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Minicamp Notebook: Energy Abounds As Weather Forces Practice Inside

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Coach Philbin likes the energy his players showed on the first of three days of minicamp practices.

The Miami Dolphins opened their 2014 veteran minicamp Tuesday with a long practice inside the bubble, and it was the defense that had the better of things.

It was a frustrating enough day for the offense that quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be seen voicing his displeasure with one of the team’s young receivers at one point.

“Today wasn’t our best day all around, getting lined up, playing fast, throwing the ball, all around,” Tannehill said. “We just didn’t have our best day today. That’s what this time is for. I’m not frustrated by the mistakes .. they can be corrected. Tomorrow we should look much better.

“I want to be crisp. I want everything to work like a well-oiled machine and today we weren’t crisp. We’ve got to get it better for tomorrow.”

Tannehill, however, said Tuesday was more of an aberration for the offense this spring.

“We’ve played well in OTAs up to this point, so to have that on our first day of minicamp was really kind of unacceptable,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting those mistakes corrected and practicing much better tomorrow.”

For his part, Coach Joe Philbin said he liked the energy his players showed on the first of three days of minicamp practices.

As for the domination of the defense, Philbin said it was just a matter of that side of the ball taking its turn.

“It’s just the ebb and flow of practices,” Philbin said. “There’s going to be days when one side of the ball has the upper hand. It looked like in the back end, we were doing some good things from a coverage standpoint. It’s just kind of antural.”

Philbin said the Dolphins would work on red-zone and “unique” game situations Wednesday before playing their version of a spring game Thursday.

GETTING A LOOK

Minicamp began with five players participating on a tryout basis, a group led by former Ravens offensive tackle Ramon Harewood and former Tennessee Titans center Kevin Matthews.

The other three were offensive tackle Mike Farrell, cornerback Kevin Fogg and punter Andy Wilder.

Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and the brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie first-round pick Jake Matthews.

The Dolphins signed two players who attended last year’s minicamp on tryouts: defensive tackle Tracy Robertson and wide receiver Joe Hastings, who had to retire shortly after because of knee problems.

STADIUM REACTION

By the time Philbin spoke to reporters after practice, news had surfaced about the Miami-Dade County Commission approving a plan that will offer bonuses to the Dolphins for hosting premier events at Sun Life Stadium in exchange for owner Stephen Ross taking on all the costs of a $350 million modernization project.

“It shows the commitment that our owner, Steve Ross, has in making this a world-class organization, number one, and how important it is to all of South Florida, number two,” Philbin said. “It’s exciting for everybody in the organization. It’s exciting for everybody in the South Florida region. It’s a big day for us. And it starts with Steve and his committment to building a championship organization.”

A ‘JUICE THING’

Rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry sported an all-white look at practice, subbing the customary orange shorts for white pants to go along with the white jerseys worn by offensive players.

“It’s the juice, it’s the juice, that’s all it is,” said Landry, whose nickname happens to be “Juice.” “I’m just doing my own thing.”

THIS AND THAT

The musical selections for the stretching portion of practice included “Harlem Shake” and “Game Time.” ... Rookie defensive end Terrence Fede had perhaps the most noteworthy play of practice when he picked off quarterback Matt Moore.

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