Day 7 Notebook: Physical Practice Sets Up Scrimmage; Other Notes

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Intensity and crispness increased during third full pads session.

One week of early morning practices came to an end today in what was the third session in full pads for the Miami Dolphins, and the pace and intensity set up tomorrow night’s intrasquad scrimmage perfectly.

There was some solid hitting, crisp passing and route running and accurate kicking from veteran Dan Carpenter, who connected from 49 and 54 yards. All of this served as a good precursor to the scrimmage taking place at Sun Life Stadium, which will definitely bring out the competitiveness in both units.

“Obviously, we want to win,” said wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is in his first season with the Dolphins after spending his first four with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “It’s offense versus defense so we’re out there to kill the defense and that’s it, it’s us versus them. Tomorrow we’re the Dolphins and they’re some other team.”

Head Coach Joe Philbin and his staff have been gradually building towards tomorrow night with the situations they have been running in practice in the latter part of the week. Now they get to see it in action in a simulated game scenario.

“We’re going to throw a lot at them tomorrow,” Philbin said. “We’ll have a lot of different situations and normal down and distances. We’ll have third down, we’ll have Red Zone, we’ll have goal line, we’ll have two-minute and it will virtually be a little bit of a dress rehearsal in terms of the speed. We’ll be doing live tackling tomorrow and it’ll be good for those guys to get that feel after not having the opportunity to tackle. We’re going to expose them to a lot and see what kind of guys can make plays and make the most out of the opportunity.”


When rookie wide receiver Andrell Smith saw the 954 area code appear on his phone yesterday he knew right away it was the Miami Dolphins calling to invite him to training camp. The fact that his father is a diehard Dolphins fan added to the excitement for the Miami native.

“We all loved the Dolphins growing up and when I got the call my first reaction was that I was just happy to be part of another team and come and contribute,” said Smith, who played at Louisville and took the roster spot created by the release of quarterback Aaron Corp. “It’s a good feeling because I’m home and I get to be around my family.”


Four touchdown passes were thrown today – two by Ryan Tannehill and two by Pat Devlin and all in the Red Zone. Tannehill connected with Brian Hartline on a crossing route and running back Marcus Thigpen on a lob pass in the left corner. Devlin found Wallace and Brandon Gibson in the back of the end zone. … The most exciting scoring pass of the morning was not officially chronicled by the media because Tannehill would have been sacked by a blitzing Reshad Jones, but the crowd sheered as Marvin McNutt hauled in the deep throw in the right corner of the end zone behind cornerback Brent Grimes. … Today’s best collision again involved tight end Kyle Miller, who was laid out by cornerback Richard Marshall over the middle. … Defensive end Cameron Wake was very active, sacking Tannehill and swallowing up running back Daniel Thomas for a loss in the backfield. … Rookie cornerback Will Davis stepped in front of a Devlin pass intended for Chad Bumphis on the last play of practice in 11-on-11s for a pick six. … The first scuffle of training camp happened between Josh Samuda and Jared Odrick as they got tangled up and went to the ground, with Odrick’s helmet coming off. The two were separated and cooler heads prevailed. … The music selection inside the bubble during the stretch period was limited to two songs again – “Feds Watching,” by 2 Chains Featuring Pharrell and “Gone To The Moon,” by Future.


“It’s just the heat of the moment, and things like that happen. It’s two football players working hard to be good, and it gets like that sometimes when you’re playing a physical game.” – Odrick on the scuffle between him and Samuda
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