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A look at the Dolphins first '14 padded practice

Today was the Dolphins first day in pads in 2014. The Dolphins will have only 11 of these practices before the start of the regular season. The rest will be in shells, or just helmets or walkthru work. So this is a big deal.

This is how and when a football team is most likely to come together -- playing and practicing the closest thing to football that is not a scrimmage or preseason game.

And today was interesting.

It was actually a pretty solid day for the running game. Despite the worries of a totally brand new offensive line and the fact the Dolphins have a solid defensive line, the run game moved the football.

No, there wasn't full speed tackling but one could see if the offensive line was actually moving the defense off the ball or not. One could see whether and where cutback lanes developed.

In that regard, it was a nice day for Lamar Miller. He had one run that would have been a 60-yard touchdown run in a real game situation. It was a stretch play to the right that boasted a lane through which Miller simply thundered into and through.

Nice work.

The desire to get the ball deep to Mike Wallace is still mostly that ... a desire. Quarterback Matt Moore tried a couple of times in team drills. Both times he overthrew the open receiver.

Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill did connect on a 20-yard gain to Wallace on a route coming diagonally across the field.

Some other highlights today:

Cameron Wake continues his streak of practice days with a sack against rookie right tackle Ja'Wuan James. The streak, expected when a Pro Bowl player faces a rookie for the first time, is at three practices. The Dolphins have practiced three days.

“I love it because I’m a competitor," James said of his matchup against Wake. "He’s a great player and he’s going to get me better, as long as I keep going as hard as I can against him, these constant reps we have, it’s going to get me ready for what I’m going to see in the season."

James said Wake is a good teammate. After practice the vet who schools the rookie on the field explains why the lesson was so hard.

“After practice he’ll be like, ‘Hey, I’ve got your hands up here, you need to do this here.’ Or I’ll ask him something," James said. "But he does a good job of schooling me, trying to teach me the right thing, but when it’s in between the lines we’re going at it." 

Dion Jordan had a fine interception. He leaped into the passing lane and snagged a Tannehill throw and returned it for what would have been a TD.

The Dolphins worked the blitz several times today. I saw four blitzes. I saw no sacks out of those but there were two incomplete passes, one short completion and one no throw by the QB.

Dannell Ellerbe, who took over at MLB after Koa Misi left practice with some medical issue, was very active today. He blitzed multiple times. He blew up one running play by Miller behind the line of scrimmage.

Daniel Thomas had a 13-yard run  in one team drill. But had a handful of other runs and none went more than four yards. He tripped once for a three-yard loss.

The read option was again a staple of practice. Both Tannehill and Moore had plays in which they kept the ball.

Mike Gillislee had a 12-yard gain against the second team defense while working with the starters. He had a handful of other team drill carries before he left the field.

The Dolphins are getting a lot of mileage from throws in the flat. And after two days of watching the team throw end-arounds in the mix, today there was a reverse.

One thing that I noticed as I watch Ryan Tannehill throw today: The focus this year is to have him better decisions in that he goes to the right place but also goes there quickly. I am not seeing the quickly party.

My concern is that it will be difficult for him to make a quick decision, particularly early, as he gets comfortable in a new offense. Think about it. Tannehill was in Mike Sherman's offensive for five years. He knew it better than anyone.

This offense is about six months old to him.

So how do you expect the QB to make quicker decisions when the offense is newer?

“It’s a good question," coach Joe Philbin said. "One of the things I think Bill (Lazor) and Kevin (Coyle) have done a great job of is, for example, we have certain pass concepts. So what happens is Bill scripts everything. They don’t script together, but we noticed on two or three of our different pass concepts after the spring, we had only seen them against let’s say quarter’s coverage. What the quarterback needs to see is he needs to see a pass concept versus man-to-man coverage, three-deep zones, quarters, cloud coverage.

"So there is a little bit and there is some trick to it. So Bill and Kevin have gotten together really before camp started and really done a good job of working together and Bill saying to Kevin, ‘Hey Kevin, this is the same play. I’m running play four in period 12. Can you give me one high man? Can you give me a fire zone so that we can expose the quarterback?’ Not that the concepts are totally brand new. There is a lot of carryover in the pass game. It’s a valid point. It’s helpful to speed up the decision-making process if they get reps against a multitude of coverages."

The Dolphins obviously hope it works because, as I share in my column today, the team is hoping for more and better things out of Mike Wallace this year.  And Wallace can't have a better year unless Tannehill gets him the football.


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dbo the great = MORON
deity = MORON
Darkoak = MORON
odinseye = MORON
Phins 78 = MORON

James Ennis = Beast!
The Heat lost one player and gained - Dang, McRoberts, Granger, Ennis and Shabazz.

The Miami Heat look very good on paper.

Posted by: MassDolphan | July 28, 2014 at 05:17 PM

Definitely not unless at least 5th overall pick, which was Kalil Mack. #4 was Sammy Watkins. Anything less than 5th overall just not equal value. You wouldn't suggest pretty much giving Wake away would you?

Wake does have game changing ability, as witnessed against the Bengals last year with the ot sack safety.

James Ennis = Beast!

Posted by: Fins - Tech | July 28, 2014 at 05:24 PM

What I was trying to tell these guys earlier.

Wake does have game changing ability, as witnessed against the Bengals last year with the ot sack safety.

Posted by: Still/Wade/County |
He disappeared after that.When a player needs to print that he is 32 and FEELS like he is STILL in his prime, it is over for them.

A regular here, that might not be the case if love told his agent he would only resign an extension with the cavs. also no team would trade for love if he says that he will just sign with cavs after next year. That means the T-wolves may have to take dion, Bennett, and 1st pick only or risk get nothing

Hey Facts

you forgot Dashi, you big dumby

Look....Look at Me.....I'm the captain now

Anyone trying to argue Mario Williams is a better DE than Cam Wake has obviously not been watching football over the past 4 years. Wake gets more sacks and draws more penalties.

