It was a day to forget for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He reportedly threw at least three interceptions at practice this afternoon, with some suggesting he threw a fourth pick to Kheeston Randall.
Tannehill disputed that after practice, saying “You’re giving me an extra one there…it was bad enough with three.”
But it doesn’t really matter. Tannehill was picked off by Brent Grimes and Will Davis, who got him twice. That alone constitutes a rough day for the second-year passer. And it comes after a less-than-impressive start to the preseason in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
It’s just one practice and Tannehill has been without starting receivers Brian Hartline (although he returned today) and Mike Wallace for a week. And let’s not be so quick to forget that he had a streak of five consecutive sessions without throwing an interception earlier in camp.
But his struggles today are a reminder that Tannehill hasn’t arrived yet. He’s still only second-year player who has some developing left to do.
Tannehill probably isn’t going to become an elite quarterback this season. But he still can emerge as a very good one. One good enough to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs.
Today’s practice needs to serve as a learning experience rather than a confidence killer, though. We’ll see how Tannehill responds at tomorrow’s practice and on Friday against the Jaguars.
A whole slew of Dolphins were held out of Sunday night’s game in Canton. Many returned to the field for practice today, though. Jared Odrick, Dannell Ellerbe and Brian Hartline were among those who returned to work.
Mike Wallace caught some passes on the sideline, but was still held out of most drills and probably needs to practice tomorrow if he’s going to play on Friday night.
Defensive tackle Randy Starks was nowhere to be seen again. I doubt we’ll see Starks anytime soon. Dolphins fans can only hope he’s ready to go by the opener in Cleveland.
Cornerback Jamar Taylor, who returned to practice recently after missing much of the first two weeks, and tight end Kyle Miller also didn’t attend Tuesday’s practice. We can only assume Taylor is still having a difficult time recovering from offseason surgery, while there’s been no word on what’s going on with Miller.
Quarterback Pat Devlin, who was pulled late in Sunday night’s game with a hand injury, didn’t participate in drills but was seen throwing the football around on the sideline.
Bumphis’ strong play continues
Chad Bumphis followed up his 85-yard performance on Sunday night with a strong practice today. He caught several passes and has begun to draw comparisons to Davone Bess, who went from undrafted rookie free agent to one of the league’s most productive slot receivers. We still need to see much more from Bumphis if he wants to make the team, though.
Lance Louis ready to start at right guard?
Offensive lineman Lance Louis saw the most action he’s received all camp during today’s practice. He was signed in March to compete for a starting role and with John Jerry out with a knee injury, he should be expected to challenge for that spot. How long will Josh Samuda be able to hold down the starting role at right guard with Louis progressing every day?
The Dolphins practice one more time tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. before Friday’s game in Jacksonville.