Scrimmage Highlights and Lowlights

The Dolphins went for a splash early in their scrimmage on Saturday, but Sean Smith wasn't about to let Brandon Marshall get the overflow crowd excited with a long gain. Smith broke up the pass, setting the stage for a day that was dominated by the defense.

No official score was kept during the scrimmage, but it looked from the stands as though the defense made more plays.

Among the highlights were a spectacular one-handed catch in the back of the end zone by tight end David Martin, who, it must be pointed out, lined up with the first-team offense at times on Saturday just one day after rejoining the Dolphins.

Second-year wide receiver Brian Hartline also had a nice catch in the back of the end zone when he caught an alley-oop from Chad Henne, managing to drag his toe before going out of bounds.

Overall, though, Henne wasn't particularly sharp and it was a rare off day for Brandon Marshall, who wasn't able to make catches over defenders the way he has regularly done during practice. Marshall also dropped a pass over the middle when he couldn't handle a bullet from Henne.

Interestingly, probably the quarterback who had the best performance was Pat White. We haven 't been shy about criticizing him, but he threw the ball really well on Saturday, starting with a strike to tight end Joey Haynos after he rolled out.

Tyler Thigpen and Chad Pennington both had their moments, but neither stood out.

On defense, probably the highlight play was an interception by linebacker Charlie Anderson after a wide receiver screen was tipped by rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll, who had sniffed out the play.

Carroll almost had an interception himself on the very next play when he had great coverage, but he couldn't come down with the Thigpen pass.

Among others who had good days on defense were second-year linebacker J.D. Folsom, cornerback Jason Allen — his play has really picked up in the last few days — and veteran defensive end Charles Grant.

We also should mention rookie draft picks Jared Odrick and Reshad Jones, along with Carroll. Second-round pick Koa Misi, on the other hand, was barely noticeable.

Here were some other things that stood out from the scrimmage:

-- Running back Patrick Cobbs, center Jake Grove and wide receiver Greg Camarillo were the only players not to participate.

-- Rookie third-round pick John Jerry lined up with the first-team offense at right guard, with Richie Incognito lining up at left guard and Joe Berger at center.

-- Andrew Hartline, whose presence with the first-team offense this week has made big news, had two bad snaps in the shotgun formation.

-- Dan Carpenter missed three field goal attempts in a row early in the scrimmage, but came up and made his last three.

-- The Dolphins ran a couple of plays from the Wildcat formation, but had no success with them whatsoever.

-- The Dolphins had two kickoffs between offensive series in the scrimmage, and the two returners were Tristan Davis and Nolan Carroll.

-- Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullen and Taurus Johnson took turns fielding punts before the scrimmage.

-- The offensive line was flagged for a couple of false starts, with second-year tackle Andrew Gardner being the clear culprit on one of them.

-- The scrimmage ended with an incompletion by Thigpen on a pass broken up by linebacker Quentin Moses, who was another player who had a good day.


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