DAVIE, Fla. -- Obviously the most talked-about player at Miami Dolphins practice was no longer on the team. Receiver Chad Johnson was discussed at length Monday, but he wasn’t the only player worth noting at Dolphins training camp.
Here are some other notes and observations from Dolphins practice:
Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw the football well and got some reps with the first team. You can see the improvement in Tannehill from minicamp and even the start of training camp. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he’s undecided on who will start Friday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers but didn’t rule out the rookie. It’s clear that Tannehill is certainly pushing incumbent starter Matt Moore and perhaps closing the gap.
The injuries are piling up for Miami. In addition to quarterback David Garrard (knee), the Dolphins also were without key players like receiver Brian Hartline, defensive lineman Tony McDaniel and linebackers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby. The status of all four players is up in the air for Friday’s preseason game.
For those curious, Dolphins receiver Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace were getting reps with the first team Monday in Johnson’s spot. Miami needs one of their young, unproven receivers to step up and Moore is getting the first chance. Wallace also made some nice plays but suffered a drop.
Miami veteran receiver Davone Bess had a great day of practice. He caught two red zone touchdowns and made several nice receptions from the slot. Bess’ route running has been crisp this summer.
Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson continues to impress with a nice interception off Tannehill. Wilson is making a good adjustment from cornerback to safety and is showing his versatility.