The 14th practice of the Miami Dolphins' 2013 training camp was yesterday. Here's a look at what happened throughout the day.
- The first practice after a game is traditionally a special teams day. The Dolphins also worked on fundamentals, with a lot of individual work. There was no 11-on-11 work on Sunday.
- Wide receiver Rishard Matthews returned to practice and had the highlight of the day. He got deep on cornerback DeAndre Presley for a long pass from Ryan Tannehill.
- Josh Samuda was demoted back to reserve center on Sunday, with Nate Garner moving into the starting right guard slot. The team is still looking to find the right combination of linemen to start the season.
- Lance Louis is starting to see an increased workload, which could mean he is nearing the point where he can be put into the starting offensive line. He has to get fully involved in practice, including shaking off a lot of rust after missing nearly the entire camp up until this point, but he was brought in to challenge John Jerry for the starting right guard position, so he should be in the mix soon.
- Meanwhile, Jerry returned to the field yesterday, doing rehab work on the sideline. He's spent most of the last few practices inside the team facilities getting treatment on his knee. He may still be a couple of weeks away from being a full participant in practice, but he is at least progressing.
- On defense, Jamar Taylor, who has been in and out of practice throughout training camp as he rehabs from sports hernia surgery this offseason, was back in yesterday as a full participant. It was rough for him on the day, and he is well behind the other cornerbacks due to how much time he has missed, but at least he is back practicing now.
- After practice, undrafted free agent rookie A.J. Francis did a workout with offensive line coach Jim Turner to see if the rookie can make the switch over to the offensive line.
- Dion Jordan, Kelcie McCray and Randy Starks did not participate in practice.
- Read the full Dolphins injury report from yesterday here.
Press Conference Quotes
- "We want to develop him in all three downs, so that was certainly part of the plan. We want to see him play on first down, play on second down, play on third down, play in our base defense, play in our sub defense so he gets exposure to a variety of schemes and a variety of defensive calls." - Joe Philbin on Dion Jordan's development
- "Just a little more consistency. He showed better awareness on the field on Friday night, no question about it. He certainly made one big play there, again got his hands on the ball. We've all talked to the players about classroom to practice field, the practice field to game field. You've seen some of that. You've seen him get his hands on the ball out here, and he was able to do it again in the game. Just consistency, awareness, those type of things. Sometimes only experience when you throw him out there where you can learn those things." - Joe Philbin on what he wants to see from Will Davis
- "Yeah, I would say it's pretty close, the running back competition. I thought that Daniel Thomas did a really nice job in the game the other day. Certainly (Lamar) Miller has had his shining moments as well, and some of the younger guys have stepped up. So some of the finer points are going to come up, how well do you catch, how well do you pass block. I think from a running stand point we have some pretty good runners, but to be the complete back, they have to be able to do all of those things. That'll be the true test on who ends up being the starter, I believe." - Mike Sherman on the running back competition
- "I'd probably say 40 percent maybe, 45 percent. You probably saw more of the offense in the minicamps and OTA's of what we've done and what we're going to do, it's kind of sitting back there. Probably about 40 percent I think, 45 percent." - Mike Sherman on how much of the offense has been shown through the first two preseason games
Next Public Practice
- Monday, August 12, 8:00am ET - Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Nova Southeastern University, Davie