“Today, we had somewhat of a combination practice,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “We worked, obviously, Atlanta preparation in portions of the practice and then we did some what we call Miami versus Miami segments as well. ... Now, we told our guys when we broke as a team, the physical preparation for the Atlanta game is mostly done and now a lot of it is going to mental (preparation) as we get ready to play Friday night.”
As with every preseason opener, the game against Atlanta represents a great opportunity for some of the team’s younger players to make their case for a roster spot or a bigger role on offense or defense.
“It’s just a chance to get more plays on tape,” said tight end
Said second-year cornerback
Starters typically don’t play very long in the preseason opener, but linebacker
“Just to get back into a flow of playing somebody else, another team, and try to get my tackling techniques better,” he said. “Just want to brush up on things and then focus on some things that you need to focus on.”
JUST FOR KICKS
“As a kicker, at this point of the year, there’s not a lot of spots open for guys,” Hrapmann said. “Unfortunately for Caleb, he’s nursing an injury right now. I’m just going to do what I can to try and help out and do my best.”
Hrapmann, who made 49 of 65 field goal attempts in his final two seasons at Southern Mississippi, attended training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers the past two summers and was waived by the Arizona Cardinals last Friday after spending six months with the team.
He says waiting for that phone call from an NFL team to get a chance is the hardest part of being a kicker.
“It’s extremely tough,” he said. “There’s 32 jobs, but there’s no telling how many people are exactly out there waiting for one of those calls. You’ve just got to be grateful for every opportunity that you get.”
Among the visitors at practice Wednesday was U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D.-21st District) and former Dolphins defensive end Trace Armstrong.
Armstrong, who played for Miami from 1995-2000, is sixth on the team’s all-time sack list with 51.5.
Also in attendance Wednesday was one of the team’s oldest fans, Dorothy Whitehouse from Deerfield Beach, who is exactly 100 years old.
HALL OF FAME ADVICE
“I actually reached out to Derrick Brooks and he asked him how to get all the interceptions like he did,” Ellerbe explained. “He told me, catch 25 balls after practice every day. So I’ve been catching 30.”
“You’ve got to get past the heat and humidity. Right now I feel miserable. When I came in this morning, I felt pretty good. It’s one of those things where you kind of battle through. These are the dog days. This is the hard stuff. When you get into games, that’s adrenaline. That’s fun. Practice is the work. This is what they pay you to be here for. They pay you to come to practice because this is the hardest part of your day.” — Veteran guard