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Andy Cohen: Quick Hits From Day One of Training Camp
By on July 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

140725_AC_AMAndy Cohen’s column on appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season. Occasionally, like today, Andy will also provide some quick hits.). Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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• It was 9:42 a.m. Friday when Ryan Tannehill faded back and hit Mike Wallace in full stride for a long pass play, the ball perfectly settling over Wallace’s right shoulder. Sure, it was only seven-on-seven drills. Sure it was only the first practice of the summer. Sure, there was an underthrown pass on a similar play earlier in practice. But you could tell by the way the crowd gasped that this is what they were waiting to see. “It’s all about timing,” Tannehill said. “That’s what I’ve got continue to work on.”

• A few minutes later, Tannehill admitted that there were too many mistakes in Friday’s practice. “We don’t expect to come out here and have the prettiest practice on Day One. We just need to keep making corrections.”

Cameron Wake isn’t going to take it easy in training camp, didn’t even take it easy on the first day. “The gloves are off,” he said. “I’m going to be giving it everything I’ve got every day.” Spoken like a true veteran.

• Smart move starting most of the training camp practices at 8 a.m. It’s still hot, at times brutally hot, but at least it’s dry.

• For those who have been screaming for more screen plays from this offense – yours truly included – this new-look attack is going to satisfy that appetite. And not just your normal screens. Expect a lot of middle screens and wide receiver screens as well.

Shelley Smith is getting the first shot to start at center in place of the injured Mike Pouncey. Has never played center before in a game on any level. But he is smart, tough and a quick learner. Seems like a good combination.

• Smith’s switch to center has opened up a spot on the line for recently-signed veteran guard Daryn Colledge. A nine-year veteran, Colledge is impressive to talk to and has the support of Joe Philbin, who coached him at Green Bay. “I’m here to play,” Colledge said. “This team is giving me a great opportunity.”

• Love how quickly the ball leaves the quarterback’s hands in this new-look offense.

• So Koa Misi is now entrenched, or so it seems, at inside linebacker. It’s early, but it appears to be a good fit. “I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the inside,” Misi said. “For me, it’s all about reading defenses from the inside out instead of the outside in.” The move could very well turn out to be the key to improvement in the rushing defense.

• Training camp reminds you there is still nothing quite like a wide-eyed kid getting an autograph from one of his favorite players.

• There always seems to be a play or two in practice that reminds me of how valuable it is having a back-up quarterback like Matt Moore.

• And finally, Dion Jordan is genuinely remorseful that he has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. “I’ve got to be more accountable for my actions,” he said. “I’ve got to grow up and accept this as an important lesson.” It seems like he already has.

(AC in the AM resumes on Monday morning).


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