Dolphins offense uses extra time to get an edge

AP

Before 2011, NFL teams didn’t necessarily want the extra week of practice that goes with playing in the Hall of Fame game.  Now, with reduced offseason workouts and limited hitting in training camp, teams see the benefit of extra time.

This year, the Dolphins and Cowboys get the extra week of camp, and the extra preseason game.  Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace thinks it “definitely” will help Miami prepare for a Week One game against the Browns.

“Especially with the amount of young guys that we have on the team . . . getting guys ready for the NFL,” Wallace said, in quotes distributed by the team.  “We have a lot of guys on the first and second year, a lot of new guys like myself who have to get used to this program and the way they do things around here.”

For the Dolphins, there was even more extra work.  In the days before camp opened, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill worked with his receivers.  Wallace wasn’t there, but he said that he’ll work after practice “every single day” with Tannehill in order to “be on the same page.”

Trying to stay on the same page with Wallace will help the team’s defensive backs cover receivers from other teams.

“It’s good to go against because he’s probably I mean if not the fastest it’s probably top three, one or two, one of the fastest guys, so if you cover him you’re not going to see too many people running like that during the season so it’s good work,” cornerback Brent Grimes said of Wallace.

“He’s a pretty elite talent,” Tannehill said of Wallace.  “He has a speed that not many guys have, especially in football.  I played with a few fast guys at Texas A&M, Ryan Swope, but he was mostly an inside guy.  As far as an outside receiver with just pure speed, he’s probably the only guy I’ve played with.”

Wallace’s speed will help him catch plenty of passes, and when teams give him extra attention it’ll help open up the rest of the offense.  And the extra time the offense will be spending to prepare, both in training camp and after practice, will come in handy when the opportunities arise.

17 responses to “Dolphins offense uses extra time to get an edge

  1. They’ll get another edge during the year when everyone who prepares for/plays them is forced to lose focus often because they can’t stop laughing at how soft the new logo is.

  2. I love the Dolphins and this offseason has been a nice change from the years negitivity but the media are building these guys up like they are the next great offensive power house. All i hope for is they become just a good team that other teams worry about playing first before the boys put up Patriot and Saints type numbers.

  3. This can only help Miami, every time they work on routes and timing it will show in the regular season, I’m happy to see Mike and Ryan working on this. Bill

  4. Wise choice by Philbin to volunteer for the Hall of Fame Game. Every opportunity to play and practice prior to the regular season for this team is important. They have some talent now, it just needs to gel.

  5. 10-6, wildcard. Miami D is very good and the O has improved. Brady isn’t any younger. Miami’s future is brightest in over a decade.

  6. You don’t volunteer for the Hall of Fame game, teams are selected by the NFL. It’s not Hard Knocks.

  7. Eagle fan, they aren’t laughing at the new logo,they are laughing at the Philadelphia Eagles EMPTY Trophy Case!!

  8. Can someone explain to me why after signing a 10 zillion dollar contract, Wallace wasn’t “there” a couple days early working with his new QB and teammates to build chemistry? Typical D-Bag move that had him mostly hated in Pittsburgh by the time he left.

  9. you know, i’m not really a dolphins fan. but this dolphins team is one i’m really looking forward to watching over the next couple of years. as long as they aren’t playing against the indianapolis colts i hope the dolphins do well.

  10. Make Tannehill’s wife be a cheerleader. I’d rather watch her than watch the dolphins play, esp in preseason.

  11. An extra week of practice won’t help much in preparing for the Browns.

    The Dolphins stomachs will actually be hurting them from laughing too much after watching game tape of the 2012 Browns offense.

  12. “cup1981 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 10:05 AM
    That image was obviously a dropped pass to himself. Get used to is, `Fin fans; you’ll see plenty of it.”

    We had Brandon Marshall, remember? Wallace will be a walk in the park.

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