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Day 7 Notebook: Tannehill Works With The 1s; Other Notes

Posted Aug 2, 2012

There was a buzz near the end of this morning’s practice when rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill took his first snaps with the first team. Read more about this and other news and notes from Day 7.

## Now it’s a true three-way competition at quarterback as Tannehill joins veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore in working with what is the current group of first-team receivers. He faced some exotic blitzes and pressures and made an impressive throw on the last play rolling to his left that caught the eye of Head Coach Joe Philbin, which is something he wants to continue to do.

“I want to be the guy,” said Tannehill, who found out this morning when the team left the practice bubble that he would get to work with the 1s. “You don’t want to be a backup. It’s not a goal to be a backup so I want to play. I want to get in there and the more reps I can get with the 1s, I feel like that’s more like a game situation. I need to learn from the mistakes I made today in practice and I think that going out there is a good thing. It’s exciting. I love to go with the 1s and the competition.”

As far as how much more work Tannehill will get with the first team going forward, Philbin had an answer for that question.

“I think it’s kind of on an as earned type of basis,” he said. “Certainly he’s throwing the ball well enough in the couple of days that he’s been practicing that he deserves some opportunities with those guys and to work with different receivers and different linemen. That was definitely earned and as we go forward we’ve just got to look at the tape and it’s kind of a fluid process.”

## Another indication that there is a bit more hype around this training camp due to the presence of the Hard Knocks film crew was the temporary radio row set up near the practice bubble. There were tents set up to accommodate up to seven local and national radio stations, with Philbin, center Mike Pouncey and left tackle Jake Long among the popular guests escorted from the practice field. The same setup will be in place tomorrow.

## Kicker Dan Carpenter demonstrated his pooch punting skills early on inside the bubble before the team headed outside and looked better on his second kick than he did his first. His attempts surely ignited a few laughs from punter Brandon Fields.

## Volunteer defensive backs coach Al Harris, who was on the team briefly as a player last season, is one of the more animated coaches out there. He even had a few words with one of the officials inside after one of his defensive backs was flagged for pass interference during a drill.

## Rookie tight end Les Brown absorbed one of the hardest hits in practice by safety Anderson Russell after holding onto a ball across the middle. He got up and shook it off, which had to make his father, also named Les, breathe a little easier. He was watching from under a tent in the family area.

## B.J. Cunningham, another rookie wide receiver, made the catch of the day on a deep ball thrown by Tannehill on the run. He leapt high into the air in between two defenders and came down with a juggling catch.

INCOGNITO JUST AS COMFORTABLE ON THE RIGHT: Left guard Richie Incognito seems fairly entrenched at his position next to Long and Pouncey on the left side of the ball, but the acquisition of guard Eric Steinbach could impact that lineup.

Steinbach has made 124 starts in his career and all of them have come at left guard, while Incognito actually has more starts under his belt at right guard (34) than he does at left guard (31). He has also played some center (13 starts), but if Steinbach proves he’s 100 percent recovered from the back surgery that caused him to miss all of last season and is not comfortable enough on the right side, moving Incognito over there could be the easiest solution.

“He hasn’t had a whole lot of limitations,” Philbin said of Steinbach. “We talked to him early about the fact that, ‘Look, you’ve got 120-something starts under your belt, I know you want to get in here and jump right in with both feet, learn the system, get as many reps, prove yourself and fight for a job. That’s good and we want the same things, but you also have to realize you haven’t played in a year and had a back issue and a knee issue in years past.’ He’s kind of like anyone else on the squad, we’re going to give him an opportunity and then we’ll see what happens.”

If the end result is that Steinbach is a better fit on the left then Incognito has proved in the past he’s flexible enough to accept the move. He has been a staple on the left side in each of his two seasons with the Dolphins and understands the impact this decision will have on the line.

“It’s always a possibility, but I think right now we’re pretty set on the left side and we’re really looking to solidify that right side," Incognito said. “I’ve started a bunch of games on the right side. I’m willing to do anything to make this team better.”

And that fits right in with the team-first mentality Philbin is preaching.  

SCRIMMAGE AT SUN LIFE GETTING CLOSER: Tomorrow will be the last practice in Davie before the team heads down the Turnpike to Sun Life Stadium for Saturday morning’s scrimmage. That is scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m., and is free and open to the public, with the players set to sign autographs at the conclusion of the scrimmage. For more information about parking and other activities taking place at the stadium that day go to www.miamidolphins.com.

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