The seventh day of the Miami Dolphins' 2013 training camp was yesterday. Here's a look at what happened throughout the day.
- Saturday, the team practiced in half pads, with shoulder pads but in shorts.
- Saturday also marked the team's first season-ticket holder only practice. Sunday's workout crowd will be limited to Fins Club members.
- The running game was the star of the practice for the offense. Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gillislee all broke long runs during the day. Thomas did fumble once in team drills, but otherwise, the offensive line was opening holes on Saturday, and the running backs were decisive and were hitting those holes with power and speed.
- The offensive line continues to be in experimentation mode with John Jerry sitting out. Intially, the day began with Richie Incognito as the right guard and Dallas Thomas as the left guard. Then, the team moved center Mike Pouncey to right guard, Incognito back to left guard, and gave the starting center position to Josh Samuda. At this point, it's simply trying different things, and give some guys an opportunity with the first team offensive line, but it is interesting to see things like Pouncey moved from center to guard.
- Lance Louis advanced in his return from an ACL tear last year, taking some snaps at left guard during practice.
- Another player who saw his first reps with the starters yesterday was fullback Evan Rodriguez. Claimed off of waivers from the Chicago Bears, Rodriguez had been nealry invisible in the early part of camp.
- Quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked sharp again, starting to hit deep passes to Mike Wallace. That doesn't mean that Tannehill isn't still overthrowing some of the deep balls, but he is at least starting to connect with Wallace. Now the two just need to refine.
- Tannehill's biggest problem on the day was dropped passes from multiple receivers. Brian Tyms, Jeff Fuller, Armon Binns, and Brandon Gibson all let catchable passes hit the ground.
- Saturday was the third straight practice without an interception for Tannehill.
- The quarterbacks conducted a drill no one had seen before. One quarterback would drop back to throw a pass to another QB. Meanwhile, the two quarterbacks not involved would roll or bounce a yoga ball at the quarterback trying to pass the ball, simulating pass rushers diving for feet or jumping to swat the pass.
- On defense, Jared Odrick was the standout for the day, recovering Thomas' fumble, and recording two tackles for a loss.
- Keelan Johnson and Don Jones made the hit of the day when they simultaneously collided with Kyle Miller as he tried to catch a pass across the middle. All three players hit the ground, but were all able to get right back up.
- Brent Grimes got beat a couple of times by Wallace, but also had a play where he got beat, recovered, and dove to knock a pass away from Wallace at the last second. The two continue to go back and forth, with no one clearly winning at this point.
- The NFL sent referees to yesterday's practice to explain rule changes, such as the running back crown of the helmet rule, and areas of emphasis this year for the refs. The refs will stay with the team through Monday night's practice at Sun Life Stadium.
- The team welcomed 35 alumni members to practice on Saturday. The team then held an alumni BBQ following practice.
- Jamar Taylor continues to sit out with assumed issues in his rehab from sports hernia surgery this offseason.
- Cameron Marshall, who pulled up during practice on Wednesday and grabbed his hamstring, also sat out practice.
- John Jerry continues to not participate in practice on due to an undisclosed injury. He was reportedly on crutches last week.
- Caleb Sturgis continues to ride the exercise bike during practice as he continues to rehab an injured groin.
- Armon Binns dove for the pass he dropped during the day and had to leave the workout for a trainer look at his arm. He returned to practice a few snaps later.
Press Conference Quotes
- "You know I thought our offensive line did a pretty good job today from what I could tell, in the drill I was at. I thought we had some pretty good holes, we were getting movement and the point of attack, and I thought Daniel Thomas ran the ball very well. I thought his pad level was good. I thought he was decisive running the football. It looked like (Mike) Gilleslee had a good day running the ball. Lamar (Miller) had a nice run, bounced one outside had a good run. I think in general this looked to me, to be the best practice we've had at running the ball." - Joe Philbin on the running game performance Saturday
- "(It's been) humbling. He's a special player. He's one of the best defensive end rushers at that position. There are some good outside linebackers that play the right side in this league, but as far as defensive ends go you'd be hard pressed to find somebody better." - Tyson Clabo on playing against Cameron Wake one-on-one every practice
- "It's exciting for me. It's frustrating at times whenever they make a good play, but when you go back, watch the play and the coach says, 'Well, you did just about everything right and the defense made a good play.' That's exciting for me in a sense where I know once we play on Sunday's and they are on my side, it's going to be exciting to watch them make plays." - Ryan Tannehill on watching Brent Grimes make plays on his passes
Next Public Practice
- Fin Club Members Only: Sunday, July 28 at 8am ET - Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Nova Southeastern University, Davie
- Monday, July 29 at 7pm ET - Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens