Football is back and the time has arrived to start fully preparing for the 2014 regular season. Players reported for camp Thursday, but there’s always something special about the first day of practice.
“It’s fun to be a part of camp on day one,” quarterback
The Dolphins practiced for a little more than two hours in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
“It was great to be out on the practice field,” Head Coach Joe Philbin. “The fan support was just excellent. We got a lot of work done. ... It’s practice number one. There’s a lot of work to be done. But I thought it was a good start to training camp.”
All 90 players on the Dolphins roster were present for the practice, although center
Among the players on hand was the newest member of the team, veteran guard
The veteran of eight NFL seasons wasn’t with an NFL team in the spring, so this was his first action on the field since the last week of the 2013 regular season when he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
“I’ve got a long way to go,” Colledge said. “I’ve got some rust to knock off, but hopefully some of my vet savviness eventually will catch back up.”
The highlight of the practice was a long completion from Tannehill to wide receiver
As is somewhat common for a first camp practice, there was some sloppy play at times, namely botched snaps or false starts.
“Obviously today wasn’t our best practice, some first-day struggles,” Tannehill said. “But we had some good things. We had some good routes run out there, some good catches, moving through progressions. So there’s stuff to build off of. Obviously we have to clean up the ugly stuff, but I’m confident we can do that quickly and start progressing quickly toward where we want to be.”
As per the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the players weren’t allowed to wear full pads Friday and the same holds true for the practice Saturday.
The pads go on Sunday, and that’s the day that defensive end
“This is like an appetizer the first day,” Wake said. “The real excitement is the day we put the pads on, especially for us big guys. That’s when the real football is played. This is kind of like the warmup to the main course on Sunday, but this is always good fun to get going, but I’m looking for those snaps.”
Pads or no pads, the objective remains the same.
Training camp is about the team getting better and getting ready for the regular season opener Sept. 7 against the New England Patriots.
“We had a great OTAs and minicamp and we’re building off of that,” Grimes said. “Coaches feel the same way. We’re all excited about what we can do this year. That’s what training camp is for, to get better and build on the good things that we did in OTAs and minicamp and carry it over to training camp and then carry it to the season.”