Skylar Thompson passes well; to supply, to supply
Tampa – Get ready for Skylar Thompson’s showcase this weekend.
With Tua Tagovailoa’s player status uncertain for Saturday’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay, it’s possible the former Kansas State standout, the Miami Dolphins selected in the seventh tour this year, could play most, if not all of Saturday’s show.
While Teddy Bridgewater was absent from all of Thursday’s 11-for-11 periods, Tagovailoa and Thompson were the only Dolphins quarterbacks to participate in team drills during joint practices against the Buccaneers.
And Thompson used those extra reps to shine with his unit.
On his first pass of the start of the 11-on-11 period, Thompson found Tanner Conner wide open on the left side of the field, and the undrafted Idaho State rookie rushed to the end zone. goals for a touchdown.
A few snaps later, Thompson, who threw for 7,124 yards and scored 42 touchdowns in his five seasons for the Wildcats, led his unit into goal territory and threw a touchdown pass to receiver Trent Sherfield.
On his next drive, he found tailback Chase Edmonds open in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown.
Then, during the red zone segment of the 11-on-11 period of joint practice, Thompson connected with fellow rookie Erik Ezukanma for a midfield touchdown.
That’s four touchdowns since practice Thursday. Not all of his practices or reps were clean, but the 25-year-old quarterback clearly shows he’s gained a good understanding of offense since opening camp, developed chemistry with his receivers and speed. game started to slow down. .
He will probably have at least half, if not three quarters of Saturday’s game to show the world his growth.
Terron Armstead had his most active practice of training camp, participating in every 11-on-11 period for the first time since camp opened. The Dolphins veteran left tackle signed to a lucrative contract free agency was also spotted ripping Buccaneers defensive linemen Logan Hall….
Tagovailoa has an effective day to run Miami’s offense, making the most of a sack-ridden drive in Thursday’s practice. Most of his shots have been decisive and on the money. He was plagued by a few bad shots from Connor Williams…
Cornerback Keion Crossen had one of his best drives of camp, delivering three pass breakups against the Buccaneers….
Safety Jevon Holland had an interception off Blaine Gabbert during the 7-on-7 period….
Linebacker Duke Riley had a skirmish with Buccaneers offensive guard Luke Goedeke that involved both teams….
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Buccaneers tailback Giovanni Bernard had some big runs against the Dolphins defense, which had gap integrity issues.
Tight end Mike Gesicki had a recalled touchdown pass, then dropped another in the end zone. But the tight flex winger had a lot of work as a blocker in training on Thursday and didn’t get shy….
Austin Jackson had two solid workouts against one of the most physical defensive lines in the NFL. It’s a huge step up for the Dolphins’ 2020 first-round pick, considering last year he was hampered by the Chicago Bears’ defensive line during joint Miami workouts. Jackson is leaner and it looks like his footwork and hand placement have been cleaned up.
At this point, it’s not safe to predict Solomon Kindley, a 2020 fourth-round pick who started 12 games at right guard in 2020, will make the 53-player roster unless he has a impressive pre-season performance. Kindley, who is clearly Miami’s heaviest offensive lineman, shines when it comes to pass protection. But he apparently lacks the athleticism to create movement in the running game.
Backup center Michael Deiter did not participate in the 1-on-1 drills, but did get involved in 11-on-11 reps. It was his third day of practice since the start of training camp, due to a foot injury he suffered on the first day….
Cornerback Kader Kohou, who reportedly suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday, participated in practice but was reportedly restricted….
Safety Sheldrick Redwine and fullback John Lovett continued to miss practice.