Poor JaWuan, he's getting blasted by Wake and Vernon when this one gets on the L side. If he gets thru this barrage, he'll be a good Player.

Binns, Wallace, Landry, Hartline, Gibson and Matthews.

Posted by: oscar canosa | July 28, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Oscar Canosa, Joel Bitonio was rated higher than JaWuan. You follow college; Should the Dolphins have picked Joel Bitonio?

Posted by: dbo the great | July 28, 2014 at 05:58 PM

I never get missed, that guy is obsessed with me. I think he idolises me really, he can't let a blog go by without mentioning me.

Promichelle, please tell us once again that Tannehill needs to improve his accuracy, for the benefit of those that only read it 999 times now.

Joel Bitonio was rated higher than JaWuan.

Posted by: Promichael | July 28, 2014 at 07:19 PM

Rated by who? And please tell us how often their ratings are correct.

Maybe one day you'lll figure out that many first rounders don't make the probowl and many mid rounders do.

Ratings are for the bored people needing constant entertainment from ESPN.

I'm not the Draftman, Promichael, Hickey is. My personal preference at T was always Jake Matthews, but now it appears he has to get stronger.

Ratings shamatings. JuWan's skill level will be determined soon enough.

Look a Mr. Tibbs. Hey man where have you been all these years since Ray Charles sung the title of that very good movie of yours?

Ratings shamatings. JuWan's skill level will be determined soon enough.

Posted by: They call me Mr. Tibbs | July 28, 2014 at 07:59 PM

Yeah, you said it better than I did. Simple.

Most teams don't have ANY elephants in the room, but MIAMI has TWO....


No one wants to talk about the botched draft choice for Caleb Sturgis, who is just plain AWFUL....and....

What happened to Michael Thomas? One minute he is making back to back plays to defeat NE...the next....he might as well be on the missing plane.

Nutty franchise.

Juwan James looks terrible but they're gonna probably start him.

Those aren't elephants they are hamsters. Let's not be overly dramatic.

Just Saying does a very poor job of trolling, not remotely provocative, but he will probably keep posting anyway.

Wake is in his prime. Of course he's beating a rookie.

Tannehill cant hit the broadside of a barn more than 10-15 yds away. He's a poor xcuse for an NFL QB. is will be his last year starting.

The rookie is getting the best experience possible before the seasons starts.

This will


The broad side of the barn analogy has been used well over 10,000 times here. Same for the analogy that he couldn't hit the ocean from a boat.

If you want to troll, please at least try to be a touch more entertaining.

The broad side of the barn analogy has been used well over 10,000 times here. Same for the analogy that he couldn't hit the ocean from a boat.
If you want to troll, please at least try to be a touch more entertaining.
Posted by: Thank You in advance | July 28, 2014 at 08:53 PM

Prepare yourself. If Tannehill doesnt show tremendous improvement it'll be used 20,000 times more lol

odin,hang yourself already.

the QB sucks,if you haven't figured this out by now you are plain retarded....this includes the owner and especially the coaching staff who is what,? the 80th choice?. LMAO

Recent Sociological surveys indicate that grown adults still using LOL and LMFAO are indeed suffering from stunted mental development and are not likely to have any real success with anything beyond a menial job that any 15 year old could do.

Posted by: School Boy | July 28, 2014 at 07:33 PM

Hey moron, when I want an moron to answer a rhetorical question I will address my comments to you. Until such time just shut your idiot face.

Posted by: Dorothy Hanover | July 28, 2014 at 09:16 PM


when I want an moron to answer ...

Posted by: School Guidance Councelor For Morons | July 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM

Such poor English.

when I want an moron to answer ...

Posted by: School Guidance Councelor For Morons | July 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM

Promichelle needs to work on his grammar and his spelling. A perfect example of the Dumbed-Down American.

A wise person can act a fool but a fool like School Boy can never act a wise person.

Well Zonk, They cut Jensen today

Ryan Tannehill 32 td passes, 11 ints, 5 rush tds, 4500 yards passing in 2014

Ryan Tanehill was ranked #9 in passes over 20 yards last season.

Let's stick to the facts. Nobody even hits 50% of the long balls. Tanne showed improvement behind the worst line in NFL history.

who said he couldn't hit a 20+ yard pass? ugly logo's mom

Posted by: dbo the great | July 28, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Here I'll fill in.....when's Devlin going to start?


Marlins the hottest team and in the playoff race.

Tannehill was ranked 37th in yards/pass play. And got shutout by lowly Buffalo. Who wants that?

The shutout loss was more on the coaching staff then the players, but they did not perform as well. No excuses Tannehill was bad that game.

And you're ranked #1 in stupid.

Not so deep!

Nat Monte et al

Ever occur to you to maybe become a fan of a team you are happy with? It's free.

Some of these people have no creativity

seriously the stuff you come up wit

Armando is about as creative as a jar of paste, so we can't expect his followers to be any better.

Mando is the best Dolphin reporter/writer on the planet.

Posted by: Elmer | July 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

The fact you post here makes you a follower by default, you realise this right?

Posted by: DarkChoke | July 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM

This explains how you feel about me, better than you can....


7 and 9............

A better yr out of Mike Wallace?? "No Thrill" Tannehill was 7-35 passing over 30 yds.
last yr. Dolphins have a QB who cant connect, has accuracy problems,,,has HAD accuracy problems since college days where is was moved to TE. How many NFL QBs were TE in college?

Posted by: Darkoak | July 29, 2014 at 03:55 AM

3:35am and still blabbering with the trolls? Sad, no?

y so dum?

y ? y

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