Who lined up with first team at Miami Dolphins’ Saturday practice. There were surprises
Starting Saturday, reporters will be allowed to report who is playing with the first team during training with the Miami Dolphins.
Some early notes:
▪ Michael Deiter is the starting center for the fourth day in a row. So far, he's clearly ahead of Matt Skura and Cameron Tom in the fight for a job start.
The rest of the first team's offensive line on Saturday: Austin Jackson on left tackle, Liam Eichenberg on left guard, Robert Hunt on right guard and Jesse Davis on right tackle.
Davis spent much of the offseason program as a left guard starter, and then Solomon Kindley played with the starters three days in a row earlier this week.
So Eichenberg was new on Saturday and surprisingly on the left guard - no less with the starters. Eichenberg was the right starter during the minicamp and OTAs, although Davis was the right starter on Friday and Saturday.
Eichenberg was the left starting XI of Notre Dame for two years. He talked about working on adjusting to the right tackle on Friday.
▪ With DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Will Fuller injured, the first team receivers on Saturday were Jaylen Waddle and Albert Wilson. Jakeem Grant was the third recipient.
Receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. had a very quiet camp (and fumbled on Saturday), and Mack Hollins and Allen Hurns didn't do much noteworthy in the beginning. Wilson, Robert Foster and Grant impressed in the battle for positions at the receiver.
▪ Here was the first team defense: Raekwon Davis, Zach Sieler and Emmanuel Ogbah on the defensive end; Jerome Baker and Benadrick McKinney at the Inside Linebacker; Andrew Van Ginkel in an edge / outside linebacker role; Byron Jones and Nik Needham on the border at cornerback; Justin Coleman in the slot.
Eric Rowe and Jason McCourty were the starting security.
It was interesting that Sieler was working in front of Christian Wilkins on Saturday. And Needham worked before Noah Igbinoghene in the role of the border corner, which is usually played by Xavien Howard. McCourty started ahead of Jevon Holland.
▪ Howard, who is off for two days due to a slight ankle injury, does individual exercises.
▪ Tight End Mike Gesicki (medical reasons) does not train on Saturday. Will Fuller and Jaelan Phillips are also staying outside, but Brian Flores said their injuries were day-to-day, not week-to-week.
▪ Myles Gaskin was the starter running back and Durham Smythe was the start tight end in Gesicki's absence.
▪ Waddle, Lynn Bowden Jr., Malcolm Perry, and Grant handled returns.
▪ Also noteworthy: Jamal Perry caught a Tua pass at the end, but was not in 11 of 11 exercises. Jevon Holland let in what should have been an interception of Tagovailoa. But Tua also had some nice throws, including a ball pulled across the middle to Albert Wilson for a 25 yard win. and a 25 yard strike over the middle to waddle. Then Tua Adam Shaheen delivered a well cast deep completion.
Syracuse rookie cornerback Trill Williams forced the Bowden Fumble ....
Brennan Scarlett had a sack .. So did Shaquem Griffin, who was handsome ..
Robert Foster, who played well in the first week of camp, made two nice catches but hobbled up after the second.
Look back for more updates.
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