Dolphins rookie cornerback Will Davis had himself an outstanding practice on Thursday afternoon, picking off three passes and breaking up another three or four.
Davis is quickly making a name for himself as a ballhawk on the second-team defense.
The Dolphins have made producing more takeaways a priority in 2013. If Davis keeps making plays, you’d have to think he will at least get a look with the first team at some point.
Brent Grimes has one starting spot at the position locked down, but the other is still up for grabs.
Wallace, Hartline continue to sit
For the third consecutive practice, wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline spent the majority of the session working with team trainers. Wallace is apparently dealing with a minor groin injury while Hartline is nursing a calf injury.
One would have to assume both players would be ready to go if the regular season began today, but with the opener still over five weeks away, there is no need to rush them back.
It’s becoming unlikely that either will play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game, though.
Odrick, Starks miss reps
Defensive tackles Jared Odrick and Randy Starks spent a good portion of Thursday’s practice on the sideline not participating in drills. Odrick was seen removing ice from one of his hamstrings while Starks sat out with a compression sleeve on his right leg.
Neither injury is considered to be serious, but like Wallace and Hartline, their statuses for Sunday’s preseason opener are now in doubt.
Second-round pick Jamar Taylor was unlimited for today’s practice after returning to work on a limited basis Wednesday night. It’s a step in the right direction for Taylor, but he’s got some catching up to do if he wants to re-enter the competition for the starting cornerback job opposite Brent Grimes.
For now, Richard Marshall, who got those reps today, and Dimitri Patterson, who was on the first-team during Monday’s scrimmage, are the two battling for the spot.
Vernon top pass rusher of day
Last night, rookie Dion Jordan produced with two sacks against left tackle Jonathan Martin. This afternoon, it was defensive end Olivier Vernon’s turn to get in on the action.Vernon reportedly racked up three sacks in team drills today, beating Martin on two occasions.
Dolphins fans hope that the Hall of Fame Game will shed some light on whether Jordan and Vernon are THAT good or Jonathan Martin is simply THAT bad.
Tannehill’s interception-less streak over
After five consecutive workouts without throwing an interception, Ryan Tannehill finally turned the ball over this afternoon. One of Tannehill’s passes was tipped near the goal line and fell into the hands of cornerback Richard Marshall.
Without Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline in the lineup, it was only a matter of time before Tannehill made a mistake.
Strong practice from Kyle Miller
The second-year tight end made several plays during the workout, including a 30-yard catch down the seam from Pat Devlin and a touchdown grab from Ryan Tannehill during goal-line drills.
Given Charles Clay’s versatility to line up in the backfield or at tight end, the Dolphins might only keep two pure tight ends on the 53. Those two would undoubtedly be Dustin Keller and rookie Dion Sims. But if Kyle Miller continues to make plays, the Dolphins would surely consider keeping three.
The Dolphins will conduct their last practice before Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game Friday at 11:30 a.m.