The Miami Dolphins arrived at their to start with break of coaching camp Sunday after conducting four procedures at the Baptist Health and fitness Schooling Complicated on the grounds of Tough Rock Stadium, including a person open up to lovers on Saturday.
While it’s of course still too early to leap to conclusions about something and every thing when it will come to the Dolphins — and the other 31 groups in the NFL — there obviously have been some factors that stood out each positively and negatively in the course of that initial 7 days of exercise.
We took a look at the Dolphins offense earlier, so we will now convert our consideration to what stood out on protection.
THE XAVIEN HOWARD Component
Clearly, almost nothing else that occurred this 7 days with the Dolphins — on offense or protection — was as major as All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard requesting a trade by means of Instagram since of his aggravation above his contract.
Of study course, it really is straightforward to get suspicious when Howard jogs off the industry following warmups two times later with what head mentor Brian Flores later termed an ankle harm. Howard was back again at apply Saturday, whilst it was on a really restricted foundation.
When Howard receives back to being a complete participant in exercise is going to be a storyline right up until it takes place or there’s some type of resolution to the deadlock.
In the meantime, we’re seeking at other defensive backs getting turns with the very first-staff defense opposite Byron Jones, and it will not choose a genius to notice there is certainly fairly the fall-off from what Howard delivers to the defense.
2020 initial-round select Noah Igbinoghene and Nik Needham seem to be the two men who would be up coming in line, and it was Needham who seemed to have the better week of apply.
If we are searching for a prolonged shot to make the roster at cornerback, might be wise to appear toward Terrell Bonds, who had some awesome moments in coverage.
At protection, practically nothing definitely stood out, other than for rookie 2nd-round select Jevon Holland dropping an easy interception on a Tua Tagovailoa move thrown way ahead of his meant receiver — possibly a undesirable overthrow and a conversation problem involving receiver and quarterback.
It continue to seems to be like it’ll be Holland or Jason McCourty as the commencing deep protection, and generating significant performs in teaching camp is just one way for the rookie to gain the job. That was an option missed.
One past thing on the secondary, bear in mind that a ton of completions came on performs that had been prolonged because of the follow placing, so it was not the unmitigated disaster some have prompt.
VAN GINKEL AND THE LINEBACKERS
Andrew Van Ginkel had a breakout performance in 2020 and if the first week of camp was any indicator, count on far more of the similar.
He was a disruptive power all week as the most dependable performer at linebacker.
The ideal personal apply for a linebacker, however, came courtesy of absolutely free agent decide-up Brennan Scarlett, who was all over the location Saturday. He bought to the quarterback for two would-be sacks — they are known as that due to the fact they would be sacks in a regular season video game if the defender failed to cease so as not to strike his very own quarterback in a observe — and punched the ball absent from Lynn Bowden Jr. right after a go completion.
Scarlett was seen as a lot more of a specific groups contributor when he signed with the Dolphins, but it may well be time to change that projection.
As an edge rusher, we can tell you it doesn’t get lengthy to get impressed with rookie initially-spherical select Jaelan Phillips for the reason that of his measurement and movement means. He looks like a keeper, which is what produced it so disappointing to have him leave apply early Friday. The good information, nevertheless, is that his leg injuries is not considered to be major.
Because there have been no pads in the to start with 7 days, it was a little bit tough to gauge or quite assess the get the job done of new inside of linebacker Benardrick McKinney, so we’ll just notify you that this is 1 substantial inside linebacker.
THE DEFENSIVE LINE
We wrap factors up with the huge fellas up front, with the similar caveat that there were no pads.
In point, if we’re remaining sincere, it was tough to discern any one genuinely standing out.
That mentioned, Christian Wilkins experienced himself a good 7 days of observe up front as a disruptive force on passing plays.
Among crucial players, Raekwon Davis appears to be like in excellent condition, which is a fantastic indication as he seems to build on previous year’s All-Rookie overall performance.