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Mini Camp Day Three Notebook: Dolphins Close With Productive Practice

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Dolphins close mini camp with a controlled scrimmage that lasted approximately two hours.



Coach Joe Philbin pronounced himself very happy with the last practice of the offseason, a controlled scrimmage that lasted approximately two hours.

The teams were split into white and aqua squads, and Philbin said he made it a point to mix and match players so they lined up with different combinations. The scrimmage ended with Ryan Tannehill rolling right and hitting Brian Hartline with a two-point conversion pass just inside the goal line.

“It was excellent,” Philbin said. “There were a lot of good things on both sides. I thought it was an excellent practice for the last (one of) minicamp. We all know sometimes the last practice of the offseason program is a semi-pulling-teeth exercise. I thought the guys responded and competed well.”

GREAT OFFSEASON FINISH

The star of the scrimmage Thursday very well might have been fourth-year cornerback Nolan Carroll.

Carroll started off with a nice pass breakup on a slant to Mike Wallace at the goal line, later jumped to keep a ball from going into the end zone on a punt, and capped his day by intercepting a sideline pass with nothing but open field in front of him.

“I think it’s been very, very good,” Philbin said of Carroll’s offseason. “He’s a competitor. He played a lot of football for us last year and I expect he’s going to play a lot of football for us this year. I’m looking forward to the same type of attitude. You see him in the building; he likes coming into the building. He likes going out onto the field. This guy is a competitor. He’s smart, he’s tough. So it’ll be fun to watch him during camp.”

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to Carroll’s big plays and Hartline’s two-point conversion, other plays that stood out included two spectacular catches by second-year wide receiver Rishard Matthews, one near the sideline and one when he outjumped a couple of defenders. … Linebacker Lee Robinson, a former CFL player, had the other interception in the scrimmage.

WEATHER WATCH

After a thunderstorm kept the Dolphins inside the practice bubble for all of Wednesday’s workout, the team began outdoors on Thursday.

But thunder and lightning forced the team to sprint to the practice bubble for the remainder of practice.

It was a good break for Dolphins newcomers not accustomed to the South Florida heat and humidity, although they won’t get lucky every time once training camp starts in late July.

“Man, they’re going to find out when training camp starts, I’ll tell you that,” said second-year defensive end and Miami native Olivier Vernon. “They’re going to find out. We got a little preview of it earlier today when the clouds came over, but we’ll see. We’re not going to have all these bubble moments all the time. Just looking forward to it happening.”

Said defensive end Cameron Wake: “This is the exception, not the norm, 70 degrees in here, it’s nice, air-conditioned and all. But there’s no reference to what training camp is like. We have to tell the young guys, ‘Hey, look, this is kind of a walk in the park.’ ”

THIS AND THAT

For the last set of calisthenics of the spring, the musical selections were “Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1” by James Brown and “4 What” by DJ Drama featuring Young Jeezy, Juicy J and Yo Gotti. … On the subject of calisthenics, new cornerback Brent Grimes continues his tradition of holding a ball in his hand while doing the exercises. Grimes says he’s been doing it since his days at Shippensburg University. “I don’t have a reason,” Grimes explained. “I just like having a ball.”

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