The 2017 Miami Dolphins training camp is in the books. The team held it’s last day of camp today inside the practice bubble and away from the public eye.
With training camp now over, the Dolphins practices are now closed to the public. Only the media can attend. With camp now in the books, the Dolphins players will leave their hotel home of the last few weeks and return to their every day living with family or friends. Two a day practices that include practice and a soft walk through are over. Now it’s time to get to work.
Camp is designed to condition players both physically and mentally. It’s the progressive work towards learning the signals and assignments, learning the language and the mechanics. Now it becomes practice. Over the next few weeks the coaches will dig deeper into their evaluations of the players and they will begin more detailed work on the playbook implementation.
And the Dolphins are hoping they will leave more than just two practices a day and a hotel behind them. They hope that with the breaking of camp the injuries that have plagued the team will leave as well. Miami has sustained more camp injuries than recent memory can recall.
Koa Misi never made it to camp before he was placed on IR. Ryan Tannehill joined him, Raekwon McMillan joined him, on Monday Tony Lippett joined the group. Ted Larsen will likely miss eight weeks of the season. Jay Ajayi missed time with a concussion, so has Kenyan Drake.
Jordan Westerkamp and Francis Owusu were both released injured and rookie Isaaih Ford was placed on IR with a knee injury early in camp. The hits just kept coming. In their final practice that was supposed to be open to the public, the Dolphins opted to close it and walk through the motions inside the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble.
Miami continues to work towards their goal of repeating a playoff birth in 2017 but it’s not getting any easier. Injuries happen all season long and there is no way Miami can avoid that. They can only try to minimize them. Keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best. With camp now behind them, the Dolphins can start working towards that season goal. It will be a big challenge for head coach Adam Gase but one he is ready for. The pieces may not have fallen the way he expected or wanted but it is what was delivered to him. We are about to find out how good Adam Gase really is.