Quarterback Ryan Tannehill put together one of his best practices of training camp on Wednesday morning, dissecting the Dolphins’ defense with strikes to new targets Dustin Keller, Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson.
Most notably, Tannehill connected with Wallace for a near 50-yard bomb that was good for six over the top of defensive backs Nolan Carroll and Kelcie McCray. But Tannehill’s most-targeted receiver this morning was tight end Dustin Keller, who caught several passes from his new quarterback, including a 45-yard diving touchdown.
The two are beginning to develop a rapport with one another and Keller is proving to be just the weapon Tannehill needed to become more comfortable throwing over the middle of the field after preferring to throw outside the numbers as a rookie.
We’ll see if any momentum from today’s practice carries over to Saturday night’s game in Houston for Tannehill and the offense.
Garner goes down, Jerry participates in drills
After Josh Samuda was beaten several times in pass pro against the Jaguars, the Dolphins inserted versatile backup Nate Garner at starting right guard during the first two days of practice this week.
But Garner recently underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will be out two to three weeks, leaving the Dolphins with a depleted set of options to work with at the position.
Lance Louis is still getting second-team snaps and likely won’t get a shot to work with the starters until he is 100 percent recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last season in Chicago.
The good news? Help is finally on the way.
John Jerry returned to practice on a limited basis this morning, meaning he’s probably on pace to play Week 1 in Cleveland. He still didn’t get any work during 11-on-11s, however, which will keep him out on Saturday in Houston.
Josh Samuda will likely assume the first-team right guard spot once again, which doesn’t bode well for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his pass protection.
Dolphins bring back QB Corp, Devlin hurt
The Dolphins announced the signing of quarterback Aaron Corp this morning, who was previously with the team for the first eight days of training camp. Bringing back Corp was a bit of a head scratcher until third-string passer Pat Devlin was nowhere to be seen at this morning’s practice.
Apparently, Devlin is dealing with an injury of some sort. He was pulled late in the fourth quarter of the Hall of Fame Game with a hand injury, but played last Friday in Jacksonville.
Still no Starks, Jordan
Defensive tackle Randy Starks (knee) and defensive end Dion Jordan (shoulder) were held out of another practice this morning in Davie.
If Starks can maintain his conditioning, he’ll be fine as long as he’s ready to go by Week 1 in Cleveland. Jordan, however, could use the reps, especially as an edge setter on early downs.
I have no doubt the rookie can still have a large role on passing situations, but he isn’t topping Olivier Vernon on the depth chart anytime soon unless he can get healthy and prove to the coaches he’s ready to be an every-down player.
Pouncey lobbies for starting offensive line to play entire first half on Saturday
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey told reporters after practice that he’d like to see himself and the team’s first-team offensive line play the entire first half against the Texans on Saturday night. It wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
The seemingly ever-fluctuating unit still needs to develop chemistry together, although the starting right guard spot is bound to change when John Jerry returns.
Then again, with how many injuries Miami has sustained up front, maybe it’s best if the starting O-line is pulled after the first quarter.
The Dolphins’ final open practice of training camp will be held Thursday morning at 8 a.m.