Day two of training camp didn’t have quite the excitement level that was reached yesterday, but the Miami Dolphins continued work towards building a team that can compete for an AFC East title. Players continued to sharpen their craft and the execution level on both sides of the football was nice to see. Here are some of my takeaways from the morning workout:
1) Lamar Miller Looks Like He Belongs – It’s quite obvious to see why this coaching staff has placed confidence in the second-year running back. Miller explodes up the field when he creases the hole with just about every carry, utilizing his vision and powerful running style within a couple of strides. His speed is his biggest asset but defenders shouldn’t ignore his powerful body lean while running between the tackles. His continued improvement will allow this offense to grow, and take some of the pressure off of the passing game this season.
2) Philbin Focused On The Two’s – For much of today’s practice Head Coach Joe Philbin spent his time evaluating some of the backup battles on both sides of the football. There are multiple positions on this team that will get Philbin’s undivided attention every day at practice, with players needing to make every repetition count. With only a few roster spots legitimately up for grabs, players can’t afford to take a day off or not respond to the competition on a daily basis.
3) Timing In The Passing Game – One of the biggest concerns when bringing in new skill players at wide receiver is how long will it take to get precision in the passing game. Will Ryan Tannehill click with all of his new weapons in the offense? The early work that this unit has displayed is promising because of the players it involves. Players like Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller and Brian Hartline look confident running precise routes with timing in the pass offense. Keller had a couple of seam routes getting behind the coverage, while Wallace and Hartline shined on the speed cuts on the sidelines. Also, quarterback Matt Moore found tight end Kyle Miller multiple times down the field and hit Rishard Matthews behind everyone, which would have put points on the scoreboard!
Some Quick Hits:
– Defensive end Olivier Vernon impressed during the one-on-ones versus the offensive line today. His strength and speed definitely has increased this offseason and should help him get on the field consistently in 2013.
– Lots of crowd noise during the early periods of practice turned the concentration and tempo up right from the start of day two! The offense didn’t huddle much, simulating a short two-minute drill in the bubble.
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