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Congemi's Top Takeaways From OTA No. 2

Posted May 23, 2018

1) Tannehill Looks Sharp - It’s only two days into phase three of OTA’s, but starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks like he’s ready for the regular season. It is very obvious that the veteran had worked extremely hard last year and this off-season to get his knee injury behind him. Tannehill’s mobility, footwork and timing in this pass offense has looked pristine. I realize that it’s only two practices in, but he’s made every throw possible and hasn’t shown the rust that I was expecting to witness. Ball placement on the deep ball was efficient and locating the football in tight windows was extremely accurate. He looks like he’s in complete command of this offense and it’s exactly what you’re looking for out of the starting quarterback. I believe that Tannehill is in a great spot mentally in Adam Gase’s offense, and and that’s allowing him physically to go out and let it rip!

2) McCain’s Dual Roles - Defensive back Bobby McCain has played multiple positions in the Dolphins secondary over the last three seasons. His versatility to play not only the nickel corner spot, but out on the edge at cornerback, gives this defense options. With the addition of first-round draft choice Minkah Fitzpatrick, McCain’s flexibility could possibly lead to getting the best cover personal out on the field at any time during the game. His competitiveness has never been questioned, and it’s been a battle so far with newly acquired receiver Danny Amendola. This will only make both players better and raise the level of competition every time they go up against one another.

3) Depth Looking Solid - During this off-season, the positions of tight end and linebacker were two spots that this team needed to bolster its depth. The Dolphins addressed both during the draft and players like Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Jerome Baker seem to be filling in as planned. Gesicki and Smythe have both shown the ability to gain separation and catch the ball with ease, while Baker has flashed his anticipation and speed on the defensive side of the ball. All three will need to continue to grasp the concepts and show the consistency needed to make the jump from big time college football to the NFL. So far they all look the part and seem to be adjusting quickly to the tempo at the next level.

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