The Miami Dolphins have had outstanding participation at voluntary organized team activities this spring, unlike a certain team up north. But hey, the Dolphins have plenty of ground to make up.
For three days this week, all players are actually required by an NFL and NFLPA agreement to show up and work. And so they’ll do just that on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in Davie.
According to the agreed-upon rules, players and coaches can work together for up to 10 hours each day, instead of six. The teams can even be on the field up to 3.5 hours each day. So a lot of work can get done.
Who are us media types watching closely at the open practices?
- Ryan Tannehill — Coaches say Tannehill’s mobility is already up to par and he’s converting a plethora of unscheduled plays. Has Tannehill really picked up where he left off when he was playing great ball at the end of 2016? Is Tannehill now making decisions so quickly at the line of scrimmage that the Dolphins are finally ready to go at warp-speed pace? How quickly is Tannehill getting on the same page with so many new teammates?
- Mike Gesicki — He is a rookie. He is a rookie. He is a rookie. Tell yourself that now and in the summer and early in the 2018 season, because it’s important to remember. There will be mistakes. There will be busts. Probably a key drop or two. This will not mean that Gesicki does not have a great future. It will mean he is a rookie. But it would be a lot of fun to see flashes of explosiveness and athleticism from the second-rounder in this week’s minicamp.
- Raekwon McMillan — Coaches say McMillan has been building back the confidence he had soon after arriving as a rookie. McMillan is fully cleared from his knee injury. He comes across as extremely mature and composed. McMillan believes he has a responsibility to be a leader on the field, despite his inexperience. And that he can do so by knowing exactly where he and every other player on the defense is supposed to be.
- Minkah Fitzpatrick — It was revealed recently that Fitzpatrick has already nabbed at least two picks this spring. And that’s what the Dolphins need. Turnovers. Game-changing plays. Coaches want Fitzpatrick to focus on adjusting to the speed of the NFL game. And they want him to realize he just needs to do his assignment, not worry about everybody else’s. How much does Fitzpatrick line up alongside Reshad Jones? How much does Fitzpatrick line up in the slot, with Bobby McCain moved to outside corner?
- DeVante Parker — Dolphins coaches say few if any players have spent more time in the building than Parker since last season ended. He’s been focused on managing his health as well as studying film. The national and local expectations for Parker have been lowered based on disappointing 2016 and 2017 seasons, which is a good position for him to be in. I did notice Parker running extra routes with Tannehill at a recent practice. How much does Tannehill’s return help Parker?