The Dolphin’s offense was rusty this morning. Chad Pennington was picked off for the first time this summer by Will Allen. Pennington and Chad Henne also fumbled.
No significant down the field completions took place in the first practice of the day; the running game didn’t do anything special either. The backs did catch a ton of balls, as they were wide open in the flats.
Vontae Davis was very impressive as he ran step for step with Ted Ginn on a long fly pattern that fell incomplete.
Ginn hasn’t showed it yet, but the coaches can’t stop raving about him. They say that he is much more decisive and explosive after the catch.
Davone Bess looks bigger, but not any slower. Speaking of big, the Dolphins are running Brandon London and Patrick Turner together. It is very safe to say that, that is the tallest wide receiver combination in Dolphin history.
Turner caught every ball thrown his way yesterday.
Dan Carpenter continues to be one of the greatest steals in Miami history; the undrafted place kicker just doesn’t miss field goals. He put on a show yesterday going 10-10 from 20-40 yards out. He was a vital cog in the Dolphin’s success last year, and will be vital to a playoff run this year.
The Dolphins put on pads for the first time this morning, and it seemed to wake up linebacker Cam Wake. He was nearly in on two sacks, but he has still not lived up to his stellar pass rushing reputation.
Wake was easily handled most of the day by rookie right tackle Andrew Gardner. Rod Wright had a very good morning rushing the passer.
Davone Bess, Ted Ginn, Brian Hartline and Chris Williams have been the main Punt returners; it is very interesting the Anthony Armstrong is not in that group.
The coaches say that the right guard job is Shawn Murphy’s to lose. Here is an interesting note on Murphy. He is the son of one of my all-time favorite baseball players, former Atlanta Brave, Dale Murphy.
Justin Smiley missed the Morning session as his wife is giving birth. Andy Alleman got his reps.
Still no sign of Matt Roth as he is out with a strained groin. While this is bad news for Roth, it allows Taylor and Porter to play together more. All of the outside linebackers trying to make the team are getting more reps as well