Sunday Camp Observations
K Dan Carpenter
K Dan Carpenter
Associate Editor
Posted Jul 28, 2013


Sunday's Dolphins practice in front of Fins Club members featured a little bit of everything, from the first fight of camp, to some beautiful passes by Ryan Tannehill to, of course, the shuffling on the offensive line.

Here's what stood out:

-- Tannehill had a tremendous bomb for a touchdown to Marvin McNutt while he was rolling to his right. OK, it was a slow-developing play and Tannehill would have been sacked by Reshad Jones had it been allowed, but so what? It was a beautiful throw nonetheless. But Tannehill's best throw came on a beautiful fade to running back Marcus Thigpen in the corner of the end zone. That throw showed great touch.

-- Interesting to see Pat Devlin getting second-team snaps at quarterback Sunday instead of Matt Moore. Devlin had a very good practice, but it ended on a bad note when he stared down a receiver on a slant and rookie cornerback Will Davis stepped in front for the easy pick.

-- On the flip side, it was a great finish for Davis, who otherwise looked like he had a rough outing.

-- As for the other rookie corner, it continues to be no go for second-round pick Jamar Taylor. He's been out since Monday and every practice missed will continue to minimize the impact he could make as a rookie.

-- While on the subject of cornerbacks, Dimitri Patterson lined up with the first-team defense for a second consecutive day and, for the most part, looked very impressive. One thing for sure, he looked a lot better than Richard Marshall, who appeared to get beat on a regular basis.

-- A day after sustaining a shoulder injury, wide receiver Armon Binns went down with a knee injury. The difference is that he couldn't come back after his injury Sunday. He went down after catching a pass against Nolan Carroll in a one-on-one drill and later could be seen with an ice bag around his left knee. Binns was off to a good start in camp and seemed to be the leader in the battle to be the fourth receiver on the roster, so the severity of his injury could be important.

-- First-round pick Dion Jordan took part in team drills lining up with the second-team defense but didn't do much to distinguish himself. Joe Philbin said after practice that Jordan has shown a great enthusiasm for playing special teams.

-- The fight on Sunday was between Josh Samuda and Jared Odrick, who lost his helmet and tried to go after Samuda after the initial scuffle was broken up. It was a good day overall for Samuda, who got snaps with the first-team offense.

-- Dan Carpenter also had a big day with successful field goals on attempts of 49, 53 and 54 yards. After missing a kick on the first day, Carpenter has been very good. In the meantime, the man looking to take his job continues to sit out practice. It's now three straight practices missed for fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis.

-- Finally, the play of the day has to go to cornerback R.J. Stanford, who made a spectacular leaping interception in the corner of the end zone.


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