The Dolphins completed their 11th practice of 2014 training camp in full pads on Wednesday morning. It also marked the final workout before the team takes the field for its first preseason game on Friday night in the Georgia Dome versus the Atlanta Falcons. The practice focused on preparation for the exhibition opener and also saw the return of a playmaker to the backfield.
Here’s a look at the things that stood out during the Dolphins 11th practice of training camp:
1. Knowshon’s Back
Running back Knowshon Moreno was activated off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list Wednesday morning to practice for the first time during training camp. Moreno underwent arthroscopic knee surgery just after the offseason workout program concluded and the team brought him back slowly as he didn’t take part in team drills. However, he participated in individual and position drills and overall looked very solid. At times, he appeared hesitant when planting to cut, but also looked to be in much better shape physically than he did during the OTAs. After mustering just 90 yards per game rushing in 2013 (26th in the NFL), it’s good to see the Dolphins get a valuable weapon back practicing. Lamar Miller has impressed so far in camp so this development bolsters the depth at running back and it will be fun to observe how Moreno’s utilized in Bill Lazor’s offense.
2. Tannehill Improves
After back-to-back days of throwing three interceptions, Ryan Tannehill got back on track Wednesday with a largely mistake-free practice. Tannehill opened up the morning by completing a beautiful deep ball to Matt Hazel in 1-on-1 (WRs vs. DBs) drills. Throughout the day, he was accurate and efficient on his short and intermediate passes while making quick decisions. The highlight of the day came on a brilliantly thrown completion to Damian Williams on a deep slant as the ball arrived perfectly with Williams making a nice catch. One of Tannehill’s few miscues came when Dion Jordan tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage, which led to an easy interception for Jason Trusnik. Overall, Tannehill shook off the struggles of Monday and Tuesday for a solid performance leading into Miami’s preseason opener.
3. Preparing for the Falcons
A good portion of Wednesday’s practice was dedicated to preparation for Friday night. This included spending extra time in the bubble where the team reviewed specific plays and situations for the Atlanta game. The additional time in the bubble also allowed the players a break from the South Florida heat and humidity while simulating the conditions inside the Georgia Dome.
News & Notes
- After missing several practices with a back injury, defensive end Olivier Vernon returned to the field and participated in practice.
- Other injuries continued to keep some players off the field today still, as Charles Clay (knee), Jalil Brown (knee), Gator Hoskins (hamstring), Pat Devlin (hamstring) and Daniel Thomas (hamstring) were held out of practice once again.
- New kicker Danny Hrapmann practiced after being signed yesterday, and hit all three of his field goal attempts on the day.
- Flags were flying in the secondary today as they have been all camp, as officials are emphasizing holding, illegal contact, and pass interference this season.
- Mike Gillislee had likely his best practice of camp today, and looked fluid and dangerous in open space in the second level.
- Marcus Thigpen continued his stellar run of play these past four days, having another great practice, especially from a wide receiver standpoint. With such a deep class of wide receivers on this team, Thigpen will have to prove his worth not only as a return man, but also as a viable receiving option.
- The play of the day came from Jarvis Landry, who hauled in a 74-yard touchdown from Seth Lobato. It was a wheel route in which Lobato got defensive back Kevin Fogg to bite on a pump fake, and that left Landry wide open behind the defense.
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