The Dolphins won’t make a final decision on their quarterback rotation for the exhibition opener until Thursday, but all signs are pointing to David Garrard as the starter.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has planned a coaches’ meeting Thursday morning to hash out the team’s final plans at the position.
But unless Garrard, who was listed as the No. 1 option on the team’s first depth chart, lost significant ground to Matt Moore or Ryan Tannehill in the past few days, expect him to take the game’s first snap.
Moore or Tannehill would get the nod only if “we felt like someone else had a much, much better week of preparation and practice than [Garrard] has had,” Philbin said.
Wednesday’s practice under the stars shed no further light on the competition. All three quarterbacks got work with the first team.
Moore had a yo-yo day (some up, some down). He connected with Charles Clay on a pretty touchdown pass but also later overthrew Davone Bess, leading to an interception by Reshad Jones. Garrard had pretty completions to Bess and Roberto Wallace.
Jared Odrick was in street clothes for the night workout, with undrafted rookie Derrick Shelby taking his place at starting defensive end. The Dolphins do not release injury information during the preseason. …
Guard Ray Feinga participated in the morning walkthrough but not in the night session. … Wide receiver Brian Hartline (calf) was again limited. … Punter Brandon Fields scraped the ceiling of the indoor bubble three times during Wednesday’s night practice. … It was alumni night at camp, with former team members Adewale Ogunleye and Chris Chambers among the more than 2,000 people in attendance. Bob Griese caught practice from the sidelines. …
Nate Garner and Kevin Burnett got into it during team drills and had to be separated. Vontae Davis was noticeably physical, dishing out a few licks. …
Chad Johnson’s double move was lethal, getting Sean Smith on an out-and-up pattern that gave him at least 5 yards of separation while drawing “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the crowd.
“I thought Chad [Johnson] was being quiet, being different [this year]. But when I saw the show, I thought, ‘Oh, OK. He’s back to his old self.’ ” — Defensive tackle Randy Starks, on Tuesday’s premiere of Hard Knocks.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Shelby made the most of his opportunity, blowing up the right side of the offensive line on a bull rush and ruining a pass play.
The Dolphins have four remaining training camp practices, all open to the public. Three of the four will be held at 8:40 a.m. at the team’s Nova Southeastern University training facility in Davie. Admission and parking are free at all practices.
Practice days and times:
*Sunday 1:40 p.m.
Monday 8:40 a.m.
Tuesday 8:40 a.m.
Wednesday 8:40 a.m.
*Sun Life Stadium; season-ticket holders only.