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NOTEBOOK: Moreno Making Progress

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Get all of the news and notes from Monday's training camp practice at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie.

Running back Knowshon Moreno continues to make steady progress, and on Monday he had his most extension participation in practice this summer.

“I’ve still got to get into that football shape,” Moreno said. “I feel really good out there, cutting and doing the things I have to do.”

Moreno said the next step is getting used to game speed again. Another step he took Monday was being involved in contact.

Monday’s practice was the third for Moreno since he was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Moreno sat out the preseason opener against Atlanta and said he didn’t know whether he would play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.

“He looked better today,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “He did some things well yesterday in practice and we’ll get in there and look at film here in a couple of minutes, but I think he’s definitely making progress.”

RYAN’S REVIEW

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill wasn’t particularly happy with wide receiver Brandon Gibson after what happened Friday night in the preseason opener.

Oh, it had nothing to do with Gibson’s pass catching or route running, but rather a touchdown celebration Tannehill felt was underwhelming.

“Sub-par,” Tannehill said. “I told him I expected better out of him. After watching tape, I came to him, I said, hey, we’re going to get you in the end zone again this next weekend, you’ve got to bring us something better to the table. That was embarrassing.”

When asked whether he could have done better, Tannehill quickly replied: “I didn’t say I can do better. I didn’t say I can do better. I just said I needed more from him.”

When it comes to important stuff, you know, like Gibson’s comeback from last season’s knee injury, Tannehill is a lot more complimentary.

“He’s doing a good job for us,” Tannehill said. “You suffer an injury like that, it’s always tough to get back physically and mentally, just trusting it. He kind of grew through that this offseason and right now he’s playing well. He’s a veteran guy. He understands some of the choice option routes we have in our offense. He does a good job of setting guys up and getting open.”

WELCOME BACK

Running back Cameron Marshall is back for a third stint with the Dolphins, and he wasted little time getting into the swing of things at practice Monday.

“It was great,” Marshall said. “I was really pleased when they invited me back and I was glad for the opportunity. It felt good coming out here today.”

Marshall was signed Monday when the team also waived quarterback Brock Jensen.

Marshall first signed with the Dolphins as a rookie free agent in 2013 before being waived on Aug. 31 and later re-signed to the practice squad. He re-signed with the Dolphins in February but was released three months later.

PRACTICE PARTICIPATION

Running back Damien Williams, who sat out practice Sunday after being injured late in the preseason opener, was back at practice Monday.

Before the Dolphins began working out, the team announced that tackle Jason Fox (chest), running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and rookie defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds (knee) would miss multiple practices. Rookie linebacker Chris McCain also didn’t practice Monday and was wearing a sleeve on his right leg.

Still sidelined by injuries are TE Charles Clay (knee), RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) and TE Gator Hoskins (hamstring).

Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan appeared midway through the practice but was not dressed. He missed practice Sunday for undisclosed reasons.

THIS AND THAT

Philbin addressed reports of the Dolphins working out veteran quarterbacks by saying the team has worked out one or more players almost every single day since training camp started. ... Perhaps the most impressive play of practice came in a goal-line drill when wide receiver Damian Williams jumped high in the corner of the end zone to snag a fade from quarterback Matt Moore despite tight coverage from Jamar Taylor. ... The musical selection for the warmups inside the bubble was “We Own It” by Mack Wilds.

LAST WORD

“It’s been good. It’s helped me get the ball out faster, have more velocity on some of my throws and just be more consistent. That’s the biggest key is consistency in the footwork from a quarterback to make accurate throws. You look back at some of the incompletions I had in the past, it was usually inconsistent footwork. That was his big key coming in to say we’re going to get your feet right and then everything else will take care of itself.” — QB Ryan Tannehill on new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor working to improve his footwork
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