The rain and wind Wednesday didn’t stop Day Two of mini-camp as the Dolphins went to work inside the bubble at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie. The team went through their regular offensive, defensive and special teams activities, with a heavy focus on the red zone and two-minute drill to close out practice. Here are some of the highlights and observation from today’s workout:
1) Defensive Unit Is Multiple – Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle should like what he sees when training camp starts in July. The speed and depth on defense is very apparent and should give opposing offensives issues finding consistency. Flexibility and movement in the front seven will allow this group to show multiple looks up front and create a consistent rotation rushing the passer. I see Jared Odrick playing more tackle, adding to the rotation of Starks and Soliai. Cam Wake looks faster and stronger, if that’s possible this year, and should be paired up with Olivier Vernon. Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan will give this position a different body type and will add to the mix!
2) Finding The End Zone – The offensive focus today was getting into the end zone from inside the 20-yard line. Things happen much quicker as you get closer to the goal line and decisions by the quarterback and receiver need to be perfect. All three quarterbacks (Tannehill, Moore and Devlin) had success hooking up on scoring plays, and Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns continue to impress. Brian Hartline had another good day running precise routes and giving a clean window to Tannehill to deliver the football.
3) Defensive Secondary Taking Shape – With the addition of Brent Grimes at cornerback, the shape of the secondary has more clarity and intensifies the competition for the remaining corner spot. Much like the defensive front, the secondary has some flexibility because of the way Richard Marshall has responded from his surgery last season. Marshall has the talent to either start opposite Grimes, or bounce inside in nickel or dime coverage if Dimitri Patterson can handle the workload outside. Patterson and Marshall will be pushed by multiple players that include Nolan Carroll, rookies Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.
Other News and Notes:
– Linebacker Koa Misi has looked more confident and comfortable covering more ground from his position.
– Tight ends Dion Sims and Kyle Miller both had terrific days getting open and catching the football down the field in the two-minute drill. Charles Clay ran excellent routes, but he struggled hanging on to the football in today’s session.
– Beautiful sight adjustment and timing throw by Ryan Tannehill to Armon Binns for a score.
– Cornerback Will Davis had an interception, and De’Andre Presley ended practice with an interception, which caused the defensive sideline to erupt.
– Wide receiver Brandon Gibson seems to be adjusting to the offense and getting himself open down the middle of the field with consistency.
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