The players on the roster were divided into two teams, and it was the White team that pulled out a 16-13 victory. But what stood out about the practice were the performance of rookie wide receiver
“Jarvis, he’s ahead of the game,” said fellow wide receiver
The pass rush, meanwhile, produced eight sacks, four each for the Aqua and White defenses.
“At first glance it looked like we got pretty good pressure on the quarterback,” Head Coach Joe Philbin told reporters after practice.
Defensive end Cam Wake, waiting in the room to be interviewed, chimed in with a comment that elicited laughter from the assembled media: “Yeah, I think so, too.”
Wake also made his presence felt Thursday as he combined with Thompson on a sack and later dropped deep into coverage to make an interception, only to have it nullified because the play had been stopped when linebacker
Devlin accounted for one of the touchdowns for the White team when he scored on a 4-yard run. The White team also got a 6-yard touchdown pass from
Based on unofficial stats, both Moore and Devlin completed 7 of 11 passes, Moore for 77 yards and Devlin for 49.
It was a strong practice all around for Smith, who also pounced on a loose ball after a muffed exchange between Tannehill and running back
“These gloves are kind of slippery and in a real game I usually switch them at halftime,” Smith said. “It was practice, so I didn’t switch them, so it kind of slid out of my hand a little bit. Trust me and believe me, if it was game time, I’m in the end zone doing my touchdown dance.”
The rest of the scoring in the scrimmage came from kicker
The “spring game,” as Philbin dubbed it Wednesday, was heavily tilted toward the passing game, although Miller did have a nice 8-yard run.
Along with Landry, the players who stood out in the passing game were
The practice capped a good week for Gibson, who participated in team drills Tuesday for the first time all spring.
For Philbin, more than anything, the practice was about giving his players a taste of game action without having coaches on top of them.
“I thought it was good,” he said. “There’s going to be some different things, different rules. We got a chance to do a lot of things. I thought overall the tempo was good.
“We didn’t have an overly complicated plan. It wasn’t like we called every defense or every offensive play that we have in the playbook. At the same point, we didn’t tell them exactly what we were going to run. So it was good to test their knowledge, test their understanding, can they think on their feet? Can they make a decision like that (snap his fingers) as they’re going to have to in games.”
The practice was a great way to wrap up the offseason program, which began back on April 21.
“It’s always fun to have these kind of contests because you’re split up but at the same time we’re always going to be teammates and at the end of the day we’re going to go out there and cheer for each other,” Wake said. “Even then, I found myself cheering for the defense even though it wasn’t the guys on my side of the ball.
“I felt it was competitive all around, whether it was defense or it was offense or receivers going against the DBs, or linebackers, running backs, whatever it was, you saw plays being made on both sides of the ball.”
HEALTHY AND HAPPY
“Our strength and conditioning guys, Darren (Krein) and Dave (Puloka), really put together an excellent program,” Philbin said. “We had just outstanding attendance. We had 99 percent attendance in the voluntary phase. I’ve never been a part of anything like that. The players deserve credit for being in good condition and the staff and the trainers and all that. Certainly you don’t want to send the players out of the building and have multiple guys that you don’t know what their future looks like.”
“I thought Rishard Matthews had a good camp,” Philbin said. “He’s making good progress.
Earlier, Philbin also commended veteran safety
“It’s very noticeable on tape that he’s practicing harder on a more consistent basis,” Philbin said. “To a coach, those are good signs that a guy is doing a little bit extra, practicing a little bit harder.”
THIS AND THAT
Former Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers was at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University to take in the final practice of the spring. ... Rookie cornerback