18 Observations From First Day In Full Pads

Observations from the second practice of training camp:

  • The Dolphins practiced in pads for the first time this training camp.
  • LB Andrew Van Ginkel practiced after spending part of practice Friday working on the side.
  • WR Albert Wilson returned to practice after being kept out Friday.
  • The only three players who sat out practice were the three on PUP: TE Dwayne Allen, LB Mike Hull and CB Cordrea Tankersley.
  • Giant-head Dan Marino and giant-head Jason Taylor were in attendance Saturday.
  • LB Kiko Alonso shot through an opening and got to RB Kalen Ballage in a running game drill.
  • CB Xavien Howard picked off a pass covering Kenny Stills in a passing drill where two DBs are matched up against two receivers. Bobby McCain later stepped in front of WR Reece Horn to make a pick in the same drill.
  • LB Jerome Baker broke up a deep pass in the end zone on a back-vs.-backers passing drill.
  • FB Chandler Cox had a nice lead block on a run on the first play of team drills.
  • CB Nik Needham had a nice pass breakup against Preston Williams in team drills.
  • Howard and CB Eric Rowe broke up passes on a seven-on-seven drill.
  • Josh Rosen threw a nice pass over the middle to Reece Horn in a team drill and later lofted a TD pass to TE Nick O'Leary in the corner of the end zone.
  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and OL Chris Reed jogged to the TNT wall after a botched snap led to a fumble.
  • Rowe had an interception in the end zone covering DeVante Parker in team drills.
  • DT Christian Wilkins met RB Kalen Ballage head on at the line of scrimmage on a running play.
  • QB Jake Rudock threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford after defensive back lost his footing.
  • Wilkins and DB Minkah Fitzpatrick combined to tackle Ballage for a 1-yard loss on a goal-line play in what was a live tackling period.
  • LB Tre' Watson had the initial hit when the defense stopped Kenyan Drake short of the goal line of the final play of that period.