Day 8 Notebook: Lighter Practice Concludes Week 1; Other Notes

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Those fans that were on hand for today’s practice got a closer view of the action, and while the hitting wasn’t nearly as fierce as it will be tomorrow, progress was made. Read more about this and other news and notes from Day 8.

##The team worked out on the near field this morning for the first time since Sunday, giving the spectators an excellent view of the some of the more impressive catches and defensive plays. Today marked exactly one week of training camp.


##After four days of practicing in full pads with a semblance of live tackling the players took it easier today by returning to shells. There was some light hitting in order to ensure that everyone was rested and healthy for tomorrow’s first scrimmage.


##Today was Day 2 of radio row next to the indoor practice bubble as local and national radio stations returned to help promote HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Miami Dolphins. Select players were brought over from the practice field to conduct interviews.


##The normally sure-handed Davone Bess proved he was human early on in 7-on-7 drills when he couldn’t hold onto a pass for what felt like the first time since camp opened.


##Meanwhile, Chris Hogan caught a perfect seam pass from David Garrard in 11-on-11s and nearly came up with an incredible one-handed catch in the right corner of the end zone during 1-on-1 drills.


##Veteran cornerback Richard Marshall completely surprised rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill when he blitzed off the edge in the red zone drill and came in untouched, but Tannehill rebounded with some nice touch passes later on. He also showed good decision making skills on a scramble to his left when he pulled the ball down and gained some extra yardage rather than trying to force a throw into coverage.


##Garrard connected with Chad Johnson in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown as Johnson went up high to make the catch. Johnson caught another pass from Garrard on the right sideline on a pass that was zipped into him from Garrard.


##Defensively, middle linebacker Karlos Dansby displayed his pass coverage skills in the red zone when he broke up a pass intended for Marlon Moore and cornerback Sean Smith made a leaping interception in the corner of the end zone in front of tight end Jeron Mastrud.


##The loudest cheers from the bleachers were for Johnson, Cameron Wake and Brian Hartline as the fans wanted to make sure the players knew they were appreciated.


##Johnson apparently took it upon himself to get some work in on special teams with the punt returners and as a flyer in punt coverage. Head Coach Joe Philbin's son made him aware of this by his son after practice as he was watching another drill at the time.


## Cornerback Sean Smith conducted a live chat after practice with some fan websites. He fielded questions for 20 minutes as Tristin Jones of the Finsiders served as the host and live video was streamed online.


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