Nate Garner works with first-team at left guard
Before this morning, Nate Garner, a.k.a. Mr. Versatile, was exclusively working at second-string right tackle, while the ongoing competition on the interior of the line continued to mix and match. Obviously, things are as bad as most suspected at guard, as Nate Garner, who was solid at just about every position along the line a year ago, got first-team reps at left guard.
Many thought Garner would be a starter at guard heading into camp, and now that nobody appears to be solidifying themselves as a starter, Garner is finally getting his chance. Hopefully, Garner stays put at starting left guard for tonight’s 40-snap scrimmage, so we can effectively get a feel for how he looks, given that the media will likely evaluate the workout more extensively than they did this morning.
If this becomes a permanent move, Andrew Gardner and Lydon Murtha may have a better chance at earning a roster spot, and Cory Procter would likely become more vulnerable to the final cuts.
As for the rest of the interior O-line this morning, John Jerry continued to work at starting right guard, and Joe Berger got the first-team reps at center with Jake Grove still out with a leg bruise.
Charles Grant surpasses Tony McDaniel
After Grant’s domination in Saturday’s scrimmage, where the newly acquired ex-Saint tallied three sacks, he was rewarded with a promotion to second-team this morning, ahead of Tony McDaniel. Will he possibly make a run at rookie Jared Odrick now?
I still don’t think so, simply because Grant has never been known for his stoutness against the run, but if he somehow continues to get to the quarterback at this pace that probably won’t matter a whole lot. I do expect him to eventually get acclimated with the nickel package, though.
By the way, Grant used his extra media attention this morning to compare the Dolphins to last year’s Super Bowl winning Saints. He even mentioned that Sparano is similiar to Sean Payton, in that both are all about team.
Greg Camarillo: The groin seems to be doing okay, as Camarillo practiced this morning and seemed to be moving fine.
Patrick Cobbs: Cobbs was held out of this morning’s workout with an injured hamstring, but the good news is he was seen sprinting on the sidelines, which likely means he will return to action shortly.
Offense has chance to redeem itself in tonight’s scrimmage
That’s right, another scrimmage is scheduled for tonight, this time at Sun Life Stadium. It’s only scheduled to be around 40 plays, though, so nothing like Saturday’s 74-snap exhibition. Still though, expect the offense to come out with a chip on it’s shoulder, after reportedly getting dominated on Saturday.
Hopefully, Chad Henne will find his rhythm, and I would be shocked if Brandon Marshall has another disappointing performance. As always, check back late tonight/early tomorrow morning for a full recap of everything that goes down.