“I had a couple of plays today where I reacted just a half-second late and soon as it was over, I knew it,” Tannehill said after practice Tuesday. “You don’t even have to get coached up. You know. I can think back to the first couple of practices where I had those situations, those plays came up again and it didn’t happen again. So there’s new plays we’re going over. Same thing. It won’t happen again.”
Head Coach Joe Philbin indicated the team had nine installation practices, along with the team scrimmage. Emphasis in practice Tuesday was placed on end-of-half and end-of-game situations as well as overtime.
Philbin said the focus would turn Tuesday afternoon to preparation for the preseason opener Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Situationally, I think we’ve covered just about everything that can pop up in a game Friday night,” Philbin said. “Now we’ve got to get our guys focused in, dialed in on our plan and go execute Friday night in Atlanta.”
Tannehill said Tuesday he didn’t know how long he would play in the preseason opener, but he left no doubt as to what he wants to accomplish during his time on the field.
“Score,” Tannehill said. “That’s our whole goal as an offense. If we’re out on the field, we want to score points. It’s live football. It’s a preseason game. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, but it matters to us. What we put on tape, what we go out there and show, that represents what kind of team we are and who we are as players, so we want to play well.”
That makes it three consecutive practices with at least one interception for Finnegan, who picked off a pass in the end zone during the team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.
Finnegan, however, hardly sounded overly impressed after his interception hat trick Tuesday.
“I’m not counting,” Finnegan said. “For me it’s the bad plays, and how do I eliminate those? Sometimes offense has our number, and sometimes vice versa.”
“I kind of wanted to see where I was,” Wallace said. “I told Coach I wanted to get a couple of plays on deep balls. They don’t want me to go in too fast, kind of working me back in a little bit. But once I got there, I was like, (shoot), I’m here out now, might as well try to get some work in. I just wanted to see kind of where I was at. Making strides.”
Before practice Tuesday, the Dolphins announced that defensive end
It’s also highly unlikely any of them will play Friday in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
THIS AND THAT
“He’s a veteran player. He learns fast. You complete a route on him in a formation, you line up in the formation again and he knows what to expect. You may get him once, but he files that away and you show it again, he’s ready to jump it and make a play on it.” — QB Ryan Tannehill on cornerback Cortland Finnegan