Some observations as storms continue to hit South Florida:
- The Dolphins are still working. They began practice outside but soon moved into their bubble due to lightning.
- Rookie receiver Patrick Turner from USC stands out. Big, fluid, talented.
- Safety Gibril Wilson, in from Oakland, looks rejuvenated. Natural instincts showing. Solid in his conditioning.
- I admire the way coach Tony Sparano conducts and orchestrates his practice. It moves quickly and players jog from station to station. Drills are tight with a consistent pace.
- One drill of note is on punt returns, where two dolphins emphasize blocking the lone, wide gunner at the line of scrimmage. That is an important and well-conducted drill. How many times in NFL games have you seen that gunner slip through those two initial blocks and blow up returns?
- Interesting situation developing here with linebacker Matt Roth. He played much of last year despite a groin injury. He failed his training camp physical. He told Sparano he was sick. But his agent said he was not sick but the groin was injured. Sparano said that was news to him. The Dolphins have run more tests. And then Roth strolled around practice today watching in a baseball cap.
- The Dolphins have to be eager to see more of second-year receiver Brandon London from Massachusetts. The former Giant practice squad player, who’s 6-foot-4, 215 pounds is a very good prospect.
- Jason Taylor looks at peace, into it, in super condition.
- Rookie Pat White is getting a fair share of throwing reps.
I’ll have more from Dolphins training camp later today … then off to Canton.
– Thomas George