Training camp report: Offense struggles early
DAVIE - The offense got a workout Monday at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie and the early returns weren't great. The defensive line was in the backfield pretty quickly, and had this been a game, it would have turned ugly.
# Lots of interceptions: Quarterback Trent Green threw a bad pass that bounced off of Chris Chambers' hand and into the hands of cornerback Travis Daniels. A John Beck pass was tipped and turned into a Renaldo Hill interception. Another deflected pass from Gibran Hamdan found linebacker Channing Crowder. Another Beck pass intended for wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim was broken up with a nice leap from Michael Lehan. Coach Cam Cameron said after practice that ball-control was a concern.
# There was very little space for the running game, and the offensive line seemed to struggle all day. Most of the runs up the gut ended very quickly.
Ronnie Brown complained of cramps and missed a few runs. After practice he said he was fine, and it was just heat getting to him.
# Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. beat cornerback Cameron Worrell pretty badly on a long route. Sadly for Ted Ginn Jr., quarterback Cleo Lemon sent the ball sailing over both of their heads.
# Reagan Mauia had a great block on Derrick Pope on a Jesse Chatman run. Chatman was getting a lot of runs and was showing some good cutbacks.
# Defensive end Jason Taylor looked like he jumped offside. Taylor initially pointed to tackle Vernon Carey as if he jumped, but it was pretty clearly Taylor jumped.
# Jay Feely had mixed results in his full-squad kicking drills. He was wide right twice, both from about 30 yards out and had a block from about 40. There was a bad snap from long snapper Dan Stevenson, as well.
# Players will be signing autographs for fans prior to Tuesday night's practice, beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Cameron on if having his offense go against a great defense everyday in practice makes the offensive player evaluation process more difficult: "Not at all. No, it doesn't because you know the level you want to be at offensively, and good offenses have to be able to compete at a high level against the best defenses in the league or you're just kidding yourself. Where you get fooled is the other way. If you're going against a defense that winds up not being a great defense, you can get a false sense of what you are offensively. I don't have any doubts in my mind of where we'll eventually be offensively. I don't have any doubts there, so when you go against a solid defense, it tells you. You can see right now, 'Okay, when you're playing those top-10 defenses, you kind of know where you stack up.' What a blessing it is to be able to go against these guys, and you've got to get your offensive players to understand that this is a great opportunity for us."
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