The Dolphins practiced in the bubble this afternoon and afterwards coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed, among other things, the team’s pending trade of WR Greg Camarillo to the Vikings for CB Benny Sapp.
When talking about the trade, Sparano said that WR was a “strong unit” and that he has been impressed with all of the guys throughout training camp, which makes it clear why the team was comfortable trading away a guy as reliable as Camarillo (he had literally zero drops last season). Sparano also said that this trade materialized “fairly quick,” which is unsurprising considering that Minnesota only recently found out that WR Sidney Rice would miss up to eight weeks with a hip injury. Other notes from today:
-The outside linebacker group has really pleased Sparano and he expects them to get a real big test against the Falcons. He also said that he has figured out which guys are “run” guys, which guys are “pass” guys and who can do both.
-Staying on defense…with three of the four ILB spots basically wrapped up, Austin Spitler, Micah Johnson, and JD Folsom are battling for the fourth. Sparano said that the guy who wins the spot has to do more than one thing well, highlighting special teams.
-Speaking of special teams, the coach made the point that a guy can be productive on special teams without “even coming close to making a tackle.” He referenced the post-safety free kick in Jacksonville, and while Jason Allen gets the credit for the forced fumble, it was Ike Alama-Francis who flew down the field, engaged two blockers, and allowed Allen to make the hit.
-As for the other roster move the team made today, they terminated the contract of injured guard Randy Thomas.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of the coach and see him address the trade, discuss the nature of those kinds of decisions, and talk about what we can see on special teams Friday night against Atlanta:
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