Dolphins camp notes: Young CBs flash

August, 1, 2013
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DAVIE, Fla. -- It was Day No. 10 for training camp with the Miami Dolphins. These are the dog days for the players during another hot and humid practice.

Here are several notes and observations:
  • Miami’s rookie cornerbacks showed significant flashes. Third-round pick Will Davis got his hands on the ball a lot on Thursday. He recorded a whopping three interceptions in practice and two pass defenses. It was an impressive day for Davis after some early struggles in camp. Second-round pick Jamar Taylor also participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time and saw time with the second team. The Dolphins are hoping at least one of these young corners can step up and find a role on the defense this season.
  • Miami receiver Mike Wallace said he had a groin injury, but he described it as a "small setback.” Wallace is optimistic about playing in Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys. Both Wallace and Brian Hartline (calf) dressed for Thursday’s practice but worked with trainers on the sideline. “[I want it] bad. This is a new situation for me,” Wallace said. “So I want to get out there and just feel it out. I want to feel out this new situation and be with my new teammates and have a great time.”
  • No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan continues to look impressive. What what was interesting Thursday is Jordan got reps both at left defensive end and right defensive end. He got the better of Miami starting left tackle Jonathan Martin a couple times. Jordan’s reps have really increased this week after being brought along slowly due to shoulder surgery.
  • It appears Josh Samuda is the early leader in the clubhouse for the starting right guard position. Miami has been trying out different combinations since starter John Jerry went down in the first week of camp. Samuda spent nearly all his time with the starters on Thursday. Versatile backup Nate Garner is another player in consideration.
  • The Dolphins also got an extended look at backup defensive tackle Kheeston Randall with the starters. Randall got the promotion after the team held out fellow defensive tackles Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. Randall is an intriguing prospect who is having a good camp. He should earn some playing time in the rotation this year.
  • Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill's interception-less streak finally ended Thursday, courtesy of cornerback Richard Marshall. Tannehill had a pass tipped in team drills that Marshall picked off in 11-on-11 drills. Prior to that, Tannehill hadn’t turned over the ball in practice since July 23.
  • Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said “95 percent” of the team's install is complete on both sides of the ball. That means just about the entire playbook will be available to players in Sunday’s exhibition game. The coaching staff has been installing the playbook since the spring in organized team activities.

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