DAVIE — The Dolphins are step closer to being ready for the upcoming season after putting on shoulder pads for this morning’s training camp practice.
There were minimal injury issues, which continues a good run for Miami. Backup offensive lineman Jake Brendel remains out with a calf injury, and receiver Isaiah Ford was out after sustaining an unspecified injury Friday.
Here are some post-practice updates from coach Adam Gase:
— Cornerback Torry McTyer worked with the first-team defense today, which is part of a slight shift in Gase’s thinking about the depth chart. He wants position coaches to bump guys up quickly when they show they deserve it, rather than “wait around” and make them continue to work for it over multiple practices.
— Rookie running back Kalen Ballage is off to a good start. “We’re trying to get him as many reps as we can so he can see as many things as possible,” Gase said. “We’re trying to get him to a point where he can play as fast as possible.” Gase said his grasp of the offense has been solid so far.
— Ryan Tannehill needs to work on his sliding technique. He’s used to sliding on his surgically repaired left knee, which the Dolphins don’t want. Gase said it would be problematic for him to land on the brace if he was trying to get down.
— The redesigned offensive line struggled somewhat today. “We have work to do,” Gase said.
— On the o-line, the team is scaling back left guard Josh Sitton’s workload to about four of every six plays, leaving an opening for Ted Larsen to get first-string reps.
— Linebacker Chase Allen has had two interceptions in camp. Regarding his chances at a starting job, Gase said he’s trying to keep the linebacker units together so they can build continuity. They’re sticking with Raekwon McMillan, Kiko Alonso and Stephone Anthony for now.
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