Tua throws deep, defense runs; more stock up, down

MIAMI GARDENS – As the Miami Dolphins prepare to host a pair of joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday before Saturday’s preseason finale, they held their final practice of inter-squad training camp on Tuesday.

It was an abbreviated session with players inside for stretches and positional exercises before heading out for the team practice portions.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had multiple deep connections — with wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Mike Gesicki and even fullback Alec Ingold — in the brief day’s work, but the theme of practice was that Miami’s offense was looking to get the running game and defense going. mostly padded front.

A variety of early runs for running back Chase Edmonds, who wore the orange jersey Tuesday as last Thursday’s scrimmage player, didn’t win much. Defensive tackle Zach Sieler had a losing tackle in the first half. Outside linebacker Porter Gustin wrapped Myles Gaskin on the rim for a loss later. Nose tackle Raekwon Davis and outside linebacker Cameron Goode were also among the defenders who stopped the run behind the line of scrimmage every time.

“It’s challenging,” center Michael Deiter said as he faced the Dolphins’ defensive front in practice. “It’s a really fun task to come up against such a tough run defense and a really good seven forwards, even eight. It definitely makes us better because if we mess up even a little bit, we’re not going to have any success. If a guy is out of place here, a guy is out of place, he can be really ugly compared to a good NFL defense.”

The Dolphins want the running game to start soon as they have averaged just 2.6 yards per rush in their two exhibition games.

“I think our offense is building really well and learning from each other,” Sieler said of the running game’s progress. “Defense-offensive is very competitive in every practice, and it’s really exciting to watch.”

Edmonds was seen breaking the line to at least make a sizable gain on the team’s running game work.

Tagovailoa passed a touchdown pass to Hill on easy coverage against undrafted rookie cornerback Kader Kohou. He found Gesicki wide open over the top, presumably freed by game design, as safety Jevon Holland was chasing Gesicki for what would have resulted in a roughly 65-yard touchdown run after the run. Tagovailoa bought time by stepping forward in the pocket and went through a progression when he found Ingold wide open about 25 yards downfield along the sideline. Ingold said after practice he kept his feet on the play. …

Teddy Bridgewater found the River Cracraft multiple times for considerable profit. One was in the middle of the field for about 20 yards, and then he hit it wide open in the end zone in a defensive collapse in coverage. …

The offense practices situations where she was backed up for first-and-10 at her own 2-yard line. Tagovailoa hit Ingold for 8 on her first play, giving the offense some breathing room, then found Hill for a third-down conversion. Bridgewater had a moderately deep misthrown third-down pass that was intercepted by Elijah Campbell. …

Duke Riley sacked rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson on third down. Melvin Ingram was in the backfield on a throw from Tagovailoa to Hill for a loss in which Ingram almost got handballed on a pass that would have been dangerous for the offense if he had strayed wide. …

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Kohou, while he came close to a couple of long completions, also had a couple of pass breakups. In one, he caught up with fellow undrafted rookie Braylon Sanders on a Bridgewater pass that floated. Another was against Mohamed Sanu in a biased way. …

The short day’s work ended with Bridgewater completing a pass to tight end Hunter Long on the flat on fourth-and-2.

Outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips had two sacks plus another instance where he affected Tagovailoa running upfield from the rim, forcing him to step up in the pocket and buy time. All this activity in a brief practice where the running game played a prominent role in the offensive work.

Braylon Sanders made a false start to start one of the drives where the offense was backed up at the 2-yard line. It’s only enforced as a 1-yard penalty, half the distance to the goal line, but it makes it much more difficult for the offense in a real game scenario when a wide receiver cannot commit a penalty on the outside. Breaking out earlier in camp and posting three receptions for 40 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders, it’s still hard to imagine there’s a roster spot for the undrafted rookie in this deep wide receiver room.

Left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Tuesday and saw plenty of 11-on-11 activity. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was also present at the start of team stretches with a sleeve on his right leg, but did not participate in portions. of team practice. Tackle Greg Little also returned to practice. …

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel was not seen in Tuesday’s session, nor was cornerback Keion Crossen, whom coach Mike McDaniel called “day to day” after getting hurt in last Saturday’s exhibition loss to the Raiders. Running back Sony Michel and linebackers Brennan Scarlett and Calvin Munson were also absent from practice. …

Safety Eric Rowe stretched out with the team, but he watched team drills in shorts. Tight end Tanner Conner also stretched but did not participate in the drills with a brace on his left leg.

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