Two weeks ago, coach Joe Philbin sounded fairly confident wide receiver DeVante Parker would be ready to play in the regular-season opener, saying he just didn't know if the rookie would be available for 30 snaps or maybe 60 snaps. And while there is nothing to suggest Parker will not be ready by then, the timetable now suggests if he is ready, it might not be for a full load of work against the Washington Redskins.
Consider that Philbin was not nearly so convincing on Parker today:
"We're not sure exactly when he's going to get back," the coach said. "I don't know if he's going to practice, how much he's going to practice, if he's going to play in the preseason."
Also consider Parker has a lot of things to do before he's ready to play in a game. He has to start running. Then he needs to start cutting. Then he needs to start practicing at least lightly. Then he needs to actually be full-go in practice for a bit.
It's not until that is fully done that Parker can be ready to play some in a game. And that does not include any preseason work.
It might be three or four weeks before Parker gets through that entire regimen. The regular season begins Sept. 13.
Today was not a great look for the offense in practice. Too many false start flags. (No excuse for presnap penalties). There was entirely too much pressure on the quarterbacks. And outside a wonderful 40-yard catch and run by running back Lamar Miller, there weren't a lot of highlights.
(Well, Dion Sims and Gerell Robinson both had really nice catches in the back corner of the end zone, getting both feet in despite good coverage).
The defense, meanwhile, was working on multiple blitzes today. And the pressure was there and Reshad Jones was doing work in the back end.
Jones popped tight Jordan Cameron on a seam pass to the end zone, knocking the ball loose. Koa Misi caught the ball after it bounced out of Cameron's hands for an interception.
Jones also knocked down Jarvis Landry when the wide receiver seemed to be getting too cute on a wide receiver screen, twisting and juking defenders he knew weren't tackling until Jones popped him.
***Louis Delmas, who missed practice Saturday (last time Miami practiced), returned to practice today.
***Kenny Stills (calf) did not practice today.
***Branden Albert (knee) is still not practicing to any significant degree.
***Wide receiver LaRon Byrd (unknown injury) hurt himself early in practice and did not return.
Dallas Thomas, who has shared snaps with rookie Jamil Douglas at left guard, took the majority of left guard snaps with the starters today.
Douglas worked both at left guard and right guard with the second unit.
Billy Turner continued working at starting right guard.
Koa Misi, who has been working at both strongside and middle linebacker, spent most of his time today at middle linebacker.
Kicker Andrew Franks connected on five of seven kicks today, missing back-to-back kicks at one point but recovering with a 46- and 52-yard make to finish the day.
With neither Parker nor Kenny stills working, Rishard Matthews got a lot of first-team reps today. He had multiple catches but dropped a key pass in the two-minute drill.