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Miami Dolphins Camp 2022 Day 2: Practice Observations

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The Miami Dolphins’ second practice of training camp was longer than the first and closed out the session with a long 11-on-11 play streak, the latter featuring a diving pass breakup by the cornerback newly signed Tino Ellis on a deep right sideline from Skylar Thompson intended for Trent Sherfield.

Let’s dive into the recap of the practice:

ATTENDANCE REPORT

In addition to the two players who started training camp on injured lists, there were four players who weren’t spotted in practice Thursday.

One was defensive lineman Adam Butler, who also missed practice Wednesday, and the others were veteran tackle Terron Armstead, running back Raheem Mostert and guard/center Michael Deiter.

Armstead and Mostert have been sidelined for load management reasons, while Deiter and Butler face undisclosed injuries.

TRAIN THE BEST PERFORMERS

– Cornerback Trill Williams, who had the biggest practice play Wednesday with a six pick, had another great play when he put his arm around Sherfield’s shoulder on a pass from Teddy Bridgewater .

– Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle wore the orange jersey as the best practice player for Wednesday and had another impressive outing himself. He caught six passes on team drills and another passing period where five receivers came out against nine defensemen. Waddle’s first catch was an impressive grab from a long Bridgewater pass where he edged rookie corner Kader Kohou.

– Running back Chase Edmonds looked quick and decisive in his running plays, then made a nice pass from Bridgewater down the middle that seemed to be thrown a bit behind him.

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QB WATCH

Because it’s training camp, we have to talk about the quarterback’s performance every practice.

– During the first set of team drills (when he only had one pass attempt) and this 6v9 passing period, Tua Tagovailoa practiced very well, but things went south a bit during this last extended series of 11v11 Games. Tagovailoa finished 5v9 in 11v11 drills with a long run of around 45 yards towards Tyreek Hill, although Hill had had to slow down to catch the ball below. Worse still, there were two dropped interceptions against Tua, one by Brandon Jones and one by Nik Needham. On Needham’s play, the cornerback was playing on the outside and undermining Preston Williams on a deep tilt. Tua’s best pass came on a deep tilt to rookie Braylon Sanders for a gain of about 20 yards.

– Bridgewater was 9 for 12 in 11-for-11 drills, although that included a few dumps and plenty of short throws. His most impressive pass was actually incomplete, as Williams dropped a perfectly thrown pass deep in the right sideline.

– Seventh-round rookie pick Skylar Thompson had a tough day, especially when it came to center quarterback trades. Thompson jumped three times, but without replays it was difficult to determine who was at fault on those plays. He ended up attempting just two passes in team drills, completing a check-down to running back Gerrid Doaks before the long incompletion on the final play.

OTHER PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

– Not a good practice for tackle Greg Little, who made a false start and then held off Jaelan Phillips after Phillips rounded him on a rushing pass.

– Hill opened up wide in the middle on the first team practice game, but then dropped a short throw from Tua as he was wide open in the flat – the throw was a bit out of place but should have been caught anyway.

– Hill and Williams weren’t the only ones to drop passes, as it also happened with rookie running back Za’Quandre White.

– Fourth-round rookie pick Erik Ezukanma showed his excellent body control again, twisting to catch a deep pass from Tua in the 6-on-9…until Jevon Holland came in to strike the ball.

– Along with Phillips, rookie free agent Deandre Johnson also rounded the tackle on a pass rush.

– Second-year tight end Hunter Long had a few catches after a very quiet first day.