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Miami Dolphins TC Report: Offense Bounces Back

Joe Philbin addresses the team. Courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com

It was ugly. There were players tripping over teammate’s feet. There were protection breakdowns. There were turnovers.

Not much went the offense’s way during Tuesday’s practice, the team’s first in full pads. Ryan Tannehill threw two interceptions, Matt Moore threw another and the offensive line had no answer for the defense’s pressure.

But good offenses in this league–the units that are truly playoff caliber–find a way to bounce back. And that’s exactly what Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins’ offense did today.

The second-year quarterback was sharp, knifing through Miami’s defense with completions to Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Armon Binns among others. Perhaps more importantly, No. 17 took care of the football after tossing two picks yesterday.

It was far from a perfect day for the Dolphin offense. There were still some drops. Tannehill’s protection still isn’t where it needs to be. And reports have it that Kevin Coyle’s defense was giving mostly vanilla looks, as opposed to bringing heat on nearly every down like Tuesday morning.

But it was a good, confidence-building practice for Tannehill and the offense. It was just what they needed as the first phase of workouts comes to an end (players have off day on Thursday).

Here are some more highlights from the workout:

Jamar Taylor still sidelined

The Dolphins’ second-round pick Jamar Taylor is still suffering from some soreness derived from offseason hernia surgery. Taylor’s absence has provided a great opportunity to corners like Dimitri Patterson and fellow rookie Will Davis.

Patterson, who is owed $4.5 million in 2013, will make the 53 if he can prove he’s one of the team’s top three players at the position. So far, he has been. Davis, meanwhile, has made plays two days in a row.

Odrick getting the nod over Starks?

Jared Odrick continues to get first-team reps ahead of former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks. It’s difficult to envision a scenario where Starks, who will be the highest-paid player on the team in 2013, doesn’t start. But given the logjam of talent on the Dolphins’ defensive line, a quality player is going to be the odd man out.

Odrick reportedly spend some time working at defensive end today, though, where he recorded two would-be sacks. If neither Olivier Vernon or Dion Jordan take the open defensive end spot by the reins, Miami could always still employ a defensive line of Odrick and Wake at defensive end with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks inside at tackle.

However it shakes up, it’s becoming evident that the Dolphins’ defensive line is the deepest, most-talented unit on the team.

Defense works on forcing fumbles

The Dolphins spent a great deal of time drilling ball security on offense and forcing fumbles on defense early this morning in the bubble. Miami ranked 25th in the league in turnover margin in 2012–clearly something this year’s team must improve on if they hope to make a playoff push.

Daniel Thomas and Michael Egnew both coughed up the rock during those drills, which should surprise no one.

Carpenter clearly ahead of rookie Sturgis

Fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis entered training camp as the clear-cut favorite to become the Dolphins’ starting kicker this season. He’s done nothing to earn the team’s trust through four practices, though.

Sturgis missed two field-goal attempts today, failing to match Dan Carpenter’s efficiency so far, who was 10 for 10 on kicks during one practice this week.

The Dolphins can save $2 million in 2013 by cutting Carpenter and rolling with the rookie. But Sturgis is making that decision difficult on Miami. If it’s indeed a legitimate competition, Carpenter is clearly off to the early lead.

Up next

The players are off tomorrow before returning to the practice field on Friday morning.

Sources: Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, ESPN AFC East Blog, Sun Sentinel


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2 Responses to “Miami Dolphins TC Report: Offense Bounces Back”

  1. Securb says:

    I love it! Can’t wait for the Hall of Fame Game. The offence should look great against the depleted Cowboys D.

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