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Wallace deals with groin while Dolphins get work

Mike Wallace confirmed today he is battling a groin injury and that's the reason he led a handful of players being held out of practice today. Wallace also said he would like to play in Sunday's Hall of Fame game but obviously that's a decision for the coaching staff.

"It feels pretty good," Wallace said. "I feel like it's getting there."

Brian Hartline also sat out most of the drills with a calf strain. I'm certain if there had been a game today or a regular season game this weekend, both Hartline and Wallace would be playing. So there's that.Hartlineleg

Randy Starks sat out practice and had a compression sleeve on his right leg. That gave Jared Odrick, who is competing with Starks for a starting DT job, all of the first-team work at the position until he simply stopped working midway through practice. It seems Odrick had some sort of minor health issue although it's not clear what.

On the bright side of the injury department, today was the first day rookie cornerbackJamar Taylor got in both individual and team drills after missing practically two weeks with issues related to his offseason hernia surgery.

"I'm definitely happy to be back on the field," Taylor said. "Being hurt shows your character and the person you are so when you come out here you have to let everything go and play. I'm definitely not full strength, but we got great trainers that are going to keep working on me so I'm going to get there."

Coach Joe Philbin said he'll finalize play-time for Sunday's game on Saturday but it's obvious he already knows how he's going to proceed. Philbin announced that the installation phase of training camp is now over with the end of today's practice. He estimated that 95 percent of the playbook is in for the offense, defense and special teams.

The focus today was two-minute situations, two-point plays, fourth-down plays, last plays of the half, and last plays of the game when there's only five seconds left on the clock.

"We've covered every situation that we possibly can so our guys should be ready to play a good football game Sunday night in Canton," Philbin said.

Today's action was actually fun to watch. There were plays being made on both sides of the ball, which is much more interesting than when one unit dominates.

On defense, it was an impressive day for rookie Will Davis, DE Olivier Vernon (again), and CB Richard Marshall. On offense, Matt Moore seemed to have a good day as did TE Kyle Miller.

After practice Philbin told the team "some guys had exceptional practices, some guys didn't.  Davis, Philbin noted, got his hand on six to eight passes for passes defensed so "I thought he had a good practice. I'm sure there are technique things he has to work on, but I was pleased with him today."

That's great news for Davis who started quite slowly but had an interception in the end zone during the scrimmage Monday and believes there's a reason he's starting to shine. 

"When the game slows down for you, you are able to make more plays," he said. "That's happening for me now."

The game has seemingly slowed down for Olivier Vernon in his second season -- at least when he is matched opposite left tackle Jonathan Martin. Vernon has owned Martin since the opening of camp and today was no different.

Vernon had three sacks against Martin during team periods. It's great news for the defensive end. For the Dolphins starting left tackle, it is looking problematic at this point.

"I think it's been going pretty well," Martin said. "You have some good days and some bad days out there. My goal is to try to be consistent against a talented D-line ... It's been challenging but I like it. I like going against the best."

Martin said his biggest focus is improving his hand placement and balance. On the bright side for Martin, a day after rookie Dion Jordan beat him twice for sacks, Martin got the better of the rookie Thursday. Jordan did not collect a sack against Martin.

One thing of note about Jordan. I saw him rush the passer out of a three-point stance, a two-point stance (standing up) and drop into coverage today.

JoshsamudaThe offensive line did not do much mixing and matching today. Martin was at LT, Richie Incognito was at LG, Mike Pouncey was at C, Josh Samuda was at RG and Tyson Clabo was a RT. There also was no moving of Incognito, Pouncey and Samuda around to other positions.

While the LT spot looks like a weak link so far, I'd say the RT spot will be solid based on what we've seen in practice so far.

Understand that Tyson Clabo was let go by the Falcons in the offseason because of cap and other considerations. Understand that he faces Cameron Wake every down. And yet, Clabo has not been beaten nearly as often as Martin. Indeed, he's scored pretty much a stalemate with Wake on most day. And Wake is a premier pass rusher in the NFL the past couple of years.

 Back to practice ...

Miller, one of five tight ends in camp, had a 30 yard touchdown grab off the arm of Pat Devlin for the day's longest scoring play. Miller also had a couple of other catches. Also getting TDs off short throws were Julius Pruitt (who also dropped a pass), Kenny Staford and Chad Bumphis.

Charles Clay, who had a TD in Monday's scrimmage, was almost invisible today except for a dropped pass.


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Ireland strikes again fellow Fins fans Martin is NOT good quality tackle & is gonna get Tannehill killed thanks Ireland you just need to Quit now!!!

Interesting projection for the 53 man roster by you Dashi (I think it was you.)

For once it looks like we will be forced to cut some good players instead of looking for other teams scraps to make up the back end of the roster.

In Irelands 6th year we are the equivalent of an expansion team. Great job Jeffy!


Samunda came on the scene last preseason as the Backup Center. Now this season they are trying him out at RG cause Philbin wants his best 5 out there.

Wait for the why is J.Martin starting then joke from the Peanut gallery.

Posted by: Dashi | August 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM


Samuda was a rookie last year and apparently played in all 16 games(I didn't believe this, but that's what I read). He didn't start any, but played very well when given the chance.

He played Guard in College. Another excellent looking UDFA from UMass.

I noticed him right away during the pre season games. But I'm a Dork that way. I record the pre season games and **STUDY**. Even the O-line-Dooh!

Odins post about heroin seems like it was written while under the influence of it.

A steaming pile of conspiratist, incoherent, irrational drivel.

That wasn't me with the 53.

Not bad. Though.

