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Miami Dolphins TC Report: Passing Game Finds Its Footing

Mike Wallace signs autographs for fans after practice. Courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com

The much-anticipated first day of training camp is in the books. Now the daily grind begins.

The Dolphins were back on the practice field early this morning for day two of camp. Here are some highlights from the session:

Passing attack looks sharp

After an unimpressive first day of practice, the Dolphins’ passing attack was clicking on all cylinders this morning. Ryan Tannehill was efficient and hooked up with Dustin Keller for a huge gain that drew the biggest applause of practice.

But backup quarterback Matt Moore was perhaps the star of today’s workout, connecting on two beautiful deep balls to Kenny Stafford and Rishard Matthews.

Third-string quarterback Pat Devlin even got in on the action. Devlin spent some time with the second team today and made some plays working in what is typically Moore’s spot.

Randy Starks, Paul Soliai paired at first-team DT

Yesterday, Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick were paired as the starting defensive tackle combination for most of practice. This morning, Randy Starks replaced Odrick on the first team.

It looks like the Dolphins are rotating interior linemen each day of practice and that a full-on competition is going down for the two available starting jobs. Soliai and Starks will likely be the starters when Week 1 arrives, but expect Jared Odrick to rotate inside early and often.

Fullback becoming obsolete for Dolphins? 

The Dolphins appeared to be interested in upgrading at fullback over the offseason. They signed former Chicago Bear Evan Rodriguez and flirted with the idea of bringing in Vonta Leach.

But the offense may not have much use for the fullback position anymore.

The Dolphins have been primarily using three wide receiver sets with Dustin Keller at tight end, according to reports. In fact, fullback Jorvorskie Lane hasn’t taken one snap with the first or second team. It might be the beginning of the end for the fullback position in Miami.

Rookie CB Jamar Taylor sits out reps

Dolphins’ second-round pick Jamar Taylor was seen taking a knee with his helmet off during portions of Monday’s practice. Miami appears to be easing Taylor along slowly after he missed the majority of the team’s offseason program following hernia surgery.

For now, Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall are the clear-cut starters at cornerback, with Marshall possibly moving to the nickel when the defense subs in a fifth defensive back.

Big year coming for Daniel Thomas? 

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald was told that the team expects a big year from Daniel Thomas if the third-year back can stay healthy. Salguero speculated that competition between Thomas and presumed starter Lamar Miller is just beginning.

Personally, I have a hard time believing that given how inconsistent Thomas was in his first two seasons. To me, Thomas has a better chance of being cut than starting ahead of Miller.

Sturgis misses kick

Dan Carpenter was a perfect 10 for 10 on field goals at yesterday’s workout. It was fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis’ turn to kick today, though.

Sturgis wasn’t given as many attempts as Carpenter, but he did miss a 47-yard try. It’s still early and Sturgis is likely still the favorite to win the job, but if Carpenter continues to split the uprights and the rookie struggles, it won’t matter who is being paid more.

Expect more read option in 2013

The Dolphins ran plenty of read option late in the 2012 season. According to Armando Salguero, the offense has been running more read option during the first two practices of training camp.

It’s a great play to install in the game plan with a mobile quarterback like Tannehill at the helm. The only concern is: How many big hits will Tannehill take when he decides to keep the football?

Up next

The Dolphins will get back to work tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Expect some hitting as the team straps on the pads for the first time of the year.

Sources: Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel


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