Scrimmage Standouts
QB Ryan Tannehill
QB Ryan Tannehill
Associate Editor
Posted Jul 29, 2013


The scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium Monday night drew an announced crowd of 22,876, which is believed to be the largest crowd for a Dolphins practice in at least 15 years. What the fans saw was a good showing by the starting quarterback and a slew of big plays by the defense.

Ryan Tannehill threw the only three touchdown passes of the scrimmage, connecting with Charles Clay for 24 yards, with Dustin Keller for 14 yards and with Daniel Thomas for 9 yards.

More importantly, Tannehill completed 8 of 11 for 72 and was not picked off. In fact, he hasn't thrown an interception in practice since Tuesday.

No question, he was the offensive standout on Monday.

Among the running backs, Mike Gillislee would have been the standout if not for a lost fumble that was recovered by rookie free agent defensive tackle Chris Burnette.

It was one of three takeaways for the Dolphins defense, the other being a pick that safety Kelcie McCray returned 50 yards for a touchdown and another pick by rookie cornerback Will Davis in the end zone on the last play of the scrimmage.

On the negative side, wide receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace were kept out of the scrimmage. After an early drill, Hartline walked to the sideline and was seen talking to a trainer, with reports suggesting he hurt a calf.

It's unknown why Wallace didn't participate.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon left the field to have his left thigh wrapped after what would have been a sack, but he quickly returned to action.

With quarterbacks not allowed to be tackled, it's difficult sometimes to determine sacks, but by my unofficial tally, Vernon had two, Reshad Jones had two, A.J. Francis had one, Dion Jordan had one and another would have gone to either Jordan or Koa Misi.

The offensive standouts:

-- Wide receiver Marvin McNutt led all receivers with three receptions.

-- Chad Bumphis had two catches, including a short reception that he turned into a 28-yard gain.

-- Jonas Gray ran with authority.

It was a rough night for kicker Dan Carpenter, who was wide left on two 49-yard attempts and had a PAT blocked by Kheeston Randall (Carpenter did make three field goals).

In the neverending saga of the offensive line, the night began with Josh Samuda at left guard, Mike Pouncey at center and Richie Incognito at right guard before Samuda and Incognito quickly switched sides for the rest of the night.


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