Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel spoke extremely of security Jevon Holland and working again Raheem Mostert’s efficiency early in coaching camp whereas offering damage updates on Saturday morning forward of the workforce’s fourth observe of camp and first one open to followers.
McDaniel has been impressed with Holland, the second-year free security after a rookie season during which he had 68 tackles, two interceptions, 2 1/2 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.
“I like having him, especially on the team that I’m on and not the team that I’m playing against,” McDaniel mentioned. “I didn’t know an excessive amount of about him earlier than I’d studied our tape right here, and his play as a rookie was very spectacular.
“The way he’s been diligent about approaching his craft. He’s serious about continuing to take his game to the next level, and that, as an impact player, is something that the Dolphins team, all of us, are dependent on.”
Holland stood out at Friday’s observe with an interception on a deep cross from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa whereas masking receiver Jaylen Waddle, which contributed to him carrying the orange jersey Saturday because the earlier observe’s high performer. He additionally had an impressive cross breakup on a close to catch by rookie receiver Erik Ezukanma the place he punched the ball out of his arms on Thursday.
Mostert, a working again in McDaniel’s floor recreation in San Francisco, confirmed his burst in Friday drills after lately getting cleared to take part coming off final 12 months’s season-ending knee damage in Week 1.
“He was really fast [Friday], so ‘attaboy!’ ” McDaniel mentioned. “It’s cool as a result of his teammates acknowledge it too. All the gamers, if you come off from a season-long damage, gamers actually perceive what that’s like if you’re on a workforce, you get injured, you need to rehab, you’re remoted a little bit bit.
“To see how hard that guy has worked, I think he had the fastest time at practice [Friday]. I do a thing where I announced that every team meeting, and he got an unsolicited round of applause. He’s continuing the process. It’s very important to us to take all measures to try and be smart with a guy’s return, but as he gets going, he gets used to everything, I think we all believe that he’ll start showing that speed more and more and more.”
McDaniel up to date reporters on the standing of offensive lineman Michael Deiter and Adam Butler, who’ve missed every of the earlier two practices coming into Saturday. He known as Butler’s undisclosed damage “slight” and mentioned Deiter is coping with a foot ailment, one thing which additionally saved him out 9 video games in 2021.
Saturday’s observe was the primary of a slate for the Dolphins which are open to the general public McDaniel known as it a full-circle expertise for him to steer a workforce in a observe open to followers after he initially fell in love with soccer as a younger fan in Colorado attending Denver Broncos’ observe.
With some technique and scheme probably revealed in an open observe, McDaniel quipped: “For all opponents watching, nothing that you see today will we ever run.”
Dolphins followers have purchased in to the place the workforce has positioned itself because the workforce is on the verge of promoting out season tickets for the 2022 season. Upon reaching that milestone, the Dolphins would then open up a waitlist for 2023 season tickets, one thing the workforce has by no means had in its historical past.
“It’s something that we’re not entitled to, but it’s a competitive advantage and it’s why we do what we do,” mentioned McDaniel of the staunch fan help.
Dolphins to rejoice 1972 workforce
The Dolphins introduced a sequence of occasions as a part of Miami’s fiftieth anniversary celebration of the 1972 Perfect Season. The yearlong celebration will honor 1972 workforce members, their households, and followers:
— The Dolphins will acknowledge members of the 1972 workforce as alumni captains at each dwelling recreation this season by place teams.
— There might be a podcast breaking down the Super Bowl championship season game-by-game.
— There might be a museum exhibit at Hard Rock Stadium that may embody artifacts from the 1972 workforce and memorabilia.
— Members of the 1972 workforce might be honored as a part of Miami’s Sunday Night recreation towards the Steelers throughout pregame and halftime ceremonies on Oct. 23. The workforce can even put on throwback jerseys with a commemorative patch honoring the 1972 workforce.
— The Dolphins can even have a fan cruise with a few of the workforce’s legends from March 12-19, 2023. For extra data, go to www.DolphinsFanCruise.com.