Clay is our FB. And Carpenter will beat out the rookie.

Plus, I wouldn't have Gillislee making the team either.

Clay sucks every other day. He won't make the team.

Simms & Miller will be the TE/FB.

Gillislee will absolutely make it as will most rookies except Don Jones & I expect him to be on the PS.

Lots of FA's next year. Irelands offseason may be busier nxt year than this year. Starks, Soliai, Jerry, Cogs, Louis, Keller, Grimes, Clabo, Misi.

Posted by: I did | August 02, 2013 at 03:32 PM

Good Stuff IMO!

I would consider just a couple of things though.

I agree that Egnew has to go, but I would think long and hard about keeping Clay and maybe giving up Randall.

The other consideration would the CFL Linebackers Lee Robinson or Highsmith instead of Freeny and/or Trusnik.

Other than that........NICE!

Not rookies, I meant most draft picks.

What are some people saying Gilligan has to go? My impression from the scrimmage was that he had the best night of the RBs. Did something happen?

If not Clay for Randall, then maybe Lane.

I don't believe Sims or Miller can fill in enough at FB. I would want somebody a little more experienced leading the run in short yardage and goal line situations.

Tough calls this year when you get down to the Nitty Gritty and that's a good thing!

Clay is very inconsistent but when he is on his game, he is very capable of making huge plays. I think he will be used often.

I've heard good things about Lee Robinson. I think he could replace Trusnik.

I also feel that their is a strong possibilty that Will Davis could replace either Marshall or Patterson at some point. Jamar Taylor has really hurt our ability to evaluate. He will most likely be brought along slowly this year.

I guess some missed the fact that Martin gave up no sacks today in camp. I find it very interesting Parcells no longer speaks to Ireland. I guess Ireland doesn't want anymore bad advice from the HOF coach and bust of a GM/VP Parcells.

Bill Parcells consistently fielded .500 teams in the age of parity - BFD

Will Yeatman has been handling Dion Jordan like a toy. But Jordan can handle Martin just fine. That tells me both Jordan and Martin are wasted draft picks.
I swear Manute Bol could get under Jordan's pads and stand him up. Tannehill has not been consistent during camp and the accuracy issues continue.
I am now having bad feelings about this year, thinking 8-8 with very outside chance at playoffs.

If they cut Patterson or Marshall they have to keep Carroll, Presley, Pose, Sanford, etc...No Thanks!

I'd rather have Marshall as he is 28 & signed through 2015. Patterson at 30 & no cap hit would be a better choice if you cut someone.

His cap money could be carried over to next year & Ireland's gonna need every penny again!

What about Riley Cooper huh?

Jordan and Martin are both wasted draft picks? 2 weeks into practice?
C'mon Man

Will Yeatman has been handling Dion Jordan like a toy. But Jordan can handle Martin just fine. That tells me both Jordan and Martin are wasted draft picks.

Posted by: MassDolphan | August 02, 2013 at 04:18 PM

This is the worst case of circular jerk reasoning I've ever seen.

ETF makes the excellent and obvious point in it's been only two weeks of Camp!

In addition, you're judging Jordan by how he plays against Yeatman and Martin. OK, but Yeatman is a Tight End that they are trying to convert to too Lineman. You do realize this.......RIGHT?

That's not even the worst of it. You're using Martin who, according to YOU is a wasted draft pick......are you following?

You're making your judgement calls on Jordan playing against a wasted draft pick and a conversion project-LOL.

O-KEE Doh-KEE, if that's your idea of sound reasoning.

For the record, Yeatman hasn't been handling ANYONE, unfortunately, like a toy. This poster is simply going off of Sacks.....**THAT HE's HEARD ABOUT**.

He has no idea what the Offensive calls were or the Defensive calls. He also has no idea what "Situations" the prospective Coaches were trying to simulate or who was lining up against whom-LOL.

But that's OK, you're entitled to your opinion.

Woodshed at 4:09,

Agreed. Clay hasn't developed as quickly as I would have prefered. But he's had his couple of seasons and he's managed to show some great skills. This could be the year he takes the next step and starts to dominate.

I would go ahead and give him this year since he's signed and comes cheap. Trading away Welker always comes to mind in these situations. Nothing like developing players for other teams.

Philbin and Barry Jackson keep saying good things about Lee Robinson. I think Trusnik has peaked. I like his Blue Collar reputation, but I will never get over that play last season against Kapernick and the Niners.

I have all the confidence in the world with Jamar Taylor. I even had him in ALL OF MY MOCKS. I think he'll be a starter eventually. The injury was just unfortunate and untimely.

Davis just blew me away though. I hadn't really checked him out that much(pre draft)because of his lower ranking(Raw). But the more I found out about him and the more youtube clips I watched, the more I liked him.

I'll even go out on a limb for you. Watch these pre season games and watch Davis start turning heads. By the time the regular season starts, Philbin and Coyle will be seriously considering starting opposite Grimes. I mean, as in, NOT at the Nickel.

Posted by: Dashi | August 01, 2013 at 06:35 PM

Agree wholeheartedly. I grew up in Miami with Ed Pope, Luther Evans (main UM beat writer). Those were the Golden days. Mr pope was right up there with Jim Murray, Shirley Povich, etc.
Evans was underrated, and his Sunday night sports talk show was a must listen, when it aired, which was often sporadically, as Luther was occasionally "under the weather."

As regards Martin, I know diddly about O-Line technique, but I do know what my eyes see, which is a guy sprawled on his back way too often. I wouldn't be surprised is Garner isn't starting, or there is a switch somewhere. Or Martin is traded with our UF non-kicker.

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