With Tua Tagovailoa sick at home, seventh-round rookie pick Skylar Thompson stepped up with a strong showing at the Miami Dolphins’ organized team activity on Tuesday.
Head coach Mike McDaniel told the media at the end of his pre-practice press conference that Tagovailoa reported to Baptist Health Training Complex and was sent home by the team’s coaching staff. .
That left Teddy Bridgewater and Thompson as the only two quarterbacks in practice since the team waived Chris Streveler last week after signing veteran defenseman Melvin Ingram III.
Thompson had his share of impressive throws in team drills, including a nice meet with Jaylen Waddle in the middle, a 60-yard touchdown to Braylon Sanders with an accurate throw from about 45-50 yards under pressure, and finally a nice throwing over middle to tight end Mike Gesicki during the team’s final practice drill.
Bridgewater attempted a few through passes during team drills but was unable to connect while trying to connect with Tyreek Hill.
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THE ORANGE JERSEY
Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was the player who wore the orange jersey in practice, earning him the Most Valuable Player in Practice Monday.
Wilkins was also able to choose the music, and his playlist spanned multiple musical genres, from country to hip-hop to rock and, of course, something “Hamilton.”
In addition to Tagovailoa, other top players not spotted in practice included cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, tackle Terron Armstead, linebacker Jerome Baker, tight end Adam Shaheen and Ingram.
Others who attended but did not practice included defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, defensive lineman Adam Butler, fullback Alec Ingold and running back Raheem Mostert. The bottom two are both coming off season-ending injuries.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PRACTICE
Jaylen Waddle had a nice catch in the middle on a high throw from Thompson … Running back Gerrid Doaks one-handed a pass from Bridgewater near the sideline. It’s especially notable given how difficult Doaks was to catch the ball last offseason.