Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
A day after Shelley Smith botched a few snaps, Nate Garner was inserted as the starting center during Thursday's padded practice. Garner took all of the reps with the first team and Smith spent time with the first and second team at the guard position. Garner had his troubles though with two bad snaps throughout the practice - one rolling to Tannehill when they were in a shotgun formation and another flying over Tannehill's head.
"You can’t win with the ball on the ground. I’m confident we’re going to get it fixed," head coach Joe Philbin said. "“I believe those guys stayed out after practice again. We dedicated a portion of our walk-through to just quarterback-center exchange. It’s the first thing we do on the field. But we have to get it corrected. I can stand up here and talk about it, but you have the same set of eyes I do. We still see the ball on the ground too much.”
With all that said, the offense was much more crisp, fluid and Tannehill wasn't under a ton of pressure on Thursday. Whether or not that has anything to do with the center position remains to be seen but it looks like it was a good first step in the right direction.