Brandon Marshall must have rehabbed with Shakira, because his hips don’t lie.
During 11-on-11 drills, Pro-Bowler Marshall and his surgically repaired hip faked out CB Sean Smith and left him in the dust on a 55-yard touchdown pass from QB Chad Henne. ”The Beast” left Smith on the ground on another play in which Smith had good coverage but slipped. Overall it was a great first day from Marshall, one that raises hopes that the ‘Phins will have a legitimate threat in the passing game. I tried to contact Ted Ginn about Marshall, but he dropped the call.
A great benefit from the acquisition of Marshall is the practice young CBs Sean Smith and Vontae Davis will have against an All-Pro receiver. Hopefully the experience will result in fewer huge plays allowed than last year, when the duo got burned for large chunks of yardage by Randy Moss and others.
An interesting development was the coaches’ decision to move rookie John Jerry to right guard. Jerry had spent most of OTAs at left guard. The move could have been made to either test Jerry’s ability to adapt or push Richie Incognito to own the spot. It would be great to have Incognito in the starting line-up and give the Dolphins a bit more attitude.
Notably absent from the first day of camp was QB Pat White. Is the front office considering trading White? It would be a surprise, as White proved himself useless last year, mainly coming in for a Wildcat play here or there. The team had discussed a move to WR, but White reportedly balked at the notion.
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Written by Brian Saa
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