The Miami Dolphins clearly weren’t pleased with the performance of their first-team offensive line during the first four practices of training camp.
So, shaking things up was in order.
Richie Incognito moved from left guard to right guard, where he played the majority of his career before signing with the Dolphins in 2010. Usual starting right guard John Jerry was nowhere to be found with an undisclosed injury (will update when we know more).
Replacing Incognito at left guard was third-round pick Dallas Thomas. Thomas was originally expected to backup Jonathan Martin at left tackle this season, but he’s thought to have more potential on the interior.
Will the new-look offensive line yield more time for Ryan Tannehill and more holes for the running game? Was the shuffling merely a temporary experiment by the Dolphins’ coaching staff? Only time will tell.
Here are some more notes from this morning’s workout:
Tannehill sharp early on, but can’t finish
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill followed up a solid practice on Wednesday with another this morning. He was in a groove early on, completing multiple passes to Mike Wallace and Armon Binns.
Tannehill couldn’t put the ideal finishing touches on the workout, though, overthrowing an open Wallace, who had a step or two on Brent Grimes, for a would-be touchdown on his final throw of team period. It wasn’t the perfect ending, but overall, it was an encouraging day for Tannehill and the passing game.
The new-look offensive line still struggled with protection and blitz pickups, however, as Tannehill was pressured by the likes of Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler and Jared Odrick.
Dion Jordan participates in 1-on-1s
After being prohibited from contact in his first two practices with the team, Dion Jordan was finally able to show off some of his pass-rushing ability this morning. The rookie first-round pick squared off with a few of Miami’s offensive linemen during 1-on-1 work.
How did he look?
Well, he was able to beat left tackle Jonathan Martin with an inside move, which is undoubtedly a bittersweet report for Dolphins fans. Still no 11-on-11 reps for Jordan, but those should come any day now.
Taylor, Sturgis and Marshall sidelined
Dolphins’ second-round pick Jamar Taylor remains sidelined with soreness from offseason hernia surgery. If he’s unable to earn significant playing time in camp, Miami could be forced to keep six cornerbacks. Everyday Taylor misses roster-bubble corners like Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll see their prospects of making the team improve.
Kicker Caleb Sturgis’ rough start to training camp just got a little worse. He is reportedly suffering from a groin injury and was seen riding the stationary bike during this morning’s workout. Dan Carpenter missed two field goals during 11-on-11s, though. Both attempts were from about 50 yards out.
Cameron Marshall also sat out drills with a reported hamstring injury. As an undrafted rookie tailback, Marshall’s already slim chances of making the team won’t be helped by missing reps.
The Dolphins practice tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. for a session that will only be open to season-ticket holders.