Miami Dolphins Open OTA 1 Sightings
The Miami Dolphins conducted their second OTA session of their 2022 offseason schedule on Tuesday, but it was the first open to media.
The session provided an opportunity to get a glimpse of the Dolphins’ development in the very early stages of preparation for the 2022 season.
With that in mind, here’s a friendly reminder to keep comments about positive or negative games in perspective.
THE ORANGE JERSEY
One of the first things that jumped out when reporters took note of who was in attendance and who was missing was second-year outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips wearing an orange jersey.
While quarterbacks and injured players wear red jerseys (indicating no contact), the orange jersey was new.
It turns out it was a nod to the coaches’ selection of Phillips as Practice Player of the Day on Monday, with the honor also including the right to choose the music played during practice the following day.
Being able to choose the music is a good extra motivation for the players, with cornerback Nik Needham saying after practice that he wants to get the orange jersey so he can play California music.
Head Coach Mike McDaniel said before practice that some veterans will get occasional days off during OTAs, so with that in mind, we can tell you that players who weren’t scouted in practice on Tuesday included cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, tight end Adam Shaheen, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, defensive tackle John Jenkins and running back Chase Edmonds.
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A few others were present but did not practice: tackle Terron Armstead, running back Raheem Mostert, fullback Alec Ingold and receiver Lynn Bowden Jr.
Both Mostert and Ingold are coming back from season-ending injuries.
Also in attendance was Kendrick Norton, a former defensive tackle who spent time with the Dolphins in 2018 before losing his left arm in a car accident the following July. Norton was invited to practice.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PRACTICE
Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater made some great throws in team drills and later in 7-on-7 work.
The longest completion of the day was a nice touch pass from Tagovailoa to wide receiver Preston Williams on a deep outing that likely would have been for a 75-yard touchdown after the pass had traveled about 25-30 yards.
Tua also had a nice pass to tight end Mike Gesicki in the middle in a 7-on-7.
Bridgewater’s best pass was his first in team drills when he connected with Tyreek Hill for a gain of around 25 yards in midfield. Later he had a nice pass through the middle for Jaylen Waddle.
Among the defensive efforts that stood out, cornerback Noah Igbinoghene interrupted a short pass from Tua intended for Waddle when he got his hands on it.
Igbinoghene then got involved in a minor (very minor) post-game altercation with tight end Hunter Long.
Defensive tackles Zach Sieler and Christian Wilkins each got quick penetration on passing plays that could have ended up in sacks in a regular game.