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Minicamp Day Two Features End-Of-Game Situations

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Ten of the team’s 16 games last season were decided by seven points or less – one of the highest totals in the NFL.

The Dolphins split time between their practice bubble and their outdoor fields Wednesday on the second day of minicamp, which was a better one for the offense.

The Dolphins spent a lot of practice time on end-of-half and end-of-game situations, which makes sense considering 10 of their 16 games last season were decided by seven points or less — one of the highest totals in the NFL.

“I thought we got a lot of things accomplished,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “As we all know, a lot of games are going to be decided in the last couple of minutes in this league. It’s just the way it is.”

The Dolphins also did some work in the red zone and with different types of pressure packages.

The minicamp concludes Thursday with a practice that should be the shortest of the week but also could be the most intense.

As he did last year, Philbin plans on having the Dolphins play a “spring game.”

“We’re looking for competition,” Philbin said. “We’re going to mix it up, we’re going to throw guys into a pot and stir it around. We’re looking for guys to communicate, potentially with guys maybe that they haven’t lined up next to and gotten a ton of reps next to. Just see how they respond. I think it’ll be good. The main things are the competitive nature, the ability to communicate, the ability to play the calls with everybody kind of off to the side and go from there.”

MAKING STRIDES

For the second consecutive day, wide receiver Brandon Gibson took part in team drills.

That’s significant because Gibson is coming back from a knee injury sustained last October at New England that cut short his 2013 season.

The way Gibson sees it, though, this isn’t that big a deal.

“It’s just a mental bridge,” he said. “You’ve just got to get over it.”

Philbin said after practice Tuesday he was happy with Gibson’s progress.

WILL BIGGER BE BETTER?

Dion Jordan drew a lot of attention earlier in the spring for the weight he put on since the end of last season, but he’s not the only defensive end who’s bigger.

Third-year player Derrick Shelby also holds that distinction, with Philbin estimating he weighs 5 or 6 pounds more than last season.

“He’s a little bit bigger,” Philbin said. “He’s a little bit more physical at this stage of the game. The thing about Shelby is you watch him on film and the cut-ups at the end of the season and you probably gain a better appreciation for him than you do during the year. He’s made a nice contribution over these couple of years and (we’re) excited about what he can do for us this year as well.”
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