Day 4 Morning Wrap & A Some Phins/Site News

The Miami Dolphins practiced this morning and I missed it.  Why?  Because today I was actually on the phone with two members of the Miami Dolphins.  So on the next page you can read the daily from Omar Kelly.

The Dolphins are set to make some big changes this year and one of those changes is in their approach to charity work.  Currently the Phins rank just behind the Chicago Cubs and White Sox in terms of what they refer to as “Charter Sites“.  Cities that represent the Dolphins and their charity arm, “Miami Dolphins Special Teams“.

So, this morning I spent some time getting clued on what the Dolphins would like myself and others who write about the Dolphins to do.  Here in the next few weeks will begin a major charitable drive to raise money for one of the Phins causes.  In addition, I will have some information for you on how you can get closer to the team and start your own chapter of the Miami’s Special Teams project.

We, Miami Dolphins fans, are a huge fan base spread out across the world and it’s time that we step up and do something to help our team reach some goals off the field.

After spending much a short time listening to the pitch, I am convinced that we can make this happen.  More information will follow soon so stay tuned!

Now, to Omar’s daily’s:

— Sparano mentioned rookie FS Reshad Jones as a young guy who is beginning to process all of the install, and is starting to play faster.

— “What Donald Thomas has that not a lot of guys up there have is the ability to really move you.This is a powerful guy,” Sparano said of D. Thomas.

— Sparano said the coaches are trying to get WR Patrick Turner in “the mix a lot” so they have a good picture of what he can do.

— Sparano said Phins would ideally like to get TE Anthony Fasanoaway from the formation to get him the ball more, but they need his blocking.

— Sparano said Brian Hartline’s run after catch ability makes him the front runner to start opposite Brandon Marshall.

— Sparano said Richie Incognito is doing a good job, and he understands “clearly what he has to do” to move up the depth chart.

— Sparano said Donald Thomas was moved to left guard because that’s where he did his best work during OTAs in his brief work over there. Sparano said Thomas needs to be more consistent. He’s done nice things at times, but he needs more than “at times.”

— Sparano said from a physical standpoint WR Patrick Turner has gotten stronger despite rehabbing his back injury. Sparano said Turner’s back injury appears to be out of his way & he’s making more plays. Trying to get him more reps to get off rust.

— Sparano said Ryan Grice-Mullen is battling a leg injury. Austin Spitler is sick.

— Dolphins like the progress John Nalbone is making and he gets reps at both TE positions.

— Sparano said John Jerry continues with work with the first team because he needs to see him play against the best people.

— Sparano said the best man wins in any evaluation of a position. But if it’s close you go with the young guy because it helps your team more.

— Bill Parcells spent Monday morning’s practice watching the O-linemen work during individuals. He spent all weekend watching the D-line.

— Pat White usually doesn’t look good at QB, but he looked SUPER bad on Monday morning.

— Davone Bess is working as the No. 1 slot guy with WR Greg Camarillo serving as the 2nd team slot.

— Davone Bess is working as the No. 1 slot guy with WR Greg Camarillo serving as the 2nd team slot.

— Rookie WR Roberto Wallace beat Ross Weaver for a 40 yard catch.He juggled it before bringing it in.Wallace has nice size, questionable hands.

— Dolphins were blitzing a lot today and it kept the QBs on their toes. A lot of untouched would-be sacks today from the safeties and OLBers.

— It appears Chad Pennington is splitting second team reps with Tyler Thigpen today and he deserves it. Penny throws the most accurate passes.

— Cameron Wake got roasted by TE Anthony Fasano on good throw from Henne. Defense shifting TE to Wake’s side will happen a lot.

— Koa Misi deflected a Chad Henne pass on 2nd and short. Looks like he’s making some progress after a slow start.

— Brian Hartline beat Sean Smith for a 40-yard pass. It was a great sideline catch but Smith didn’t play the ball well.

— Channing Crowder produced two sacks on inside blitz, once forcing Henne to fumble.

— Dolphins WR Ryan Grice-Mullen isn’t practicing again. I suspect it’s a hamstring or quad issue.

— Rookie FS Reshad Jones picked off a Chad Pennington pass intended for Marshall and had a decent return. He also had a nice deflection.

— Dolphins WR Brian Hartline, who was limited in his participation Sunday due to an undisclosed issue, is out there, not limited.

— Dolphins CB Will Allen is working as the first team nickel guy. I’m curious who will be his backup there. Can it still be Jason Allen?

— Dolphins OG Donald Thomas continues to work as the starting right guard. John Jerry is the starting left guard.

— Jake Grove has returned as the starting center.It appears him and Joe Berger are rotating ever practice.Decent battle there. But Grove wins

— Paul Soliai continues to split the first team NT reps with Randy Starks for the 2nd day. Dolphins need to accelerate both’s learning curve.

— Dolphins ILB Austin Spitler is still not in attendance. This is the second practice he’s missed. Evan Oglesby is also missing.

— Donald Thomas is on the left side as usual. Second day as a starter.

— Patrick Cobbs is looking super fast lately. Second day I’ve noticed it.

— We’re on practice five and Brian Hartline is still the co-star to Brandon Marshall. Might be a done deal.

— Jared Odrick continues to work as the starting right defensive end. It’s his job to lose. Marques Douglas is his toughest competition.

— Richie Incognito and Cory Procter are the second team guards. Incognito is on the right. Appears he’s RG only.

— Every day I watch Ike Alama-Francis as an outside linebacker I start to like him better. We’ve got a keeper here.

— Figured out why Nate Garner is working as a RT in camp. If something happens to Jake Long, Carey goes to left tackle and Garner starts.

— If Dolphins were really open to someone but Hartline starting opposite Marshall one of the other candidates would have worked there by now.

— Cameron Wake and Koa Misi continue to work as the Dolphins starting outside linebackers. Alama-Francis and Charlie Anderson are 2nd team.

— Getting a glimpse of how the Dolphins will get the ball to Brandon Marshall as X receiver and I like it. Suites Chad Henne’s strong arm.

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