The final day of the Dolphins’ spring/summer program featured some of Ryan Tannehill’s best work of the offseason, including seven touchdown passes (most in red zone drills), a perfectly thrown deep pass to Jarvis Landry and several pinpoint throws to Jordan Cameron and Greg Jennings.
Tannehill “has had a good offseason,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He and I visited one on one [Tuesday] and talked about some things. … Conceptually, we’ve added a couple things slightly different.”
Now in his second season working with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Tannehill said he feels “really comfortable in this offense in the sense of knowing exactly where everyone is supposed to be and being more of a coach on the field this year. … The pieces we have added … we have a plethora of different options to attack people.”
Offensively in general, “we feel better about our plan, our scheme, our utilization of people,” Philbin said. “The one thing I feel best among the offseason program is the situational work we’ve done. The red zone; it’s going to be [important] for the success of our team.”
Philbin canceled Thursday’s final day of minicamp because “we got a lot accomplished.” He said players will reconvene July 28, with training camp practices starting a few days later.
▪ Kelvin Sheppard returned after missing Tuesday’s session because of the birth of his child. But Chris McCain remained with the first team at strongside linebacker.
Meanwhile, Philbin remained non-committal about whether Koa Misi will stay at middle linebacker. Misi would shift outside if Sheppard beats out McCain in training camp.
Misi would love to stay in the middle.
“I know all the plays and all the calls and I don’t have to second-guess myself,” he said. “Playing the same position I did last year makes a difference.”
▪ Which of the backup running backs has stood out behind Lamar Miller? Philbin first mentioned LaMichael James.
▪ Philbin wants Jarvis Landry to “take a little better care of the football in the return game.” Christion Jones, Bobby McCain and James have also handled returns in practice.