PLAYER TO WATCH
Reshad Jones has a longstanding reputation as an aggressive, instinctive safety from his days at the University of Georgia. He's flashed from time to time in his first two seasons with the Dolphins, but in 2011 he lost more battles than he won when gambling. Jones started 14 games in his first two seasons, contributing 88 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions, which is decent. But it appears spending a full season as a starter, and the instruction Miami's new coaches have provided has helped this 2010 fifth-round pick take his game to the next level.
PLAYER ON THE HOT SEAT
John Jerry doesn’t fit the athletic mold the Dolphins want for its zone-blocking offensive line. Jerry, a 2010 third-round pick who lost his starting spot last year, is at least 25 pounds heavier than his desired weight (320), and his lackluster practices during the team’s offseason program allowed Artis Hicks to replace him as the front-runner to serve as Miami’s starting right guard. If Jerry doesn’t get his act and weight together, he might not even make the 53-man roster. Last year, Jerry’s draft status saved him when it came time for the Dolphins to make cuts. This year Jerry likely won’t be afforded the same luxury because these coaches weren't involved in drafting him.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Jonathan Martin’s performance in his second week of OTAs was a little concerning.
The Dolphins’ second-round pick struggled to anchor on running plays, and his area was being compromised by speed rushers.
In fairness to Martin, this was the first time since high school he’d played right tackle considering he was a left tackle at Stanford for the past three years. But Martin clearly needs time to get use to the new spot.
Cameron Wake, the Dolphins’ Pro Bowl pass rusher, has been borderline abusive to the rookie. But Coach Joe Philbin made it clear the offensive lineman, who missed all but one week of OTAs because of Stanford’s quarter system, needs the beating to get better.
”That’s great stuff,” Philbin said. “Coach (Jim) Turner can sit in a meeting room and talk about how you pass-set and I can tell you to time up your punch and that it’s a 6-inch punch and act real smart, but until you get out there and do it, it’s a different animal going up against that type of athlete. It’s great experience for him.”
Good thing for Miami, Lydon Murtha isn’t chopped liver, and remains in the mix to serve as the starting right tackle.
-- CB Richard Marshall, who was sidelined by leg injury for two weeks, participated in all of Miami’s last minicamp.
-- CB Vontae Davis, who was sidelined by an undisclosed injury during the OTA sessions, participated in minicamp.
-- WR Brian Hartline, who has sat out most of the team’s OTA practices, missed minicamp because of a medical issue, which he later revealed was an appendectomy.
-- CB Nolan Carroll sat out the last day of minicamp because of an undisclosed leg issue.
-- RB Jonas Gray was sidelined throughout the spring by an ACL injury he suffered in November.