After the Miami Dolphins veterans report to training camp, the team’s first practice of the summer will take place on Wednesday.
Borrowing from an idea of John Hendrix’s Sister site of SI Fan Nation Saints News Network, we preview and offer our thoughts on what to watch for in Dolphins practice, including joint workouts with the Buccaneers and Eagles, over the coming weeks
Call it our A-to-Z Miami Dolphins Training Camp Primer:
A is for Terron Armstead: We didn’t get a chance to see Armstead on the field during the offseason program as he continued to recover from knee surgery in the offseason, but he appears to be ready for the start of camp. It will be fun to see his craft this summer.
B is for Lynn Bowden Jr.: Since joining the Dolphins, Bowden has been an intriguing player due to his skill and ability to run in the open field. But he needs a strong side to earn a roster move to a fairly loaded wide receiver position.
This is for Connor Williams and Center: After Williams spent the offseason working at center, he’s expected to stay there unless problems arise. It will therefore be important to clearly monitor its progress.
D is for Defense: With Brian Flores gone, the defense is clearly Josh Boyer’s show in 2022. While we wouldn’t expect to see too many changes during camp practices, we’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled.
E is for Erik Ezukanma: As a fourth-round rookie, Ezukanma is pretty much assured of a spot on the 53-man roster, but the bigger question is what kind of role he can carve out on offense as a rookie and the camp should provide clues.
F is for fans: After all the offseason additions, you’d expect fans to be more excited than usual. when they go out for open practices (the first of which will be on Saturday).
G is for Mike Gesicki: How Gesicki will fit into Mike McDaniel’s offense has been a hot topic since the latter was hired as head coach, and the camp should begin to provide answers.
H is for Tyreek Hill: Hill was an absolute workaholic in media-open offseason practices, and we wouldn’t expect anything different in camp as he looks to set the tone for his teammates on offense.
I is for Melvin Ingram: Like Armstead, Ingram didn’t train in the offseason, although in his case it was about getting into football shape. But now is the time for him to show what he can bring to the defence.
J is for Austin Jackson: It’s Year 3 for Jackson, and the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is getting a fresh start with a new coaching staff, a new position, but most importantly a new scheme that seems to better match his skill set. . Watching its development this summer should be fun.
K is for Solomon Kindley: Kindley also came in this 2020 draft, despite being a fourth-round pick, and he’s also at a crossroads after going from starter to forgotten man on the O line last year. He’ll have to show something this summer just to make the 53-man roster.
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L is for Hunter Long: After an uneventful rookie season, can the 2021 third-round pick take a step forward, a step towards becoming the player the Dolphins hope to get out of Boston College?
M is for Mike McDaniel: McDaniel got off to a good start as a first-year head coach by quickly building a relationship with his players, but that’s the program for the offseason. Now things are getting (or at least should be getting) more serious and it’s time for him and his staff to hone their skills and get their team ready for the regular season.
N is for Noah Igbinoghene: With Byron Jones starting camp on PUP, this could (should) be an opportunity for the 2020 first-round pick to get some extra reps in hopes that two years of NFL experience and having Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain as position coaches can unlock his potential. If that doesn’t happen this summer, it may never happen for him in Miami.
O for the offensive line: Let’s face it, no position group will be more scrutinized this summer than the offensive line, just as it was the case last year. The results were not encouraging at the time; hopefully they improve this summer.
P is for (joint) practices: There’s perhaps no better gauge of where a team is headed in the regular season than joint practices — yes, more so than preseason games. And the Dolphins will have two chances to see how they stack up, first against the Bucs and then against the Eagles.
Q is for Quincy Wilson: The Dolphins need a fourth cornerback after Justin Coleman left in the offseason, and if it’s not Igbinoghene, then watch out for this former second-round pick, who is looking for a career revival in Miami. .
R is for racing game: McDaniel is well known for his innovative racing game concepts, so it will be interesting to see everything he reveals during the summer and what he keeps secret for the regular season.
S is for Skylar Thompson: The seventh-round rookie pick had some good practices (among those open to the media) in the spring, but he’ll have to stack them if he hopes to make the 53-man roster as the third quarterback. Either way, watching his first rookie camp will be interesting.
T is for Tua Tagovailoa: There wasn’t much doubt who would be involved here, was there? And no matter where you stand on the Dolphins quarterback, his first two seasons, his future, all of that, everyone can agree that it will be nice to finally just be able to watch and assess his work on the field rather than speculating on what he might or might not be able to do.
U is for undrafted recruits: Not too long ago, the Dolphins’ roster offered plenty of opportunities for rookie free agents, but this 2022 edition is much deeper and solid from top to bottom, so rookies who signed after the 2022 draft are going to have to shine. sharply and quickly to attract the attention of the coaches. We offered our take on UDFA in May with the best chance of making the team.
V is for Andrew Van Ginkel: We’re going to confess here and admit that we couldn’t find anything else for V. It’s not that Van Ginkel doesn’t deserve a mention, it’s just that we now know what he brings (energy, ability to rush) so he’s not really an unknown commodity. He is expected to become UFA next spring though, so perhaps his contract status (possible extension) is something to watch.
W is for Wes Welker: We should add Madison and Surtain to that as they represent the three former Dolphins players new to the coaching staff. It will be fun to see if their coaching can be as good as their work as players.
X is for Xavien Howard: We don’t expect much from X this summer, but it’s actually a nice change from last summer when his contract situation was an unpleasant cloud hanging over the team until it is resolved at the beginning of August. From that perspective, it wouldn’t matter if he just had a limited number of reps in training and was out for the entire preseason.
There is for young people: Of the 89 players on the roster (after moves involving Mohamed Sanu and Cody Core on Tuesday), 21 are either rookies or first-year players. That includes four rookie draft picks, 13 rookie free agents and four freshmen. Of them all, the two who will be most watched will be first pick Channing Tindall and Skylar Thompson.
Z is for Za’Quandre White: We end with one of those rookie free agents, the former running back from South Carolina. While he has his share of supporters and there’s a lot to love about his game, the reality is that White is going to have to be awfully impressive to earn a place in a squad that includes three veteran newcomers – Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony. Michel – with two-time team race leader Myles Gaskin.