Training camp for the Miami Dolphins came to an end yesterday. This means the Dolphins players no longer need to stay at the team hotel and can return home to their families. It also means that the regular season is bearing down on us all (which is awesome). For the next few weeks, the Dolphins will conduct practices just like it is the regular season. The Dolphins still have 3 preseason games remaining, but the opener on September 8th in Cleveland is just 3 weeks from Sunday.
With the close of training camp, we thought we’d examine what we’ve learned during the first 3 weeks of the preseason. The Dolphins showed some improvement from game 1 against the Cowboys to game 2 against the Jaguars. Hopefully we see the trend continue Saturday night against the Texans. The offense, in particular, must do a better job of getting off to a fast start. Although that might be easier said than done considering Ryan Tannehill is probably still having nightmares about JJ (S)Watt tipping balls at the line of scrimmage.
Rookies Showing Promise
The Dolphins rookie class is headlined by Dion Jordan, whom the Dolphins traded up to get in the first round. But some of the other rookies had productive camps, thus far. Will Davis has proven to be a ball hawk in the secondary and with experience, he should become more consistent in coverage. Dion Sims is a virtual lock to make the roster and will likely be paired with Dustin Keller in the 2 tight end formations. Mike Gillislee has shown some elusiveness and is fighting for a backup running back position. Chad Bumphis, an undrafted rookie, is making a strong case for consideration as the team’s #5 wide receiver. Rookie kicker, Caleb Sturgis has already won his starting job, beating out Dan Carpenter, who was released on Wednesday.
We saw some flashes from Dion Jordan in camp, but he re-aggrevated his shoulder injury during the game versus the Jags. Hopefully he can get back onto the practice field soon and will be ready for week 1. Jamar Taylor, the Dolphins 2nd round pick, has been slowed by an injury himself. Taylor has recently returned to the practice field, but has some catching up to do. Dallas Thomas, one of the Dolphins’ 3rd round draft picks, has been very inconsistent. He’s also been shuffled around the line, playing multiple positions. He appears to be more of a project than the Dolphins anticipated. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)