Some quickie reactions from the first day of Dolphins training camp:
The second play from scrimmage during the initial team period of 2017 was a 32-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to DeVante Parker.
Parker, starting his third season, had an outstanding spring that suggested this is going to be a breakout season. And this first practice did nothing to change that hope.
Parker caught two passes, including one in the end zone in which he simply posted up a defender, made himself big, and snatched Tannehill’s pass from 11 yards out.
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Dolphins coach Adam Gase wasn’t surprised Parker had a very good day.
“I think he was looking to not ease into camp,” Gase said. “When I saw him last night, I could tell he was ready to get after it.”
While Parker was prominent in practice, several players missed most if not all the drills.
Tight end Anthony Fasano missed for personal reasons. He was excused, per Gase.
Reshad Jones, on the active Non-Football Injury list because he injured himself running while away from the team training facility, worked with trainers on the side. Gase said the team is simply being “precautionary” with Jones so he could might join drills in a week or so.
“Nothing major,” the coach said.
Center Mike Pouncey, who missed all but five games with a fractured hip last season, is on the active roster and had his helmet on today -- for about 20 minutes.
Pouncey did not work into team drills. Did not work into individual drills. He did some work with trainers on the side and then went in the building.
And that’s probably how it is going to be for a while.
“We’re going to take it one day at a time,” Gase said. “ I told him I’m going to pull out the best Jane Fonda workout I can for him.”
Pouncey nonthless was thrilled to be on the field at all. He said he’s “all smiles” now but recounted how the last nine or so months during his recovery have included some, “dark days.”
“Coming back was a long, humbling process,” Pouncey said.
I got news for everybody: The process is not over. We still haven’t seen Pouncey’s hip respond to the stress of a practice, or a preseason snap, or a game of any kind much less multiple games. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I think it’s wise to say Mike Pouncey is back when we see that, you know, Mike Pouncey is back.
Although the first and second team offenses did good work today, the units under backup QBs David Fales and Brandon Doughty seemed out of sorts. The backup QBs accounted for two interceptions and a fumbled snap.
Day One Salguero Hot Take: The Dolphins seem headed toward keeping two quarterbacks on the roster as they did a season ago. Only way that changes is if someone suffers an injury.
By the way, backup QB Matt Moore had a good day. He hit Jakeem Grant on a slant route that the speedy receiver took to the house from about 35 yards out. One troubling thing is that Grant roasted rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on the route.
So one of the only starting jobs up for grabs on offense is left guard. But today Ted Larsen established himself as the favorite for the job although I would expect there will be a lot of cross-training and media confusion on the topic. You’ll hear sqwuaking when Isaac Asiata or Kraig Urbik take first-team snaps at left guard.
It’s going to Larsen unless he totally collapses.
The Dolphins have erected three video screens around the practice fields for the first time and now players can actually see replays of the repetitions they just put on tape.
It’s 2017, folks.
“It’s another tool for us to start watching film before we even get in the meeting room,” Gase said.
So the reason Koa Misi is on injured reserve and his Dolphins career is likely over?
When he visited the doctor of late, he expected not to be cleared for the start of camp. He expected to be on the physically unable to perform list. But Misi and the Dolphins also expected the player would be on the verge of being cleared.
Everyone expected it would be a couple of weeks or so before he could get back to working out.
The news, however, was much worse. The doctor told Misi he’s probably months rather than weeks away from being cleared.
“This caught me a little off guard. It wasn’t what we were expecting,” Gase said.
New cornerback Alterraun Verner is expected to compete with Bobby McCain for the slot cornerback job. But as of today, McCain remains the first-team guy.
Verner will get work outside as well, per Gase.
Verner, a Pro Bowl selection three years ago, obviously has not played up to that form since. But he thinks he’s capable of being better than he was when he did make the Pro Bowl.
“No question,” Verner said. “Things happen. I’m not here to put blame or excuses on anything; but yes, I’m only 28. If anything, I’m entering my prime and I’m better than what I was at that time. That’s the way I look at it. I got better and I definitely didn’t get worse.”
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