The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field early Monday morning after an impressive outing in the team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. While the Dolphins offense shined over the weekend, today they sputtered out of the gate.
Ryan Tannehill’s first two throws of the day looked to be a harbinger of good things to come as he darted 5 and 10 yard passes directly to his targets. From then on, it was nothing but struggles for Tannehill and the rest of the offense.
With Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline both practicing a very limited amount this morning, Tannehill’s top targets were Brandon Gibson and rookie Jarvis Landry.
Landry was the bright spot for the Dolphins offense today, catching nearly every ball sent his way while also looking impressive during the teams special teams drills in which he was fielding punts and kickoffs.
Tannehill was intercepted three times today, and two of them were brought back for touchdowns. Offseason acquisition Cortland Finnegan continued to impress with yet another interception, while Will Davis and Reshad Jones picked up the other two interceptions on defense.
The offensive line was shaky yet again as the Dolphins look for the right mix of talent to keep Tannehill upright and in the pocket this season. Not only was the defensive line continually beating the offensive line off the snap, but the offensive line had two false starts to begin the 11-on-11 drills that sent the first team to the sideline.
Newly acquired center Samson Satele was one of the focal points of the practice today, and although it was his first day back in a Dolphins uniform, he did not seem to have missed a step.
“The more reps I get, the better I am,” Satele told FanSided after practice today.
As for starting in the Dolphins preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night, Satele was quick to point out that he is ready and “it’s not my first rodeo”.
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was impressed with Satele’s first day, but was unwilling to determine whether or not he would get the start this Friday. “Nothing is conclusive yet,” Philbin told the media after practice today. “We’ll go back up and watch the film and see how it goes. He is competing for a job”.
With the offense missing Charles Clay, Hartline, Wallace, and Lamar Miller for most of the day, the team struggled to find its footing. Although the team was not at full strength, Joe Philbin was still unhappy with their performance.
“They didn’t look very good,” Philbin said candidly. “We have to clean them up”.
With a few more practices to go before the Dolphins preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the team will certainly look to improve on the offensive side of the ball. With the defense looking strong going into the first preseason game, a lot of pressure will be put on the Dolphins offense to put points up on the board.