Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel spoke extremely of security Jevon Holland and working again Raheem Mostert early in coaching camp whereas offering damage updates on Saturday morning forward of the staff’s fourth apply of camp and first one open to followers.
McDaniel has been impressed with Holland, the second-year free security after a rookie season through which he had 68 tackles, two interceptions, 2 ½ 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 apply with an interception on a deep go from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa whereas overlaying Jaylen Waddle. He additionally had an impressive go breakup on a close to catch by rookie receiver Erik Ezukanma the place he punched the ball out of his fingers on Thursday.
Mostert, a working again in McDaniel’s floor sport in San Francisco, confirmed his burst in Friday drills after just lately getting cleared to take part coming off final yr’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 staff, you get injured, it’s a must to rehab, you’re remoted just a little 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 apply 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 guide a staff in a apply open to followers after he initially fell in love with soccer as a younger fan in Colorado attending Denver Broncos’ apply.
With some technique and scheme probably revealed in an open apply, McDaniel quipped: “For all opponents watching, nothing that you see today will we ever run.”
Dolphins followers have purchased in to the place the staff has positioned itself because the staff 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 staff 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.