After the conclusion of Wednesday’s mandatory mini-camp, the Dolphins were free from typical practice today. Instead, the team participated in a team-building exercise with the United States Navy Seals.
The Dolphins began their three-day mini-camp earlier this week, two of which days included regular team practices. Today was used as a team building exercise to conclude the mini-camp session.
Given the nature of several players’ Twitter accounts today, the activities were laborious, yet rewarding. Several players including Dolphin’s defensive tackle A.J. Francis shared his admiration and respect for the Navy Seals in a tweet today.
Meanwhile, Walt Aikens is finishing his second NFL mini-camp and was grateful for the team building exercise, and the Navy Seals.
Along with the Dolphin’s team building exercise, we also learned Thursday the Dolphins will be holding joint practices with the Carolina Panthers prior to the start of the NFL Preseason. The joint practices will be held at Wofford College located in Spartanburg, SC. The practices will take place Aug. 19 and 20, leading into their preseason opener against the Chicago Bears Aug. 22.
For the Dolphins, these activities allows players to play against other players, and to interact with new personnel. Under Head Coach Joe Philbin, this is the first joint practice for the Miami Dolphins.
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Most notably, former Dolphin Jonathan Martin will see his team for the first time since being released after the bully gate scandal that tarnished the Dolphin’s season in 2014. Martin was recently signed to the Panthers following a season with the San Francisco 49er’s.
The next time the Dolphin’s will take the field will be for training camp in late July.