1) Competition At Cornerback
There was a new face lining up when the defense broke the huddle for the first time on Saturday morning. Second-year defensive back Torry McTyer lined up opposite starting cornerback Xavier Howard with the first team unit. McTyer has challenged for more repetitions since the spring, and will continue to compete with Cordrea Tankersley and Tony Lippett throughout training camp. He has the speed and tenacity to play press coverage and has looked solid running with receivers down field.
2) Multiple Skillsets At Running Back
There is a nice blend of youth and experience at the running back position this season with plenty of variety for any situation. Saturday's practice was a terrific example of what can occur seeing all three backs do what they do best. Third-year starter Kenyan Drake brings speed and elusiveness to the position and can create explosive plays anytime he touches the football. Veteran Frank Gore has continued to impress me with his rugged style of running and the way he catches the ball out of the backfield. Then there's rookie Kalen Ballage, who at 6-2, 237 pounds pounds, can run away from defenders with his straight-line speed. All three complement each other and I'm excited to see how this offensive staff uses their combined talents.
3) Explosive Plays Continue
Saturday was a extension of the previous two workouts when it comes to creating explosive plays. Both sides of the ball made big plays that got the fans in attendance off of their seats. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a perfect strike down the seam to wide out Danny Amendola to get things started early in practice. Tannehill looked outside to hold the safety and then delivered the pass on time to Amendola, who was wide open. Also, Brock Osweiler connected with Jakeem Grant on a go route deep down the sidelines, with Grant leaving his feet to make the reception. On the defensive side, linebacker Chase Allen continued to get into passing lanes, stepping in front of an Osweiler throw, and picking off the veteran quarterback. That's Chase's second interception in three days!