Monday morning marked the first day that veteran Jay Cutler was officially a Miami Dolphin. While he arrived at the facility, he didn't make it in time to practice, so, likely for the final time barring any horrible setbacks, Matt Moore took the snaps with the starting unit.
The players are heavily invested in Moore, the locker room respects him and views him as a leader. So this will be a true test of Adam Gase's ability to command a locker room, as they will no doubt be forced to accept the reality that Cutler will be the starting quarterback in 2017.
But that's a bridge that will be crossed when we get there. For now, let's take a quick look at the storylines from Monday's session of training camp.
Jakeem Grant shines as a weapon
Yes, we're talking about Jakeem Grant again. One would think I'm obsessed with the miniature wide receiver from Texas Tech, but the fact of the matter is, it seems like every time he gets the ball in his hands, he makes something special happen.
He did so again Monday.
During a round of 11-on-11 scrimmage, Grant caught a short pass from former Western Kentucky standout Brandon Doughty, and he then proceeded to break the ankles of a charging defender, and outran everyone who went after him for a touchdown.
He caught another touchdown later on.
Grant is such a dynamic ball-carrier that it would be a crying shame if the Dolphins were unable to find a place on the roster for him. Yes he has struggles fielding punts, but as a wide receiver he has started to shine much brighter. If Miami is smart, which means if Gase is smart, they will find a way to put him on the 53-man roster.
Rookies making a scene
While first round pick Charles Harris hasn't been making much of a showing this training camp, other rookies are making a strong case to earn the logos on their helmets.
The impact that Vincent Taylor has made with the second team has been well-documented thus far, constantly breaking through the offensive line and sacking QBs and tackling ball-carriers. Today, it was Davon Godchaux and Raekwon McMillan who flashed in practice.
In Godchaux's case, he flashed on two straight plays, first bursting through the offensive line against the starters and flushing Matt Moore out of the pocket and forcing a throwaway. Then on the next play, both Godchaux and McMillan were able to get behind the line of scrimmage and stop Damien Williams dead in his tracks on a handoff.
With Godchaux pushing Jordan Phillips for a starting job, and McMillan all but confirmed as the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker, it's a good sign to see that these young rookies are balling out, as the defense will need all the depth it can get to compete in 2017.
Damien Williams remains primary backup RB
While there's no mistaking the potential as a weapon that former Alabama speedster Kenyan Drake has to offer an offense, having put it all in display during his rookie season, there is a very distinct reason that Damien Williams has been getting the vast majority of starter snaps in scrimmage.
Williams is known for being a vastly superior pass-blocker compared to Drake, and that blocking ability was put on display during scrimmage Monday morning, as Williams picked up two blitzes - one from Reshad Jones, the other from Bobby McCain.
He's a well-rounded football player, and a very formidable running back, the only thing questionable about him - ironically enough - is his ability as a rusher. He can block, he can catch, but he's had limited success actually running the football, and that's what keeps him from getting multiple offers from other teams, in my opinion.
Williams will be looking for a new deal from someone after next season, hopefully the Dolphins will be able to find a way to be the ones to give it to him as he is a valuable piece of the offense at this point.
Though he obviously didn't practice, Ryan Tannehill was spotted on the sidelines in a bucket hat and a knee brace as the team went through scrimmages, and he was walking as if nothing was wrong with him. This makes the reality sting more because he obviously isn't okay.
While there's still no official word on whether Tannehill will undergo further rehab or finally get the reconstruction surgery, the fact that the team went through with signing Jay Cutler indicates that coach Gase isn't about to let Tannehill jeopardize his career either way.
I didn't think much of Jordan Westerkamp when the Dolphins picked him up, but ever since he arrived, he's been making tough catches and - quite honestly - being more impressive than Drew Morgan, who I earlier called "Griff Whalen 2.0." Westerkamp could eventually move up on the chart if he continues to flash, but first he'll have to show something in the preseason.
The Miami Dolphins will play their first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, and that will give us all a first-hand look at what the team can do against another team.
At last, a real litmus test.
But first, the team will go through one last practice on Tuesday, and we will see if Jay Cutler shows up on the practice field, and if so, what he can do.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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