Standouts in Scrimmage

The Dolphins drew another overflow crowd, including a large of alumni, Saturday afternoon when they held a scrimmage to cap their first week of practice. In addition to some of the younger guys making some big plays, there were some veterans who stood out, starting with Jason Taylor.

Even though there was no tackling, Taylor got quarterback Chad Henne for what would have been a sack and also had two other quarterback pressures.

One of those came when Ted Ginn Jr. set up for a flanker option, and Ginn's bomb to Ronnie Brown ended up being intercepted by rookie Sean Smith.

It was indeed an impressive performance by Taylor, even though he wasn't about to get overly excited about it.

"I haven't made a play yet," he said. "This is practice. I don't want to sound like Allen Iverson or anything, but this is practice. We all know it's a whole different ballgame when they turn the lights on at Land Shark Stadium. It's a whole different ballgame on game day, but I know I can do that and I think a lot of people around here know I can do that and a lot of guys in that locker room know I can do that, and that's the thing that's comforting and that you appreciate.

"But this is very much a show me business and it's always been that way, it always will be that way and everyone thinks I'm old now, so I need to go out and show them that I can still do it."

While Taylor clearly stood out in the scrimmage, he was just one of many linebackers who made plays.

Others included Erik Walden (would-be sack), Charlie Anderson (pressure, pass broken up) and Quentin Moses (two passes broken up).

The scrimmage consisted of about 90 plays, with the three quarterbacks splitting series of about nine or 10 plays.

Chad Pennington ran two series, while Chad Henne and Pat White ran four apiece.

White is the only one of the three who threw a touchdown pass, but he also had his problems.

For one, he wasn't fooling anyone with his play fakes. he was erratic on most of his throws downfield and he also dropped a snap before falling on the ball.

In addition to his TD pass to rookie free agent Chris Williams, White's highlight came when he hooked up with Anthony Armstrong in front of Jason Allen for a long completion.

First-round pick Vontae Davis had a rough start to the scrimmage. On his first play on the field, he got burned by a double move by fourth-round pick Brian Hartline when he got caught peeking into the backfield and the result was a long hook-up between Henne and Hartline.

"It happens to everybody, it happens to the best," Davis said. "I feel like I learned from my mistake."

Fellow rookie cornerback Sean Smith, the second-round pick from Utah, fared better.

He came up with the only turnover of the scrimmage when he intercepted Ted Ginn Jr. in the end zone on a flanker option.

The long pass was intended for running back Ronnie Brown, who actually was covered downfield by nose tackle Paul Soliai. Ginn's pass was slightly underthrown and Smith jumped in front of Brown to make the interception.

"I saw Sean make a nice play on the ball on the little throwback pass we had there and that's something he does pretty well," Sparano said. "He's got outstanding ball skills. He's a long guy, so when the ball's in the air he can get up and he can get it and that's part of big corner, big receiver."

Among the Dolphins' other six draft picks, it was fifth-round choice John Nalbone who had the best day. The tight end from Monmouth caught a couple of passes that were tipped before they got to him.

Hartline was quiet other than his one long catch, Patrick Turner didn't have a reception, and safety Chris Clemons, tackle Andrew Gardner and linebacker J.D. Folsom did nothing to stand out.

Overall, Coach Tony Sparano said he liked the energy of his team, although he wasn't thrilled about the number of penalties, particularly in the red zone.

"I thought there was great energy on both sides of the ball," he said. "I thought we were a little bit sloppy penalty wise in the red area. I think we had nine penalties today total, but some of them occurred in the red area, which can't happen down there. We had a couple of mental errors that might have occurred down there on both sides of the ball occasionally, so those are some things that we've got to clean up.

"I thought physically the guys did a pretty nice job competing against each other and I thought at times flashed some pretty good things in the run game, a couple of good pass rushes. So for not watching the film, that would be my general thought."

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