The Miami Dolphins spent their final day of the 2013 mandatory minicamp scrimmaging Thursday. The "aqua" and the "white" teams faced off in series of different situations, throwing everything they had at each other.
The scrimmage came down to a final drive. Ryan Tannehill had the ball in his hands, with a 32-26 scoreboard deficit staring him in the face. The second year quarterback systematically moved the ball down the field, marching 50-yards in just under a minute-and-a-half. With the ball on the 13-yard line, Tannehill dropped back and found wide receiver Marvin McNutt in the endzone for the game tying score.
And, because they could, the Dolphins elected for the two point conversion. Tannehill rolled to his right, hitting Brian Hartline for the scrimmage winning conversion, giving the white team a 34-32 victory.
After the practice, Head Coach Joe Philbin stated, "We couldn't have scripted it any better ourselves if we planned it that way. I thought it was an excellent practice for the last mandatory minicamp."
Throughout the day, the second string players seemed to make the biggest impressions, getting more playing time as the scrimmage continued, headlined by a three sack performance from defensive end Derrick Shelby.
Other players being noticed during the minicamp's final day included linebacker Austin Spitler, who blocked a Brandon Fields punt to start the scrimmage, linebacker Lee Robinson, who picked off undrafted free agent Aaron Corp's pass, and undrafted free agent defensive end Emeka Onyenekwu, who repeatedly pressured quarterbacks all practice, recording two sacks.
Charles Clay, who struggled Wednesday, dropping four passes, two possible touchdowns, responded on Thursday, catching multiple passes, including a 10-yard touchdown from Tannehill.
"I'm excited, I think we grew a lot over the spring starting with bringing the new guys in, and teaching them the offense and now really coming together as a team," Tannehill said of the minicamp.
The Dolphins will now be off until training camp opens in July.