Monday, July 30, 2012

Miami Dolphins Training Camp: Day 4

Hey guys, I'm back with another training camp report after a day off. David Garrard took the field today with the starters, but Matt Moore also got quite a few reps there. Ryan Tannehill was working mostly with the 2nd team, while Pat Devlin took most of the 3rd team snaps. There were also a string of injuries today. WR Brian Hartline was still out with an injury, but is reportedly coming back within the next few days. Chad Johnson was once again starting in his place. Clyde Gates also got injured early in practice and sat out, which bodes poorly for his roster bid. Olivier Vernon also missed some time today after getting injured in an attempt to force a Lamar Miller fumble, but was able to come back on the field very quickly. Another injury was rookie safety Kelcie McCray, who is competing for a spot on the 53 man roster. A full report on today's training camp events will be after the jump.
As usual, I will start off with the quarterbacks. David Garrard had another inconsistent day after looking good early in practice, but later struggling against the 1st team defense, but did have a couple of very nice throws to projected starter Legedu Naanee and a nice TD pass to Davone Bess, but also had a terrible deep pass to Chad Johnson that was far overthrown and a couple of passed that were almost intercepted by Nolan Carroll and Reshad Jones. Matt Moore, on the other hand, had another very solid day. He had a couple of very nice deep completions to Chad Johnson and Roberto Wallace and some nice passes to Charles Clay, but did have an errant throw almost intercepted by Reshad Jones, who dropped it, along with a fumble off a sack from Jared Odrick. The real star of the day, however, was Ryan Tannehill, who had another very nice showing on the practice field with the 2nd unit. At one point, he made 3 very nice deep passes in a row to Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace and Jeff Fuller, but then had a play batted down at the line by DT Tony McDaniel and a terrible throwaway when he was almost sacked by LB Jamaal Westerman. he also showed his prowess on out routes, most notably on a 15 yarder to rookie BJ Cunningham, which drew cheers from the crowd. Pat Devlin once again showcased his newfound arm strength with some nice throws against the 2nd team defense.

As for the other offensive positions, I will start with the O-line. The offensive line really struggled today, giving up multiple sacks, which is surprising considering how good they have normally been. There were also some lineup changes as well on the 2nd and 3rd units. RG John Jerry and LG Eric Steinbach switched places today, with Steinbach on the right side and Jerry on the left in the 2nd team. Both of them played fairly well in their new spots, not struggling on the transition very much. One failed experiment today was an attempt to move 3rd team OG Ray Feinga to the LT spot. Feinga struggled tremendously and was constantly beat. As for the RBs, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were the top performers today, with Thomas once again showing a nice ability to make just the right cut at the hip to break free, and Miller using his size and speed combo to wreak havoc on the defense. Starting RB Reggie Bush actually had a relatively poor day today, even coughing up a fumble. Another player who struggled today was RB Jerome Messam, who failed to use his size and power to his advantage, being taken down very easily. As for the TEs, Charles Clay once again had a very nice play, making very nice catches, while Micheal Egnew caught a few of his own. Anthony Fasano was invisible for yet another day, not standing out. The fact that Charles Clay has been dominating and that Anthony Fasano has been invisible could bode poorly for Fasano. If Clay were to prove to the coaches he is good enough to start at the TE spot, Fasano could end up being traded to a team with more of a power running system, where his blocking skills will be better utilized. Fasano does hold some value in the trade market, and can even be used alongside a draft pick to bring in star WR Mike Wallace from the Steelers, who has been rumoured to be on the trade market. Adding Wallace would be great for the Phins, and would give them a legitimate no. 1 WR. Expect a post regarding this possibility tommorrow. As for the WRs currently on the roster, both Legedu Naanee and Davone Bess had great days today, pulling in multiple nice catches. Chad Johnson, on the other hand, seemed to be struggling for most of the day. Roberto Wallace had yet another amazing practice, as did Julius Pruitt. Marlon Moore, BJ Cunningham and Jeff Fuller also had some nice catches of their own.

On the defensive side of the ball, the CB corps seemed to have some surprises, including Vontae Davis being used as a slot CB on some plays, with slot CB Richard Marshall moving outside. Jonathon Wade, Nolan Carroll and Vince Agnew were once again the 3 CBs for the 2nd team, with Carroll and Agnew taking the crown today. Remember, these 3 CBs are competing for two backup spots on the 53 man roster. Moving to the rest of the secondary, Jimmy Wilson replaced and injured Chris Clemons as the starter at one of the safety spots, but was unimpressive, not really making plays, but not making mistakes either. Reshad Jones, however, continued to make big plays, but struggled to come down with the INT when given the opportunity. Moving to the LB corps, it was a usual day for them, as they all played well. Koa Misi made some nice plays, and seems to be adjusting well to the 4-3 OLB spot. One standout there today was OLB/DE Jamaal Westerman, who had a great day bullying LT Ray Feinga and racked up 3 sacks. It remains to be seen if Westerman could consistently play like this, or if it is just because of Feinga's struggles. As for the D-line, the real standout here was Jared Odrick, who had 2 sacks of his own, including a forced fumble on Matt Moore. Odrick also had a couple of tackles for a loss against the RBs. Ryan baker also had a good day with the 2nd unit, once completely blowing up RB Jerome Messam for a powerful tackle.

Well, that is about it for my training camp report today, be sure to check back often, as we continue our daily training camp reports. Tomorrow, however, players were given the day off, so there will be no practice. We will still have a post up however, this time about the possibility of Mike Walace being added to the Dolphins, what that trade may cost, and how he would fit in this offense. So, good-bye for now, we will be back tommorrow.

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