In light of the Nate Garner being sidelined for likely eight weeks, to go along with an interior offensive line still attempting to come together, a move needed to be made. That move was the signing of 11-year veteran Randy Thomas, who has started 143 games in his NFL career and has made the Pro Bowl as an alternate on two occasions.
In the past three years, though, Thomas' career took a turn for the worse, tearing his triceps in 2007 and last year, which sidelined him for a total of 27 games. He's also obviously not in the best shape, considering he was still without a teamthis late into training camp. Still though, he was thrown right into the fire on his first day on the job. The Dolphins tried him out at first-team left guard in the second team period. Contrary, to what his track record may suggest, Thomas is no lock to start, and will have to earn his way on this roster.
At 34 years old, starting Thomas would be nothing more than a stop-gap solution for the struggling interior. Meaning, Miami would probably find themselves in searchfor a new starter as early as this offseason. At the very least, though, Thomas isgoing to provide some much needed depth, and his addition may come at the expense of Cory Procter. First things first, though, Thomas is going to have to get in football shape in a hurry, catch up on everything that's been installed thus far, and prove he still has something left in the tank.
Ryan Grice-Mullen on the other hand, was a milddisappointment after receiving some press in the offseason for being similar in many ways to Davone Bess. His chances at making the team really went out the window, however, when he injured his hamstring, which caused him to miss a good chunk of vital reps. Besides that, the emergence of Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore was really the knockout blow.
Soliai works with starters, but gets handled by Joe Berger
After his near dominate performance in the second quarter of the preseason opener, Paul Soliai received some well deserved first-team repetitions this afternoon. Things didn't go over as well as they did onSaturday night, however. Joe Berger, who is presumably ahead of Jake Grove in the competition for starting center, reportedly easily single-blocked Soliai, a big no-no for any nose tackle.
Tyler Thigpen reportedly had arguably the best day of practice since joining the Dolphins, connecting on two long touchdowns to Roberto Wallace and Davone Bess. I think it's obvious by now that Tyler Thigpen is this team's third quarterback. I don't think it was ever that big of a competition. There's no easy way around this, but Pat White's days in Miami are over, outside of this regime having a complete disconnection from reasonable philosophy.
Greg Camarillo still rehabbing groin, Reshad Jones rides the bike
Onceseemingly aguaranteed member of the 2010 team, some are beginning to question whether or not Greg Camarillo is now a possible cut. Given how he maximizes the limited talent he possess and how he catches everything (0 drops last year), I still think he makes the team.
We will get more into that topic in the upcoming "Who's In, Who's Out?" post, but if Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace continue to impress we may have an unexpected competition on our hands.
Fifth-round pick Reshad Jones spend the day on the exercise bike, conceding his second-team free safety reps to Jonathan Amaya. If there is still a battle between Jones and Clemons for the starting job, like Sparano has recently said,Jones really can't afford to miss another rep if he wants to keep pace.