Let's start with the newsy stuff first:
INJURIES: Receiver Brian Hartline (calf) sat out the third day of practice while receiver Clyde Gates stopped practicing midway through today's drills because of unknown reasons a hamstring injury. Rookie safety Kelcie McCray also left practice early with an unknown injury. He was limping. [Update: McCray was not present for today's afternoon walk-thru.] Defensive end Olivier Vernon skipped a couple of drills after tweaking his ankle but jumped right back in after about five minutes and didn't seem worse for wear.
Safety Chris Clemons (knee) returned to practice today but not to the starting safety job he held before his injury. Jimmy Wilson and Reshad Jones worked as the starting safeties today.
Clemons getting back is obviously good. The fact the Dolphins were down two receivers in practice today was not good.
QUARTERBACKS: You read here on on my twitter feed yesterday that rookie Ryan Tannehill was impressive in his first day with the team since signing a contract. Coach Joe Philbin quantified how impressive, estimated that Tannehill took 53 competive passing snaps and completed approximately 40 passes on those.
Today seemed a little different. Tannehill was trying to hit longer passes while working with the second and third unit and so I'd estimate his completion percentage fell a bit. That doesn't mean he was off. He connected on a perfect nine-route to Marlon Moore that was right in the receiver's hands 40 yards downfield along the sideline. He also had a TD pass to Roberto Wallace late in practice during red zone drills.
David Garrard took most of the first-team snaps today and was also sharp early. He connected with Legadu Naanee for a TD in the back corner of the end zone. he also connected with Davone Bess for a big third-down completion for a first down in red zone work.
Matt Moore was also good. He connected on a deep pass to Chad Johnson in one-on-one work. Moore did have an awkward moment when he was blitzed and had the ball stripped from his grasp for a fumble.
None of the top three quarterbacks threw an interception today.
LINE UPDATE: The offensive line is a work in progress. I saw too many unblocked blitzers today -- at least three of them. Although at least one of those came when the team was in an empty backfield and you can't account for everyone, I saw this happen with blockers in the backfield as well. Coach Joe Philbin said the line is still trying to find some chemistry, understandable considering the entire right side is new.
By the way, watched RT Jonathan Martin today. He wins some, loses some versus defensive end Cameron Wake but he is definitely not overmatched. He's learning a new position after playing mostly at left tackle in college, but he's handling the move to the right side quite well. Is he great? No, not right now. Will he be better than a certain swinging gate RT from last season? I think so.
PLAY BY PLAY: The Dolphins did a lot of redzone (20-yard line in) work today. Some of the action:
First team with David Garrard ...
1st and 10: Daniel Thomas with a 2-yard loss, tackle by Paul Soliai.
Second and 10: David Garrard incomplete.
Third-and-10: Garrard completes a 10-yard pass to Davone Bess.
First-and-10 from the 10: Garrard keeper for a TD.
First team with Matt Moore ...
First and 10: Moore incomplete.
Second and 10: Moore incomplete.
Third and 10: Reggie Bush gains 2.
First and 10: Jared Odrick with a strip sack of Moore.
Second and 10: Legadu Naanee offsides.
Third and 10: Moore completes a 5-yard pass to Naanee.
Fourth down: Moore completes a slant pass to Naanee for seven yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES: Lamar Miller, Clyde Gates, Steve Slaton, Rishard Matthews, and Quinten Lawrence are getting reps as the kickoff returners. Miller is taking the first-team reps ... On that kick return team, Julius Pruitt is working as an up-back with the first team. That's good news for Pruitt because it suggests he's currently in the team's plans for the 53-man squad. Obviously that is not set in stone.
MISSTEPS: Reggie Bush had a fumble today ... Naanee had an offsides ... Lydon Murtha had a false start.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said he likes the competition for jobs at defensive line. Obviously Jared Odrick, Olivier Vernon and Jamaal Westerman are competing for playing time in passing situations as a rusher ...
Coyle said the player that has to make the biggest adjustment of any defender from last year's 3-4 to this year's 4-3 is Koa Misi. Coach Joe Philbin said the reason for that is Misi won't be on the line of scrimmage nearly as much this year.
“Well primarily he was an on-the-line of scrimmage player, so now certainly there’s packages where he will be an on the line of scrimmage player, but we were playing off the line of scrimmage and that’s a little bit of a different animal, so that’s probably the biggest adjustment number one," Philbin said. "Sometimes the pass coverage is a little different when you’re on the line the scrimmage rather than off as well. When you’re on the line of scrimmage more, I’m not going to say 90%, but you’re usually going against the tackle or tight end. Now, off the line, you certainly could be going against those players but you might be going against running backs etc…now you might be taught to leverage the ball or spill the ball and those types of different things, so those might be some of the things that he (Kevin Coyle) is referring to.”
... As mentioned above, Roberto Wallace caught a TD pass from Ryan Tannehill late in practice.
Heeeere's Roberto Wallace: