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3 Observations From Practice #14 Of Dolphins Training Camp
By on August 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

081214-ObservationsTraining camp is quickly coming to a close in terms of the open practices that we as media are allowed to watch. Tuesday’s practice was another hot and humid South Florida morning, but it seemed like this team was able to get in a day of quality work in preparation for their second preseason game in Tampa. This is a time in training camp where players start to separate from each other either due to their play or the inability to participate due to bumps and bruises. With only one more regular practice to make an impression this week, players must take advantage of the limited opportunities that are still in front of them.

Here’s what stood out to me during the 14th practice of Dolphins Training Camp:

1. Rookies Continue To Shine

There are multiple drafted and undrafted players on this roster that have made an impression on me so far throughout training camp, but there are two that will play significant roles when the regular season starts in September. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James seems to be living up to the player that this organization thought he would so far in training camp. James has shown the athleticism everyday in practice to not only play the position with ease, but has a toughness about him that you would expect from a first round draft choice. The best thing I can say about James is that he’s doing more than just looking the part, he’s acting like it.

The other rookie that continues to take center stage is wide receiver Jarvis Landry. What I like most about his skill set is that he catches the football cleanly and seems to find separation by running disciplined routes. Today was no exception, as Landry not only consistently found holes in the secondary, but made two spectacular catches and making it look routine.

2. A New Face

The new name at Dolphins Training Camp on Tuesday was a familiar name to many Dolphins fans in 2007. Coming out of college, then Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn looked to be a lock to be selected by Miami with the 9th overall pick. But instead, the Dolphins went with wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., as Quinn fell all the way to the bottom of the 1st round to be selected by the Cleveland Browns at #22 overall. Fast forward to today, Quinn’s been well traveled, and his latest stop is finally in South Florida. Quinn is likely being brought in to compete for a roster spot, and will have to learn the offensive terminology and tempo quickly to do so. On Tuesday his reps were limited, as quarterbacks Zac Taylor and offensive assistant Ben Johnson were giving him a crash course in the Dolphins offense, and were with him the entire practice.

3. Executing Under Pressure

The Dolphins started practice and ended practice with more situational work, concentrating on end of game scenarios. They did this both during the seven on seven portion of practice as well as finishing with an 11-on-11 team drill.

Here’s the situation, and a recap of the final drive of practice:

The Dolphins offense has the football, down by four points, with a 1:30 left to go in the game. The ball is on their own 30 yard line, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill must get his team into the end zone for the win.

Tannehill found wide receiver Brian Hartline on a deep in route to move the football into the defense’s territory. After the defense, came up strong on consecutive plays, Tannehill found rookie wideout Jarvis Landry to move the chains and get the ball down to the 27 yard line with just 22 seconds remaining in the game. Tannehill found Hartline again on a short under route to move the football to the 13 yard line with 15 seconds left. After missing a fade route on 1st and 10, Tannehill rifled a quick post into the hands of wide Rishard Matthews in the tightest of windows for the touchdown.

News & Notes

  • The following players missed practice on Tuesday due to various ailments: Jason Fox (chest), Mike Gillislee (hamstring), Daniel Thomas (hamstring), Micajah Reynolds (knee), Gator Hoskins (hamstring), A.J. Francis (knee), Charles Clay (knee), Mike Pouncey (hip), Chris McCain (undisclosed)
  • Cortland Finnegan returned to practice after missing the past two sessions due to undisclosed reasons
  • New Dolphins quarterback Brady Quinn is wearing #7 in practice, formerly worn by waived/injured quarterback Pat Devlin.
  • Offensive lineman Shelley Smith received some reps on the 1st team offensive line at left guard. Smith has been working with the second team at right guard.
  • On Wednesday the team has no practice, and will return to the field on Thursday for the final open practice of Dolphins Training Camp

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