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Miami Dolphins OTA Update

A lot of familiar faces were at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie, Fla on Tuesday as the Miami Dolphins held their first OTA practice of the year.

After a disappointing 8-8 finish to the 2013 season, head coach Joe Philbin was ready to get back on the practice field.

“It was great to get back on the practice field today.  The one thing I would tell you that we’re very, very excited about is the participation that we’ve had throughout the offseason program.  This is the start of our sixth week, as you guys know the offseason is divided up into different phases.  We had phase one for two weeks.  Phase two for three weeks and then we started the OTA phase which is phase 3.  Our players (should) be commended.  I think they’re in good physical condition and I thought our energy, our effort on the field was very good today.”

All eyes were on offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and his new offense. From what I saw today, it was a much quicker offense than the one former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman ran last season. It is only the first day of OTAs, but players seemed to like the change.

“It’s all happens fast, just the way I like it,” said receiver Mike Wallace.

There were a lot of short passes and three step drops from quarterback Ryan Tannehill today. If this is the type of offense the Dolphins will be running throughout the season, then that will take a lot pressure from the offensive line.

“We want to put pressure on a defense from the moment we break the huddle,” said Tannehill.

Former Dolphins All-Pro Jason Taylor was at practice on Tuesday. He will be assisting the defensive linemen throughout OTAs.

This is great news for 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan. Taylor’s tutorage could be an asset to Jordan, who hardly saw the field last season.

Speaking of Dion Jordan, he was noticeably bigger than he was a year ago. He has clearly put on some muscle and it seems to fit his body perfectly.

Despite all the rumors about how linebacker Koa Misi didn’t want to move to inside linebacker, he was playing that very position on Tuesday. Philbin wouldn’t say if the move was going to be permanent, but this move could help the Dolphins improve their 24th ranked rushing defense from a year ago.

The jokester of the day went to cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Not only did he joke about him and Brent Grimes being light skinned, he also said “he’s a jerk” when it came to his playing style.

I was really impressed with offensive lineman Dallas Thomas. Thomas looked much more comfortable than he did in his mediocre rookie season.  Anything he can contribute, will greatly improve the depth on the offensive line.

If today was any indication, then this Dolphins offense is perfect for running back Knowshon Moreno. He caught the ball so effortlessly with his soft hands.

All-Pro center Mike Pouncey was constantly asked about the events from last season, but he refused to talk about it. “It’s all about 2014,” Pouncey said. “Everybody on this team is moving forward.”

Some people don’t believe OTAs mean anything, but there are here for a reason. It gives the players the chance to learn and interact with their new teammates. It gives the coaches the chances to see how players fit their game plan. And it gets fans excited about football.

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