The Miami Dolphins got their first look on the field of their new logo on the new helmets. On the heads of their new incoming class of 2013. All nine of the Dolphins drafted rookies were in attendance as were the 19 un-drafted free agents.
Contact of course isn’t allowed and most of the sessions were dedicated to simple drills and classroom work, Joe Philbin still stood at a podium and said he was impressed with how the youngsters took what was learned in the classroom and transferred to the field.
Most of the kids will work their rear ends off for the next couple of months and then find themselves facing real life come August when the team begins pairing down it’s roster. Last year on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Miami Dolphins’ cut a player in the first episode shortly after he completed the teams initial physical drills.
While the odds are more in the favor of those drafted to make the roster, the 19 un-drafted will be given every opportunity to make an impact and possibly the team. Whether they are on it as a practice squad player or as member of the final 53. Regardless, the season for the Miami Dolphins has started.
The Dolphins officially announced their roster additions. The moves with the inclusion of their draft picks and the regular roster brings the Dolphins to within one of the league limit of 90.
The Dolphins announced G – Chris Barker, QB Clay Belton, C Sam Brenner, WR Chad Bumphis, DT Chris Burnette, LB Michael Clay, WR Junior Collins, DT A.J. Francis, LB Alonzo Highsmith, Jr., Safeties Keelan Johnson and Jordan Kovaks, FB Ina Liaina, RB Cameron Marshall, LB Rob McCabe, DE Tristan Okpalugo, DE Emeka Onyenekwu, T Patrick Ward, and WR’s Terrell Sinkfield and Taylor Stockemer are the added 19 UDFA’s.
Joining them were the practice squad players from last year. Highlights of today’s action included a 50 yard field goal from Caleb Sturgis, a 20 yard completion to Jeff Fuller and subsequent hit by Michigan Safety Kovacs (no contact?) who also had an INT. The Dolphins also added QB Jon Richt of Mars Hills College, in Georgia.
Dion Jordan and Dallas Thomas were both limited due to injury recovery.