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Andy Cohen: Quick Hits From Saturday’s Scrimmage At Sun Life Stadium
By on August 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

140802_AC_AMAndy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season. Occasionally, like today, Andy will also provide some quick hits.). Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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• Before we get to the scrimmage, the Dolphins announced Saturday that former players G Ed Newman, RB Tony Nathan, DE Jeff Cross and CB Sam Madison will be added to the team’s Walk of Fame. All good choices. All quality people. Newman was one of the strongest players in team history, Nathan was one of the most versatile, Madison was as good a one-on-one corner and you’ll find and Cross, from 1989 through 1995, compiled 59 ½ sacks.

• Back to football: Ryan Tannehill generally looked sharp, hitting on a couple of touchdown passes and looking at ease in this offense. Here’s hoping this is a start of things to come.

• Tannehill’s TD passes went to Lamar Miller and Dion Sims. Miller, in particular, had a strong scrimmage, clearly the best of any running back. The Dolphins could really use a breakout third season from Miller, especially with uncertainty surrounding Knowshon Moreno, rehabbing from a knee injury.

• If Sims can continue to catch this way, he’s going to make things interesting at tight end.

• Only real downer on an opening scrimmage touchdown drive was Charles Clay limping off the field. Clay is so important to this offense.

• Rookie Jarvis Landry had a nice TD catch (from Pat Devlin) and returned a few punts. Did nothing to temper my enthusiasm about this talented player.

• Three big plays on defense: A long fumble return for a score from rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp and a pair of interceptions from Cortland Finnegan and Jimmy Wilson. Think what it would mean for this defense if it got a bounce back season from Finnegan.

Nate Garner did a solid job at center with the first-team offense. How many different ways can this man-for-all-positions contribute?

• Good to see center Sam Brenner back from an injury and practicing. Can’t have enough depth at center, especially with Pouncey out.

• I continue to be impressed with receiver Armon Binns, who is making a real push to earn a spot on a team very deep at wide receiver. Rishard Matthews is another receiver worth watching carefully.

• No more scrimmages planned before preseason opens Friday night in Atlanta and that means we’ll be one week closer to the games counting for real. Can’t come soon enough.

(AC in the AM resumes on Monday morning with a close look at coach Joe Philbin).

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