Recap of Miami Dolphins training camp after a week

Dolphins Raekwon McMillan is emerging as the Dolphins defensive leader. - Image courtesy of Miami Dolphins
Dolphins Raekwon McMillan is emerging as the Dolphins defensive leader. - Image courtesy of Miami Dolphins /

The main thing in camp so far is no injuries, knock on wood. And it’s at a time when other teams like the Chargers have been cursed it seems.

In fact this is the first season going back to I believe 2008 that everyone reported healthy to start camp. Sunday was to be the first day in full pads but that got pushed back to Monday due to weather concerns. It’s possible that Gase had health in mind as well.

When the pads came on the defense dominated which should be expected as that seems to be the makeup of most good units who might feel like they will get the upper edge. A few scrums broke out. And with Danny Amendola getting the lions share of reps from Ryan Tannehill he was one that got into it with old foe but now friendly teammate Bobby McCain and also Minkah Fitzpatrick who also tangled with Jakeem Grant who may be on the smaller side but doesn’t play like it.

The offensive line has been sub par with the defensive line showing them up for at least a few days. Yesterday a beat writer on social media had concerns over not seeing Josh Sitton and Ted Larsen was getting first team reps. This is a concern and should be looked into. I can’t recall the writer’s name but I will give credit to all the writers used to gain information on Twitter.

They are Adam Beasley (I think it was him) Armando Salguero, Chris Perkins, along with a few other and some bloggers who all do a fine job keeping everyone updated.

Some of these types have shown some concern for Mike Gesicki early on. But when the day for red zones drills came around which also happened to be when A.J. Derby missed the day who was getting first-team snaps. He started gaining praise for his play with touchdowns and even picking up blitz’s to some extent.

Gesicki day one

Gesicki day two
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Another concern was over Albert Wilson and the comment coach Gase made over him not being a slot receiver where he played close to 60% of his plays with the Chiefs. To this point Danny Amendola has been playing there in camp building a rapport with Ryan Tannehill who has played well so far and only giving up one interception.

The concern over who will be Amendola’s backup in the slot is legit as he has been injury prone in the past. Coach Gase’s response was Wilson will play all over which seems nice but you still have just one player taking most of the snaps in the slot like we had with Jarvis Landry.

Players who have played well or at least had some play in the case of Asiata.

Kalen Ballage
Isaiah Ford
Reshad Jones
Walt Aikens
Stephone Anthony
Isaac Asiata

While the defensive line has been getting over on the offensive line I would like to see when Josh Sitton is playing and see if it makes any difference when Miami Dolphins camp starts up again after a day of rest.