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Day 10 Notebook: Ducks Reunited In Miami; Other Notes

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Former Oregon teammates Jordan, Clay and Kaddu lean on each other during camp.



The University of Oregon football team built a reputation the last few years for its fast-paced offense, but the Ducks obviously played a little defense, too.

Oregon has sent its share of defensive players to the NFL recently, and three recent Ducks teammates have now been reunited with the Dolphins.

When the Dolphins selected defensive end Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, he joined linebacker Josh Kaddu, who had been a fifth-round selection in 2012. For good measure, Miami brought in linebacker Michael Clay as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 draft.

“It’s great, I’ve got someone to look up to, ask a question,” Clay said after practice Thursday. “Kaddu’s been here a year, and then having Dion, I’ve been able to come here and follow him. It’s like I really didn’t leave anyone, I’m familiar with people and it’s been great having those two here.”

After being waived and then re-signed, Kaddu appeared in five games for the Dolphins as a rookie in 2012. When Head Coach Joe Philbin was asked the day after the 2012 season finale which players he was expecting big growth from, the only name he mentioned was Josh Kaddu.

So now Kaddu is trying to take that next step this summer.

“I feel a lot more comfortable with it, in my second year with the playbook,” Kaddu said. “And I’m just trying to get better every day.”

Not surprisingly, Kaddu was happy about the addition of two former college teammates.

“It’s great to bring some more Ducks in the program,” Kaddu said. “I guess Miami liked what they saw from me, so we got a few more in here. Hope we keep things going.”

As for his former/new teammates, here is Kaddu’s scouting report on Jordan and Clay: “They can bring a lot, because they’re both smart dudes, play hard all the time and they’re both gifted athletically. It’s all about the work they put in, but they’re going to bring a lot.”

READY FOR ACTION

After missing all but one game last season with the Atlanta Falcons, cornerback Brent Grimes is looking forward to the preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game.

“It’s cool,” he said. “I was out, I missed all last year. I’ve been doing this, but it’s not the same as actually going in a game. It’s going to be fun. Even though it’ll brief probably, it’ll be a lot of fun.”

RESPECT FOR THE ROOKIE

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has had his hands full trying to block first-round pick Dion Jordan in team drills in recent days, and it’s clear Martin has respect for the rookie.

He just won’t identify him by name.

“We have a really talented D-line,” Martin said. “They’re deep. Even when you’re going against the 2’s, they’re talented. The rookie just got in there; he’s pretty good, too. It’s been challenging for me, but I like that. I like going against the best.”

Asked what he’s seen from Jordan early in training camp, Martin said: “He looks the part. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast. Once he gets the technique down, he’s going to be a scary guy there on the edge.”

SPEED BUMPHIS

Undrafted free agent wide receiver Chad Bumphis continues to impress.

He caught a bomb from quarterback Matt Moore in one-on-one drills after a nifty double move and later leaped over two defenders to snag a pass in midair. Even though he ultimately landed out of bounds for an incompletion, it was quite a spectacular effort for the 5-foot-10 rookie.

Bumphis later caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill on a fade to the right corner of the end zone.

THIS AND THAT

Former Dolphins great Zach Thomas attended practice on Thursday. As one would expect, when he walked onto the outside fields at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern while the players were doing position drills, he headed straight for the linebackers. … The musical selections for the stretching period inside the practice bubble were “Thugz Mansion” by 2Pac and “Pop That” by French Montana featuring Rick Ross and Drake and Lil Wayne.