Dolphins News and Notes

Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis connecting well from long distance

 

dneal@MiamiHerald.com

Kicker Caleb Sturgis nailed a 45-yarder off the left hash mark, a 47-yarder off the right hash mark and a 52-yarder off the right hash. Contrast that with the erratic kicking of Dan Carpenter in practices last week while Sturgis let a groin injury heal.

Sturgis, a former University of Florida standout, kicked well despite this year’s team-wide rookie indignity of getting his hair blonded. Sturgis said punter Brandon Fields and long snapper John Denney did most of the work.

PLAYS OF THE DAY

On a day the Dolphins receivers dribbled passes almost as often as they actually caught it, undrafted rookie Keenan Davis made a leaping sideline catch and a catch in traffic over the middle, then hung on despite the two best hits delivered in practice (yeah, the practice was non-contact but both hits counted as solid efforts to dislodge the ball).

NOTABLE

• Wide receivers Mike Wallace (groin) and Brian Hartline (hamstring) didn’t participate in Faulty Friday, although Hartline did dress in pads while Wallace remained in orange shorts throughout practice.

• Also in the shorts were defensive end Jared Odrick, running back Cameron Marshall and linebacker Michael Clay.

• Absent from practice were defensive tackle Randy Starks, who was in shorts Thursday, and undrafted rookie guard Brian Thomas.

• The Dolphins will arrive in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, with time to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• Former Dolphins Hall of Famers already in Canton — literally, not just their bust — for the 50th anniversary weekend are coach Don Shula, quarterback Dan Mario, wide receiver Paul Warfield, quarterback Bob Griese, guard Larry Little and center Dwight Stephenson.

• Defensive end Cameron Wake helped outfit a large local preteen starting out in football.

“I had somebody approach me about a young guy. He’s actually bigger than I am, and he’s 12 years old,” Wake said. “He’s having trouble finding some cleats and some pants. I actually remember back to my first days of football. … I didn’t have any equipment. I actually used my coach’s cleats, a couple of sizes too big, and I was running around there looking a mess. Just being able to kind of giving back and hopefully making his first day of football a little easier than mine was.”

QUOTABLE

“A lot of dropped passes and some sloppiness in the kickoff return. You saw the same things I did. Sometimes what happens, when you go to the first day, now we didn’t do a lot of carded work, but when you start working on an opponent, you’re not exactly sure what you’re doing. There’s a little bit of hesitation there, so it’s not uncommon that this occurs.”

–Joe Philbin, agreeing with a reporter’s analysis that Friday’s practice seemed sloppy.

Practice dates and times

Saturday: Team is off.

Sunday: Dolphins play Cowboys in Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio (8 p.m., NBC)

Monday: Team is off.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.

Wednesday: 1:30 p.m.

All remaining practices will be held at the team’s Davie facility and are free and open to the public.

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