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Tuesday 5 p.m. update: Fins signing Pruitt; News, views from Monday night's Dolphins scrimmage

5 p.m. update: As we first reported on Twitter earlier today (@flasportsbuzz), a source said the Dolphins are signing receiver Julius Pruitt, who appeared in nine games for them in 2011 and was cut by Miami in training camp last season.

Pruitt worked out for them today, along with Laurent Robinson, Austin Collie and two others who haven't played in an NFL game. Pat Devlin threw them passes. 

The Dolphins like Pruitt's speed and he's very good on special teams, which is critical in light of several special teams breakdowns in Monday's scrimmage.

He has not caught a pass in an NFL regular season game but caught seven passes for 61 yards in last year's preseason. The Dolphins always have been intrigued by his skill set, but he has never managed to stick. 

The Dolphins lost Armon Binns to a season-ending ACL injury over the weekend, and Rishard Matthews (knee) is expected to be out at least a few more weeks.

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Quick hits from Monday night’s Dolphins scrimmage:

### Despite playing without three of his top four receivers (Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and out-for-the-year Armon Binns, Ryan Tannehill had a solid night: 9 for 13, 75 yards, 3 touchdowns. He has now gone five practices-or-scrimmages in a row without an interception. Very encouraging.

The touchdowns covered 24 yards to Charles Clay (a crossing pattern against Jason Trusnik in which Clay eluded Jimmy Wilson), a 14-yarder to Dustin Keller (Keller dived into the end zone) and a nine-yarder to Daniel Thomas.

### Dion Jordan got extensive work in the second half and generated pressure on at least two passing plays, including a sack when he badly beat Will Yeatman. But Jonathan Martin stymied Jordan on several other plays, with Jordan unable to turn the corner against the second-year tackle.

### Matt Moore’s night? Pretty pedestrian. He finished 5 for 10 for 46 yards an interception, which was returned 50 yards by Kelcie McCray for a touchdown. McCray, who missed all of last season with an injury, has a firm grasp on the No. 4 safety job.

Meantime, Pat Devlin finished 10 for 19 for 85 yards and an interception.

### Dimitri Patterson opened as the first-team corner opposite Brent Grimes – a position Patterson has fully earned with an excellent camp -- with Richard Marshall and Nolan Carroll holding down the second-team corner duties. But Marshall continues to get a lot of first team work. And Carroll made a splendid play breaking up a pass from Tannehill to Brandon Gibson.

Meanwhile, rookie corner Will Davis continued his knack for making plays, including an interception of Devlin in the end zone on the final play of the scrimmage. That was the second day in a row with an interception for the Utah State alum. And Davis has at least five pass breakups in camp.

### Josh Samuda opened with the first team at left guard, with Richie Incognito at right guard. But if John Jerry needs a few weeks to recover from his knee injury, I would still make Lance Louis the favorite to win the open guard job – IF he fully recovers from last November’s knee injury. That’s a big IF.

Louis, at his best, is one of the top five linemen on this team. But at less than 100 percent, he’s not. He has practiced sparingly in camp.

### Kevin Coyle had to have been thrilled by this play: Olivier Vernon sacked and stripped Matt Moore, and Jared Odrick recovered. Odrick had another good night, generating heat on Tannehill on another play.

### Mike Gillislee scampered 17 yards with a screen pass and displayed good burst on several runs, closing with 21 yards on six carries. But a fumble tarnished his night.

### The running game, overall, wasn’t spectacular – largely a tribute to Miami’s stout defensive front. Lamar Miller had 12 yards on five carries and Daniel Thomas 15 yards on four attempts. Jonas Gray ran four times for 13 yards.

### Keep an eye on former CFL linebacker Les Robinson. He continues to flash, including a terrific stop on Gillislee.

### The Dolphins defense is still flummoxing the offense with safety blitzes. Reshad Jones and Keelan Johnson each had sacks.

### Other defensive notables: Philip Wheeler dropped a potential interception but had a solid night in pass coverage…. Koa Misi had a sack.

### Dan Carpenter, competing with injured Caleb Sturgis for the kicker’s job, had mixed results. He hit field goals from 32, 44 and 50 yards but also missed two from 49 yards and had a PAT blocked by Kheeston Randall.

Carpenter entered the scrimmage 16 for 20 on field goals during training camp.

### Besides Carpenter’s misses, a Brandon Fields punt likely would have been blocked up the middle had the play continued. And there were several breakdowns in special teams coverage that resulted in two long returns, by Thipgen and De’Andre Presley. What’s more, Thigpen fumbled another punt, which the defense recovered. Special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi can’t be pleased.

### Several young defensive linemen continued to make a pitch for roster spots. Randall, as we noted, blocked an extra point. A.J. Francis, an undrafted rookie from Maryland, had a sack and deflected a pass.

Chris Burnette, an undrafted rookie from Old Dominion, recovered a Gillislee fumble that was forced by defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo, an undrafted rookie from Fresno State.

