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Day 16 Notebook: Thunder And Lightning Livens Up Practice; Other Notes

Posted Aug 12, 2012

Veering away from the early morning schedule again, the Dolphins held a midday practice exclusively for season ticket members today, and unfortunately a severe thunderstorm cut it short. Read more news and notes below.

##Head Coach Joe Philbin and his staff managed to last 10 full minutes during the deluge before lightning forced them to take the practice back inside the bubble. Philbin was able to see his quarterbacks and receivers work with a wet ball with mixed results.

“It felt like a half hour rather than 10 minutes,” Philbin said. “It’s good practice for us and you need to do it, but it’s great having an indoor facility right next to our practice field and obviously we’re very, very fortunate to have it. It was good to get out there and we did some good things with the ball but you could see a couple passes skidded through the hands. Living down here we’re probably going to get caught in those situations so I’m glad we were able to get some work in.”

Some of the die-hard fans braved the elements and did not run for cover, with a few actually taking their shirts off to get cooled down. The players were given a rousing round of applause as they headed inside in acknowledgement of their performance in the rain.

##Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill got to work with the first team offense against the first team defense before the weather took a turn for the worst and looked sharp again. He managed to get off a nice flare pass to running back Daniel Thomas with a blitzing Cameron Wake in his face for a completion and a first down. Later in the practice he dumped it off to Reggie Bush in busted coverage for a touchdown.

##Cornerback Richard Marshall was Johnny-on-the-spot when Tannehill tried to fool the defense with an end around to Roberto Wallace as he broke through the line and got Wallace for a big loss.

##Wallace turned in yet another solid practice, hauling in a 40-yard touchdown pass inside the bubble from Matt Moore with one hand in the right corner of the end zone. There wasn’t even the hint of a bobble as he simply reached out with his right hand and tucked it. He did a good job of getting open on intermediate routes as well and hung on to one pass that bounced off of his chest in the flat.

##Linebackers Jason Trusnik and Gary Guyton got a lot of extra work with regulars Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett watching from the sidelines and Trusnik impressed both in pass coverage and against the run. He broke up a couple of passes and plugged the gaps well on running plays.

##Philbin and the team will resume a normal schedule again tomorrow with practice beginning at 8 a.m., inside the bubble and moving outside in front of the fans about 40 minutes later.

SEASON TICKET MEMBER IS FINSIDER FOR A DAY: Michael Jenkins got to go behind the scenes and experience what it’s like being a reporter today after winning the Finsider For A Day contest. He brought his son with him to help out as he followed the Finsiders around practice, held the camera and the microphone and even got to meet Philbin and shake his hand. This was yet another example of some of the special things season ticket members can be a part of this year with the Dolphins.

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