Mini Camp recap day 1: Garrard works with starters, Ochocinco impresses

We’re back Dolphins fans….and so are the Miami Dolphins….Well, back on the practice field that is.  We apologize for the lack of posts recently, but the Dolphins haven’t been making much news, this being mid-June and all…AND some other stuff had us keeping busy.  We’re back now!   As we mentioned, the Dolphins are too, as the team opened up their 3 day, mandatory mini camp on Tuesday.  Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between OTAs and mini camp, other than that OTAs were ‘optional’.

Thankfully, the media was allowed to watch practice on Tuesday and they’ll be able to watch today’s practice and tomorrow’s.  Below are some of the notable things we learned from the first day of mini camp.  Please, please, please remember that this is a mini camp being held in June, so reading too much into any of this is useless.

QB Battle

David Garrard took a majority of the snaps with the Dolphins starters on Tuesday.  This is interesting, only because Garrard ran with the starters in the most recent OTAs.  At this point, some are speculating that he is the EARLY favorite to win the QB battle.  Not a lot of comments about Garrard today, but apparently he was pretty solid (except for the pick 6 he threw to Sean Smith.  Not much mention of Matt Moore today.  Ryan Tannehill threw a few nice balls, but is said to be holding the ball just a bit too long and taking sacks.  It will be interesting to see who runs with the first team today, since Joe Philbin said each QB would get a chance this preseason.  My guess is that Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill will each get a show with the first team in the next 2 days.

Ochocinco Impresses

According to Chad Ochocinco, Chad Ochocinco is off to a good start at Dolphins camp.  You read that right.  On his website, OCNN, Chad Ochocinco wrote a story about the promising start the Dolphins new receiver got off to.  This is probably what we can expect from Ocho.  However, he might not be Ochocinco much longer as the receiver hinted Tuesday that he might be changing his name back to Chad Johnson.  To be fair, others thought Ochocinco had a good start at Dolphins camp.  Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel commented that Chad had the best performance of all players at practice on Tuesday.  Here’s the Sentinel’s full story, click here.

Joe Philbin said that Chad missed over 75% of the Dolphins offensive installation.  To his credit, he was seen talking to the Dolphins wide receiver coach after a number of plays.  Chad also said that he intends on toning down his act and focusing on football….We’ll see

Other Interesting Stuff

– Jared Odrick appears to be a beast thus far in camp.  He registered, what would have been a sack, during team drills today and was disruptive.

– With Brian Hartline out with a calf injury (and apparently another, unknown personal/medical issue), Legadu Naanee has been starting at WR.  Naanee is said to be impressive thus far at practices.

– Vontae Davis and Richard Marshall both practiced, returning from their injuries.

– Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins 2nd round pick, worked with at right tackle with the 2nd team. He’s said to be athletic and agile….which is good for an offensive lineman in Joe Philbin’s offense. He does need to work on his power/strength.

– Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons worked as the Dolphins starting safety spots.  Both are considered front runners to win the safety battles.

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