Skylar Thompson had the excellence of being the one Miami Dolphins quarterback who hadn’t thrown an interception in the course of the 11-on-11 durations of coaching camp coming into the day.
The rookie quarterback from Kansas State, who the group chosen within the seventh-round of the 2022 NFL draft, had held onto that streak like a trophy till Saturday.
That’s when Verone McKinley III, an undrafted rookie security from Oregon, ended Thompson’s run of turnover-free play and he pulled in a move that was thrown behind receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr.
Despite the turnover, Thompson has put collectively a collection of respectable practices this previous week, typically occasions making the most of a blossoming chemistry with receiver Erik Ezukanma, a fellow rookie who has repeatedly produced no less than one huge play every day.
During Saturday’s apply Thompson and Ezukanma related on an extended landing on a play the place Thompson threw it the size of the sector (45-yards) whereas rolling to his left. Cornerback Tino Ellis was in good place to make the play, however the move from Thompson was excellent and reveals how a lot progress he’s made in Miami’s offense.
What has been largest adjustment from faculty to the NFL for Thompson?
“The [defensive backs],” Thompson mentioned. “In this league, as I found out, when you’re behind schedule, it’s most definitely going to be an incompletion as a result of the separation of being open is method totally different.
“Being able to throw the ball before guys are out of their break, being able to anticipate. I feel I’ve gotten better at [it], but there’s always room for improvement. It’ll come.”
The Dolphins protection was engaged on blitzes, unique seems and pressures throughout Saturday’s apply and people performs created some issues for all three quarterbacks. …
Cornerback Xavien Howard dropped a possible interception within the crimson zone throughout Miami’s situational interval. Howard has been working towards increasingly more throughout 11-on-11 interval, getting situational work in. And his one-on-one battles with Tyreek Hill have been epic. Even Hill acknowledged he’s uninterested in going through Howard, saying “he’s been locking me up.” …
Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene had a deal with for loss on a red-zone fast hitter to Hill throughout Miami’s situational interval, the place down-and-distances recreated game-like conditions.
Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram stuffed tailback Raheem Mostert within the backfield for 1-yard loss, and continued to showcase himself as a forceful edge setter — and one of many group’s finest edge rushers. …
Tailback Chase Edmonds fumbled away the soccer on the primary 11-on-11 snap of apply.
The Dolphins had 5 troublesome center-to-quarterbacks snaps or exchanges, which has been a working theme of apply this previous week.
Receiver Jaylen Waddle continued his collection of sturdy practices, which included a 25-yard toe-tapper from backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and a landing move he caught from starter Tua Tagovailoa in the midst of the sector over a diving Igbinoghene. Waddle additionally caught a landing move, changing a third-and-5 from the objective line, in the course of the ultimate collection of 11-on-11, beating undrafted free agent cornerback Kader Kohou on the play.
Receiver Braylon Sanders dropped a landing move the place he was broad open downfield. But the rookie from Ole Miss has had a powerful camp, turning into one of many prime performers within the rookie receiver room. However, consistency is what’s going to take to earn the 6-foot-1, 194 pounder a ticket on Miami’s 53-man regular-season roster because the fifth receiver, and which means he can’t have down days like Saturday.
Left deal with Terron Armstead participated in his second straight day of 11-on-11 durations, and is clearly ramping up his apply participation coming off the knee harm that had him sitting out the complete offseason. c
Mostert participated in Saturday’s session, getting a big quantity of labor throughout Miami’s group interval. …
Safety Shedrick Redwine and punter Thomas Morstead didn’t apply due to undisclosed accidents.