The Miami Dolphins held their Training Camp practice at Hard Rock Stadium today in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The reason for the stadium practice is so the team can experience a dry-run before the preseason, and for the new members of the team (such as rookies and newly acquired free agents) to get acquainted and comfortable with their new home.
Weather was partly cloudy with humidity at 73% and temperature in the high 80’s. Field conditions were normal.
The stadium scrimmage was relatively short. The team started their practice at 11 a.m., but the early portion of practice consisted of warmups, drills, and 7-on-7’s for a good while.
The 11-on-11 scrimmage only lasted long enough for each offensive and defensive group to go 1 drive each down the field.
Wide receiver Jakeem Grant started off scrimmage with a big kickoff return for 45-yards. He caught the ball on the left hashmark and moved right, and cut upfield after finding a big hole from his return team. He was pushed out of bounds by kicker Greg Joseph.
Speaking of Joseph, who is currently in competition with Jason Sanders for the starting job, the young man struggled to land his field goals today. He missed at least 2 of his warm ups which ranged from 40-45 yards wide-right. Then missed a 52 yarder during the 11-on-11 scrimmage. He also shanked an extra point that was negated by a whistle. He kicked it through the uprights on his second attempt.
Sanders was more on the mark and landed his 47-yarder in the team’s scrimmage session.
Rookie 2nd-round pick Mike Gesicki started with the 1st-team offense today. It seems to be true that his mistakes and difficulty understanding the playbook is well behind him. The team has been lining him up alongside the offensive line as well as a receiver out wide. During 7-on-7’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw deep left to Gesicki for a touchdown. Safety T.J. McDonald was covering.
In 11-on-11’s, the team lost a short 3rd & short opportunity when a delay of game penalty on Tannehill created a 3rd & medium situation. But Tannehill threw short left to Amendola on the very next play for a first down. Amendola beat linebacker Chase Allen in coverage.
Tannehill then threw over the linebacker unit and between the safety to Amendola who was streaking down the middle and open. The pass was on target with nice touch, but dropped by Amendola.
Rookie running back Kalen Ballage made his way into some reps with the 1st-team. It seems he is catching on quickly as he was orginally the #3 back entering training camp. Ballage was more involved today with the 2nd & 3rd-string units though.
The 2nd-team offense under the signal-calling of David Fales had it’s fair share of penalties today. Many of them were due to false starts and an illegal procedure. A fake-handoff end-around to receiver Albert Wilson was also negated for a penalty.
“It’s disciple. Disciple. Every man has to take it upon themselves to listen to the snap count and get the little things right,” Ryan Tannehill said about the presnap penalties.
Fales also missed an open Albert Wilson on the left side who beat McDonald’s coverage with room to run. The pass was just out of reach of Wilson.
Brock Osweiler came in after Fales and hit #87 in stride across the middle for a sizeable gain. Osweiler made his way into the redzone using backup running back Brandon Radcliff as his preferred weapon in the passing attack and running game. The drive was capped-off by a short right-side throw into the endzone to receiver Drew Morgan. This was the only touchdown of the day for the Dolphins during the scrimmage.
“Brock has been around for a minute,” said Adam Gase. “He likes being in this offense. It’s not difficult for him to move the ball down the field.”
Brice Petty led the final drive for the Dolphins offense and found receiver Rashawn Scott deep for a completion on the right sideline. Scott got behind the cornerback who seemed to expect safety help over the top, but nobody was in the area. Scott stopped and waved his hand to Petty to signal he was open.
– Rookie tight end Durham Smythe was practicing with Petty’s squad today during the scrimmage. This is surprising condsidering he was playing with the 2nd-unit during the previous week. Smythe also helped tutor Gesicki which has led to his success and promotion to the 1st-team.
The cornerback battle continues. This time Tony Lippett & Torry McTyer played on the 2nd-string defense which faced off against Ryan Tannehill and the starting offense. On one play, Lippett broke up a short pass to receiver DeVante Parker on the left side. Cordrea Tankersley played alongside Xavien Howard on the 1st-team defense.
Defensive end Andre Branch tagged Tannehill from behind for a sack after the quarterback could not find anyone open and was forced to scramble and take off.
On another play, former 1st-rounder Charles Harris came around the edge and appeared to force an incomplete pass from Tannehill by hitting his hand from behind. Harris has vastly improved in quickness off the line since his rookie year and was also credited with a sack today.
The starting defense was facing off against the 2nd-team offense today, but that didn’t stop Fales’ unit from creating chunk-runs up the middle.
Senorise Perry had a draw play, Kalen Ballage had a run up the gut, and there was another big run through the interior of the defensive line.
This is only 1 day and a practice, but the team’s defensive tackle situation is one of the concerns entering this season.