Despite the fact that the Dolphins have been practicing since Friday, training camp really started on Monday when the full team worked out in full pads. And not surprisingly, the fans on hand at the team's practice facility cheered loudest whenever Ricky Williams carried the ball.<P>

Williams looked smooth running with the ball, even though he didn't have much success when the Dolphins held their nine-on-nine "middle drill."

Coach Dave Wannsted was happy with Williams' work, but was even more pleased about the team's attitude on this first full day of camp.

"There was as much enthusiasm out here today as what I've been around for a first practice," Wannstedt said. "It was exciting and our guys worked hard. It was positive work. I like our guys. I like this team. I like the way that we are approaching things. I think we have better leadership than we have ever had."

Other than Williams, other players who stood out with their work on Monday included defensive tackle Larry Chester, running back Robert Edwards and defensive tackle Jermaine Haley.

Among the highlights of the first day of camp:

-- Quarterback Jay Fiedler was the only player who didn't practice. Wannstedt said Fiedler remains on target to throw at practice on Wednesday, with the hope that he'll begin practicing at full speed next week.

-- Tight end Alonzo Mayes was taken off the active/PUP list and practiced on Monday morning. He did not have a great day catching passes, however, dropping one pass and bobbling another.

-- Offensive tackle Brent Smith, who is in line to win a starting job, practiced on a limited basis in the morning session. Smith suffered a minor calf injury in the last minicamp and the Dolphins didn't want to risk aggravating the injury.

-- Former NFL player Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson attended Monday morning's workout.

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