Lost in the Miami Dolphins announcement that they will be taking part in HBO’s Hard Knocks, was the fact that the Dolphins started their second OTA session on Monday. From what we can tell, most Dolphins fans are excited about the Dolphins being featured on Hard Knocks because it will give Dolphins fans a chance to see the reality of training camp. Personally, I will be purchasing an HBO subscription so I can watch every minute of it!
On the field, the Dolphins resumed their ‘voluntary’ organized training activities. Although, one notable member of the Dolphins was not in attendance….Reggie Bush. Coach Joe Philbin would not discuss Bush, or any other player’s absence. Via Twitter we know that Bush was in Las Vegas this weekend…maybe he extended his stay a little bit?? Who knows. However, by the looks of things, Reggie is back with the Dolphins today, on the field. The media isn’t allowed to watch today’s practice, but Bush tweeted earlier that he’s ‘ready to work’. So we can assume he’s rejoined the Dolphins. We may never find out why he wasn’t at yesterday’s practice, but as long as he’s healthy, I’m not overly concerned.
David Garrard was also not at practice as he was tending to his home in Jacksonville, which sustained storm damage over the weekend. A few Dolphins rookies (Martin, Kaddu) were not in camp because they are still finishing up exams. Vontae Davis was at camp, but again sat out with an undisclosed injury. Richard Marshall, who was signed to add depth at CB, was injured during practice, sustaining a hamstring injury. I’m not particularly worried about these injuries, as they shouldn’t effect the players in-season.
On the field, Reshad Jones had a good day, bringing down 3 interceptions, 2 off of Ryan Tannehill. According to the Palm Beach Post, Tannehill took more snaps because of Garrard’s absense…..and appeared to ‘play like a rookie.’ Matt Moore, reportedly, looked sharp. Davone Bess brought down 2 TD passes and had a strong showing. Rookie BJ Cunningham had a rough day, dropping a lot of passes. One Dolphins rookie has caught a veteran’s eye…..Cameron Wake had this to say about Olivier Vernon: “He’s definitely got a motor, and that’s something you can’t teach.” Hopefully Vernon can finally provide a legit pass rushing threat opposite Wake. If he can, the Dolphins pass rush could turn from a weakness into a strength. The Dolphins are back on the field today, but with no media allowed to watch, updates will be few and far between. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything!