Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Miami Dolphins Training Camp: Day 10

Hey guys, after a long break, our daily training camp reports return. A lot has happened in the time we were gone, including Richard Marshall taking Vontae Davis' place as a starter, Ryan Tannehill apparently leapfrogging Matt Moore into the 2nd string spot, a few injuries and fights and much more. But, let's focus on today's practice. Brian Hartline is still out with a calf injury, and Chad Johnson is still starting in his place. Hartline is reportedly still day-to-day, and will most likely sit out Friday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. Ray Fienga also was missing from practice. Kevin Burnett left practice today with an injury, but did return later on, as did WR Chris Hogan. In some lineup news, Richard Marshall is starting in Vontae Davis' place, John Jerry got demoted to 3rd string, Anderson Russell jumped over Jimmy Wilson to take his spot as the backup FS, and, last but definitely not least, Ryan Tannehill was playing almost all of the 2nd team snaps today, a job usually given to Matt Moore, who spent some time on the 1st or 2nd team, but most of the time on the 3rd team. David Garrard took most of the 1st team snaps. Today, there were not many standout plays because the team was mostly doing 1-on-1's, so there was little info coming out, but there was still some good news coming out. The full report is after the jump.

As usual, we will start off with the QB position. David Garrard played with the 1st team, Ryan Tannehill ran the 2nd team and the 3rd team was run by Matt Moore, who spent time on all 3, and Pat Devlin. None of the QBs really stood out today, with all 3 having ups and downs. We'll start off with Garrard. Garrard started off practice poorly, throwing an INT to Chris Clemons off of a roll-out pass. He also had a pass to Reggie Bush broken up by Karlos Dansby, a Clyde Gates pass torn up by Richard Marshall, a Johnathon Wade deflection, and was sacked by Paul Soliai. Garrard did have some very nice plays however. These included a 25 yd beauty to Legedu Naanee, who is looking like a Jordy Nelson clone, a TD pass to Daniel Thomas and a beautiful 8 yd pass to Anthony Fasano to convert a 3rd down. Ryan Tannehill had an up-and-down day as well, but with a lot of ups. Tannehill also started practice off poorly, with an INT to Jimmy Wilson, and a pass broken up by Wilson later in practice. But he was also slinging the ball along beautifully out there. Some examples were a deep bomb to Micheal Egnew, who beat Koa Misi on TE vs. LB drills, a TD pass to Clyde Gates and two great passes to Roberto Wallace, one of which was a TD. Matt Moore also had an up and down day, getting sacked twice, once by soliai, and once by Wake, which lead to a fumble. He was also deflected by Richard Marshall once. Some of Moore's nice plays included a great catch to Marlon Moore, a deep pass to Jeron Mastrud, who beat Jimmy Wilson and two nice sideline passes to BJ Cunningham, one of which was a TD. Pat Devlin didn't really stand out, but wasn't making many mistakes either, which is critical for a young QB in his position.

Now, we'll move on to the rest of the offense. The offensive line looked great, with the exception of Mike Pouncey, who still needs work on his shotgun snaps. But Pouncey's struggles could also be attributed to going against one of the best interior D-lines in the league. Tampa Bay will feel like a vacation for Mike after constantly going against Starks, Soliai, McDaniel and Odrick. As for the TEs, all 4 of the frontrunners had at least one nice catch today, with Jeron Mastrud and Micheal Egnew really looking good. If Mastrud continues to shine as a blocking and pass catching TE, the likelihood of Fasano being traded just increases as Mastrud is almost as good as Fasano when it comes to blocking. Moving to the RBs, Daniel Thomas was the star today, with some nice runs and catches. Reggie played like Reggie, while Lamar Miller was invisible. Marcus Thigpen is really making a push to beat out Steve Slaton as the 4th RB with his KR dominance. Jorvorskie Lane also had a good day, and could make the roster as a FB. As for the WRs, Legedu Naanee and Davone Bess had yet another great day, and those two look to be the top WR tandem for the Phins. Chad Johnson had a poor day today, not making many plays, while Roberto Wallace was inconsistent, having some great plays and some poor ones. Marlon Moore showed a case of the dropsies today, but did have one nice catch. The real WR star today was BJ Cunningham, who showed real improvement and was catching almost everything thrown his way.

Now, it's time for the defense. The CBs were once again rotated, with Vontae Davis only coming out on nickel situations, while Richard Marshall handled the starting responsibilities. Johnathon Wade had a very good day, and is really making a push to beat out Nolan Carroll and Vince Agnew as the 4th CB on the roster, leaving those two to battle over maybe one spot. As for the safeties, Anderson Russell has been playing very well, earning him 2nd right snaps over Jimmy Wilson, who did make some nice plays today. Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones also played well today as the starters. Moving to the LBers, Kevin Burnett had to leave practice early due to injury, forcing UDFA Shelly Lyons to come in. From this injury, it was painfully clear how much we lacked depth at the LB spot. The D-line once again had a great day, with Paul Soliai leading the way with two sacks, and Cameron Wake with a sack and a forced fumble. That is about it for the defense today.

As we all know, the first episode of hard knocks is tonight, and I'm sure we are all looking forward to it. We will be back tomorrow with our daily training camp report, so bye until then.

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