The Dolphins will practice Tuesday afternoon in a session closed to the public, before flying to Orlando Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Here are three things to look for at practice Tuesday:
- Brandon Doughty (for the record, it’s DOW-tee, not DOUGH-tee, so let’s get it right) and Zac Dysert. With Matt Moore sidelined with a concussion, Doughty and Dysert have been taking plenty of practice reps this week and they’ll get a big opportunity Thursday night in Orlando, against Atlanta. Doughty wasn’t thrilled with how Friday’s game at Dallas went and he told me “I have to be a better football player.” But Doughty has done some things really well at camp. And this week, Dysert, the Miami (OH) product in his second season, has thrown some eye-opening passes, too. Look for Ryan Tannehill to play the first half and then perhaps not again until the opener at Seattle.
- Byron Maxwell. Look, he’s the top corner. The number one corner. The cover corner. The press corner. The experienced corner. You get it. And he’ll probably see his share of Julio Jones on Thursday, one week after taking a dose of Dez Bryant, who won a few battles. I caught up with Maxwell this week and when he wasn’t raving about what a remarkable person he believes Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to be, Maxwell spoke of relishing the challenge of facing top receivers. “Julio will move around,” Maxwell said. “He’s proven. He’s a superstar. And his talent is the best in the league. So you know, I’ve got to bring my best.”
- Kiko and Koa. The K-K Boys. Or something like that. I noticed the two linebackers (Kiko Alonso and Koa Misi) chatting on the practice field today and I wondered if the topic was tackling technique or coverage of tight ends. Miami’s linebackers haven’t really been noticeable the last two weeks, aside from a few missed tackles and some poor coverage. The Dolphins need their linebackers to play faster, more physical and well, to win more plays – in practice and in games.