MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins’ mandatory minicamp on Day 2 unveiled impressive performances and some valuable insights. Here are five key takeaways that shaped the narrative of minicamp:
Tua Tagovailoa’s Anticipatory Precision
- Tua Tagovailoa impressed with his quick decision-making and precise throws during both 7-on-7 and team drills. His ability to release the ball swiftly and anticipate openings in the defense showcased his growth and potential as a franchise quarterback.
Revamped Offensive Focus
- The Dolphins emphasized the importance of a revitalized running game, fully aware of its significance in late-season success. This commitment was palpable during the minicamp’s second practice, characterized by a heavy dose of run-heavy plays and bootlegs.
Promising Offensive Line Performance
- Despite missing Terron Armstead and Connor Williams, the first team offensive line displayed productivity and forcefulness. The absence of key defensive players such as Zach Sieler and Jaylen Twyman also contributed to the linemen’s success. The solid blocking provided ample opportunities for the running backs to find some openings
QB2 Duel Intensifies
- Skylar Thompson continued to impress, particularly during the latter part of the minicamp. His accurate deep throws, including a connection with undrafted rookie Daewood Davis for a potential 70-yard touchdown, solidified his standing in the competition for the backup quarterback position. Mike White, too, exhibited improvement with well-timed passes, notably connecting with Erik Ezukanma. The battle for the backup spot remains fierce..
Xavien Howard’s Engaged Presence
- Xavien Howard’s active involvement in offseason practices has demonstrated his dedication to the team and eagerness to impress under the guidance of new DC Vic Fangio. Alongside Jalen Ramsey, Kader Kohou, and Cam Smith, Howard’s commitment fortified the Dolphins’ formidable cornerback lineup. Justin Bethel, Tino Ellis, and Keion Crossen continue to compete for the remaining cornerback positions.
Several noteworthy plays stood out during the minicamp session.
-Alec Ingold made an impressive grab from TuaTagovailoa; they were in sync today.
-Tagovailoa demonstrated his quick decision-making by rolling to his right and completing a pass for a short gain. He also efficiently checked to his flat and connected with Ingold on another play.
-On the defensive side, Justin Bethel intercepted a pass from Mike White over the middle. White faced pressure from the collapsing offensive line during the play.
-UDFA Garrett Nelson applied consistent pressure on Skylar Thompson, generating a couple of impressive pass rushes.
-Thompson, in turn, displayed his arm talent and accuracy by finding Daewood Davis on a crossing route, resulting in a substantial gain of over 30 yards and even more YAC.