### Of the young receivers bidding for roster spots, Chad Bumphis (2 for 41) and Marvin McNutt (3 for 23) had the best nights. McNutt held onto a pass over the middle despite being leveled by Wheeler. Brian Tyms had two catches for 12 yards but also a drop. Kenny Stafford caught one pass for seven yards and Jeff Fuller was shut out, with Moore overthrowing him on one play.

### As for the tight ends, Dustin Keller had two catches for 18 yards (including the touchdown), Dion Sims 1 for 6 and Michael Egnew 1 for 11. But Egnew couldn’t haul in what would have been a difficult touchdown catch. Tight end/H-back Charles Clay had the one reception that went for a touchdown.

### Hartline was in pads before the game, seemingly prepared to play, but tweaked something and removed his pads. The Dolphins wouldn’t comment on his status. Nor would they explain Wallace's absence.

### The crowd of 22,876 was the largest for a Dolphins scrimmage in many years and easily topped the audience of 7000 for last year’s scrimmage, which was held on a Saturday morning.

 

Comments

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Mr Titman

Great job,Barry You are the best at giving us fans quality reports on all of our teams. Thank you!

Spydercane

Herald headline was promising start, say what? Did you all go and see the practice? The offense looked horrible. The only reason Tannehill's numbers were what they were was because of the middle screens / dump offs which were too many. QBs didn't have time and they weren't attacking down the field. When they did, balls were dropped. This was not a performance by a team ready to make that "leap". Let's hope we improve fast. Oh, and next time the opposing team let's us set up every drive in the redzone let me know. Not trying to be negative but wow they looked bad. The Defense looked solid again.

Reality Bites

The story of football in Miami. One local team has a solid D but suspect offense, the other has a good O but putrid defense. Same as it ever was, for the past few years anyway.
When does round ball season begin again?
Go Heat!

Sad times

No one cares that you're a Heat fan Reality Bites, throwing a "Go Heat!" at the end of every post doesn't change the fact that you're a miserable person who likes to troll Miami fans on the internet.

Reality Bites

Ok SadTimes, I know you think you speak for everyone.
But what I say is true
Go Heat!

Maria

As always, great job!

Sad times

OK.

But what I say, that you're a miserable person who likes to troll Miami fans on the internet, is equally true.

No one cares that you like the Heat, no one cares what you think about any Miami sports.

Marios

Yes he does speak for everyone who visits this blog regularly.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Would rather have neither of you here but of course Reality Bites is much more intolerable than the gentleman who responds to him every time.

Not sure how I feel about Dion Jordan getting beaten by Jon Martin, ready for these guys to start playing other teams already!

hugo

Worried about JM or left tackle, is he up to the challenge??!

Johngoode@johnnybfit.com sweet1968

Reality bites my ass has a toadie? What exciting times for troll on the Miami Herald Sports blog. Wonder what you two ladies will talk about when the Cane kick some worthless Gator ass.

Victor

Dolphin's fans, can't "ya" just FEEL IT ALL OVER!!!
I GOT IT(i.e., SUPER BOWL FEVER)! CATCH IT!@

TK SWANN

10-6/11-5 barring any major injuries and with a little luck 12-4. Wishful thinking?? Damn right!! Why not? Every team is undefeated right now and every year a team comes from out of the blue to surprise every one. This year the so called experts are actually giving the fins some respect. The talent is there so Why Not Us". Go Fins !!

Reality Bites

"Yes he does speak for everyone who visits this blog regularly."
This is funny, you admit you are a low information dummy following the herd, and you have an extra "s".

Lt. Lois Einhorn, you did notice he responds every time, must be an obsession.

Johnny bring it on, after Sept 7th we will see who is worthless. Same team that has been so for the past decade that's who.

Victor you are way ahead of the game, if this team makes the playoffs that would be an accomplishment.
Hate to rain on everyone's parade but a paper tiger has never won squat.
Fins need T Hill to play a lot better
They need Martin to protect him
They need the rest of the O line to play well
They need Miller to show he can be the starter
They need, Wallace, Keller and all the new FA to perform as they have done in the past

None of these things are a given.
We will soon find out.

Go Heat!

RICHARD

PATIENCE GRASSHOPPERS!

ryan sullivan

What negativity!!!! WTF??!!
Teams can be a reflection of their fans and the negative crap is tiring, this is the 1st scrimmage of the year....relax and watch these guys grow and get better and support em'!!!!
Dolphins were in a few games lost by usually easy kicks by Carpenter, he makes those we have 2 or 3+ wins more!

ryan sullivan

This team is promising and the division is wide open this year. Though I wont put us as superbowl bound I also wouldnt take us entirely out of the picture either. To the true Dolphins fans-keep packing the house at Sun Life and support this team, the younger guys and every player here need to know they have fans who are championship caliber and are ready to DO THIS!!! Now...Lets kick some ass!!!

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