The Dolphins conducted their first practice of training camp Thursday with every player taking part.
It marked the first time since 1997 the team did not have a single player on the Physically Unable to Perform list or the Non-Football Injury list at the start of camp.
Among those who missed time in the offseason program but practiced Thursday were wide receiver Leonte Carroo and defensive back Jordan Lucas.
The first practice of camp was conducted without pads, as per rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Dolphins again will be without pads Friday before wearing shoulder pads Saturday, and full pads Sunday and Monday.
Among the highlights of the first practice of camp were interceptions by linebacker Chase Allen and cornerback Tony Lippett. Lippett was taking part in his first training camp practice since sustaining a torn Achilles tendon last August.
"Tony looks like he's trending toward where he was when he was healthy in '16," Head Coach Adam Gase said. "We saw flashes of it in the spring. I think there was a little bit he was holding back (in the spring) trying to work through the soreness and pain sometimes. He looked good today. It was good to see him transition and make some plays on the ball."
Rookie seventh-round pick Jason Sanders, who is competing with fellow rookie Greg Joseph for the kicking job was 6-for-6 on Friday, including a long of 52 yards.
Tannehill 2.0: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's left knee brace drew a lot of attention at practice, in part because of the words on the back of it. But Tannehill said there was no big message behind the words. "I didn't even notice it," he said. "Today I looked down. They made like four or five different braces for me to try out. Just the way they labeled them." Tannehill, who will turn 30 on Friday, spent a little bit of time playing with his son, Steel, before addressing reporters after practice. "He's got a long way to go," Tannehill joked about Steel, who turned 2 this week. "It's fun having him my little guy out here. It's really a special time we get to share. It's tough being away from him, but getting to spend these few minutes with him on the field is huge." Tannehill and his wife, Lauren, are expecting a girl in the fall. As for his birthday, Tannehill said he had a simple wish: "A great day at practice. I'm pretty simple. I don't need a whole lot. I've been blessed a lot in my life and I'm just excited to be able to come out and play football on my birthday."
Good timing: On the topic of babies, rookie free agent defensive end Quincy Redmon became a father July 15 when his girlfriend delivered a 21.7-inch, 7.12-ounce girl. The baby, who was named Idalia May, arrived 11 earlier than expected — yes, it was due on the very first day of training camp.
Getting together: On the first day of camp, Tannehill discussed the video he posted on Instagram of him throwing passes to some of the wide receivers. "I'm just trying to be a little more active on there," he said. "It's not something I've done a lot in the past. One of Kenny (Stills') buddies was out there filming and he was like, hey, I have this video and I put it up." This was but one example of the receivers getting together in the offseason to work on their own. Stills said he also took a trip to Nebraska to "do some kind of bonding and receiver work before camp started."
Drake diet: Running back Kenyan Drake said he came into camp with more confidence after his tremendous finish to the 2017 season, though he did adjust his diet in the offseason. He said his weight was about the same as this time last year, but with one major difference. "It's about having the right diet to sustain (the weight)," he said. "I know with how much water you lose out here, it's about staying hydrated, make sure you get the carbs in your body, things of that sort. I have an added sense of responsibility in how to take care of my body." Drake said his new diet involved cutting down on chips and incorporating fruits and greens. "I love chips," he said. "Chips is something that it's not really anything from a nutritional aspect that kind of goes into that. It's really kind of supplementing that with healthier snacks, like fruits and things like that that go straight to my energy and last longer. Put more greens in my diet. I don't necessarily like eating a lot of greens, so having smoothies that are green-enriched, that's definitely a plus."
Youth is served: In keeping with their commitment to youth football, the Dolphins welcomed members of the LaBelle High School football team to practice Thursday. After watching practice, the players got the chance to meet Dolphins players and get autographs. … Also after practice, a group of Dolphins players stuck around to hand out school backpacks as part of a collaboration with Noble National. Among the players participating in the backpack giveaway were tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive end Charles Harris, long-snapper John Denney, punter Matt Haack and guard Jesse Davis.