MINICAMP OBSERVATIONS: OFFENSE

The Dolphins completed their post-draft minicamp and, as usual, there was plenty to observe, starting with the quarterback position. Here are some post-minicamp thoughts dealing strictly with the offense. We'll look at the defense Tuesday.

Let us begin by saying that you can only draw so many conclusions from minicamp and the quarterback schools.

OK, so here we go:

At quarterback, both Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley looked shaky on Friday and didn't look great on Saturday, either. On Sunday, Fiedler had a few nice throws, while Feeley continued to be OK at best.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said Feeley got better every day. At this point, it's clear that Fiedler has a better understanding of the offense, having been here for the last four years.

But we still maintain it will be a great shock if Feeley isn't the starting quarterback on opening day.

Just don't look for any depth chart change to come before the midway point of the preseason.

At running back, Ricky Williams obviously looked different with his dreadlocks cut and he also seemed a little smaller than usual. But he moved around very well.

Among the other running backs, the one who caught our eye was rookie free agent Fred Russell. The first that jumps out at you is just how short this guy is. He's listed at 5-7, but might not even be tall. But he's tremendously quick and he said the Dolphins told him they'd let him return kickoffs.

If Terrence Wilkins bombs as a kickoff returner the way Charlie Rogers did last year, Russell has a slim chance at stealing a roster spot. But that still has to be considered a long shot at this point.

Among the receivers, J.R. Tolver was able to return and he told us this is the best he has felt in many years.

Chris Chambers looked as impressive as always, while tight end Randy McMichael also looked very good.

New tight end John Jones, the free agent acquisition from the Baltimore Ravens, dropped a couple of passes. He was brought in because he's a good special teams player, but he's still no lock to make the team.

Along the offensive line, we can tell you that John St. Clair lined up with the first unit at right tackle while Vernon Carey worked with the second group.

Because there's no contact, it's very rare for an offensive lineman to distinguish himself in a minicamp. On the left side, Wade Smith was toasted a few times by Jason Taylor during team drills, but Coach Dave Wannstedt said afterward that was mostly because Smith has been battling a minor hamstring problem the last few weeks.

That, of course, brings to mind one important question: If Smith had a hamstring injury, why the hell was out there during minicamp? That makes no sense.


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