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Miami Dolphins spring game minicamp wrap-up

For the second straight year, the Miami Dolphins play in a college like spring game to end their three-day minicamp. Head coach Joe Philbin set up a scrimmage between the aqua team led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the white team led by backup quarterback Matt Moore.

The white team was victorious 16-13 in a defensive battle. Here are my news and notes from Thursday’s scrimmage:

Wake and Vernon dominated

Branden Albert and Ju”Wuan James struggled against Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. Albert gave up two sacks to Vernon, who had 2.5 on the day.

Wake recorded a half sack against James and almost got another sack which caused James to receive a holding penalty. After practice, James spoke about facing Wake in today’s spring game.

“His experience level, his technical stuff, his hands, his footwork, everything is good,” said James. “When you’re going up against a guy like that, you’ve got to be good technically and you can’t mistakes. So I’ve got to learn from that.”

Tannehill had an OK spring game 

Ryan Tannehill finished the spring game 17/25 with 189 yards and one 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Armon Binns. Tannehill completed a number of passes to receiver Jarvis Landry and tight end Charles Clay.

Just like last season, poor pass protection, was the reason why Tannehill’s number weren’t better.

Sturgis had a solid day kicking

While the offenses struggled to get the ball into the end zone, Caleb Sturgis has a good day kicking. He made three field goals from 32, 40 and 54 yards. Sturgis only miss came from 47 yards out.

Landry was the player of the game

Much like Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s practice, Landry displayed his strong hands and excellent route running. He finished the game with five receptions for 67 yards.

Landry got open on a number of occasions and made some nice first down receptions. It already seems like Tannehill and Landry have rapport with each other.

“It was good to get the ball flying around,” said Landry. “Obviously, in a no pad scrimmage, that’s going to be the case. Just seeing how he was completing balls, not only to myself, but to other guys, to the backs, to the tight ends. (Michael) Egnew caught a couple of balls for us today on third down to help us extend drives to get points.”

Other players that stood out

Other than Landry, the three offensive players that stood out in Thursday’s scrimmage were Charles Clay (three receptions, 48 yards) Brandon Gibson (four receptions, 28 yards) and Rishard Matthews (3 receptions, 41 yards).

Defensively, both Jamar Taylor and Will Davis have improved immensely from their rookie campaign. After the scrimmage, Joe Philbin talked about who he thought also stood out in camp.

“I thought Rishard Matthews had a good camp,” said Philbin. “I think he’s making good progress. I think Dallas Thomas, a young guy, is making good progress. I think Jelani Jenkins quietly is another guy that’s doing some things. Of course, you have Jamar (Taylor) and Will Davis. I think all of those guys and that’s the expectation that, after 12 months of already being a professional football player, now, the second go-around, they have a better handle on the expectations, how to act like a pro, how to practice like a pro, how to train like a pro. I think some of those things we’re seeing on the field transferring there.”

Players that didn’t participate in Thursday’s spring game included running back Knowshon Moreno, defensive lineman Jared Odrick, cornerback Cortland Finnegan and linebacker Koa Misi.



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