Day 5 Notebook: Players Rejuvenated At Practice; Other Notes

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Off day was a welcome one for Miami’s 90-man camp roster.

Head Coach Joe Philbin stressed the importance of his players using Thursday’s off day to rest their bodies and their minds because training camp is indeed a grind. Judging by how the team looked in practice today, everyone apparently heeded his advice.

The emphasis of the team drills in this sessions was on the two-minute situations so everyone had to be alert and quick on the move. Perhaps the biggest difference from how things looked on the second and third day came early on when the players were still shaking off a little of the rust accumulated over 24 hours.

“We started slow but we had to pick it up,” cornerback Richard Marshall said. “We started a little slower than what we wanted to, at least on defense, but Coach told us to pick it up and we picked it up and we just had to gradually go.”

Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan felt that everyone’s legs were fresh and rejuvenated and in his case he was eager to get involved in some more contact drills after sitting out the first two days of camp. That’s all he thought about during the off day.

“I got rest man, I came in and got rehab early in the morning, and got a workout in,” said Jordan, who was Miami’s first-round pick and third overall of the class. “But I just honestly tried to get some rest so I could be prepared for these next few practices.”

Two more morning practices remain tomorrow and Sunday before the team heads down to Sun Life Stadium on Monday night for an intrasquad scrimmage under the lights. That’s when the adrenaline will really kick in for Jordan and the other rookies.


In the absence of right guard John Jerry, rookie Dallas Thomas got to line up with the projected starting offensive line this morning, taking the left guard position while Richie Incognito moved over to the right.

“I was nervous at first, but then once I got my first snap down and got it under my belt and got all my jitters out then it was all good,” said Thomas, who was drafted in the third round. “I was able to just relax and communicate with the guys and know what I was doing.”

He singled out Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks as the lineman that gave him the toughest time but he felt that he held his own. Incognito, who was busy readjusting to the right side after having not played there since 2010, thought it was a good experience for Thomas.

“It’s good he gets reps with the first team,” he said. “We’ve obviously got to see what he can do and if he can play with the 1s and it’s a big challenge for both of us. It’s time for us to both step up and we’re helping the team out. Anytime that I have an opportunity to make this football team better I’ll take that chance.”


Two days ago it was Warren Sapp representing the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 at training camp and singing the praises of the Miami Dolphins. Today, former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter showed up to get his scouting done for ESPN.

Carter, who has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years, tempered his comments regarding the team in general and making any prognostications, but he does like what he’s seen out of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

“Tannehill’s going to be a special player,” said Carter, who ranks fourth all-time in career receptions and touchdowns. “He has the it factor for a quarterback in the National Football League you can’t win without one of those dudes. … Quarterbacks are not made, they’re born and when the ball comes out of his hand it comes out special. When he throws the ball on the move he can throw the ball exceptional on the move and he’s a phenomenal athlete for a quarterback.”


Philbin mixed things up a little after the first four days of camp by moving the starters over to the far practice field, so it was a little tougher for those in the stands to see the play of guys like wide receiver Mike Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But the fans to get a closer look at the rookies. … One rookie that stood out on the near field was tight end Dion Sims, who put a nifty move on veteran linebacker Koa Misi during individual drills when the tight ends went up against the linebackers and safeties. He also got open against linebacker Dannell Ellerbe for a reception. … Matt Moore threaded a perfect scoring pass into tight end Kyle Miller down the seam during 7-on-7 from about 20 yards out. … Tannehill and Wallace connected on a couple of nice deep balls on the far field, with Wallace hauling one in on a deep out against cornerback Brent Grimes. … Cornerback Dimitri Patterson continues to make a strong case with solid play in the secondary, tipping away a deep pass intended for Armon Binns and coming up quickly to snuff out a wide receiver screen to Wallace. … Tannehill got to relive his days as a college wide receiver during one session when the quarterbacks threw the ball to each other. … Among the notable jerseys being worn by fans was a Junior Seau No. 55 and one with the 1972 Undefeated Team written on the back. … Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake stuck around long after the rest of the players went inside to the locker room to sign autographs for the diehards that stayed in the stands. … It was back to two songs being played during the stretching period inside the bubble, with Kanye West’s “Blood On The Leaves” kicking things off. “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton closed things out.


“The percentage of winning and losing games is predicated on turnovers, so the more turnovers that we can get on the defensive side of the ball I think that gives us a better chance of winning and at the end of the day it’s about winning football games.” – safety Reshad Jones on the importance of forcing turnovers on defense

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