Minicamp Observations: Day 1

The Dolphins opened their 2010 minicamp on Friday with a couple of practices, including a workout inside the bubble in the afternoon. It was another chance to see the Dolphins' new and young players, as well as those trying to bounce back from season-ending injuries. Here are some observations from Day 1.

-- Still loving the way Chad Henne is throwing the ball. His almost seems to explode out of his hand when he throws. The big issue for Henne, though, will be improving his touch. We didn't get to see any of those type of passes on Friday, though.

-- Meanwhile, we saw Pat White missing the mark again, as he did in the afternoon when his overthrow over the middle was picked off by rookie free agent safety Jonathon Amaya. We'll say this for White: His arm strength seems slightly better than it was last year, but accuracy remains an issue.

-- Brandon Marshall, Nate Garner, Jason Ferguson and Patrick Turner were the only players who didn't take part in any of the work in either of the practices, with Coach Tony Sparano confirming that Garner recently underwent surgery. Sparano said he expected Garner back for the start of training camp.

-- Ronnie Brown and Anthony Fasano both are practicing despite being without a contract. Both of them have yet to sign their tender as restricted free agents. While other restricted free agents in the same situations around the league have sat out minicamps, Brown said he's not worried about his contract situation and it was more important to him to gauge the progress of his recovery from last year's foot injury. Brown said he would put himself at about 80 percent, adding that he could play if the Dolphins had a game this weekend.

-- Wide receiver Greg Camarillo, who will be involved in a battle to win the starting job opposite Brandon Marshall, made a spectacular one-handed catch against Vontae Davis during a team drill. The pass was thrown by Henne.

-- Second-year player Chris Clemons, who is one of the many candidates to start at free safety, picked up an overthrown pass by Tyler Thigpen in the morning practice.

-- Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan spoke to reporters after the morning practice and indicated his philosophy was to get the defense to become offensive. Sparano said he's already seen some of that play out on the practice field.


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