It was hot and humid start to the first day of organized team activities for the Miami Dolphins but the weather didn’t stop the rapid pace and play making abilities on the field. The team focused on individual drills and special teams and finished up going offense verses defense. When the mid-morning rain storm rolled into Davie it cooled the players off a bit, but the level of execution didn’t diminish. Here are a couple of observations from from my viewpoint:
1) Tannehill Takes Control – From the first snap of the workout, there was a certain confidence and demeanor that Tannehill put on full display. I felt like he was in complete control of his surroundings and looked like a seasoned quarterback. His velocity, control and location of the football was right on and looked comfortable throwing to his new toys!
2) Tempo, Tempo, Tempo – It was noticeable right from the start that this team will dictate and operate the way they want to play football. The goal will be to play with more efficiency on offense, stay on the field and convert third down opportunities. New players like wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe both talked about the need to get accumulated to the rapid fire of plays and get into playing shape quickly because of the South Florida heat.
3) Competition is Everywhere – Multiple positions are up for grabs but the areas of running back, wide receiver and defensive back just might be the hottest battles moving forward. Each of these positions have talented players all trying to step up and grab the starting nod. Cornerback Brent Grimes looked like he hasn’t lost any athletic ability and made multiple plays on the football. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were running and catching with efficiency while wideouts Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns and Brian Tyms will hopefully push each other to continue to strengthen this position.
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