The Miami Dolphins are ready to put some pads on. Come Tuesday they will. According to a team official the Dolphins will start getting down to the business of football a day early when they don the full pads and start hitting. The team originally was going to wait until Wednesday to put the pads on but apparently are moving ahead of schedule.
Today the team continued it’s work through teaching as Joe Philbin called it. Philbin instituted a quick camp practice last year where one team operates on one half of the field while the other operates on the other half of the 50. He and his coaches simply turn around after one unit goes and then watches the next. It increases the amount of reps for each unit. This year will be no different.
The Dolphins have a lot to work on before the start of their pre-season contests which will kick-off a week from this Sunday against Dallas. The Dolphins will try and get in as many full contact practices before the pre-season begins. It’s the only way to fully judge key positions like the offensive and defensive line where contact is a priority. Tackling drills will also become a key component of practice as will injuries. The Dolphins will need to keep close eyes on several free agents who are on one year deals after spending the 2012 season injured.
If you are however planning a trip to see your first practice, tomorrow might just be the one you want to catch.