Well, it may be a day off for a lot of folks out there, but the Dolphins were back at work today, practicing in preparation for Sunday’s Week 1 opener against the Bills. The team also made some roster moves today, adding LB Bobby Carpenter, a fifth year player out of Ohio State and another former Cowboy. To make room for him, the team released Charlie Anderson.
The Fins also added seven men to their practice squad: LB’s Austin Spitler and Chris McCoy; DE Ryan Baker; DB Jonathon Amaya; WR Julius Pruitt; TE Nathan Overbay; and G Ray Feinga. Six of those seven were in training camp with Miami this pre-season and Overbay had been with the Broncos.
After practice, head coach Tony Sparano met with the media and one of the most interesting topics addressed was the age-old concern about one team’s former players helping out an opponent. With the Fins getting set to face Greg Camarillo, David Martin, and Patrick Turner all in the first couple of regular season games, the coach said he thinks the perceived advantage to their new teams is way overblown. In fact, the coach said in the past when trying to glean info from new arrivals that “We’ve done nothing but confuse ourselves.” He said you can maybe get some philosophy and personnel info, but not much as far as scheming goes. Other notes:
-The coach confirmed that Jason Allen will start opposite Vontae Davis at CB.
-At practice there was “good intensity today, a good practice.” The session was nice and long and the coach said the team looked sharp.
-As far as all the roster turnover is concerned, the coach said he is still “very confident heading into Week 1.” He said that as long as this regime is in place, you can expect major turnover at the bottom of the roster and that if the new guys brought in aren’t the right guys, they won’t be here long.
-One of the great storylines of this pre-season was the emergence of LB Micah Johnson. Sparano said that even though Johnson came in late and was thrown right into the rotation, he shows good awareness, has good instincts, and has been around the ball a bunch.
-Finally, when discussing what he can take out of the four pre-season games, Sparano said that he views those games much more like work or a practice than he does actual games. I think the point there is that you evaluate them like you do any other pre-season practice and that they don’t mean much now.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach’s meeting with the media to see him discuss Jason Allen’s replacement of Sean Smith in the starting lineup; how he wants guys to react when they lose their starting jobs; and what he has to say about new LB Bobby Carpenter:
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