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Day 6 Notebook: Exciting Practice After First Off Day; Other Notes

Posted Aug 1, 2012

From a new look for Chad Johnson to Ryan Tannehill's first day in full pads, get all the Dolphins news and notes from team's morning practice session.

## Before he spoke to the media for the first time this training camp, wide receiver Chad Johnson was easy to spot on the practice field. Not only was the 34-year-old Miami native wearing gold shoes, he also had his fingernails painted black, joking that he did it after spending time with Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS.

## Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was in full pads for the first time since signing his contract last Saturday night and still looked comfortable throwing the ball.

## Rookie defensive end Derek Shelby shaved his entire head so he could get rid of the blonde dye job given to him by Paul Soliai.

## During the 40-minute portion of practice held inside the bubble, one of the highlights was a deep jump ball thrown into the middle of the end zone by Tannehill that Johnson went up for and tipped right to fifth-year veteran Davone Bess.

## Head Coach Joe Philbin had the team working on the far field for the second straight practice and there were lots of deep passes in the air. Roberto Wallace was on the receiving end of two of them for touchdowns, but the defense came out ahead again. Safety Reshad Jones jumped in front of Bess on a throw by Matt Moore for an interception returned for a touchdown and Randy Starks sacked Moore during a red zone drill on first down.

DOLPHINS MAKE ROSTER MOVE: The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive lineman Chandler Burden and waived guard Dustin Waldron.

The 6-4, 313 pound Burden was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 3, 2012 out of the University of Kentucky, but was released prior to the start of training camp on July 25, 2012. A two-year starter left tackle for the Wildcats after beginning his collegiate career as a defensive end, Burden appeared in 43 career games, with 26 total starts (three at defensive end, 23 at left tackle). Born November 17, 1989, Burden attended La Salle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he won a state championship in the shot put and discus throw as a senior.

PETER KING VISITS CAMP DOLPHINS: Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King’s training camp tour landed in Davie this morning after having been in the camps of the 49ers on Monday and the Raiders on Tuesday. He’s off to Tampa tomorrow to watch the Buccaneers and then he’s headed to Jacksonville to see the Jaguars and Atlanta to take in a Falcons practice.

King already had some keen observations on how Philbin is running practice and which players are standing out.

“The speed of practice is very noticeable and I’m just looking at each quarterback and seeing accuracy and seeing how they’re meshing with the receivers,” King said. “I’m just sort of taking the temperature of anything. In something like this, particularly if you’re only there for one day, you really just try to look at a few specific individuals. I watched Chad (Johnson) for a while and the quarterbacks and I’m just trying to make a surface judgment. I’m kind of interested in (rookie running back) Lamar Miller because I’ve heard a lot of good things about him, so I wanted to watch him run a little bit.”

One interesting conclusion that King cited and that is contrary to what has been written elsewhere is how much different Philbin’s practices are from what they run in Green Bay.

“I think the pace is even faster here,” King said. “The pace here reminds me of New Orleans where the Saints, especially on offense, it’s like a track meet. I think clearly what he’s trying to do is sort of get them in football shape by playing fast football, which seems smart rather than running sprints. It’s very organized and very impressive to me.”

DOLPHINS AUDITIONING ANTHEM SINGERS: More than 400 people have thus far pre-registered for an open audition as Dolphins look for talented individual singers, groups and or musicians to perform the National Anthem at 2012 home games. The auditions will take place on August 4th in conjunction with the team’s open practice at Sun Life Stadium. Fans will play a role in the selection process, as they will have the opportunity to vote for the final anthem performer of the year. The winner of the fan vote will get to perform the National Anthem at the team’s final regular-season home game on December 23rd against the Buffalo Bills. To pre-register for the audition, visit: http://www.miamidolphins.com/community/nationalanthem.html

PLAYERS RETURN FROM OFF DAY REFRESHED: It’s amazing what one day away from the practice field can do for football players during training camp.

“I relaxed and just tried to get away from everything,” said inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, now in his ninth season.

Safety Jimmy Wilson celebrated his 26th birthday Monday night and he and his teammates got to partake in some birthday cake that was brought in by Philbin’s wife. He didn’t too anything special the next day during his time away from the facility.

“My legs were so sore that I celebrated by watching TV all day,” Wilson said. “It was a chance to get everybody’s legs back and kind of get everybody away from football for a second. We had a meeting last night and that just got everybody refreshed and when we came in today everybody’s legs felt good so we were jumping.”

Safety Chris Clemons actually came to the facility to watch film and go over his playbook in order to stay sharp for practice, proving that the players took Philbin’s message of staying mentally fresh seriously.

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