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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
Rookie defensive end
“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.
ROOKIE OL THOMAS PLAYS WITH THE BIG BOYS
In the absence of right guard
“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
“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.”
TANNEHILL DRAWS PRAISE FROM HOF’ER CARTER
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
“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.”
THIS AND THAT
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
THE FINAL WORD
“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