It was a sloppy last practice before the preseason opener for the Dolphins on Friday afternoon. Drops, miscues and fumbles highlighted a less than encouraging day at the office.
Given the daily grind of training camp, these types of rough practices happen every year for every team. Head Coach Joe Philbin probably isn’t thrilled it transpired on the final workout of the week, though.
The Dolphins will look to sharpen things up on Sunday night against the Cowboys in Canton, but they might be without several starters…
Wallace, Odrick and Starks sit out, Hartline limited
Receiver Mike Wallace (groin) and defensive tackle Jared Odrick (hamstring) spent most of Friday’s practice on the sideline rehabbing their presumed minor injuries. Brian Hartline, while limited, did get some work in with the rest of Miami’s wide receiver corps. All three might be held out of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game, though.
Missing more than the preseason opener could be in jeopardy for Randy Starks, however, who was absent from Friday’s workout. If Starks’ injury is minor like Wallace’s and Odrick’s, one would have to assume he would have been rehabbing with them on the sideline today.
There could be an explanation for his disappearance, though, so we’ll hold off on further speculation.
Samuda the favorite at right guard?
For the second consecutive practice, Josh Samuda received the most reps at first-team right guard. Samuda seems like the most logical choice to be in the starting lineup on Sunday night considering he’s spent more time there than any of the other players who have been shuffling in and out since John Jerry’s injury.
It will be interesting to see how the line shakes up when Jerry returns or Lance Louis is deemed 100 percent. But for now, it looks like Samuda has emerged as the early favorite to get the nod over Dallas Thomas and Nate Garner.
Jonathan Martin doesn’t give up any sacks
Left tackle Jonathan Martin capped off an otherwise forgettable week of practice by not allowing a sack this afternoon.
Dion Jordan got the best of him on a few snaps, most notably collapsing the pocket with a bull rush on one play and drawing a holding penalty against Martin on another, but the second-year pro wasn’t dominated like he has been in previous workouts.
Dolphins fans can only hope today’s success will serve as a confidence builder for Martin going forward.
Another impressive practice for kicker Sturgis
Any life Dan Carpenter had in the competition for Miami’s one and only kicker spot is beginning to dwindle.
After being sidelined with a groin injury, fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis has returned to practice and has been kicking extremely well the past couple days. He’s well on his way to making his new job title as the Dolphins’ starting kicker official.
The Dolphins will be traveling to Canton, Ohio to take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night at 8pm EDT.