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Quick hits from day one of Dolphins mini-camp

It may be a holiday weekend but the Dolphins are hard at work. Friday was day one of a three day mini-camp down in Davie - and it featured two practices.

But let's be honest - many of you will be out celebrating all weekend. So I won't bother with any real long posts. Instead I plan on just touching on some of the more important notes to come out of these practices. Those notes are below in an ever-so-popular bullet format with the sources of these notes at the bottom.

  • Phillip Merling was at both practices on Friday just days after being arrested. He did not speak with the media and Tony Sparano declined comment on it, saying any discipline would be left up to the league. Merling worked with the starters while rookie Jared Odrick continued working with the second team defense.
  • The offensive line continues to be shuffled around. Jake Grove worked as the starting center in the first practice before giving way to Joe Berger in the afternoon session. Meanwhile the guards are in flux as well. The starting guards in the morning were rookie John Jerry (LG) and Richie Incognito (RG). In the afternoon, the starters were Cory Proctor (LG) and Donald Thomas (RG). I expect we'll see more of this until we get at least into mid August, when the starting offensive line should really take shape. Nate Garner, meanwhile, will be out until training camp recovering from an offseason procedure.
  • Cameron Wake continues to work with the second team, though he is getting first team reps as a nickel and dime pass-rusher. Still early to read anything into this, though.
  • Ronnie Brown was able to participate in both practices on Friday. And he told the media that if tomorrow was a gameday he believes he could play. That's a good sign.
  • Channing Crowder was back on the field in the morning session, working with the first team. BBut he sat out of the afternoon practice, with rookie A.J. Edds gettting reps next to Karlos Dansby as a starter.
  • The Wildcat is clearly still in Miami's plans. No details were given by the media about the plays themselves - other than one resulting in a touchdown pass to Joey Haynos (no word on who threw it).
  • Jason Allen worked as the nickel corner during the morning practice, with Will Allen working as the nickel in the afternoon. But reports are Will didn't look like himself. His recovery is still a work in progress.
  • Sean Smith reportedly looks more muscular - and that hasn't hurt his ability to move. That's a good sign. Smith was asked about not having an interception as a rookie. Smith responded, "I guarantee that number will change. No way I will go another season without an interception. That’s just impossible." I like that swagger.
  • Chris Clemons remains the starter - for now - at free safety. He picked off Chad Henne in the morning, on what was described as a "great read and grab." He also narrowly missed a second interception in the afternoon.
  • The offensive highlight of the day was probably during the team's two-minute offense drills. On a 4th & 3 with 9 seconds left from the 30 yard line, Henne connected with Greg Camarillo on a touchdown pass, beating Vontae Davis in the back corner of the endzone.
  • Speaking of the receivers, Omar Kelly tweeted that both Camarillo and Brrian Hartline "looked really good."
  • Sources: Sun-SentinelMiami Herald, Palm Beach PostOmar Kelly on Twitter