Episode three of “Hard Knocks” premiered tonight on HBO and while it didn’t necessarily pack the same emotional punch as last week (Joe Philbin discussing the death of his son, Chad Johnson being cut), there was plenty of great behind-the-scenes access to the last week of Dolphins training camp.
The show ended with Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill being told that the rookie has been named the starting quarterback, but a lot led to that moment and to that decision.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took nearly all of the first-team reps at quarterback on Monday, and at the beginning of his post-practice press conference, Joe Philbin indicated why. The first-round pick was named the team’s starting quarterback, ending the team’s open competition for now.
Tannehill will start Friday night’s game against Atlanta, though Philbin has yet to determine how much playing time he and others will receive.
The team will travel to Carolina tomorrow ahead of Friday night’s preseason game.
In case you missed it, here’s a complete roundup of Dolphins.com’s coverage of the 15th and final day of training camp practices:
- Day 19 Notebook: Quiet Last Day of Training Camp; Other Notes
- Hard Knocks Turn Their Lenses On Hogan, Wallace, Egnew, Clay
- Season Ticket Member Gets To Be Equipment Manager For A Day
- VIDEO: Joe Philbin Press Conference, 8/15
- VIDEO: Hard Knocks Director’s Cut: Rob Gehring
- VIDEO: Roberto Wallace Media Availability
- VIDEO: Michael Egnew Media Availability
- VIDEO: Chris Hogan Media Availability
- VIDEO: Chris Hogan “Mr.
After a Friday night dropped pass and a Saturday night arrest, Johnson’s contract was terminated by the team on Sunday and the show was there to capture much of what was a very intense weekend in South Florida.
Things, began, though, on an even more serious note, as the show opened with the death of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son.
But to take advantage of his overwhelming physicality, Joe Philbin and Kevin Coyle have permanently shifted Wilson inside to safety.
Wilson joined The Finsiders to talk about the position switch and his on-field development during his first true NFL offseason.
In all honesty, probably too early.
But with Chad Ochocinco becoming available after the Patriots cut him yesterday, there has been a ton of discussion among fans and media about if he would be a fit or not here in his hometown.
I’m not going to try and answer that question today, but I do think it provides us with a good opportunity to look at the team’s wide receiving corps.