The Early Stars of Camp

Training camp passed the halfway point on Tuesday as the Dolphins concluded their 10th of 19 practice days. So who have been the standouts in the first half of camp? Some are big names who should come as no surprise. Others might be more unexpected.

Let's start on offense.

WR Davone Bess: After finishing last year as a starter, Bess looks like a guy who doesn't want to let guy of the job. Not only is he much bigger and stronger than last year, he's also continued to catch everything in sight.

LT Jake Long: Simply put, there's not a Dolphins pass rusher getting by him this summer.

RB Ronnie Brown: Brown is coming off a very good season, even better considering it was his first since his torn ACL. But he looks even quicker this year and he's also catching the ball well out of the backfield.

TE John Nalbone: He didn't impress us at all in OTAs, but he has caught everything in training camp and that includes tough passes that bounce off defenders first. He's put himself in serious contention for a roster spot.

WR Greg Camarillo: It's impressive in the first place that Camarillo has been able to work from the start after tearing an ACL last November, but Camarillo looks exactly like he did last year, which means dependable, often open and catching everything.

RB Patrick Cobbs: Maybe it's the success he had last year, but Cobbs just looks to us like he's faster than he was last year.

WR Brandon London: Here's another guy who didn't particularly shine in OTAs and looked like he was fighting a losing battle to keep a roster spot. But he has looked very impressive in camp, making both the routine and tough catches.

Now on defense:

NT Jason Ferguson: It might not be a great sign when it comes to the Dolphins' interior offensive linemen, but Ferguson has been difficult to block.

SLB Jason Taylor: Everybody knows about his great performance in the intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, but he's been moving very well and looking impressive during regular practices, too.

CB Will Allen: Not a whole lot of passes are being completed against this guy this summer, and he's also made a couple of picks.

DE Randy Starks: The guy was impressive in limited playing time last year and he's been the most impressive defensive end in camp this summer.

FS Tyrone Culver: Gibril Wilson was signed from Oakland to be the starting free safety, but he better not have any slip-ups because Culver is looking just as good.

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