Day 1 Notebook: Jordan Gets Acclimated; Other Notes

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Dolphins first-round draft pick watches closely from the sideline.

One day after becoming the ninth and final member of the Miami Dolphins’ 2013 draft class to sign his contract, rookie defensive end Dion Jordan was a spectator for the first training camp practice.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound specimen out of the University of Oregon was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list while he continues to rehab a shoulder injury, so other than stretching inside the bubble early in the morning he was relegated to the sideline. That was not an easy thing for him to endure.

“For any athlete when this is your job and your whole motivation it’s really frustrating to not be out there and watch the guys go,” said Jordan, who was selected with the third overall pick back in April. “But I understand that my health is the main concern right now so that’s what I’m going to focus on.”

No timetable has been set for Jordan to put on the pads and participate in drills.


During the first 40 minutes of practice when all 90 players were inside the bubble they had no idea what was waiting for them outside. Fans started lining up outside of the pro shop shortly after the sun rose in order to get the best seat in the bleachers.

Once the players exited the bubble and headed onto the outdoor practice fields a loud roar greeted them from the sellout crowd. A total of 2,700 fans including the suites and standing room only provided quite the atmosphere for the team.

“I saw it was packed and it looked like it was a full house,” Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake said. “I saw people standing around on the bottom so in my mind standing room only, that’s definitely exciting. It makes you want to go out there even more and lay for these fans. They support us every time we go out on that field and we definitely want to get our feet going in the right direction for them.”

Wake credited the excitement of the new additions on offense and defense and the new logo and uniform change as some of the reasons behind the excitement.


If there was an MVP of the first practice it might have been wide receiver Marvin McNutt, who was claimed off waivers in the offseason after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a four-year letterman at Iowa and played in four game during his rookie season.

Starting off in 7-on-7 drills, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound McNutt caught everything that was thrown his way and drew numerous cheers from the crowd. He made a nice adjustment on a comeback route that left his defender off balance and then in 11-on-11s he continued to get open and show off some sure hands.

With Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Brian Hartline holding down the top three receiver spots, McNutt finds himself in a battle with seven others – Jeff Fuller, Chad Bumphis, Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns, Jasper Collins, Brian Tyms and Kenny Stafford – for those last two or three spots on the roster.


Once again, both practice fields were in use simultaneously and the fans were treated to seeing the projected starters on the closer field. … Running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas both displayed an impressive burst through the hole and Thomas, who put in a lot of hard work in the offseason in Arizona to diversify his game, showed some quickness and agility at the second level. … Quarterback Ryan Tannehill took off running on one play and reminded everyone just how fast he is for a man at his position. … Defensively, the depth of the front four was evident as Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Vaughn Martin, Kheeston Randall and Derrick Shelby rotated constantly. … Kicker Dan Carpenter handled all of the kicking duties on the close field today, as he and rookie Caleb Sturgis are embroiled in one of the intriguing position battles of camp.


“I’m not a million dollar baby. I’m a rookie on this football team and that’s how I’m treated.” – Jordan

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