Rookie Minicamp Observations

The Dolphins have completed two of their four rookie minicamp practices, with one more practice on Saturday afternoon and the last one Sunday morning. The minicamp, as Coach Tony Sparano has explained, is more about seeing the shape, enthusiasm and learning capabilities of the young players than anything else. So what has stood out in the first half of the camp?

-- Sparano says Ryan Grice-Mullen and Davone Bess are two different players, but there also are an awful lot of similarities. You can start with the fact they were both 100-catch receivers at Hawaii, they both can return kicks, both have similar builds and both sport dreadlocks. Grice-Mullen was one of those under-the-radar signings in January after he spend a season-plus in the CFL, but don't be shocked to see him make a push for a roster spot. Like Bess, he's very smooth in his route-running, has good hands and he also has a CFL-playoff-record 106-yard punt return for a touchdown on his resume.

-- Watching left-handed quarterback Jameel Sewell, we can't help but be reminded of Pat White. There are two major differences: One, Sewell is taller and thicker than White; two, he also looks like a much better passer even in a minicamp like this.

-- Because they play defensive line or the offense, it's hard to say which draft pick has made a good impression so far. So we'll just tell you that Jared Odrick has a great build for defensive end in a 3-4, John Jerry is really big but not necessarily that fat, and A.J. Edds speaks as smoothly as a politician giving a speech — perhaps that's why he was nicknamed "The Governor" by his teammates at Iowa.

-- Sparano said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure what would happen with veteran guard Justin Smiley, but a published report suggested both Seattle and Indianapolis made a trade offer for him. Makes you wonder why the Dolphins didn't just make the deal. It's just to envision them getting much for Smiley at this point considering they've made it obvious he doesn't figure in their plans.

-- Sparano stuck up for his tight ends on Saturday, saying the Dolphins "certainly got our worth from both players" and saying the reason Fasano's reception numbers were down was because he was asked to block more often. From this end, the issue with Fasano's season was that he seemed to drop more passes than in 2008, not to mention his two fumbles in the opener at Atlanta. Clearly, he can do better than he did last season, regardless of numbers.

-- Second-round pick Koa Misi showed up at 243 pounds after losing weight because he expected to be drafted as a linebacker after playing defensive end at Utah. But look for him to add about 10 pounds before the start of the regular season.


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