Early Camp Observations

WR Brian Hartline

After the Dolphins get through their walk-through on Monday afternoon, they will get their first day off of training camp (as per CBA rules). While it's premature to reach any conclusions, that doesn't mean that we can't form early impressions among players who have performed well and others who have gotten off to less than great starts.

-- We'll start with the quarterbacks because that's what everyone asks about anyway. Between David Garrard and Matt Moore, we'd have to say it's Garrard who has been the most accurate of the two so far, but neither of them have had as good a day throwing the ball as Ryan Tannehill did on Sunday in his first practice. Again, don't get overly excited, it's early.

-- At running back, Lamar Miller really looks impressive in the way he runs the ball. Of course, we still have to see how he does when it comes to blocking against pass rushers.

-- Davone Bess has long been a favorite of mine, but he looks even better this summer. Sure, he dropped a catchable pass Monday morning, but he's also made his share of nice catches already.

-- Sticking with wide receivers, I really like what I've seen so far of rookie free agent Jeff Fuller. He's got great size for the position, gets open and he's caught everything thrown his way so far. That's a nice change from the spring when Fuller dropped some passes.

-- Speaking of drops, sixth-round pick B.J. Cunningham has dropped a couple the last four days and he did the same in the spring. This is a guy who doesn't play special teams, so dropping passes aren't going to get him on the roster.

-- You've probably heard by now all the praise being thrown the way of Roberto Wallace and Julius Pruitt, and have to say it's pretty justified. Both have looked good. Pruitt also has gotten a lot more reps than he did in last year's training camp.

-- The emergence of Pruitt and Wallace make you think for a second that Brian Hartline's absence from practice could become a problem pretty soon. Think about it. Chad Johnson has looked good so far and should make the team. Free agent pick-up Legedu Naanee has looked even better and also should make the team. So should Bess. At some point, there are only so many roster spots that are going to be available at wide receiver and Hartline should not be considered a lock to make the team.

-- On the offensive line, Jonathan Martin is the only one who has worked the first-team offense at right tackle, so the job appears to be his to lose. He's looked pretty good so far, although there have been a couple of false starts.

-- We'll wrap up on defense by saying that the one guy who has stood out so far on that side of the ball is 2010 first-round pick Jared Odrick. Now a starter at defensive end, he has been very, very impressive.

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