The Miami Dolphins have been in full-offseason mode for weeks now, with strength and conditioning programs in place, and they have even had some informal on-field work. But today is the start of the veteran mini-camp, which will involve a lot more on-field work, and the chance for new head coach Adam Gase to introduce his playbook with live ammunition for the first time this year.
Although attendance for these first mini-camps are voluntary, every healthy player is expected to attend, since skipping a practice isn’t the best career move for a player with a new head coach, staff and playbook.
Players such as quarterback Ryan Tannehill have been working with teammates already this offseason, but they haven’t officially been able to talk with the coaching staff, see the playbook, or implement new plays. This will be a chance for all the players (and fans) to find out if the 2016 Dolphins offense will resemble the Denver Broncos or Chicago Bears (where Gase spent three years as offensive coordinator), or most likely, a hybrid of both with a few new wrinkles mixed in. The defense, under the tutelage of Vance Joseph, may take on a look similar to the Cincinnati Bengals, or schemes may be simplified to take advantage of the personnel at Joseph’s disposal.
These mini-camps will also be the first chance for newcomers such as cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso, and offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod to get to know their new teammates. And although the NFL draft isn’t until Thursday night, there will be a chance to see the glaring needs the team has at certain positions, most notably cornerback, linebacker, and the interior of the offensive line.
The camps continue for three days, ending Thursday afternoon.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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