Well, it may be a day off for a lot of folks out there, but the Dolphins were back at work today, practicing in preparation for Sunday’s Week 1 opener against the Bills. The team also made some roster moves today, adding LB Bobby Carpenter, a fifth year player out of Ohio State and another former Cowboy. To make room for him, the team released Charlie Anderson.
Today the Miami Dolphins announced that they have terminated the contract of two players, waived 18 others, and acquired versatile offensive lineman Pat McQuistan from the Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick.
There are some definite surprises here, starting with the fact that TE David Martin, re-signed midway through training camp, has had his contract terminated. The team can, of course, bring him back early in the regular season, which could change the amount of guaranteed money that he is owed.
For the final time before Thursday night’s pre-season finale against the Cowboys, the Dolphins held a full practice today and coach Tony Sparano met with the media afterwards. Right off that bat, the coach confirmed that LB Channing Crowder would not play in this week’s game, which should come as no surprise after we found out that he received a second opinion on his mystery injury yesterday.
The Dolphins practiced this afternoon for the first time since Friday night’s 16-6 loss to the Falcons and after practice, coach Tony Sparano met with the media. While most of the reaction to that game has been negative, the coach emphasized that there were some positives to take away. He didn’t single out any players, but said that he did like the way that the interior of the defensive line played and that they were able to move some people around.
Between his team’s two practices today, Coach Sparano met with the media to discuss the goings-on as we (finally) close in on the first pre-season game of 2010. Early on, Sparano was asked about TE David Martin, back with the team after starring in 2008 and missing all of 2009. The coach said that he really isn’t thinking about ’08 at all and that he is just looking to create competition.
After this afternoon’s scrimmage, the coach spoke with the assembled media and there was no question that the defense got the best of the offense today. Not that that’s something to read too much into, but Tony Sparano had high praise for Mike Nolan’s unit, which was very much ahead of Dan Henning’s, at least for 50-60 plays today. The coach did say, though, that the “body of work” to this point is much more important than just this afternoon.