Here are some notes and observations from Tuesday’s full-padded session:
Miami rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp continues to impress with solid play. Tripp received several reps with the first team defense, which is an interesting development. It’s no secret Miami’s linebackers have not played well dating back to last season. The Dolphins selected Tripp in the fifth round. But he’s proven to play smart, sound football in training camp and the preseason. “It’s fantastic when you get to be with the guys who have done it and some guys who been to the Pro Bowl, it helps you to play faster,” Tripp said of getting a few first-team reps. “I feel like I play faster out there with them, and it’s only going to make me better.”
The Dolphins have been battling each other all summer, and you can tell things are starting to get chippy. Miami rookie receiver Jarvis Landry was not happy after safety Reshad Jones blasted Landry after a reception. Landry, who didn't expect the big hit in practice, threw the ball in frustration but said afterwards there is no harm done. “He was just making a play and I was making a play,” Landry said afterwards. “It’s just football.”
The quote of the day goes to Miami veteran receiver Mike Wallace. When asked if the NFL’s renewed focus on calling penalties on defensive backs for touching receivers after five yards was a good thing, Wallace quickly responded “Yeah, on other teams. Not on our team. We don’t get those calls. I don’t know why, but that’s not our job to play for calls. We play to play the football.”
Dolphins backup receiver Damian Williams had one of his strongest practices to date. Williams made a pair of deep receptions from quarterback Ryan Tannehill for big gains. One was in team drills and the other was in one-on-one drills. Williams is making a strong push for a roster spot and appears to be in a groove. He led the Dolphins last weekend with three receptions for 46 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dolphins backup cornerback Kevin Fogg also had a nice practice with a pair of interceptions, which included a pick-six off backup quarterback Brady Quinn.
Miami starting tight end Charles Clay (knee) and running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) continue to progress. Both players fully participated in practice Tuesday. But Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said it’s wait-and-see if either will Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.