Dolphins camp: Defense stuffs run as Tua hits a number of deep throws; plus fill up, inventory down
As the Miami Dolphins get set to host a pair of joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday forward of Saturday’s preseason finale, they held their remaining intrasquad follow of coaching camp on Tuesday.
It was a shortened session with gamers inside for stretch and positional drills earlier than heading outdoors for workforce parts of follow.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a number of deep connections — to extensive receiver Tyreek Hill, tight finish Mike Gesicki and even fullback Alec Ingold — within the day’s temporary work, however the theme of the follow was Miami’s offense seeking to get the run recreation going and the defensive entrance principally stuffing it.
A wide range of early runs for tailback Chase Edmonds, who was within the orange jersey Tuesday as final Thursday’s follow participant of the day, didn’t achieve a lot. Defensive sort out Zach Sieler had a sort out for loss throughout the early stretch. Outside linebacker Porter Gustin wrapped up Myles Gaskin on the sting for a loss later. Nose sort out Raekwon Davis and outdoors linebacker Cameron Goode have been additionally amongst defenders with run stops behind the road of scrimmage all through.
“It’s challenging,” mentioned heart Michael Deiter on dealing with the Dolphins’ defensive entrance in follow. “It’s such a fun task to go against such a tough run defense and a really good front seven, even eight. It definitely makes us better because, if we’re off even a little bit, we’re not going to have any success. If one guy’s off here, one guy’s off there, it can be really ugly versus a good NFL defense.”
The Dolphins wish to get the run recreation going quickly as they’ve averaged simply 2.6 yards per rush of their two exhibition video games.
“I think our offense is doing great building and learning from each other,” mentioned Sieler of the run recreation’s progress. “The defense-offense is very competitive each practice, and it’s real exciting to watch.”
Edmonds was seen breaking by the road for at the least one sizable achieve within the workforce’s run recreation work.
Tagovailoa aired one landing go out to Hill deep in single protection towards undrafted rookie cornerback Kader Kohou. He discovered Gesicki extensive open excessive, presumably freed up by play design as security Jevon Holland was chasing Gesicki down for what would’ve resulted in roughly a 65-yard landing after the run. Tagovailoa purchased time stepping up within the pocket and went by a development when he discovered Ingold open about 25 yards downfield alongside the sideline. Ingold mentioned following follow he saved his ft in on the play. …
Teddy Bridgewater discovered River Cracraft a number of occasions for appreciable features. One was in the midst of the sector for about 20 yards, and he later hit him extensive open ultimately zone on a defensive breakdown in protection. …
The offense follow conditions the place it was backed up for first-and-10 at its personal 2-yard line. Tagovailoa hit Ingold for 8 on his first play, giving the offense respiration room after which discovered Hill for a third-down conversion. Bridgewater had a poorly thrown third-down go reasonably deep damaged up by Elijah Campbell. …
Duke Riley had a third-down sack of rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson. Melvin Ingram was within the backfield on one Tagovailoa throw to Hill for a loss the place Ingram almost bought a hand on a go that might’ve been harmful for the offense if deflected. …
Kohou, whereas within the neighborhood of a pair of lengthy completions, additionally had a pair of go breakups. On one, he caught as much as fellow undrafted rookie Braylon Sanders on a Bridgewater go that floated. Another was towards Mohamed Sanu on a slant. …
The brief day’s work ended with Bridgewater finishing a go to tight finish Hunter Long within the flat on a fourth-and-2.
Outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips had two sacks plus one other occasion the place he affected Tagovailoa speeding upfield off the sting, forcing him to step up within the pocket and purchase time. All this exercise in a brief follow the place the run recreation performed prominently within the offense’s work.
Braylon Sanders dedicated a false begin to start one of many sequence the place the offense was backed up on the 2-yard line. It solely goes down as a 1-yard penalty, half the gap to the purpose line, but it surely makes it that a lot harder on the offense in a real recreation situation when a large receiver can’t be committing a penalty on the skin. Standing out earlier in camp and making three catches for 40 yards in Saturday’s preseason recreation towards the Raiders, it’s nonetheless exhausting to think about there being a roster spot for the undrafted rookie on this extensive receiver room.
Left sort out Terron Armstead returned to follow Tuesday and noticed loads of 11-on-11 exercise. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was additionally current early in drills for workforce stretch with a sleeve on his proper leg however didn’t take part in workforce parts of follow. Tackle Greg Little additionally returned to follow on Tuesday.
Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel was not seen at Tuesday’s session, nor was cornerback Keion Crossen, who coach Mike McDaniel known as “day to day” after getting injured in Saturday’s exhibition loss to the Raiders. Running again Sony Michel and linebackers Brennan Scarlett and Calvin Munson have been additionally not current Tuesday.
Safety Eric Rowe stretched with the workforce, however he watched workforce drills in shorts. Tight finish Tanner Conner additionally stretched however didn’t take part in drills with a brace on his left leg.
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