Day 18 Notebook: Philbin Switches Up Practice Regimen; Other Notes

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Temperatures were cooler and the sun was still rising in the east when the Dolphins took the field at 8 a.m. sharp for the first time this training camp. Fans that arrived early were given a treat. Read more news and notes below:

##Head Coach Joe Philbin switched things up by bringing the team outside in front of the fans first and taking them inside the bubble for the last part. The move allowed the team to practice mostly in the shade at the beginning before things heated up.

“We just felt like maybe we would change up the pace of it a little bit and we probably do more team-oriented things in the second half of practice than the first half,” Philbin said. “So we felt like if we go inside we might maybe get a little more juice and a little more energy out of the guys and throw them a little bone so they don’t think it’s monotonous or the same old same old. I think the effort was good and the pace was good.”

##Davone Bess made a nice leaping catch near the right sideline of a pass thrown by Tannehill as Tannehill rolled to his right during 11-on-11 drills. He has had the surest hands in camp to date.

##Defensive tackle Randy Starks drew some cheers from his defensive teammates when he intercepted a Pat Devlin pass inside the bubble and started rumbling towards the end zone.

##Perhaps the best pass of the morning came from Matt Moore as he fired the ball down the seam to Julius Pruitt in tight coverage for a 40-yard touchdown.

##The secondary did a good job of anticipating throws from all of the quarterbacks, as safety Tyrone Culver picked off Matt Moore, Jonathan Wade and Quentin Lawrence intercepted Devlin.

##Marlon Moore made a nice catch of a back shoulder throw from Ryan Tannehill inside and outside he ran the end around, showing off his speed in getting around the edge.

##Republican senatorial candidate Connie Mack IV was a special guest at today’s practice and served as a spectator both outside and then inside the bubble. Mack is waiting out the results of today’s primary before focusing his attention on running against Bill Nelson and is the great-grandson of Baseball Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.

##Tomorrow morning’s practice is the last one open to the public as training camp officially breaks following Friday night’s game at the Carolina Panthers.

JUNGLE ISLAND TO HOST DOLPHINS KICKOFF LUNCH: The Dolphins and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce will team up to host the 2012 Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, August 28th at 11:30 a.m. at Jungle Island. This unique, interactive luncheon will be the only event this season where Dolphins fans can enjoy a meal alongside their favorite players.

Admission tickets are $125 and include lunch with a Dolphins player, alumni, or coach at every table, as well as a lower-level ticket to the home opener on September 16th against the Oakland Raiders. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with Dolphins players, coaches, cheerleaders, and alumni.

Dolphins alumni and local media personalities Kim Bokamper, Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose will be the emcees for the event. It will include player Q&A panels, a silent auction and a performance by the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and Head Coach Joe Philbin will deliver the keynote address.

Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132.

For more information on purchasing tickets or tables, please visit the Events page at or contact Christina Flores at 305-577-5451.
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