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NOTEBOOK: Fede Gets First Team Work; Other Notes

Posted Aug 20, 2015

Dolphins defensive end Terrence Fede took advantage of the opportunity that was presented to him in Thursday's practice in South Carolina.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Second-year player Terrence Fede has had, by all accounts, a tremendous training camp for the Dolphins and he got the chance Thursday to line up with the first-team defensive line.

With Olivier Vernon sitting out with a minor injury, Fede lined up at right defensive end alongside Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell.

“It felt good to go with the 1’s today, working with Earl, Suh and Wake getting action against other 1’s because most of camp I’ve been going against 2’s, sometimes 1’s,” Fede said as he signed autographs after practice. “So today was a great opportunity for me to get out there.

“I think it went well. There’s still a lot more things for me to improve on, but that’s what camp is for. We’ve got three more preseason games to go through, but I’m just looking forward to the season.”

STATUS REPORT

Along with Vernon, wide receiver Greg Jennings (elbow) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) joined linebackers Koa Misi (calf) and Jordan Tripp (ankle) and wide receiver DeVante Parker (foot) in sitting out practice.

The Panthers held several healthy veterans out of practice, among them RB Jonathan Stewart, S Roman Harper, CB Charles Tillman, LB Thomas Davis and C Ryan Kalil.

WARM WELCOME

Head Coach Joe Philbin drew a nice reaction at Wofford College when he walked down the hill to the practice fields.

Philbin stopped to sign some autographs while receiving words of encouragement from the many Dolphins fans at practice.

One fan then yelled to Philbin: “You da man!”

Without missing a beat, Philbin replied: “No, YOU da man!”

SCOUTING SUH

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has made quite an impression since the start of training camp, and he certainly gave Coach Ron Rivera an eyeful in the two days of practice at Wofford College.

Suh was particularly dominant in one-on-one drills Wednesday, but still looked impressive on Day 2 of the joint practices.

“He's special,” Rivera said. “I got an opportunity to watch him. When he first came out (for the draft in 2010), we didn't study him because we knew he was going to be drafted first or second. But I really got a chance to watch him yesterday in 1-on-1s and there was one he was unbelievable. I don’t care who the guard was, he was winning. Then today got a chance to really watch and I thought he did some really good things. I got to watch Cameron Wake against our right tackles and that was great for those guys to get that kind of quality work.”

Rivera was defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers in 2010 when they originally had the 28th overall selection before trading down to 12th by giving the Dolphins their first- and second-round choices.

Suh was selected second overall by Detroit in that 2010 draft.

O-LINE OBSERVATIONS

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, rookie Jamil Douglas got some work at right guard with the first-team offensive line.

Philbin praised the work of left guard Dallas Thomas after reviewing tape of the Wednesday practice and said he overall was pleased with the progress of the team’s young interior linemen.

“I think guys are getting better, I really do,” Philbin said. “I watched some of the one-on-ones and yesterday I was only over for the second portion of it, but guys are getting better. Dallas was doing some good things. Billy (Turner) was doing some good things in the one-on-ones. Sam Brenner did some good things. And again they didn’t win every single one, but I could see progress with these guys.”

PICKING APART THE PICKS

The Dolphins defense had two interceptions against the Panthers in team drills, including one by rookie safety Cedric Thompson on the very final play of practice.

Thompson intercepted Carolina quarterback Joe Webb after rookie linebacker Neville Hewitt tipped the pass.

“It feels good to show these coaches that I can go out there and they can put me in a competitive situation where we need to stop them and I can do it,” Thompson said. “I think I was able to prove a point today and it’s something I can put on my resume.”

Jones’ pick came when Cam Newton tried to throw deep to Jerricho Cotchery in the corner of the end zone.

“I was just doing what I do,” Jones said. “I go up and get the ball. I just read the quarterback. It was a nice break. I got a nice jump on the ball and I went up and made the play.”

On the subject of interceptions, Chris McCain had one Wednesday that he ran back to the end zone.

McCain says there’s no doubt in his mind it would have been a touchdown in a game — despite what Newton said.

“Cam says he thinks he would have caught me, but I don’t think so,” McCain said with a smile. “I don’t think so. I heard him when I was running. He said, ‘I would have caught him.’ But I don’t think so.”

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

Running back Damien Williams made a nice one-handed catch on a sideline pass from quarterback Josh Freeman. ... Freeman got reps with the second-team offense against the Carolina defense near the end of practice. ... Cornerback Jamar Taylor was beat deep for a touchdown by former Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., but he also had two nice pass breakups. ... Rookie cornerback Tony Lippett picked off Matt Moore in the end zone during an intrasquad team drill.

LAST WORD

“It was a first time for me. I had never done this before. It’s definitely a new experience, but it’s just another opportunity to get some real evaluable one-on-one situations, team-like reps against guys you don’t really have familiarity with. They’re going full speed every play. It was live. It was 100 percent full tilt out there. It was definitely good to get you into that game situation.” — DE Cameron Wake on the joint practices with the Panthers
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