Again I am using the reports of Palm Beach Post writer Ben Volin for my information. He seems to be the quickest to the computer this weekend. In fact, at the time of this blog, he is the only one with any information on the Sunday practice at all. Kudos to Ben Volin for keeping us fans in the know. It’s really hard to get up to minute info this year with the laptop and cell phone blackout at practices. Here is the latest from Volin:
(so much for Beck looking better)
- Running backs are running through the gauntlet. Ronnie looks a little sluggish, but with his knee and in this heat, that’s not a surprise.
- First team O-Line continues to be (L to R): Long, Smiley, Satele, Darilek, Carey. Sparano said this won’t change much for the first few practices.
- Ernest Wilford stands out among the receivers — literally. At 6-4, he’s the tallest receiver by a couple of inches. Seeing him stand next to 5-7 Jayson Foster is a hoot. Wilford looks like he’s in great shape, wanting to prove that he can be a No. 1 guy.
- Davone Bess continues to show off his great hands, while Foster runs so fast, he has to slow down to wait for the pass to get to him.
- Kim Bokamper says yesterday morning’s practice had more contact than any practice during the entire 2007 season. Sparano isn’t messing around.
- John Beck has a beautiful throw to David Kirkus. 50 yards, tight spiral, right on the money down the sideline.
Dolphins break out into a fun offense-defense drill. The right tackles and tight ends go up against the left defensive ends/linebackers, the center and guards match up with the nose tackle and inside linebackers, and the left tackles and tight ends square off against the right defensive ends/linebackers.
Looks like the main function of this drill is for the defenders to practice stunts, so these aren’t straight up 1-on-1s. A few observations:
- The left pass rushers (among others): Matt Roth, Titus Brown, Kendall Langford, Randy Starks, Reggie Torbor.
- Right pass rushers: Lionel Dotson, Quentin Moses, Phillip Merling, Charlie Anderson.
- The middle guys: Jason Ferguson, Channing Crowder, Akin Ayodele.
- NT Jason Ferguson looks like an absolute beast. He’s blowing Samson Satele off the ball every time. And Satele is no slouch.
- Jake Long takes care of Vonnie Holliday, and had no problem taking care of Phillip Merling, pushing him to the outside. Justin Peelle takes care of Merling, too.
- Charlie Anderson, though, tosses Jake to the ground. Welcome to camp, rookie.
- Kelly Poppinga might have to eat his meals through a straw after Donald Thomas is done with him.
- TE Sean Ryan takes care of Langford, pushing him back several feet.
Looks like Beck is off to a good start this TC. Yesterday most of the reporters said he looked better than McCown. I still can’t believe that they are raving about Davone Bess…could you imagine if this guy was another Marquese Colston? I do love what Bokamp said about the contact…nice to hear…FINALLY!