Minicamp Roundup: Day 3

The Dolphins concluded their 2010 minicamp on Sunday with one final practice in the morning. 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 3 of the minicamp.

-- It was interesting that rookies Koa Misi and John Jerry both got plenty of snaps with the first team during the minicamp, but Coach Tony Sparano said part of the reason was to get a look at both of them against better competition. Using that logic, one can wonder why Jared Odrick never lined up at defensive end with the first-team defense. Just saying.

-- Given that there was no contact throughout the weekend, it's really difficult to assess the work of the offensive and defensive linemen. That said, Sparano said Jake Long looks more confident and athletic than ever, which can only mean good news considering he's already been selected to the Pro Bowl twice in two years.

-- The shuffling of the interior of the offensive line continued, and it's clear there are no favorites at this point at either center or guard. And, yes, that includes Jake Grove.

-- Brandon Marshall continued to skip practice as he recovers from offseason surgery, but Sparano explained that Marshall is being tested on a regular basis to make sure he picks up the offense. It shouldn't be very difficult for Marshall being that he played in Denver under Josh McDaniels, who's a protege of Bill Belichick, who's a protege of Bill Parcells.

-- In terms of the wide receivers and defensive backs — positions where it's easy to stand out positively or negatively whether there's contact or not — there were few outstanding performances outside of rookie free agent safety Jonathon Amaya with his two interceptions. That said, everybody looked pretty good. That includes Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Ryan Grice-Mullen at wide receiver, and Vontae Davis and Sean Smith at cornerback.

-- With the quarterbacks, Chad Henne is looking very impressive and the ball is jumping out of his hand, Tyler Thigpen still looks inconsistent and Pat White still looks like a work in progress.


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