Jordan as a pass rusher At Oregon, Craig Miller as he spent more than 50% of the time in pass protection in the D backfield. I mean, until when are these bandwagoners here will keep trying to fool the People that really know and have been on top of this everyday for the past 50 years?

You start talking crap here that We know it's not true you can expect we're going to get on your arse.

Finally some good Phins talk on this board to start the day. I agree this draft class could be one of the best ever. I don't see Davis starting right away either but the team doesn't need him to either so it's a good position for the rookie to be in right now. As far as seeing pass rush ability from DJ...someone must have seen something or he wouldn't have been the first defensive player chosen in the draft.

It cleans the bowl so you dont have to!

Wouldn't it be great if we could just stop the season and declare the Dolphins as Super Bowl champs based on the performances of Jeff Ireland's picks in training camp?

The dolphins should use Dion Jordan as a OLB instead of Koa Misi

Dion Jordan showed good pass rush a and cover skills at Oregon. He isn't a prototypical DE as he moved around everywhere. I saw a play where the QB audibles and Dion Jordan goes from DE to CB, meanwhile the CB drops back to Safety.

Point being, he has the athleticism to cover just as well as he rushes the QB. The only thing he didnt show was good run support. The guy appears to be an ideal 3rd down pass rusher and that's how Philbin has used him in rotation with the starters in practice.

Just bought the preseason live package for $20 from the NFL. Seems like a decent deal to get all the games. Would have paid for a Hard knocks type of show for this year.

Instead of the above post won't it be great to watch these guys grow into playoff contenders? That's my expectation not a SB.

The dolphins should use Dion Jordan as a OLB instead of Koa Misi

Posted by: DolFan17 | August 03, 2013 at 09:29 AM

I completely agree. Who knows, that may end up happening as Jordan becomes more acclimated to our defense. What is clear based on reports is that he often lines up with a hand down from the DE spot and drops back in coverage. I could see us doing this in conjunction with blitzes from our LBs and DBs to create confusion for QBs.

first, i got to say thanks to Mr. Ross for making this the most exciting offseason i've seen in a long, long time, thank you for making my team a true contender. i hope our draft day decision to pass on a top left tackle does not nulify the additions we made at reciever(deep ball), i hope tannehill has time to throw. but most importantly, i really hope tannehill works on his EYE CONTROL, he does have a problem with telegraphing, he should take the time this training camp to correct this serious flaw, if i can see this from fragments of practice highlights, the coaches had better be able to notice this. please address this now so it won't be a concern during the season.

Vernon shows great promise this year in camp....same as he did last year. But will he really rise up on Game Day? Not against mixed competition in preseason games but during the regular season. If he does, great...awesome. But if he doesn't it puts great pressure on Jordan, Philbin, Coyle and Ireland for the pick they all made at #3 this year.

I like the POTENTIAL and PROMISE of both but we need one or both to REALLY PERFORM.

it's a critical position for us this year as we want to create turnovers and give THILL, the young QB, more opportunities each game to score points.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE LOSING! WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE INCOMPETENT CLASSLESS GM! BOYCOTT AND HELP MAKE THE CHANGE!

Dang YG has got Dashi's number. Have you seen anyone SOOO obsessed with another blogger? He is pulling dashe's strings like a ventriloquist!

Posted by: Amazing | August 03, 2013 at 12:13 AM

lol

Not even a hint of thug!

Posted by: odinseye | August 03, 2013 at 03:48 AM

Riley Cooper called he wants his thought process back.

This is the year Ireland's age passes his IQ. lol

Oscar,

You're talking Shyte man. Did you see me mention pass rush in my earlier post. What I said was, 'I believed Jordan could be special, even before the Dolphins drafted him'. Don't tell me what I saw and didn't see from Jordan at Oregon. You don't have a clue what I saw. What I saw was an athletically gifted player, who some good coaching, some maturity and adding some bulk, could be a star in this league. Doesn't mean he will be but that's what I projected. Now if you didn't see that then that's your problem but don't tell other people what they did and didn't see. Maybe ask some of the regulars here how high I was on Jordan. My only issue with the whole thing is I was also very high on Lane Johnson and I saw that as a need for us too.

thanks Mando, great info on Martin. we have another month to iron things out, coach Philbin is in control, we'll be ready. looking forward to seeing Tanny progression Sunday nite. go dolphins!!

Craig M is for MORON.

I just want to give a shout out to all the trolls who came out and silenced the blog this morning. Great job!

Leg injuries are not caused by heat, but lack of conditioning. How would heat cause leg injuries,,,,?

Good morning all! Hey, check out the story on the twitter timeline about Marino,izzo, and Lillibridge. It's a quick story tweeted by Marc Lillibridge @NFL_bridge. Really funny stuff.

Odinseye Davis is looking great so far, good call.

IRA! You had some funny posts last year, this year not so much! Up your game :)

I see problems developing. Injuries on the interior of the D-line tisk tisk. This team won't be able to stop the run or the pass. Dolphins get blown out this year several times. Prepare your paper bags sperm whale fans.

The Fins are going to surprise many this year!

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