However, even Jennings was caught off guard when starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James occupied his locker when players returned from the bye week. Jennings’ new location was about 10 yards away on the other side of the locker room.
“I had no idea,” Jennings said with a smile before Monday’s practice. “I was just hoping I still had a locker.”
Changing lockers by position groups was the latest change made by new interim coach Dan Campbell. Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had random placement over the past four seasons, where a kicker may sit next to a linebacker.
Campbell’s alteration was as much about chemistry as it was symbolic. He wants to promote a healthy competition within his personnel groupings. But moving lockers also is another way to show Dolphins players the team is starting fresh with 12 games remaining in the season.
“I feel like it’s a brand new start and a new season,” Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain said. “Everything else is gone.”
The Dolphins (1-3) will travel to play the Tennessee Titans (1-3) on Sunday. Both teams are on three-game losing streaks.
Here are some other notes from Monday’s session:
The Dolphins announced special teams coach Darren Rizzi was promoted to assistant head coach. This was the final change on Miami’s coaching staff.
Two key defensive players sat out of the practice portion open to the media -- Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) and Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake (hamstring). Their status will be watched closely during the week.
Campbell huddled the team before Monday’s practice to set the tone for what he wanted. Dolphins players again showed more energy in practice than what we saw in previous weeks.