Camp Observations: Day 7

The Dolphins just wrapped up their practice on Thursday afternoon, completing their first full week of work. They will go at it twice on Friday before holding a scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. Here are some things that stand out after Week 1 of Training Camp 2010.

-- Let's start with Pat White because he's been the biggest story of the first week, with an honorable mention to the injuries sustained by A.J. Edds and Kory Sheets. White may be back in camp, but the sad truth is he's looking just as bad as he did last training camp as he did last summer, possibly even worse. His accuracy is again wildly inconsistent and he just doesn't seem to play with very much confidence. On Thursday alone, he dropped a snap, overthrew a net entirely from 12 yards out and then dropped a lateral on a drill where the offense, unguarded, keeps moving the ball on laterals until it gets to the end zone. Not good.

-- The shuffling of the offensive line continues, and we'll continue to say it means nothing. On Thursday, for example, the Dolphins had Andrew Hartline working at center with the first-team offense. The same Andrew Hartline, who appeared in two games as a backup last year after being promoted from the practice squad, this after being signed following his release from Green Bay. Now, do you really think this guy is going to beat out either Jake Grove or Joe Berger for the starting job? Coach Tony Sparano just wants to give guys different looks against different players, so it's really useless to try to make projections on a starting five up front this early in camp.

-- In the same vein, Jason Allen lined up with the first-team defense at cornerback opposite Vontae Davis in team drills Thursday, with veteran Will Allen sitting out practice to give his reconstructed knee a rest. Sean Smith worked with the second unit in those drills, but there's no way he's playing behind Jason Allen. That said, Smith really is not having a good camp and he's looking frustrated out there. After giving up a completion on Thursday to Patrick Turner, he pounded the turf in frustration. Remember, this is a guy who is confident, bordering on cocky, and he's not playing that way right now.

-- The rookie class, in the very early going, is looking very impressive. The two who have stood out are first-round pick Jared Odrick, who had an awesome practice on Thursday that included an interception on a screen pass and a tackle for loss on a running play, and fifth-rounder Nolan Carroll, who has had two interceptions. Fellow fifth-round pick Reshad Jones also had a pick on Thursday, intercepting Chad Henne on a pass near the sideline.

-- In addition to Will Allen, Brandon Marshall and Patrick Cobbs also sat out Thursday's practice, but that was done purely for rest purposes.

-- The Randy Starks move to nose tackle is looking promising, even though we're still in the very early stages. He is moving around tremendously well out there and broke through the line of scrimmage on a running play Thursday to meet Ricky Williams in the backfield.


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