- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field Wednesday after taking a day off Tuesday.
Here are some notes and observations from Miami's session:
It was a banner practice for No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan. The rookie defensive end was a terror against Miami's starting offensive line. Jordan registered two sacks while matched up against starting left tackle Jonathan Martin. Jordan also looked good in one-on-one drills. Jordan is very fluid and athletic in his movements and showed flashes of why Miami made him its top pick in April's draft.
The Dolphins held out starting receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. Hartline worked on the side after it appeared he strained his calf during Monday's scrimmage. Wallace dressed and did some individual work but no team drills. Offensive lineman Brian Thomas also suffered an apparent leg injury during practice and was brought into the locker room.
Another player who stepped up Wednesday is wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Getting a look with the first team with Hartline out and Wallace limited, McNutt made several nice catches from Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill and has a good shot to make the team. Armon Binns is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which opens up another roster spot for a backup receiver.
The Dolphins rotated Josh Samuda and Nate Garner at right guard with the starters. Miami has been experimenting with several combinations since starting guard John Jerry got injured. Mike Pouncey remained at center for the entire practice, which is a smart move. Miami experimented with moving Pouncey to guard last week.
The play of the day goes to starting linebacker Philip Wheeler. Cornerback Brent Grimes deflected a pass by quarterback Matt Moore that Wheeler was able to catch for a pick-six. Wheeler also had a solid scrimmage with the Dolphins on Monday.
Backup running back Marcus Thigpen is getting a look at receiver and had some ups and downs Wednesday. He dropped a pass down the seam early in practice, but also made a nice catch on the outside for a first down. Thigpen is the team’s primary kick returner and is trying to find a role somewhere on offense.