Dan Carpenter has had the upper hand for most of camp in the kicking battle against rookie Caleb Sturgis, who missed much of the first couple of weeks with a groin injury. But with Sturgis returning to health — and working for much cheaper — the pressure shifted back to Carpenter to perform.
Carpenter, who has been with the Dolphins since 2008 after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Montana, went 3 for 4 on field-goal attempts Tuesday. His most impressive kick of the day was a 51-yarder that easily cleared the uprights. Carpenter also missed wide left from 49 yards.
Sturgis will most likely take the majority of field-goal attempts Wednesday.
PLAYS OF THE DAY
After throwing back-to-back interceptions, Ryan Tannehill responded with his best throw of the day. Working from the offense’s side of the field, Tannehill floated a deep pass to former Texas A&M teammate Jeff Fuller for a touchdown. As Fuller ran down the left sideline, he gained a step on his defender, and Tannehill’s touch lob pass created an easy grab for Fuller. The timing was perfect, as Tannehill’s throw also beat the safety over the top well in advance.
• The offense continued to work at less than full strength Tuesday. Wide receiver Mike Wallace dressed but did not participate in team drills because of a groin injury. Third-team quarterback Pat Devlin also worked a rehab assignment after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Cornerback Jamar Taylor did not practice, as he continues to deal with soreness from sports-hernia surgery in May. And defensive tackle Randy Starks (knee) also missed practice.
• Right guard John Jerry, who began training camp as the starter, returned to practice in a limited role. He did not participate in team drills, but he went through light work in the practice bubble with the rest of the offensive line. Guard Lance Louis, signed in the offseason from Chicago, took some reps with the first team. Louis is starting to see more contact as he recovers from a torn ACL last November. He was worked into Josh Samuda’s usual spot at right guard. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews (knee) worked on the side during part of practice.
• Running back Lamar Miller walked gingerly off the field toward the end of practice. A trainer attended to his lower right leg, but Miller said after practice he was fine.
• Left tackle Jonathan Martin went his second consecutive day of practice without giving up a sack. Martin, tasked with replacing former first overall pick Jake Long, drew praise from offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who said he was “pleased with [Martin’s] progress.”
“Offensively as a group, we didn’t have a very good practice [Tuesday]. I wouldn’t put [the interceptions] all on [Tannehill], even though it goes under his name. We have young receivers out there, people breaking our routes. We had a lot of pressure today. He’ll have better days. [Tuesday] wasn’t one of his best days, wasn’t one of our better offensive days.”
— Sherman, on the team’s offensive struggles and the play of Tannehill.
PRACTICE DATES AND TIMES
FridayDolphins play preseason game against Jaguars in Jacksonville (7:30 p.m., CBS).
All remaining training camp practices will be held at the team facility in Davie and are free and open to the public.