Day 7? What happened to Day 6? Well on Tuesday morning, the practice was closed off to the public and media so technically speaking, there's a day missing that only the Dolphins know about. For all we know, Ryan Tannehill had the best practice of his career and we'll never hear about it.
Them's the breaks.
So on Day 7, the Dolphins revealed that Jay Ajayi was out with a concussion for the time being, and Reshad Jones had been taken off the NFI list, making him eligible to practice once more, which he did, and he made a stop on defense typical of his skills.
Though today wasn't particularly exciting, there were some things that stood out. Here are just a few storylines.
Ryan Tannehill showing more aggressiveness
Every year there seems to be a story where the head coach tells Ryan Tannehill to stop thinking so much and just throw it. "Let it rip" said coach Adam Gase this offseason, prompting a brief moment of nostalgia for me - having watched the original Beyblade trilogy growing up, but giving the rest of the Dolphins fandom to give a collective eye-roll that this is a thing again.
But it's worth stating regardless. Earlier in camp, fans continually griped over the perceived "conservatism" Tannehill showed in his decision-making. No deep throws, no tough windows, just finding the open man and many, many throws in the flat, which there have been.
But keep in mind, this is precisely what training camp is for. Getting timing down and ensuring that the team is ready to move the chains without needing to rely on deep balls and Jay Ajayi breaking six tackles.
That said, Tannehill is attempting more chancy throws, his first play from scrimmage being a line drive to Kenny Stills in the endzone for a touchdown, and then a few plays, he rolled out and found Anthony Fasano for another one.
In all, Tannehill threw for a total of three touchdowns (the third one to a wide open Jarvis Landry in the endzone) and no interceptions, and the offense as a whole had a much better day than the past few practices. If Tannehill has really found the balance between aggressive and conservative, that bodes well for 2017.
Players stepping up in absence of resting players
After I made a brief joke regarding the fact that Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh were getting rest days because of their age (that's not why they were resting, for the record), my notifications lit up with people adding on to the joke, stating they were going to ask for days off for being old as well.
Good to know Dolphins fans are in good humor.
In any case, with Wake and Suh resting, and Jay Ajayi in the NFL's concussion protocol, other players got an opportunity to show what they could do with higher units.
With Suh out, rookie Davon Godchaux got the call-up (over Vincent Taylor, who I've noticed flash a lot more, oddly enough) and worked alongside Jordan Phillips, while running backs Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake rotated in and out with the starters.
Williams - for his part - got the edge on Drake and got first dibs whenever scrimmages began, most likely due to his superiority in the field of pass-blocking. That pattern may continue as camp continues and Ajayi recovers from his mild concussion.
Veteran William Hayes got more snaps at defensive end with Wake resting, and he did a fantastic job setting the edge and getting into the backfield to wreak havoc.
The team has been relatively lucky so far when it comes to injuries, with Ajayi only suffering a mild concussion and will likely be available for the regular season, but this should serve as a warning for the Dolphins not to push their stars too hard.
As previously stated, Reshad Jones returned to practice and made a few stops on defense, giving the Dolphins back one of their best assets in the secondary. His support against the run will be indispensable in the season, so seeing Jones back is encouraging.
Brandon Doughty was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft, and he started off strong enough to get the attention of the fans - including myself - and lead them to believe that he could eventually challenge Ryan Tannehill, or at the very least overtake Matt Moore as the backup.
But this year at camp, Doughty has struggled somewhat, while - ironically enough - veteran QB David Fales is actually performing better with the scout team than Doughty. Adam Gase is familiar with Fales from his brief time in Chicago, but it remains to be seen whether the team will be willing to keep three QBs and whether they're willing to accept the slight salary raise from Doughty to Fales.
Tomorrow there will be yet another practice, and as usual I will be there to do the live tweeting. Stay tuned for all the latest.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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