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Dolphins' defensive backs get four interceptions in minicamp

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins completed their mandatory minicamp on Wednesday. Coach Joe Philbin decided to give players the third day off after a long offseason that also included the weightlifting program and organized team activities.

Here are some highlights from Miami's final practice before training camp:

  • The Dolphins' defensive backs were active on Wednesday. Four cornerbacks -- Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor, Brice McCain and Sammy Seamster -- all had interceptions in team drills. Miami's coaches have drilled its defense to force more turnovers. There have been days, such as Wednesday, when it has come to fruition. The Dolphins hope to make more game-changing plays on defense this upcoming season.

  • On the flip side, there were too many drops from the Dolphins' offense. By my unofficial count, there were six or seven drops by Miami receivers and tight ends, and two went back for interceptions. Some players who suffered drops were tight end Jordan Cameron and receiver Matt Hazel. This hasn't been an issue for Miami this offseason, but drops were a problem in the final practice.

  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill put together another good practice. He was sharp, accurate and did very good work in the red zone. Tannehill even hit two deep balls to receivers Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings, which has been a weakness. Tannehill is working with a new group of receivers and making solid progress. "I am excited. I feel great about our progress that we made this spring," Tannehill said. "I feel that every day we got better and learned something. I like the guys and players that we have. I am excited for training camp so that we can continue to hone our craft and continue to build our chemistry."

  • Jennings had one of his better practices of the offseason. In addition to the deep ball from Tannehill, Jennings also excelled in the red zone and during third-down drills. Those are two areas the veteran is expected to contribute this season. Jennings is expected to start in Week 1 with first-round pick DeVante Parker sidelined following foot surgery.