Andy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season and when events warrant during the offseason. Occasionally, like today, Andy will provide some quick hits. Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins.
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• Before we get to minicamp, it was a great day for the Dolphins off the field. The stadium renovation plan proposed by the Dolphins was officially approved by the Board of County Commissioners, thus clearing the way for an estimated $350 million worth of improvements for Sun Life Stadium. Everyone comes out a winner in this deal and you’ve got to admire the creativity and persistence of Owner Stephen Ross to make it happen. Now, with all those improvements, the Dolphins can realistically expect another Super Bowl in South Florida as well as other marquee events for the stadium. This is long overdue and very important for the long-term health of this franchise.
• Now on the field. The Dolphins had a spirited 2.5 hour practice in the bubble on Tuesday – the defense getting the better of it – and there are several things that stood out above all else.
• For starters, Ryan Tannehill is growing up before our eyes. I’m talking more as a leader than anything else. Tannehill was seen barking his displeasure to a couple of receivers who apparently were lined up incorrectly. You wouldn’t have seen this “take charge” mentality from Tannehill a season ago. And don’t minimize its significance.
• But there’s more with Tannehill. When practice was over, he was the first to voice his displeasure over the performance of the offense. “Today was not our best day,” he said. “I want us to be crisp. I want everything to work like a well-oiled machine. What happened today was unacceptable.” This is a great stuff from the third-year quarterback, a true indication he is totally comfortable in his own skin.
• I continue to marvel over the skill set of rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. You can just tell he’s a player with an enormous upside. “(Landry) has some of the strongest hands I’ve seen since I’ve been playing football,” said Tannehill. And, believe me, that’s a powerful endorsement from the guy who’s going to be throwing him the ball.
• The new offense is almost completely installed. Three words come to mind after watching OTA practices and the first day of minicamp: Creative. Fast-paced. Multi-dimensional. I know it’s early, but this is going to be fun to watch.
• Offensive guard Dallas Thomas continues to work out with the first team, a clear indication of an enormous improvement level over what had to be a disappointing rookie season.
• Amazing the differences between a player’s first and second season. It’s almost like a massive light goes on. You can see it in just about all of the 2012 draft picks. Cornerback Will Davis, in particular, almost looks like a different player out there. Dion Jordan is another prominent example.
• Brian Hartline is completely healthy again. And you could see it all over the practice field Tuesday morning. The same for Brandon Gibson. The Dolphins are going to be awfully deep at wide receiver.
• There is already a buzz surrounding undrafted rookie defensive lineman Anthony Johnson out of LSU. There is something about him that seems special, a player well worth focusing on in training camp.
And this is all from just Day One. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
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