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Day 8 Notebook: Tannehill Sharp In Red Zone At Scrimmage; Other Notes

Posted Jul 29, 2013

A crowd of 22,876 fans were treated to some offensive and defensive highlights at Sun Life Stadium.



Unlike his very first scrimmage as a Miami Dolphin last summer, quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the comfort of knowing exactly where he stood on the depth chart tonight at Sun Life Stadium. Playing mostly with the first-string offense as the starter, Tannehill looked sharp, especially in the Red Zone.

“The offense did some good things," Head Coach Joe Philbin said. "We did some good things in the red zone, some good things in the goal line and obviously we didn’t get off to a great start, but its good to see them respond positively.”

When those critical situations came up in front of a crowd of 22,876, Tannehill didn’t flinch as he threw three touchdown passes and zero interceptions. His first scoring pass was to tight end Charles Clay on a crossing route from 24 yards out as Clay made a nice run after the catch, and then he found new tight end Dustin Keller from 14 yards on the right side. Keller broke a tackle attempt by linebacker Lee Robinson and powered his way into the end zone, and the third touchdown was an easy one to running back Daniel Thomas on a swing pass, with Thomas trotting untouched 9 yards into the left corner of the end zone.

Unofficially, Tannehill finished the night completing 9-of-13 passes for 75 yards and those three touchdowns. That seemed to please the boisterous fans after they watched Tannehill in 2012 become the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to start all 16 games.

THIS AND THAT

There were some defensive highlights to take notice of, including an interception returned 50 yards for a touchdown by safety Kelcie McCray during the two-minute drill. He stepped in front of a Matt Moore pass for the score. … Rookie cornerback Will Davis ended the scrimmage with a diving interception in the corner of the end zone of a pass thrown by Pat Devlin. … Rookie first-round draft pick Dion picked up two quarterback sacks on the night. … Second-year defensive end Olivier Vernon had a sack and forced fumble on the same play. … Starting wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline were kept out of the scrimmage, which gave the younger receivers more opportunities to shine. Chad Bumphis had two catches for 41 yards with a real nice run after the catch on one play and Marvin McNutt reeled in three passes for 23 yards. … Marcus Thigpen had a nice 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and opened the scrimmage with a nifty 45-yard kickoff return, showing the form that landed him in the top five in the NFL last year in both categories. Both new linebackers, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, looked good on defense, with Wheeler making some nice plays in coverage and Ellerbe getting pressure on blitzes. Running back Lamar Miller showed off his speed in getting to the corner of the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run. … Rookie running back Mike Gillislee had some shining moments on runs and catches but he also lost a fumble and had a dropped pass… Kicker Dan Carpenter converted on a 50-yard field goal amd also connected from 32 and 44 yards but was wide left on two 49-yarders. … Fans that showed up early were treated to a show put on by the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders on the field while the players finished getting ready in the locker room. Among the songs they danced do was Taylor Swift’s “22.” … Last year the sun was still rising at the time of what was then Head Coach Joe Philbin’s first official scrimmage, and this time the sun was setting as they got ready to play under the lights. … In the regular jersey watch, a few of note spotted in the crowd included Olindo Mare, O.J. McDuffie, Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor and Dan Marino, but there were lots of Ryan Tannehill and Cameron Wake jerseys as well.

THE FINAL WORD

Philbin on his overall impressions of the scrimmage - “There was a lot of good things, some guys stepped up and made plays, obviously there was some sloppiness. We have to be a lot better in six days when we open against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night in Canton. That’s not surprising, we will take a look at the tape and make the corrections and we will play better on Sunday.”

UNOFFICIAL SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS


QUARTERBACKS
R. Tannehill 9-13 75 yds 3 TDs 0 INTs
M. Moore 5-10 46 yds 0 TDs 1 INT
P. Devlin 10-19 85 yds 0 TD, 1 INT, 3 rush, 17 yds TD

RECEIVERS
C. Bumphis 2 rec 41 yds
M. McNutt 3 rec. 23yds
C. Clay 1 rec 24 yds TD
D. Keller 2 rec 18 yds TD

RUNNING BACKS
M. Gillislee 6 rush 21 yds, fumble, 2 rec 22 yds
L. Miller 5 rush 12 yds TD, 1 rec 3 yds
D. Thomas 4 rush 15 yds, 1 rec 9 yds 1 rec TD
J. Gray 4 rush 13 yds TD 2 rec. 17 yds

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
D. Jordan 2 sacks
O. Vernon 1 sack & FF
K. McCray 1 INT & 50 yd return TD
W. Davis 1 INT
AJ Francis 1 sack, 1 pass deflected

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