The eighth day of the Miami Dolphins' 2013 training camp was yesterday. Here's a look at what happened throughout the day.
- Sunday's practice was a full pad workout. The crowd was limited to Fin Club members.
- The Dolphins continued the juggling of offensive linemen yesterday, with Mike Pouncey taking reps at both center and right guard, Richie Incognito at left and right guard, Dallas Thomas at left guard, and Josh Samuda at center and right guard.
- The streak of three consecutive practices with no interceptions ended with a Matt Moore pick in the middle of the workout. Pat Devlin threw one on the final play of the practice as well. Notice someone whose name was not mentioned? Ryan Tannehill has not turned the ball over in four practices. He's still holding the ball too long, taking sacks he doesn't need to take, but he is taking care of the ball. Tannehill had two touchdowns during practice, one to Brian Harline and one to Marcus Thigpen. He had another, a 35 yard pass to Marvin McNutt, who timed his leap better than Brent Grime and came down with the six points, but likely would have been sacked by Reshad Jones prior to throwing the pass.
- Cameron Wake reminded everyone of his presence yesterday. Wake has never been a dominant practice player, waiting for game day to destroy offensive lines. Yesterday, Wake was ready for game day, blowing past right tackle Tyson Clabo several times, and blowing up the running game in the backfield or sacking Tannehill.
- Dion Jordan seemed to be fully integrated into practice for the first time this year. He took part n the one-on-one drills and in the team drills, along with continuing to work on special teams. He did not have any highlight moments, but the fact that he is in, working, is a good sign.
- Cornerback Dimitri Patterson may have slid past Richard Marshall on the depth chart, taking the starting position opposite Brent Grimes. This was the second day in a row he had the top spot, and he has practiced well all camp.
- Kicking update: Dan Carpenter's day to kick. He connected from 50 and 54 yards. Caleb Sturgis continues to rehab his groin.
- Since he hasn't been mentioned yet in our recaps, a little love for punter Brandon Fields today. He kicked a ball so far on Sunday that Lamar Miller tripped and fell trying to backpedal far enough to return it.
- On punt coverage, Nolan Carroll again downed a kick at the one yard line. He has done that multiple times this camp, and, while fans have nightmares about him in pass coverage, he may be a weapon when teamed with Fields' leg.
- The highlight of practice was probably the first fight of camp. Josh Samuda and Jared Odrick rolled around on the ground for a minute, with Samuda "winning" the scuffle. Once the two backed away, Odrick ripped off his helmet and tried to go back for round two, but players and coaches stopped him. The two went up against each other in one-on-one drills a few minutes later, and everything was fine. The two bumped helmets after the rep and it was over.
- 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. According to Armando Salguero there is a possibility that Jerry's knee could need surgery, or possibly he already had the surgery. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
- Caleb Sturgis continues to ride the exercise bike during practice as he continues to rehab an injured groin.
- Rishard Matthews sat out of practice with an undisclosed injury. According to Adam Beasley, Matthews will be out for "several weeks."
- Armon Binns tore his ACL and MCL during practice. He is out for the year.
Press Conference Quotes
- "We're going to throw a lot at them tomorrow, we're going to do a lot of situations, normal down and distance, we'll have third down, red zone, goal line, two minute, virtually a little bit of a dress rehearsal for a ballgame so to speak we are going to have live tackling tomorrow which is going to be important for our guys to get that feel, we just don't want them out there in the first game and not have them had the opportunity to tackle." - Joe Philbin on Monday night's scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium
- "No, that's a huge part of our team, I think we have the potential to be very, very good on special teams this year. We take those reps, very seriously, there is no more explosive play than a kickoff return. You probably saw him getting reps there, he's had an outstanding attitude toward special teams, so we don't have a set number right now, but to say he's too valuable, absolutely not." - Joe Philbin on if Dion Jordan is too valuable for special teams work
- "Mike is a unique talent in the sense he possess such great speed in a skillset that certainly is going to make people aware of his presence out there. But people can do what they can do. They can take people away, the opportunities. If in fact they did in fact take Mike away with a certain coverage by deploying two people, one over-the-top, one underneath, and we have enough other guys to step up and make plays. It can't just be about Mike Wallace. Mike brings a lot to the table. Mike is going to make his plays, but at the same time everybody else has to respond if defenses defend him and allow other opportunities to exist. We have to take full advantage of those, so when those chances come other guys have to step up and be the playmakers." - Mike Sherman on the danger Mike Wallace gives opposing defenses
- "He responds to challenges. Whenever I've challenged him, he's responded. I anticipate a great response this season for him. He's tirelessly working. He's comes out every day as the same. He's consistent. The great thing about Ryan, if something good happens he doesn't get too excited. If something bad happens, it doesn't get to him. He's very consistent. I think you saw that last year from game one to 16, no matter what. If he played well, he was the same guy. If he didn't play so well, he was accountable, standup guy, took that and moved on. I think he has the qualities, not just talent wise but mentally and emotionally you look for in a quarterback." - Mike Sherman on Ryan Tannehill reacting to expectations
- "His presence in the huddle, he just takes a professional approach to everything he does. He's not the most talkative guy, but he talks when need be. He has a great command of the huddle, and a great command of this offense." - Dustin Keller on what he has learned about Ryan Tannehill
- "Definitely, my dad's a big Dolphin's fan, huge one, might be the number one (fan)." - Andrell Smith on if he grew up a Dolphins fan
Next Public Practice
- Monday, 7pm ET - Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens (Don't show up at the training facility at 8am - you'll be very lonely.)
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