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Friedo: OTA Breakdown

Josh Friedman
May 25, 2018 - 2:20 pm
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The Dolphins have begun holding their offseason workouts this week. The media was allowed to watch the workout on Wednesday. Some observations from that and interviews afterwards:
 
Ryan Tannehill was moving around freely as he recovers from knee surgery which forced him to miss all of last season. QBs can't be hit in any practice now or during the regular season and with that fear lifted, Tannehill wasn't wearing a knee brace of any kind. But he later told reporters that he would wear one during the season as more of a preventative measure for when he gets hit on the knee.  Tannehill said based on the medical opinions at the time he first injured his knee in December, 2016, he has no regrets about electing to not have knee surgery. That wasn't an option months later, when he re-injured it in training camp last August and was forced to go under the knife.
 
Speaking of injuries, two other players whose injuries forced them to miss the 2017 season, LB Raekwon McMillan and CB Tony Lippett, fully participated in practice.
 
Newly acquired and future Hall of Fame inductee RB Frank Gore will see very little of the field in OTAs. Head coach Adam Gase said it's been five or six years since Gore has done anything in the spring.  At his age (he turned 35 last week), better to preserve his body now in exchange for more reps later.
 
Danny Amendola is INTENSE! Twice during Wednesday's OTA, he got upset with himself and twice he threw his helmet in anger at a fence.  Getting this intense during a spring OTA. Here's hoping this intensity rubs off on his teammates.
 
Newly acquired QB Brock Osweiler, who was coached by Adam Gase in Denver, threw some nice passes. Osweiler, who has struggled since leaving Denver as a free agent, is having his throwing mechanics tweaked by coaches.
 
Perhaps as big as anything as the first week of OTAs winds up, is that players emerged healthy. No reported injuries and you can be sure that as these offseason workouts continue through mid-June, coaches throughout the league will be able to exhale if their players finish this workouts unscathed.
 

 

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