OTA observations

The Dolphins held an OTA (Organized Team Activity) practice on Tuesday, with 86 of the 89 players on the roster on hand. As always with these types of practices, it's premature to form many opinions or make predictions in terms of roster or personnel.

But here are some notes from Tuesday's workout:

-- The three players who were missing were rookies Jonathan Martin, Josh Kaddu and Dustin Waldron, all of whom were not allowed to participate because classes are their respective colleges have not ended.

-- Cornerback Vontae Davis did very limited work, but Coach Joe Philbin declined to comment afterward on what kind of injury Davis might be nursing.

-- The two players who didn't do any work were running backs Jerome Messam and Jonas Gray. Messam, the CFL import, recently underwent knee surgery, while Gray is coming off a torn ACL he sustained last season at Notre Dame.

-- Philbin was asked after practice to comment on owner Stephen Ross' public comment from Monday that he believed Matt Moore would be the starter on opening day. Philbin basically said that Moore, David Garrard and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill all would be given a shot at the job.

-- Philbin said he liked the physical attributes of the Dolphins' two draft picks from the University of Miami, Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon.

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