Phins News Flows Ahead Of Scrimmage


Jul 26, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (52) pulls on the jersey of tight end Kyle Miller (86) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to appear at Sun-Life Stadium tomorrow night for their intra-squad scrimmage but they were full pads at practice today where the first fight broke out and another offensive line change was made.

A lot of information came out of camp this afternoon after trickles of information has flowed in the past few days.  Yesterday it was reported that rookie CB Will Davis was turning some heads, that was apparently one local beat reporters opinion because today at least two others expressed some concern that Davis isn’t ready to step into the line-up just yet.  That falls more into line with what many scouts believed about Davis coming into the draft.  A high end prospect but one that would take a little time to grow.  The Dimitri Patterson talk however seems to be legit.

Patterson appears to be pushing Richard Marshall for the job opposite Brent Grimes and that type of competition should make both players better.

Offensively though the biggest change once again came on the offensive line where Dallas Thomas was moved back to the number two spot and Josh Samuda was moved up to start as the LG after a stint playing center and Mike Pouncey playing guard.  It will be interesting to see if he can hold the position.  The coaches say he earned the move up and that it is not merrily a move to see what works best.  The rest of camp will determine whether or not he can hold that position.  He will be working against Jared Odrick who thus far has been the consensus top player throughout week one of camp which officially ended yesterday.

Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes in today’s practice and no INT’s however it still seems that he is having balls knocked down at the line of scrimmage.  This was a problem that plagued him early in the season last year.  He can ill afford to have the same issues heading into the 2013 season and it is a little discomforting to hear that he is still having this problem.  The good news is that apparently he is calling his own plays and that is surprising.  Whether those plays are entirely his and a sign that he will be responsible for those decisions down the road is unlikely but it shows great leadership and a s solid grasp on the system if even a little of that is true.

The Dolphins waived their 4th QB this morning prior to practice.  Aaron Corp.  They signed free agent WR Andrell Smith to the roster.  Smith is a camp body and not expected to make the roster on a unit rich in talented WR’s.

Pat Devlin had a very solid day and is making it known that eventually when Matt Moore leaves Miami, he will be the guy that will back-up Tannehill.  Seriously folks, don’t be surprised if this doesn’t happen sooner rather than later.  Moore is a good QB but a team will lose their starter at some point and Moore will be one of the top options for a trade.  Hate to see him go but it’s going to happen.

Armon Binns was hurt yesterday and got hurt again today.  No word on how bad but he sat out all of practice.

Michael Egnew is still dropping passes.  He may have done some MMA training this off-season to help his blocking but maybe he should have had someone throwing him bricks to learn to catch.

Offensive line seems to be the biggest question mark even with the changes and free agent.  Good news is no one is really talking about Jonathan Martin.  That’s a good thing right?

Jamar Taylor missed the first week of camp due to an injury if you are wondering where he has been.

Dion Jordan saw his first action in 11 on 11 drills today.  He should see some time tomorrow in the scrimmage at Sun-Life.

A concerning thought to me is that the Dolphins are still using Lamar Miller in punt returns.  Miller is the Dolphins running game.  Mike Gillislee has done NOTHING since the pads were put on and frankly Daniel Thomas hasn’t either.  Having Miller returning punts seems to be one of those unnecessary risks in my opinion.  Certainly they have a 5th WR they can toss back there?  Why not use Thigpen or another corner?