Minicamp Observations: Day 2

The Dolphins continued their 2010 minicamp on Saturday with two more 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 2 of the minicamp.

-- It continues to be three quarterbacks throwing passes in the minicamp, with Chad Pennington being limited to short throws in individual drills. That's no big deal, though, because we really don't need to see Pennington in May. The big test for me will come in training camp when we'll find out more whether his surgically repaired right shoulder will be ready to go.

-- There'll be an interesting battle at wide receiver for the starting spot opposite Brandon Marshall, with Brian Hartline, Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess all competing. All three continue to look good in minicamp, but Bess probably is going to have a hard time winning because he's more of a slot receiver. Regardless, he's too good a receiver not to have a big role.

-- Since we're mentioning Bess, we have to talk about his clone, Ryan Grice-Mullen, who also is looking good. He figures to make a strong push for the fifth wide receiver spot and it's not helping Patrick Turner's cause that he has to sit out the minicamp while continuing his recovery from offseason surgery.

-- The Dolphins continue to rotate their three interior offensive linemen by practice. In the morning, it's been Richie Incognito and rookie John Jerry at guard with center Jake Grove flanked by Jake Long and Vernon Carey, while the afternoon practices have seen Long and Carey joined by Donald Thomas and Cory Procter at guard with Joe Berger at center. We probably would warn against reading too much into this, other than those three starting spots very much are up for grabs.

-- Coach Tony Sparano mentioned after the morning practice that Pat White was completing almost 68 percent of his passes this spring, but the truth is he still doesn't look very smooth throwing the ball. Sorry.

-- Chad Henne, meanwhile, continues to look very impressive.

-- Another player looking very good is rookie free agent safety Jonathon Amaya. He had an interception in the morning practice, his second in two practices. Given how wide open the battle for the starting free safety job appears to be at this point, is it crazy to suggest Amaya could become a factor at some point.

-- Former first-round pick Jason Allen continues to fail to impress at practice. His coverage skills simply are just not that great. The reality for Allen remains the same: He will make the team if the Dolphins decide they need to have him on special teams, otherwise he's in trouble.

-- Karlos Dansby is an impressive physical specimen. He's got great size and very long arms, and he ran stride for stride with running back Lex Hilliard down the sideline on a play where Hilliard came out of the backfield for a pass.

-- Back to the receivers, we're still looking for Camarillo to drop a pass. It just never happens.

-- Safety Yeremiah Bell's arms keep getting bigger and bigger every year, it seems. The man is physically imposing.

-- Bell actually might be the only player on the team with bigger biceps that cornerback Vontae Davis.


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