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Thursday Afternoon Practice Reports

First up for the afternoon reports is Perry Gattegno:

-If football games were reduced to only the two-minute drill, the Miami Dolphins' offense would be ready to start the season. Thursday afternoon's final drill tested the offense on game-ending drives, and all three quarterbacks -- Cleo Lemon, Trent Green and John Beck -- drove the length of the field and scored.

Lemon worked with the first team and hit wide receiver Marty Booker in the corner of the end zone. Booker made a gorgeous one-handed grab over cornerback Travis Daniels while falling out of bounds. Trent Green made quick work of the second-team defense with a strike to wide receiver Kerry Reed placed right in between two defensive backs and showed his scrambling skills on a TD chuck to a wide open Ted Ginn Jr., who found space between defensive backs Travares Tillman, Shirdonya Mitchell and Jason Allen.

Finally, Beck looked sharp with the third team, hitting receiver David Sutton twice before connecting with tight end Courtney Alexander, who used his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame to shield defenders on a 6-yard TD pass.

-Rookie punter Brandon Fields showed proficiency in corner punts, downing three consecutive ones inside the 10-yard line. One bounced at the 5 and came to a stop at the 2. Fields, out of Michigan State, is competing with Ryan Flinn for the punting and holding job. Kicker Jay Feely said earlier in the day that both were doing well holding and that Fields has shown marked improvement in the last six weeks.

-In seven-on-seven drills, Green was picked off by cornerback Tuff Harris, a rookie out of Montana. Beck looked sharp in the same drill, throwing perfect passes to Derek Hagan on a slant and tight end Justin Peelle over the middle.

It seems that the offense is continuing to improve.  Also, it's great to hear that all 3 QBs looked good, especially Green and Beck, who are really the two "key" QBs in camp, in my opinion.

Next up is Edgar Thompson:

-S Yeremiah Bell is fun to watch. He has a nose for the ball and impressive range.

He's going to make more plays than anyone on defense, other than Jason Taylor.

-Green in. 1st play: Short pass to Cobbs 2nd play: Inc to Mauai 3rd play: Inc to Courtney Anderson, nice play by LB Channing Crowder. Crowder is all over the field today. He seems to have really improved his pass coverage. 4th play: Int by Tuff Harris, a free-agent rookie out of Montana, on a Green pass intended for TE Jason Rader. Pass was behind him.

-Beck in 1st play: Short pass to TE Tim Massaquoi. 2nd play: Nice pass to Derek Hagan in the middle of the field. Beck finds soft spot in the zone and hit Hagan in strikde. Best play of the drills. 3rd play: Downfield completion to TE Justin Peele. Another nice pass in between defenders.

-Beck in 2nd&10: Perkins for solid gain 3rd&5: Nice dump off to Booker 1st&10: Bomb to Reed, 60 yard play

-1st play: Lemon dump-off to Brown. Nice touch and good gain. 2nd play: Lemon to WR Marty Booker for 20-plus yards. 3rd play: Inc. 4th play: TD. Lemon to Chambers on a post pattern. Lemon still in ... He completes three of his next four throws, capped by a nice fade route to Marty Booker in the corner of the end zone. The best hook-up of the day.

-Green in 1st play: Short pass to Halterman 2nd play: Reed makes a case for play of the day, with a leaping catch down the middle for a 35-yard gain 3rd play: Another short pass to Halterman. Green seems to like the first-year TE. 4th play: TD. Green scrambles right and finds Ginn wide open in the end zone.

-Beck has another nice day. The guy looks like the team's best QB the past couple of days.

Granted, Beck is torching the second- and third-team defense. But he's making throws no other Dolphin can.

If he can manage an NFL game, he might see some action earlier than we think.

More positive reports for the offense.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm certainly getting excited.  Check back in later tonight/tomorrow as I give a rundown of the players who I feel have impressed the most so far in camp.