Second day of Miami Dolphins minicamp is in the books and here are some newsy nugglets:
Yes, Reshad Jones returned to practice today, having ended his offseason holdout, and apparently everything is at it was.
Jones returned to the starting lineup -- joining Michael Thomas as the starters on the back end -- coach Adam Gase confirmed. Jones seemed in good shape, Gase said.
And the drama of a possible long-term holdout during training camp was doused by Jones.
"Yeah, I'm here," Jones said when asked if he was back for good and would be at training camp. "Everything is behind me. I'm ready to play football."
Well, everything isn't behind him. I mean, he didn't get a new contract. But Jones said the sides continue to discuss the possibility of a new deal.
"I feel confident (that) my agent and the organization will work things out," Jones said. "I'm here to help this team win football games."
That settled ... on to football.
DeVante Parker returned to practice today. Mario Williams and Jason Jones -- both of whom are excused to miss the entire camp -- were not present.
Rookie unsigned running back Kenyan Drake had a tough day. He fumbled a kickoff early in practice and then suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury during punt block drills midway through practice. Gase said he'd not been completely updated on the rookie's status during his press conference but Drake went in the trainer's room and did not return to practice after the injury.
It was interesting to see both former NFL stars Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker working with the wide receivers today in a coaching capacity.
Although Shawn Jefferson is unquestionably the WR coach, the Dolphins have ties to both Wayne and Welker and drawing on their knowledge is a good idea. Wayne has strong connections to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen from his days in Indianapolis. Gase characterized his relationship with Welker as "friends" from their days in Denver together.
Gase also left the door open on Welker possibly joining the staff in some capacity if that is his mindset.
"I wouldn't put any kind of pressure on him," Gase said. "We're here to whenever he kind of wants to come around, he's welcome. Whether it goes any further than that, I mean, it's a day-by-day thing with Wes. Who knows. I'll always have his back on whatever he wants to do."
The offense apparently won practice today. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said as much. Defensive players were doing push ups after practice today. So ...
But the offensive line remains in interesting area in that there is a lot of mixing and matching and rotating going on.
And in much of the rotating, the most snaps at guard this camp have gone to incumbents Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas -- the two starting guards most of last year.
Rookie Laremy Tunsil has also been rotating in at left guard with the starting unit but not as much as the other two. Tunsil is getting work at left tackle as well.
What does that mean?
Well, apparently this is going to be a competition that will continue in training camp when the pads go on. This is not a situation where Tunsil is so good so fast that he is clearly better than the veterans right now.
This is not a coronation of a first round pick. Or any pick.
"That's how we're rolling," Gase said. "You have to earn your spot. You haven't seen anybody really getting plugged in and anointed to anything. Everybody's battling. That's what we want. We want competition. We want guys to earn their spots."
You'll recall that Gase said in March that the team's first round pick would be a starter. Well, that only applies if the guy earns it. And if you think second-round pick Xavien Howard gets the nod at starting cornerback, that's also not the case.
Howard and Tony Lippett are competing for a starting cornerback job. So far, Lippett is the guy. And that's how it is going to be unless Howard plays better.
"If you're a veteran player, a lot of guys, they respect that because they know it's not going to be handed to anybody," Gase said. "It's like the corners, they're battling. I know Tony Lippett isn't just, 'yeah, you know what, just take it.' At least I hope not. I hope he battles this thing all the way out. And if he's the starter, great. We'll be happy. And then he'll have three really good players that at corner."